Márquez was 'fighting against bike' in race
24 September 2017 – Marc Márquez says he was "fighting against the bike" over the course of the Aragón Grand Prix after recording his fifth victory of the campaign.
Márquez crashed in qualifying and lined up only fifth, and made several small errors during the race as he worked his way to the front of the pack.
Márquez claimed the lead from Jorge Lorenzo with eight laps remaining and was never headed thereafter, but conceded that he was far from comfortable aboard his Honda RC213V.
"I'm more happy [after taking victory] as since yesterday I didn't feel like I expected with the bike," he said.
"In warm-up it felt like the feeling came back, but since the first lap [of the race] I felt not so good.
"I was fighting against the bike all the race, I nearly crashed many times, but to be racing in one of my favourite circuits it gave me this extra motivation to push all the race.
"The bike was moving, it was shaking everywhere, but in the end [the win is] important as the main opponents for the championship lost some points.
"So we opened a small advantage, it's important to arrive in Japan with that very small advantage."
Márquez now holds a 16-point advantage over Andrea Dovizioso, who placed seventh at MotorLand Aragón, with Maverick Viñales a further 12 points back, after taking fourth.