MotoGP Aragon: Marquez ‘nearly crashed many times’ on way to win

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Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has admitted he was on the verge of crashing ‘many times’ during his run to victory at today’s Aragon MotoGP round as he didn’t have a good feeling with his RC213V.

The Repsol-backed rider made one obvious mistake mid-race, braking way too late at turn 12 and running on as he tried to pass Valentino Rossi and the local hero said that there were many big moments too.

“Honestly, I was thinking that I will feel better this weekend and in fact, since the beginning, the feeling was not good. Just this morning in warm-up I felt good, but again in the race, I was struggling a lot,” said Marquez, speaking at the track.

“Very happy for the victory but I am happier because since yesterday I didn’t feel like I expected with the bike. Since the first lap I felt not so good, I was fighting against the bike all the race. I nearly crashed many times.

“In the beginning, I didn’t feel good, but I was trying to keep down, try to understand what is going on. “At one point I say ‘now I push’ and I started to push, and trying to overtake Valentino I made a mistake and I nearly crashed, I went wide again, I lost all the distance.

“I did that again another time, of course when you do this kind of effort you stress more the tyres, you stress more everything. The physical condition, it was very demanding because, like I say, left corners I was feeling good, right corners I was really critical with the front, nearly crash a few times.”

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