Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 18 May 2015
Marc Marquez has said he felt like he was fighting his bike more than his rivals in yesterday’s French Grand Prix.
Despite a rocket-ship start, which saw the Spaniard look to take the lead on the second corner before going wide, losing out two positions. His race then went from bad to worse, with the Spaniard struggling to maintain the pace of the front-runners and dropping back to sixth.
“I think I fought more against my bike than my rivals, it was a difficult race,” Marquez told reporters on Sunday afternoon. “In the warm-up I felt good and I was convinced I would be able to do a good race but in the beginning of the race I saw that the feeling was not the same. I was struggling especially in the corner entry and the exit, then on the straight with the wheelie.
“The temperature rose sharply; we had not ridden in such conditions at any time all weekend. We knew that with a rise in temperature, conditions change, but we expected it to be for the better and this time it was for the worse.”
The front-end grip problems weren’t isolated to the #93 Repsol Honda either, the remaining three factory RC213V riders all crashed out of the race after losing the front.
“The important thing from my side is that I was not the only Honda that struggled. Everybody was struggling a lot. All the Hondas crash from the front. It was difficult to understand from my side to be slow and take care of the front tyre."
As he’s shown before, Marquez has no issue fighting through issues and this is one of the reasons he’s a double world champion. However, sometimes it can prove tough even for the most talented of riders, but Marquez says there is no excuse.
“We must work hard now because we have many small problems that for one lap is ok, because the speed I have and I’m an aggressive rider. For the race distance it’s more difficult because doing 28 laps here in that way is difficult."
Despite falling back as low as sixth place, Marquez fought through towards the end of the race to come out on top of a titanic battle with Ducati’s Andrea Iannone to finish fourth.
“The fourth place was the best we were able to fight. The reason is difficult explain. Maybe the change of temperature but that is not an excuse as it was the same for everybody.”