Marc Marquez was both ecstatic and remorseful at the Motorland Aragon track yesterday (Sunday) as an incident with factory Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa overshadowed another fantastic MotoGP victory from the rookie sensation.
Marquez superbly held off a determined challenge from factory Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo to claim a decisive win that moves him into a commanding 39-point world championship lead with just four races remaining.
But instead of talking about another majestic success, Marquez drew attention for his aggressive riding once again after an incident earlier in the race that all but killed off Pedrosa’s hopes of capturing a maiden premier class world title.
He was trying to pass Pedrosa for second when he made a mistake in the braking zone for the tight Turn 12 left-hander.
He ran off track and lost almost two seconds to Lorenzo, but what nobody had realised was the tiniest contact with the back of Pedrosa’s RC213V had inadvertently disengaged his traction control when a rear wheel speed sensor cable was torn, most likely by the clutch lever of Marquez.
The result was a violent and painful high-side for Pedrosa, who would later vent his frustration at Marquez’s aggressive riding style, which has frequently landed the 20-year-old in hot water.
Speaking about yesterday’s incident, Marquez said: “After Misano I said I would take care about this (running in too hot) but here was a little bit different. I brake earlier but had some locking on the front and then I released a little the brake but then I was too fast and I open the line.
"I need to be careful with this because already I did many mistakes. For sure it was my mistake because I was behind but it was unlucky. I only touched a little bit. Dani was in the same line and I went wide and the contact was almost nothing.
"I thought I would lose two seconds running wide but then I saw him crash and immediately I realised it was a strange crash. But it was my fault because I was behind him."