Márquez says defeat lifts pressure
17 August 2014 – Marc Márquez says his defeat in the Czech Republic Grand Prix is a weight off his shoulders, as his winning start to the 2014 season was ended by Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.
At Indianapolis last weekend Márquez became the first rider since Mick Doohan in 1997 to claim 10 successive MotoGP victories but while he started the race at Brno from pole position, he made a poor start and was only able to recover to third place, a position which he later lost to Valentino Rossi.
Márquez trailed home in fourth place behind Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Rossi, which marked his first MotoGP finish outside of the podium spots. He nonetheless retains a 77 point lead in the Championship over Pedrosa with seven rounds of the season remaining.
"Today was one of those Sundays in which I neither felt completely comfortable, nor had found the best setup for the bike," he said.
"It wasn't down to a mistake by me or by the team, it was simply that we didn't have the same feeling as on other Sundays. In a way it's taken a weight off my shoulders, as now people won't be asking me if I can win every race any more.
Márquez insists that his focus is now on ensuring he claims back-to-back titles.
"It was also important that we were able to focus on staying in fourth, even though it was tough not to be fighting for the win," he said.
"We took 13 points that are important for the World Championship and we have a big advantage. What matters is who wins the title - not who wins the most races."
Pedrosa said that it was a 'fantastic' feeling to claim his first win since last year's Malaysian Grand Prix.
"This year it has been a tough road to victory, but today everybody in the team is very happy," he said. "Seeing their smiling faces makes me happy as well, because you always try to get the best results but don't always manage to do so. Bringing home the win for the team feels fantastic."