Marquez crashes mid-comeback at Mugello

Marquez got out of the race after crashing out with five laps to go.

The sixth round of the MotoGP season was held today at Mugello. The Italian Grand Prix finished with a bittersweet taste in the mouths of the Repsol Honda riders after Marc Marquez’s crash. The reigning World Champion fell five laps from the finish, when battling for second place with Andrea Iannone.

After making an excellent start, the Marquez moved up from thirteenth on the grid to sixth in the first sector. He completed the opening lap fourth, then also overtook Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone over the course of the next two laps. However, he was unable to catch eventual racewinner Jorge Lorenzo. The Repsol Honda rider continued his battle with the two Italians until, with five laps to go, he lost the front end at Turn 3 and crashed out.

Marc Marquez: “It was a shame about the crash today, because I had already done the hardest part! I’m happy because I was able to carry out our plan, which was to try to recover positions on the first five laps. We were up into second place after four laps, but when the tyre grip went down we had a similar problem to before, with the tyre sliding on corner entry. I was on the limit and when you are pushing at the maximum sometimes things happen like they did today. We have dropped quite far behind in the standings, but Honda are working hard and together we will keep pushing to improve the feeling with the bike for the second half of the season.”