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Marquez didn’t wish to battle Martin in Qatar to not harm his MotoGP title hopes

Martin endured a torrid grand prix in Qatar on Sunday, as a problem with his rear tyre meant he struggled to 10th while title rival Francesco Bagnaia finished second. The Pramac rider is now 21 points adrift of Bagnaia in the championship, having cut his lead down to seven 24 hours earlier after winning the sprint

Marquez didn’t wish to battle Martin in Qatar to not harm his MotoGP title hopes

Martin endured a torrid grand prix in Qatar on Sunday, as an issue together with his rear tyre meant he struggled to tenth whereas title rival Francesco Bagnaia completed second.

The Pramac rider is now 21 factors adrift of Bagnaia within the championship, having minimize his lead all the way down to seven 24 hours earlier after profitable the dash, and later raged against Michelin for ‘stealing’ the title from him.

Martin discovered himself at one stage combating with Honda’s Marquez earlier than the eight-time world champion finally completed down in eleventh.

Talking after the race, Marquez mentioned he might see Martin was scuffling with rear grip however did not wish to battle him too arduous because the factors gained would not have “modified my life”.

“I did the entire race behind Martin,” Marquez mentioned. “In the beginning I noticed that he was pulling arduous and we had been catching the group a bit of bit, however then I noticed that he was beginning to lose fairly a little bit of velocity in comparison with the opposite Ducatis.

“He was struggling on the exit of the corners, I do not know what occurred to him, he did not have his common velocity.

“I did not wish to get right into a battle with him on the finish, it did not change my life and he can use these few factors.”

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Photograph by: MotoGP

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

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He added: “When he handed me and I caught with him I noticed that Jorge did not have the tempo, many riders handed him, I made an try and I could not go both, so I made a decision to remain behind.

“He had Johann Zarco serving to him, [which is] regular, he is his team-mate. I noticed that with the race he had he was not capable of focus and the issue was getting worse.”

Marquez completed eleventh in each races in Qatar having certified in seventh, however conceded within the grand prix that he “could not experience nicely” and elected to make sure he received to the end to higher put together himself for his ultimate Honda outing in Valencia this weekend.

“It has been a greater weekend than anticipated, we’ve been saving it, however logically within the race, each within the dash and this Sunday the tempo places you in your home, and we’ve not had rhythm,” he mentioned.

“It is true that I could not experience nicely this Sunday, I wasn’t at my greatest. I used to be robust on Saturday, however as we speak I wasn’t, and that made my race a bit calmer.

“It would not have modified the place a lot both, so I went to complete the race to arrange for subsequent weekend.”

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