MotoGP World Championship leader said that today’s slower race in Brno suited him perfectly, having to take less risks in extending his lead atop the World Championship.
The Repsol Honda rider finished third, behind the factory Ducati duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. Despite the strength of the Ducati’s, Marquez said the slow race suited him perfectly meaning he didn’t have to risk staying with the leaders.
“I mean the race was slow but for me it was welcome,” said the six-time World Champion.
“If you’re slow, then less risk, so more chance to finish the race in a good way. So for me, yeah I see the pace was slow but I say okay, I will be behind them.
“Because to be in front you have to take a lot more risks and we thought without the slipstream I might be able to be a little bit more faster but there was a lot more risk. So I saw the pace was slow, but for me was not a problem because my target is finish all the races. Worst result of the year of the finished races, but this is positive.”
Despite finishing just 0.368 seconds behind the World Champion said that the Ducati’s always had the edge with acceleration and braking stability.
“Honestly during the race I feel quite good, I feel strong with the bike, and the speed was good,” he said. “I was able to ride well and save the tyres.
“But the problem arrived when you need to fight against Ducati riders because they have a really strong acceleration. More than acceleration, the top speed and a really strong brake point so it was so difficult to overtake them, but I say ‘OK, I will try, but don’t be crazy’.
“The good thing is that Valentino was already behind and my main target was to try and increase my advantage in the championship and I did. We know that it’s okay that Andrea gained some points and Jorge, but they are still 68 points behind me, so we are on the way.
“I’m happy because this one is a circuit that I struggle a little bit every year and we finish so close to the victory so this is the most important.”
Marquez will be back in action with the rest of the MotoGP in a vital post-race test. The Spaniard revealed he had some important new parts to test, but he wouldn’t give away what they were.
“So in my case I have some important things to try tomorrow to see if we can have a small help from the bike for the second half of the season,” he said.