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The six-time MotoGP world champion was making his return to motion following his double vision-induced Argentina absence on the Circuit of the Americas and was pegged by lots of his rivals as a favorite to take victory in Sunday’s race even from ninth on the grid.
However a technical situation meant he barely pulled away in the beginning and was dropped to final by the primary nook, by which level his Honda sprung into life.
Marquez admits he thought he had engaged his pit limiter and says the bike nonetheless had an issue in the course of the race, nevertheless it was adequate for him to cost by means of to sixth.
“We had a technical drawback, however Honda is investigating what is going on on,” Marquez stated on Sunday at COTA.
“They know already kind of, however they’re investigating. Since I arrived on the beginning, I noticed some alarms [on the dashboard] after which I attempted to begin, to not lose rather a lot, however the bike was loopy.
“After which I believed one thing huge was there, however after I arrived within the first nook… I imply, from the begin to the primary nook there was no pushing from the bike, it was like pit limiter.
“Even I checked if I placed on the pit limiter. However no.
“This alarm stored on all of the race, however fortunate for us on the first nook when the holeshot was disengaged, the bike works kind of in a great way – not excellent, as a result of there was one thing there that was nonetheless fallacious.”
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The Spaniard added that his grand prix grew to become “a dash race” from that second, however his physique stopped him from going any increased than sixth.
“I gave all the things, and when 5, six laps remained my physique stated ‘OK, that is it’ after which I simply tried to complete the race and even like this I managed to complete in an excellent tempo,” he stated.
“The consequence shouldn’t be what we anticipated, but when we verify how we began, how the primary nook was and the way we completed, we will say we constructed and we received lots of confidence from this weekend.
“My goal was to construct confidence, attempt to haven’t any crash all weekend as a result of the physician stated to me all the things was fastened however I’m scared about my well being, was a latest impression three weeks in the past.
“So, simply I experience in a great way and this was an important factor.”
Regardless of being denied an opportunity to combat for an eighth COTA victory, Marquez says he’s nonetheless “happy” with the race, however extra so the truth that he was in a position to come again in Texas following his imaginative and prescient issues after his violent Indonesia crash.
“Being right here already this weekend was satisfaction and ending the race in sixth place can be satisfaction,” he acknowledged.
“If we verify how we began the race, it is true that appears like when you’re within the worst second all the things arrives.
“We by no means had a technical drawback throughout all of the years practically, and immediately that’s after I want extra the assistance we had technical drawback.
“However that is one thing that occurs and I preserve going, preserve pushing.
“I wish to say due to the staff as a result of they helped me rather a lot, they believed in me, they offer me the arrogance I would like and that is an important factor.”