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Marc Marquez is a professional motorbike racer, born in Cervera, Spain in 1993. He won the MotoGP World Championship in 2013 and 2014.

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21 Aug, 2016

Czech GP: Third place

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Marquez takes third place in the Czech Republic GP at Brno. Starting from pole position, he drops to sixth place, before recovering to finish behind Valentino Rossi in second, and Cal Crutchlow, who wins the race. Marquez continues to lead the Word Championship, with Rossi in second place.

Honestly today I did the wrong strategy. I thought that maybe it would keep raining. i thought it would be a flag-to-flag race, so I go out with soft tyres, and try to push from the beginning. So then I have to manage my soft tyres, because I know that Cal was with the hard ones. Also Valentino had the hard rear, but in the end we lose only four points to Valentino. Really happy with the final result.

‘I found, honestly, the perfect lap’

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Marquez says Rossi’s tow helped him secure the perfect lap in Czech GP qualifying.

I found, honestly, the perfect lap. I overtook in the last corner, but I had a small slipstream from Valentino and this helped me quite a lot to get pole position. I lost some time in the last corner, but the time that I gained during all of the lap with this small slipstream was much better. I didn’t expect to be on pole and I didn’t expect this lap time. Normally I would ride alone but this time I found a good slipstream and maybe this slipstream gave me pole.

Amazed he avoided crash

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Marquez says he is amazed he was able to retain control of his bike when he nearly crashed in Free Practice.

When I lost the front, the first moment I thought, ‘this is a crash’. I was lucky because I could a stand [up] the bike a little bit, but the front was still closing. When I was there, I was with the knee pushing on the floor, and in the end I was able to save it. Sometimes I say you must be lucky to save that, but already many times [I’ve done this]… so something is there. How I do it I don’t know. But I hope to not repeat it in the race.

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19 Aug, 2016

Leads Free Practice

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After coming sixth in the first session, Marquez recovers from nearly crashing on Turn 13 to finish the session leading the field.

Today wasn’t an easy day, especially in the morning when we started and the feeling wasn’t so good. Then for the afternoon we changed and we made some changes in the electronics and the setup and it was working slightly better. We still have to improve. Ok, we were first and have the fastest time but with the used tyre we must improve a lot. It looks like both Yamaha riders are strong here, which is what we already expected – and we’ll see if we can improve our rhythm because especially Iannone on the Ducati is fast, too.

14 Aug, 2016

Austrian GP: Fifth place

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Marquez takes fifth place in the Austrian GP. The race is dominated by the Ducati team: Andrea Iannone wins, followed by Andrea Dovizioso.

13 Aug, 2016

Austrian GP: Fifth place on grid

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Despite his shoulder injury, Marquez comes fifth in qualifying for the Austrian GP, 0.333s behind Andrea Iannone, who takes the pole.

12 Aug, 2016

Relationship with Marquez improving

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Rossi says his relationship with Marquez has improved.

I think that after what happened, all the rest becomes not very important. Very very small. I think it’s the right thing to do. Our relationship has improved since Montmelo.

18 Jul, 2016

Telemetry confirms bike swap legal

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Marquez’s pitstop during the German Grand Prix is ruled legal after IRTA examines the telemetry of the Spanish rider’s bike. Holding the clutch is not illegal, but from the German Grand Prix onwards due to safety reasons it is not legal to have a gear engaged. A closer look at the video posted on social media makes it clear that Marquez engages first gear right as he lands on the bike – a move confirmed by IRTA, which considers the matter to be closed.

17 Jul, 2016

Wins German GP

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Marquez wins the German GP, with a 20 second lead over Cal Crutchlow in second place. After a poor start, Marquez settles in 7th place. As the track dries out, on Lap 17 he is the first rider to change types to slicks, giving him the advantage over the rest of the field, who delay changing tyres until closer to the end of the race.

At a certain point today, I thought my run at this circuit was going to come to an end. But in the end we succeeded and earned a very good result, especially considering how Valentino and Jorge finished the race. It’s always very difficult to decide when to change bikes, and perhaps we made our switch very early…but I decided to take a chance and it went well.

16 Jul, 2016

German GP: Pole position

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Marquez takes pole position on the grid for the German GP, leading Hector Barbera and Valentino Rossi.

I’m happy to have set the fastest time today, because we’re better here than at other circuits. I have a fairly good pace and am riding comfortably. We’ll see what happens tomorrow, because the weather forecast is for conditions to be quite unstable. In any case, we’ll try to finish on the podium, which is our goal. It seems that Valentino [Rossi] is very strong, and we’ll also have to keep Dani [Pedrosa] in mind; I don’t know what happened to him in qualifying, but his pace is very close to ours and he’s very strong here.

15 Jul, 2016

Marquez: Rossi not far enough behind

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Marquez says that Rossi is still a factor in the Championship.

Jorge is at the moment the strongest one, because he is the closest one in the championship. He is second and will be really strong in the second half of the season, so we need to take care about him. But also not forget Valentino, [the gap’s] far but not far enough. Like we saw last races, he was very strong, and it will be hard to manage this distance.

11 Jul, 2016

‘We’ve learned from the past’

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Marquez comments on his progress ahead of the German GP.

We’re going to the German GP aiming for a podium position and of course possibly to fight for the win. The Sachsenring is normally a very good track for me that I like very much, maybe because it has so many left-hand corners, a bit like a dirt track! On the other hand, it’s another one on the calendar where the weather has sometimes played a crucial role in the past, so we’ll see how it goes there. We’ve learned from the past and we’re approaching this season race-by-race, trying to be ready and make the most of what we have and what the situation requires.

1 Jul, 2016

Learned from 2015 mistakes

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Marquez believes his consistency in 2016 — he is the only one of this year’s title hopefuls who has scored in every race — is a direct result of last year’s struggles.

It’s a conversation for a pub. We are not even halfway through the season and I don’t even have a one-race advantage over the guy in second – although it’s obviously important to have this gap, especially over Valentino…All human beings learn, and what better way to do it than from your own mistakes. I’m one of those people who can be told 20 times that there’s a wall in front of me, but until I hit it head-on, I don’t believe it’s there.

26 Jun, 2016

Dutch GP: second place

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Marquez Second Dutch GP

Marquez comes second in the Dutch GP at Assen, behind Jack Miller. After restarting the race in fifth place he took third place behind Miller, Valentino Rossi and race leader Dovizioso, until Rossi and Dovizioso crash out.

This second place today is like a victory, these points will be important in the championship.

Race stopped in Lap 15

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The DutchGP is stopped on Lap 15 of 26, due to rainy conditions. Marquez is in fifth place, behind Scott Redding, Valentino Rossi, Danilo Petrucci and race leader, Andrea Dovizioso. The race will be restarted if conditions improve.

24 Jun, 2016

Assen: Friday Practice

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Marquez places third in Friday Free Practice at Assen, for the Netherlands GP.

The 2014 chassis is the one that last year I came back to in this race and still I’m using this one. It gives me a lot of confidence with the front tyre. Confidence and warning, which is important. For example, when I tried the new chassis in Montmelo [test] it was in some parts better, but in other parts – like corner entry – it was worse. So we are trying to find the best compromise to adjust the back of the new chassis to this 2014 chassis, because I think it can be a good solution.