At Mugello, the sixth round of the season and his fourth event, Marc Marquez made a good start from eleventh on the grid but his race was over almost before it began.

The Spaniard crashed at turn 3 on lap two and was unable to continue, having come into contact with Brad Binder, who wasn’t to blame. Marc himself admits as much.

Not what he’d hoped for

Marquez’s first limitation at Mugello was his physical condition, as his right arm continues to recover: “I’m pleased in that respect, as I thought it would be worse over the weekend. The pain and my strength remained stable, which is important”.

He then explains the dynamics of the incident: “We’ve seen many crashes at that point. It was a racing incident, but my fault. I thought Binder was already behind me and when I changed direction I came into contact. Luckily only I crashed”.

He nevertheless regrets not being able to complete the race: “I didn’t want my race to end so soon, I need riding time and can only get that during race weekends”.

Farewell to Jason Dupasquier

In conclusion, Marc has this to say: “We can view the weekend positively because I made some steps forward at a track where we know we suffer, both with the Honda but also physically”.

His words about the event in general are very different though: The weekend was disastrous for motorcycling, because it’s not easy to lose a paddock team-mate. This is the risk we take every time we ride. It’s hard. I am sending big hugs to the team, his family, friends and to Jason himself”.

Translated by Heather Watson

Moto3, Jason Dupasquier: the young Swiss rider's story