Márquez 'pushed too much' in pole pursuit
23 September 2017 – Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez accepted that he "pushed too much" during the closing stages of qualifying for the Aragón Grand Prix as he crashed out of the pole shootout.
Márquez, having topped the third practice session, was striving to maintain his unbeaten one-lap run in the premier class at MotorLand Aragón, and led the way after the opening runs.
Márquez was lapping faster than his benchmark effort when he lost control of his RC213V under braking for the left-hander at Turn 12 and hit the deck, before sliding through the grass.
The reigning World Champion was uninjured in the fall but got shuffled down to fifth position as rivals improved, and conceded that he pushed over the limit.
"Today wasn't easy, because with conditions completely different from yesterday, we started from zero and maybe we didn't immediately find the best direction with the set-up of the bike," he said.
"I was fast in FP3, but actually I wasn't feeling perfectly comfortable.
"We made some changes for FP4 and I finally felt good on my last run with used tyres. That's positive and we'll keep working in that direction in the warm-up to further improve the set-up.
"In qualifying I probably pushed a bit too much, went wide, and crashed.
"So, second row is not the best, but our speed is there and I'm happy with that.
"We need to analyse everything and make a good tyre choice, which will be challenging as we don't have much data, but anyway, I think we have the pace to fight for the podium."
Title rival Maverick Viñales, who trails Márquez by 16 points, will start from pole position.