Márquez: I had to take more risks today
1 June 2014 – Marc Márquez has admitted he did not expect to win at Mugello this weekend and that he had to take 'more risks than at the other races' in order to ensure he maintained his perfect start to the 2014 MotoGP season.
Márquez and Jorge Lorenzo enjoyed a fantastic scrap for the victory in the Italian MotoGP, with the two riders passing and re-passing each other a total of eleven times over the last seven laps, before Márquez made the decisive move on the final tour, eventually winning by just 0.121 seconds.
"I am very happy with this win; Jorge and I had a really good battle and had a lot of fun out there!" said Márquez, who now becomes only the sixth rider ever – and the first since Valentino Rossi in 2002 – to win six successive races in the premier class.
"I wasn't expecting the victory, because it has come at a circuit that I had marked on the calendar as being one for picking up Championship points – not thinking about winning the race," continued the 2013 MotoGP World Champion. "However, I saw that it would be possible and took more risks than at other races, because Jorge and Vale were very fast and we were finding it difficult to keep up the same pace."
"I think that we did a great job all weekend though, and the change that we made to sixth gear in the warm-up was very important too," added the Repsol Honda rider. "We did this to help pass using a slipstream at the end of the straight."
"[Overall] I am very pleased with how the entire weekend went, and now it is time to look ahead to my home Grand Prix," he concluded.