Braking mistake caused Marquez qualifying crash

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 08 Nov 2014

Marquez crashed out of qualifying today

Marc Marquez has said the crash which saw him ruled out of the fight for pole position in Valencia today was caused by him touching the front brake mid-corner.

The Spaniard crashed out of the 15 minute Q2 session with two minutes remaining in the right-handed turn four. He says as he tipped into the corner and came off the brakes, he touched the front brake ever so slightly causing him to lose the front end of his RC213V.

The crash was identical to that suffered by the double World Champion in the morning’s third free practice and he attributes the same cause to this incident.

Marquez’ early session times were good enough to secure him a second row start sandwiched between Jorge Lorenzo and Pol Espargaro with Valentino Rossi starting from pole position.

“On one side, I’m happy,” said Marquez. “I feel confident about fighting for the victory tomorrow.I have really good rhythm and I feel really good with the bike but on the other side, I’m disappointed and I’m sorry for Honda because today I made two mistakes exactly the same and this cannot happen. It wasn’t because I was pushing too much to go faster, it was because I did something strange with the brake in both crashes.

“It was just a mistake. I was braking and when I released the brakes to come back onto the gas, in that moment I touched the front brake a little bit, both times. Maybe this mistake is because I’m riding too relaxed. At full banking, if you touch the brake you lose the front. I need to pay more attention on that, especially tomorrow.”

When asked whether he’s distracted by the fact his younger brother is fighting for the Moto3 World Championship with Jack Miller this weekend, Marquez acknowledged that it is in his mind but says he concentrated on his side too.

“Of course it is distracting me a little bit… or a lot maybe,” he admitted. “I am enjoying this weekend a lot and I am concentrated on what I’ve got to do but when Alex is riding I pay more attention because it’s an important weekend for him. I’m not nervous for him at the moment because he’s doing really well. He’s doing what we spoke about at home. He did a really good lap alone in the qualifying practice which is difficult. I think he did well, he showed he’s not nervous.”

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