Marquez salvages 21st after crashing into Redding
Marc Márquez finished this morning in twenty-first position at the Estoril track, after a crash on corner six when he was eighth ruined his chances to get his first points in Moto2. After the good results of the practice during the weekend, today fortune did not smile on him.
A bad start determined his race again. Starting from fourth position, at the end of the first lap he was eleventh. From that moment on, Márquez placed himself in the second group while in front Bradl had a fantastic start and got detached from the group, with Luthi and Takahashi at his heels.
The Repsol rider waited until his tyres warmed to try to overtake his rivals and rode up to eighth in the first part of the race. When he was behind Aegerter and Redding, on corner 6 he made a mistake when braking and could not avoid to crash with the latter. They were both able to rejoin the race, although in very low positions and far from the points-scoring places.
Márquez, thirty-fourth in lap eight, try to recover the pace and keep focused. He surpassed some of the slower riders as laps went by. Finally, the Repsol rider finished for the first time a Moto2 race and did so in twenty-first place.
At the end of the race, Márquez went to the English rider garage as soon as he got off the bike to apologize. Redding accepted the apologies as a race incident.
Márquez will train next Tuesday and Wednesday on this track to continue with his adaptation work.
Marc Márquez 21st at1:04.697
“The positive part is that we did a whole race in Moto2, but the first I have to do is to apologize to Scott Redding, because I know how you feel when something like this happens to you. All weekend was a bit complicated, because we were not able to train properly due to the rain and where we had more trouble was on braking stability.
The crash was caused by that, in a brake area where I completely lost control. I had to let go of the brakes to try and place the bike in the right line and try to pass between the two riders I had in front, but I could not avoid them”.
Source: Repsol Media