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MotoGP Phillip Island: Marquez admits he simply pushed too hard

Marc Marquez has put his hand up and admitted today’s crash was all his own doing – and says it was risk that didn’t pay off.

The Repsol Honda rider clinched the title a week ago at Motegi, and said that because the title had already been won, he decided to push harder than he normally would have.

The Spaniard had been out in front of today’s 27-lap race at Phillip Island with a healthy lead when he braked just a little too late going into Turn Four and lost the front.


“I made a mistake today,” he said. “We were doing everything perfectly, and we were just missing capping it with a result on Sunday. If I had been fighting for the title it would’ve been an entirely different race, as I wouldn’t have risked so much.

“Today I started strong because I knew I had to make a difference at the beginning. I was maintaining the distance, but at one of the hard braking points I braked too late and instead of taking a wider line, which is what I had been doing throughout the year, I tried to keep going. In such cases the limit is a fine one.

“We remain happy of course because we had already won the title but of course we wanted to win more races.

“It was completely my mistake; during the whole season I’ve been very careful on the braking points and this time I risked more so this crash has nothing to do with the Michelin tyres.   Now we have another race next week, and we’ll just think about that.”

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