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Marc Marquez down and out again but vows to pick himself up again

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Marc Marquez, Raul Fernandez, Repsol Honda, RNF Aprilia, Honda RC213V, Aprilia RS-GP, 2023 British MotoGP, Silverstone, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Marc Marquez’s prolonged wait for a first finish in a full-length MotoGP World Championship this season dragged on at the British MotoGP after crashing out late on at Silverstone.

The Spaniard spent much of his afternoon lingering just inside and outside of the top ten when he misjudged the increasingly moist conditions coming into the Maggots-Becketts complex and clipped the rear of Enea Bastianini’s Ducati.

Echoing a similar incident during qualifying for the Dutch MotoGP at Assen prior to the summer break, the collision was enough to eliminate both Marquez and a frustrated Bastianini just six laps from the flag.


On another dismal weekend for the Repsol Honda team that once more yielded a zero score for the factory team, Marquez refused to get too emotional about the latest in a string of tumbles that have knocked his confidence.

“I rebuilt the confidence, but to find a base, still we need more races, more tracks and different situations. But the weekend, it was a solid weekend, stable.

“I also controlled myself. It's true that you will say, 'you crashed in the race'. It's true, but it was a very unlucky situation that can happen in racing.

“But the thing is that I broke the wing on the first lap, so I was losing a lot on acceleration, and the way to stop the bike was very difficult.

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“Then I said, ‘OK, keep calm’, I was riding in my rhythm, nothing more, that I had in the practice. Mid 2'01. And then in one point it started to rain a bit.

“Bastianini overtook me, and I said, ‘OK’, because today I didn't want to risk more with the rain. But when we arrived at that turn I saw that it was a bit more wet, and I started to slide a bit.

“So I said, ‘OK, I go to the left side, to save the crash or the contact’. But then also on that moment, Bastianini had a small moment and go also to the left, and then I didn't have time to avoid the situation.


“I think I had a small contact with him. We crashed, but it was the kind of crash that I don't lose confidence.”

It also meant another disappointing weekend for Bastianini, who is still yet to rediscover the form that had him top the podium on three occasions last season since returning from a long injury lay-off.

"I'm not generally happy about the day but about the weekend,” he said. “We changed a lot on the bike to arrive prepared for the race and to do something more, but nothing changed. 

“The race was so difficult for me. Only in the braking I was strongest. In the other parts of the track, no. At the end, after the contact with Marc, something happened to the bike. 

“There is a cut in the rear tyre, probably, I went straight on for this reason, and I crashed. Marc touched me in turn 11 on entry and crashed, then on turn 15, I tried to brake but went straight on.

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