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MotoGP – Márquez, 5th in Thailand: "The water saved my life"

Buriram.- Injured since July 2020, Marc Márquez reappeared after his fourth operation on his arm at the Aragón Grand Prix, two weeks ago, he finished fourth last Sunday in Japan and today he achieved fifth place at the finish line in Thailand, although He rode fourth for most of the race and for a few moments he was third when he passed Pecco Bagnaia, but the Italian reacted by giving him back the overtaking by not wanting to take more risks than those of Honda.

“When it rained the possibilities opened up and I took risks, but controlled. We were all a bit the same, groping. When I contacted Pecco it was difficult for me to try to overtake him. If you want to overtake a Ducati you have to be much faster. But happy for him to be the most complete weekend”, explained Marc.

“Solid race, I took it easy at the beginning because the rear tire does not give me security. I had a good pace and I reached Pecco, I was thinking about where I could pass him, but he lost too much under braking, I tried it in the last corner, but when I saw that I was reaching the limit I left the brakes on because I saw that if I crashed he would be playing for the World Cup, so I’m happy, the podium was close but we continue to evolve”, he said.

“It was the best weekend of the year by far, in the dry it was the first Grand Prix in which I felt very competitive”. 

“The water saved my life because I went bare-chested all weekend. This Grand Prix I planned to attack. But this morning I got up and the arm was blocked. That’s why the sensations in the warm up were so bad”, revealed the Spanish corridor. 

“At the end of the race the (injured) area was very tired, and you can see that when I’m a pilot, because I raise my shoulder,” he illustrated.

The MotoGP race was about to be suspended, as happened to the Moto2 race, which had to be stopped after two red flags.

“The conditions were there to race. It was much more dangerous in Moto2, where the red flag should have come out much earlier,” he complained.

Conditions that harmed the leader of the World Cup, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, who left Buriram without scoring.

“Quartararo had it good to have a good race, but in the water you have to get a lot of things right. But he is still ahead,” he recalled, although now with just two points over Pecco.

In the final part of the race, Johann Zarco came like a plane to Márquez, whom he overtook without major problems, but he did not do the same with Bagnaia.

“It’s normal for Ducati to impose team orders, because they haven’t won the World Championship since 2007. It’s like the Ducati Cup, and it’s normal for them to want to take advantage of the bike they have,” he justified the factory orders.

Now the drivers will have a rest week before facing a double in Australia and Malaysia. 

“I think that Phillip Island will be tough, because that circuit brings out all the weak aspects of our bike,” settled the rider from Cervera.

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