Márquez: Main rivals determined strategy
13 July 2014 – German Grand Prix winner Marc Márquez says his main title rivals effectively determined his tyre strategy for Sunday afternoon's race.
Following a brief rain shower, the riders were faced with a dilemma over their starting tyres amid a rapidly drying Sachsenring track surface.
While third-placed starter Stefan Bradl and a selection of backmarkers opted for slick tyres, the rest of the frontrunners chose wet compounds, only to pit at the end of the formation lap to switch bikes.
And Márquez has revealed that instead of taking any unnecessary risks, he simply mirrored the choice of his closest challengers, Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.
"Before going out on track I thought it would be a similar race to Assen, but the surface dried out very quickly," said Márquez, now 77-points clear of Pedrosa, who finished second. "I saw on the grid that Bradl had gone with the slick tyre option and I really had my doubts, because the area around the back of the track was still wet.
"I finally decided to see what Dani and Valentino were going to do, as they are my main championship rivals and if you get it wrong in these races, you can lose a lot of points. That's why I decided to copy their strategy."
Márquez's championship advantage is worth more than three race victories, with nine rounds remaining.