Marquez takes first win in Moto2 class
Marc Márquez got his first point-scoring position in the Moto2 World Championship with the 25 points given to the winner of a Grand Prix. After failing to score in the first three races, today the Repsol rider took revenge in style, winning the first Moto2 race he has been able to finish without incident. Moreover, he did so in his own personal style, recovering ground and overtaking rivals at a consistent pace until taking the lead of the race and being able to build an advantage.
Once again, the Repsol rider did not have a good start. He began from sixth place and, after setting the fastest time in the morning warm-up, Márquez took the first laps in tenth place. Corsi was the first he surpassed and, lap after lap, Márquez overtook his rivals until catching up with the leading group.
The fast right corner at the end of the straight was the place he used twice -Takahashi and Luthi- to do great overtaking manoeuvres and, although they both passed him again at the following braking point, the second time they had to give up the position due to the Spaniard’s faster pace. Before that, a minor touch between Bradl and Takahashi in lap fifteen helped him overtake the leader of the class and Julián Simón.
From lap 22, Márquez took the lead of the race and escaped alone, thus achieving a well-deserved victory. With this result, the current 125cc World Champion becomes the youngest rider to win in the intermediate class of the Motorcycling World Championship. With the 25 points received today, the first he has scored, Márquez reaches the ninth place in the overall classification.
Marc Márquez 1º – 43:03.308
“At the beginning I did not have a good start, which is what I have to improve in Moto2, but I was able to stay calm. The experience of the first three races allowed me to larn a lot and I knew I had to keep my own pace during the entire race.
I knew that I could be two or three tenths faster, but it was too risky and I saw that I was slowly catching up with the rest. I did it step by step because I knew that we will be competitive at the end of the race. Overtaking in this class is more difficult, you have to be sure before gaining a position, but when I sow they were battling, I was able to pass through them.
Four laps before the end, it started to rain a bit and I decided to overtake Takahashi and Luthi, because I thought that they could stop the race at any time due to the rain. I decided to push and it went well, so I am very happy for this victory. We had prepared the race very well and I want to thank Santi [Hernández] and the whole team, because they did a really good job”.
Source: Repsol Media