Márquez: Lorenzo a little stronger
30 October 2013 – Marc Márquez has admitted Jorge Lorenzo was a ‘little stronger’ in the MotoGP event in Motegi last weekend, however, he added that second was still a ‘very good result’.
Márquez could have clinched the title in Japan, but with Lorenzo winning, the battle will now go to the wire, the first time it has done so since Nicky Hayden won the title for Honda back in 2006.
Despite seeing his lead cut from 18 points to 13 though, Márquez wasn’t too disappointed, especially as he was fortune to escape serious injury in the morning, when he went off in the warm-up.
“Second place is a very good result,” confirmed the Repsol Honda rider. “After my crash in warm-up, I knew that it would be difficult to be consistent - because in the morning I hadn't managed that either. This was my first time at this track with a MotoGP bike and in practice I was unable to get any references in the dry, leaving me with only the warm-up and the race in which to find my way.
“I saw that Jorge was a little stronger than us here and I had a couple of scary moments, making me decide that twenty points and the gap being reduced by only five points would be a decent result.
“There is only one race remaining - the most important of the year - so we shall try to be more focused than ever at Valencia [in two weeks' time],” he added.
Team-mate Dani Pedrosa meanwhile finished third, meaning he now drops out of mathematical contention for the title.
“It was a bit of a boring race for me, because I tried to give everything but I had a lot of problems exiting the corners; I was unable to get on the gas fully and I lost a lot of time to Marc and Jorge,” he explained.
“I was third for the entire race, trying to hold onto them. However, at the midway point of the race my pace started to become slower than theirs.
“Now we have to focus on the next race, in Valencia, where we shall try to do as well as possible.”