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Marc Marquez: Aleix Espargaro contact in Styrian MotoGP ‘simply racing’

Marquez made heavy contact with Aprilia’s Espargaro at Flip 1 on the opening lap of the red-flagged Styrian GP on Sunday, which left the latter totally livid on observe.

Within the second begin, the pair made contact once more at Flip 1, although on this event Marquez was pressured into the aspect of the Aprilia rider after Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo carved up the within of the pair of them.

Espargaro dropped down the order to 16th after that contact and finally retired with an engine challenge.

He expressed anger at the race stewards for not handing out a penalty to Marquez, however the Honda rider doesn’t consider the collisions had been over the restrict and feels the blame is 50/50 throughout the incidents.

“We all know Aleix,” Marquez mentioned when requested by Autosport if Espargaro’s feedback had been an overreaction. “If I must complain about all of the contacts, what can I do?

“In Holland he touched me within the final chicane and I practically crashed and I by no means complained.

“Right here, additionally within the first race I had massive contact, [Joan] Mir tried to overhaul me and I had massive contact, he touched me and I didn’t complain.

“I imply, that is racing. After which it’s true – and at all times I attempt to communicate truthfully – within the first race, if any individual made a mistake it was me as a result of he went somewhat bit vast and I am going in as a result of in that nook if you happen to simply have a doubt it’s simple that any individual can come and make up a whole lot of positions.

“So, I am going in, I didn’t count on to have such an enormous contact but it surely was there.

“And in the second, it was his mistake.

“I began higher than him, I used to be in an excellent place, within the brake level I used to be parallel with him.

“However he launched the brakes and went in, however Quartararo was inside and we had contact. However first race my mistake, second race his mistake.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Group

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Marquez ran contained in the main group within the first race earlier than the crimson flag, however struggled instantly on the restart with grip having modified tyres and will no higher than eighth.

“Positively within the first race, the potential and the efficiency was very excessive, I felt excellent,” he added. “All weekend my tempo was 1m24s center, 1m24s low. I imply, the primary race I used to be driving in an excellent approach, very comfy.

“However within the second race, already on the out-lap and the primary lap I realised that one thing was not in an accurate approach.

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“The bike was the identical, we solely modified the tyres from race one to race two, and in race two from the out-lap the grip was zero and I struggled all of the race with rear grip, even stopping and exiting the nook.

“It’s true the one change was the tyres however we are able to’t complain solely in regards to the tyres, we should perceive as a result of all people has the identical compounds, identical tyres.

“But it surely’s true from one tyre to the opposite one we are able to lose some efficiency. Perhaps that was the principle purpose in the present day.”

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