Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were no match for race-winner Jorge Lorenzo Sunday at Misano, but were able to clinch the team’s eighth double podium of the season, finishing second and third respectively.
Marquez struggled at the start, losing spots to Lorenzo and Pedrosa going into Turn 1. The rookie continued to struggle on a full fuel load, as a mistake on Lap 5 allowed Valentino Rossi to slip by for fourth.
“At the start of the race I knew that I had to be careful, but I made two mistakes,” Marquez said. “Maybe I was lacking a little experience; it’s my rookie season and it is normal to make a few errors.
“I also didn’t feel completely comfortable with a full fuel tank.”
While Pedrosa tried to reel in Lorenzo up front, Marquez fought back from the earlier mistakes to reclaim third from Rossi on Lap 13.
Marquez then tracked down his teammate and pulled ahead by Lap 18 of the 28 lap race. Pedrosa showed determination by fighting back and retaking second with seven laps to go, but would ultimately yield second to Marquez later in the lap.
“I gave my all in the race today,” Pedrosa expressed. “I rode as well as I can ride, putting everything into every lap and trying to take every corner perfectly.
“Overall, this hasn’t been our weekend, generally speaking, because I had a lot of grip problems with the rear tyre on every day of the GP. In the race today it was even more noticeable, so I couldn’t have done things any better.”
Marquez was upbeat after the race despite losing out to Lorenzo.
“To finish second is a great result,” Marquez said. “We’ve taken another 20 World Championship points today and, considering how the race went, I think that is a good reward.”
With five races remaining, Marquez holds a 34-point advantage over Lorenzo and Pedrosa, who are even at 219 points.