Marquez: “It’s a special win”
Perfection from Marc Marquez at the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina sees the Spaniard take his first win of 2016.
Long gone were Marc Marquez’s and Honda’s woes from testing, the combination back to their best in Argentina. Starting from pole position, the Repsol Honda Team rider had a less than ideal start and was pushed down the order in the charge to Turn 1. He would finish lap two in third lap, but had Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) square in his sights. On lap three he overtook his great rival, but was unable to shake off the Yamaha, the pair circulating together until they pitted on lap 11 for the mandatory bike change. Marquez would retain the lead of the race, never challenged once he returned to track on his second bike.
7.679 seconds would split Marquez from Rossi at the end of the race, Marquez leaving Argentina with an extra 25 points and result in him obtaining the lead of the MotoGP™ World Championship by eight points. This was Marquez’s second win in Argentina, the track and conditions suiting his style. The World Championship now heads to Austin for round three at the Circuit of the Americas, a track where Marquez has never been defeated. Few would have expected Marquez and Honda to lead the championship after their tricky off season, Austin could now offer an almost perfect chance for Marquez to extend his lead.
Marc Marquez: “I’m really happy with this win because we’ve worked very, very hard during the pre-season, in Qatar and here. Honda is working very well and I feel the support; we’re going in the same direction, and that’s the most important thing. It’s a special win, not only because it’s the first one of the year but also because with the team, we managed the situation very well, and after what happened in Australia on a similar occasion [in 2013], it was important for us to do well. I knew that the first part of the race would be tough because it was still damp in some places, and with the first bike I hadn’t felt as good as with the other one even during practice. I knew that the second part of the race was the key. I pushed 100% in the first five laps after the bike change, I opened a gap and after that I just kept the distance.”
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