Márquez: Slow start compromised chances
14 November 2016 – Marc Márquez accepted a slow getaway, caused by a clutch problem, cost him a chance of beating Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo to victory at the season-ending Valencian Grand Prix.
Márquez started from second on the grid but slipped to sixth on the opening lap and had to stay patient while battling Maverick Viñales, Valentino Rossi and Andrea Iannone.
Lorenzo opened up a 4.5-second lead amid the scrap behind, before Márquez eventually cleared Rossi and Iannone, the latter achieved through an aggressive move at Turn 3.
Márquez, running the Hard front tyre, closed in on Medium-clad Lorenzo over the closing laps, but the Yamaha rider had enough in hand to cross the line a second clear.
"The biggest problem of this race was the start," said Márquez.
"I had some problems with the clutch, and then I lost a lot of positions, because the tyre was working not so good.
"Then it was so difficult to overtake the others, because in the acceleration I was losing a lot, and the braking point was too on the limit.
"But step-by-step I was quiet behind them, and when I saw the possibility I attacked.
"At the end maybe [with] two more laps it was possible [to pass Lorenzo], but Jorge did an incredible race, good weekend, and he deserved it.
"But we are happy as we finished on the podium, in a strong way, and that is the most important."
Márquez had already sealed a third title at the Japanese Grand Prix.