Marc Marquez has said that he woke up this morning and said he wanted to take a risk, as he ended his four race wait for a MotoGP win in front of his home fans in Aragon.
Despite sitting with a 67-point lead coming into the weekend, Marquez hadn’t won a race since mid July when he won in Germany. On the weekend Marquez got turn ten named after him, he wanted to win in front of his home fans.
“Of course I am very happy with this win, for me it was a long time without finishing at the top,” said the 25-year-old who extended his lead to 72 points.
“I knew here I would have a great chance. But during all weekend I was fast but Dovi was very, very fast and the strongest guy.
“After warm up, I crashed. I woke up this morning and said I want to take a risk today, then in the warm up I didn’t feel well and I push and crash and then I start to think why I crashed. Then we speak together with Santi, then I said to him, and he was agreeing already, and I wanted the soft rear.
“Then that started a big meeting inside the team with HRC, because I didn’t try the soft tyre in the afternoon with the hot temperatures, but I said I believe in this one and I can manage. It was the only change to fight against Dovi. On the hard I felt good, but for my riding style it was not working in a good way, especially in the entry.”
Marquez ultimately got the better of Dovizioso in the final laps of the race, calling the battle a great one, but also making a note of the respect that both riders showed whilst fighting for the win.
“Then when I was behind him in the race I felt really good and smooth,” he said.
“He pushed a lot in the mid race then I say now it’s time to push. I was able to follow him and then I start to see he was sliding too much. Then I said we will arrive until the end. It was a great fight on the limit, but always with that respect.
“Another great fight with Andrea. But this time I said I will not wait until the last corner, I will try to attack before as it was the only chance to win the race.”
The front two also had to deal with the fast Iannone in the closing stages as both riders battled aggressively with five laps to go. At one point after the bus stop chicane all three front-runners were side by side going down the kilometre long back straight.
“In my turn, turn 10, I had a really good drive when I was behind him and then I was able to overtake him in turn 12. It was not easy, but in a good way,” he explained.
“Then he start to know and he’s really smart so started to defend there. Then I start to push in other parts of the track to use the tyre in another way.
“The most exciting moment was turn 14 when he go in, we had contract, I was on the green then came back, Iannone was outside and it was quite exciting on the bike. Then the last two laps I was pushing, especially the last lap I was pushing a lot and I could be quite focused.”