MotoGP: Marquez delighted with ‘tough’ race win

Published: 25 September 2017

Marc Marquez has admitted that he’s delighted with a ‘tough’ race win at his home event, after taking not only victory in yesterday’s Aragon Grand Prix but also the lead in the 2017 MotoGP championship race.

The Repsol Honda rider rode a loose and sometimes out of control race at the Motorland Aragon circuit – but came out on top at the end and with his lead over Andrea Dovizioso extended from zero points to a relatively huge 16.

“I’m very very happy with this victory because it was a tough race. Yesterday I wasn’t feeling totally comfortable with the bike, and today I was struggling again except in the warm-up; I don’t really know why. Anyway, racing at one of my favourite tracks, close to my home and in front of my fans, gave me extra motivation. I pushed hard and in some corners I just clicked the off-button in my head, even if I crashed twice yesterday.

“I saw that Viñales and Dovi were struggling a bit and knew it was the moment to push, so I did. There were a few scary moments, once when I was trying to overtake Valentino; he was tighter in that corner than I was expecting, and to avoid a clash I released the brakes, only to realize that Lorenzo was right there! So I went off the track, and at that moment I cooled down a bit, even if I continued to try and close the gap.”

And with that done and a chance to make a break at the front, he took his opportunity – even if he did admit afterwards that he’s well aware just how close to the edge he had rode in the battle.

“Once I passed Lorenzo, I had to keep going as I saw that Dani was coming very fast. Anyway, that’s the Marquez style! Of course it’s important to think of the championship, but the situation now requires that we give it everything. So we’ll try to continue with the same motivation and mentality race by race, giving our 100 per cent.”