Repsol Honda rookie Marc Marquez suffered his first DNF in the MotoGP class in the fifth round of the championship, at Mugello.
|Marquez had four crashes in Tuscany
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Marquez had a tough weekend at the Italian track, crashing four times throughout the weekend – one of which a terrifying 175mph crash on the home straight. Despite having to go through Q1 on Saturday the 20 year old qualified in sixth position. This didn’t hinder his position in the race and a rocket start from the Spaniard put him up into the top three positions. Battling with team-mate Dani Pedrosa, Marquez secured second position by lap 19 and began to pull away from his compatriot towards leader Lorenzo. With just three laps of the race remaining Marquez lost the front of his RCV213V and was unable to rejoin the race.
Marquez now sits in third position in the championship, 25 points behind Pedrosa in first “Today we finished with our first DNF of the season, but after three difficult days of setbacks and hard work, I finally felt good during the race. I don’t fully understand why I crashed, as I lost both the front and the back at the same time and was unable to save it. It’s clear that we made a mistake, but we can’t go looking for excuses. We’ve looked at the telemetry and it shows that I was going at the same speed and on the same line as before but, anyway, you learn from these mistakes. We can’t forget that this is my first year in the class and I am here to learn how things are in MotoGP. In spite of everything we were still fighting for second place, which is a reason to be happy. I want to apologise to Honda and to the team, as they always support me and work so hard. Now we are turning our focus to Montmelo, and I can’t wait to race there”