Márquez pleased with points haul
14 October 2013 – Marc Márquez described as "very important" the 20 points he picked up in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, with the MotoGP rookie recovering from a poor start to follow home ultimate race winner and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
After falling to third as the lights went out, Márquez found himself locked in a battle with chief title rival Jorge Lorenzo in the early stages of the race. And, after a series of attempted moves, he claimed the position to extend his overall lead to 43 points.
"These 20 points are very important and I'm really happy with how the race went," said Márquez. "I had a nice, fun battle with Lorenzo, but at the same time I could see that Dani was opening up a gap. When I finally managed to overtake Jorge and make the pass stick, I tried to reduce the distance that Dani had put between us. However, I saw that it was too risky.
"From that moment on, I decided to focus on keeping Lorenzo at bay, as the goal here was to finish ahead of him. We did what we came here to do, so we are very happy!"
A total of 75 points are up for grabs from the final three races of the season, meaning the title battle will run until at least the penultimate event at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan.