Overjoyed Márquez hails 'big' Qatar victory
24 March 2014 – Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez described his hard-fought victory at the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix as "a big one".
Although he lost his lead at the start, the reigning World Champion – racing with a broken leg – made his way back through the field alongside Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who he overcame in a thrilling battle.
"I'm very happy with the result," explained Márquez. "The 25 points are important but it's also been an important race, because I was coming back from an injury that caused me to miss most of the pre-season.
"Also, this weekend there were a lot of riders up at the front, all with a great pace, and seeing how the race went, this win is a big one.
"The battle with Valentino was the best part besides the win. I really enjoyed it!"
The MotoGP paddock now prepares to visit Austin, the scene of Márquez's maiden race win last season.