Marc Marquez has once again failed to wrap up the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, and will now look to capture the title in two weeks time at Valencia.
Marquez needed to outscore eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo by eight points in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to clinch the title, but the Repsol Honda ace was unable to do so. Instead, Marquez finished second to Lorenzo, decreasing his championship lead to only 13 points with one race remaining in the season.
The 20-year-old struggled to keep pace with fellow Spaniard Lorenzo, and acknowledged that it was better to settle for second rather than crash out while vying for the win.
“It was actually quite a difficult race for me, because already in the morning practice I had a big crash,” said Marquez, referencing a high-speed crash he suffered just hours before the race. “On the braking points, I was struggling quite a lot.
“In the race I tried to follow Jorge and we did a very good job because we were right there. In the middle of the race it even looked like we could be stronger, but in the end I saw that Jorge was pushing a bit more, I felt I was too much on the limit and I said ‘Ok, I’ll take 20 points for the championship.’”
Marquez is aiming to become the youngest ever MotoGP champion and the first rookie to win the title since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
“There is only one race remaining – the most important of the year – so we shall try to be more focused than ever at Valencia,” he said.
Marc isn’t the only Marquez brother making headlines, as his younger brother, Alex, scored his first career Moto3 victory earlier in the day.
“He [Alex] got his first victory so I’m happy for him as he has worked so hard,” said Marquez. “He’s been close on several occasions so I’m happy he has done it. The little brother is coming after us so we need to keep it full gas!”
TV Alert – Tune in to FOX Sports 1 Sunday at 3p ET to see the Moto2 race from Motegi. An encore presentation of the MotoGP of Japan will air at 4p ET.