Why Marquez felt like he had “won” at Sachsenring

Why Marquez felt like he had “won” at Sachsenring
Why Marquez felt like he had “won” at Sachsenring

Marc Marquez felt like he had “won” the long race at the MotoGP German Grand Prix after recovering from 13th position on the grid and finishing second behind his future teammate, Pecco Bagnaia.

The eight-time world champion is considered the “King of Sachsenring” thanks to his unbeaten run at the German track between 2011 and 2021, both in the premier class and below. But his hopes of adding a twelfth victory to his record in Saxony were jeopardized when He fell during training on Friday, breaking a finger on his left hand and suffering a severe rib contusion.

A combination of mechanical problems and on-track traffic, when Stefan Bradl ruined his final timed lap in Q1, They left him 13th on the grid on a track where it is difficult to overtakewhich led Marquez, on Saturday after the sprint, to describe the German GP as the “most difficult weekend” of the 2024 season so far.

However, the one from Cervera He was able to stage an incredible comeback in Sunday’s main racemoving into the top 10 on the opening lap before slowly making his way through the pack to claim an unlikely podium finish.

It was his fourth Sunday podium this year, but while he was ecstatic to be on it alongside his younger brother Alex Marquez, he made no secret of his frustration at having had a weekend plagued by problems and incidents on track.I feel like I won the race, this is the real feeling [que tengo]. It was an amazing race! I didn’t expect to finish on the podium.“, said.

“The weekend ended very well because we persisted, it was like the Sanfermines. It is true that we are leaving with a good taste in our mouths, but it was a bad weekend from which we have to learn. We had a lot of technical problems and I made a big mistake at Turn 11 [la caída] which affected the whole weekend. If I could have put it together, I would have been able to fight with Pecco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin.” he continued, recalling in these words his own statements made on Thursday, upon his arrival in Germany.

Marquez had to take part in the sprint using the “strongest painkillers he could find,” with his bruise being the main cause of his problems. But the Gresini driver revealed that he was able to drive in “Marquez mode” on Sunday, after having successfully completed a full recovery overnight on Saturday.

“The first and most important thing is that today [por el domingo] I woke up and felt better in my body. So I arrived this morning and told my team that I could ride aggressively, in ‘Márquez mode’. Of course, the finger is broken, but not even yesterday. [suponía un problema]”My ribs were very stiff. But today I was able to get up and they weren’t.”

It is worth remembering that, in the race, the #93 He suffered a collision with Franco Morbidelli’s Ducati when they were fighting for fourth place in the final stages of the race.when the Italian closed on the first curve of the German track after opening, and Marc tried to take advantage of the gap, an incident that left the Catalan without a windscreen.

He was finally able to overtake the Pramac Racing rider and also his brother Alex on the penultimate lap to take second place, also thanks to the fall of Jorge Martin. Márquez said that The incident with Morbidelli prompted him to race aggressively in the final stages of the race.

We started the race trying not to stress the tires too much and to climb slowly. Without panicking, because it is super difficult to overtake here.. The contact with Morbidelli was unexpected and I lost a lot of time. Two laps before that incident, Franco went a bit wide at Turn 1 and I slowed the bike a bit there, but then I got closer. Two laps later, he went even wider and I told myself that it was time. But he closed the line and we touched.”

But that also made it click, it turned off. [el interruptor para pilotar de forma conservadora]. After that I was going for it.And then in the last laps, when I was catching up with my brother, there were a lot of questions: ‘what can I do, attack, risk? If something happens [entre nosotros]’What will happen?’ We were both in podium positions in the last two laps, and that made everything easier,” he concluded.

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