MotoGP: Marquez ‘intermediates don’t exist to us’

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While the gamble to switch straight from full wets to slicks – and forego Michelin’s new intermediate option tyres – eventually proved to be the move that won last weekend’s German Grand Prix for Marc Marquez, (and the downfall of some of his rivals), he was quick to point out after the race that the new rubber was never an option.

Coming to the series with no experience of the lightly treaded tyres, unlike many of his older opposition, the Repsol Honda rider says his team have a clear rule when it comes to intermediates.

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“We always in the team that the intermediate doesn’t exist – we go from wet to dry. It’s always a big confusion for the team – how do you tell them what you want?

“Also, we haven’t tested the intermediates enough to know where the limit is. We don’t have enough information. I went with the slicks directly, and I took a lot of risks because the dry line was very small, but when I saw my lap time I knew all I had to do was manage it.”

 

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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