Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has admitted the crash in yesterday’s Aragon race was entirely his own fault and that he was thinking more about winning the race than the risk of riding in the rain on slicks.
The youngster managed to increase his championship lead as both Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi fell while Marquez re-mounted, changed bikes and finished in 13th, one place ahead of his Repsol Honda team-mate.
Marquez didn’t come in to change as the rain got heavier as his laptimes were only eight seconds slower than he had gone on full wets in morning warm-up but he lost the front into turn two with a handful of laps to go.
“TIt was completely my fault. We speak with the team before the race and we said that from dry to wet going in would be completely my decision because they can see from the TV how is the track but they don’t know how the track is better than me so it was my decision,” said Marquez, speaking at Aragon.
“I try to stay out as I was thinking all the time the distance between me and second. I was not so slow, I never considered the risk to ride on a slick on the wet tarmac so just my fault and sorry to the team.
“We were fighting for victory on my home circuit and the positive thing is we increase our lead in the championship. The team told me the rain would arrive more at the end but the biggest problem was all the race it rained a little bit.
“So for that reason I think Dani stay out as it was raining but not a lot. It was enough to wet the tyres and tarmac. With four or five laps to go, I saw the laptime was not that bad as I was only eight seconds slower than the best lap on rain tyres, so that is why I stayed out because I was thinking of the race not the risk.”