MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez said that Austin was in his head as he went on to secure his tenth consecutive victory at the Sachsenring, extending his lead atop the World Championship.
The Spaniard hasn’t lost in Germany since coming into MotoGP, a record he also held at the Circuit of the Americas before he crashed out from a commanding position this year.
Marquez, who won today’s race by a comfortable 4.5 seconds, said that Austin was in his mind when he was deciding how much to push from the front in Germany.
“I push more or less ten laps and then I just tired to save the tyres ten more laps, then the last ten laps,” said the 26-year-old.
“It’s true I had more, but in the end Austin was in my head and I said it doesn’t matter.
“I need only three to four seconds of advantage and then I just tried to manage this three to four seconds. I don’t need to increase the advantage like in Argentina, so I just tried to manage.
“In Assen I said the best bike to win was a Yamaha, and here it was a Honda. I feel really good with the bike and I take that profit, but the good thing is when we struggle, we are there. When we have a small advantage and we feel good we can win the race in this way.”
Marquez and his Repsol Honda team made a late change on the grid from a hard rear tyre to a medium one. The Spaniard admitted that his plan was to use the softer tyre to escape at the front and then just manage.
“I mean the plan was there and I follow my plan,” he said.
“The plan was to try to lead the race from the beginning to the end, try to just warm the tyres the first two laps and then push on the third lap, and that is what I did, exactly what I planned and exactly what we speak with the team.
“We did a great job, all the Repsol Honda team work in a very good way, and we were able to find the way in FP4 to be very precise with the tyres and in electronics and these things.
“Honestly speaking I was convinced with the hard rear, but then after warm up and on the grid we say okay medium and that was the correct choice. I felt good from the beginning until the end and happy.”
Despite sitting 58 points clear, Marquez insists that he isn’t resting on his laurels yet, knowing there are still a lot of points to be won.
“We have two races between me and Dovi,” said Marquez.
“Of course Ducati will come back and Ducati will be very fast, but at the moment the guys to beat are both Yamaha’s, Vinales and Quartararo, I think they will be the fastest in the second part of the championship.
“But anyway, we need to keep pushing, keep working, just focus on our pace. Its what I did today, I forget the others, doesn’t matter who is behind me, doesn’t matter who crash, who did a mistake, I just concentrate on my rhythm.
“I’m very happy because the summer break will be good for our family. My brother won the race; my brother is leading the championship too. I’m happier for him than for me, but anyway everything is going in a good way.”