Repsol Honda rookie added his sixth podium of 2013 in a struggling race that played with the physical aftermath of his fall on Friday.
Márquez was third when he started the test in the Dutch track and completed his first step by second goal after his teammate Dani Pedrosa. Both stretched the group in the early stages of the test, until in the fifth round Rossi gave them scope to be at the head of the group.
In the final part of the race, the Cervera driver was able to overtake Pedrosa, then start an electric pulse with Crutchlow for the second step of the podium. Márquez emerged victorious after defending himself during the last three laps of Crutchlow’s intense attack, thus achieving the second position, especially meritorious after his strong fall on Friday morning.
“Overall the pace of the race was faster than I expected. Both Dani at the beginning, and Valentino during the whole test, have been very strong. In fact, Valentino today has been faster than us “valued Márquez.
“I was able to pass Dani at the end, because at the beginning I suffered too much. Once second, I tried to catch Valentino, but I started to stiffen my arm because I could not brake as I wanted, due to the injury of my little finger. In the end we got these 20 points after a very nice battle with Cal [Crutchlow], which I defended quite well “continued the Lleida, who consolidates his third position in the general classification, now with 113 points.
“In general, we can say that we have done a great job throughout the weekend. I have a lot of respect for what Jorge has done today, he has shown great strength and he has done a great job. I would also like to congratulate Valentino, since it is always good for motorcycling that he is ahead. ”