News 16 Apr 2019

Marquez admits to mistake that ended COTA dominance

Repsol Honda pilot crashes out of contention at round three.

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Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says he made a big mistake at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday that ultimately ended his six-year winning streak at the venue.

Marquez had won all six grand prix at the American circuit in the lead up to the weekend’s event, earning his maiden premier class victory there in 2013.

Qualifying on pole for the seventh-consecutive season, the Repsol Honda rider made a rare error on lap nine while leading, losing his front-end at turn 12 and forcing him into an early retirement.

“We have had six amazing years here but today I made a big mistake,” Marquez admitted. “When I arrived in the garage I said sorry to the team and now I’d like to say sorry to the fans because it was my mistake. It’s different to make a mistake fighting for fifth and fighting for the win, the level is there.

“We’re only nine points off the lead. It’s true, we made a mistake but we are human and this can happen. We need to learn from it and understand and come back stronger in Jerez.”

The Spaniard holds down fourth in the championship standings, nine points behind leader Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) as the series heads to Jerez in Spain on 5 May.

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