Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says that his crash at the end of the second test day at the Sepang International Circuit may have been due to fatigue. The Honda rider was on his way back to the pits when things went wrong in the fast third corner.
Marquez said after the first test day that his right shoulder, on which he had recently undergone surgery, felt worse than what he had previously taken into account. However, things went better on Saturday. After he had completed 37 laps on Friday and set the twelfth fastest time in seven tenths of fastest man Fabio Quartararo, he managed to complete 47 laps on the second day of the test and finished ninth in half a second of the same Quartararo. to bring clocks. The day nevertheless ended in a minor thanks to a crash in the last hour.
“The shoulder is getting better and better,” Marquez says. “At the start of the day I was full of energy and I drove without problems, but when I started to turn on, I felt my energy level drop after two runs. But that is normal at this stage. The most important thing is that it is not worse has gone then yesterday. I have achieved my goal again today. Yesterday we wanted to drive around 30 laps and today we went for 45. In the end I did 47. ”
Regarding his crash, the 26-year-old Spaniard said: “I was done with my program and on my way to the pits when I got to the dirty part of the track. I don’t know why. Maybe it was because I was tired or something like that. It’s a fast turn where it happened, but I was driving slowly at the time, so it wasn’t a major crash. ” The six-time MotoGP champion knows only too well that he must be careful with his shoulder, but it is precisely that being careful that makes it extra tiring. Marquez: “I have to sit on the bike with 200 percent concentration, because someone with my physical condition has to drive with even more focus to prevent things like this.”
Marquez was not the only topper that went down on Saturday. Ducati driver Andrea Dovizioso also had a moment on the Malaysian circuit. He got off the track at the sixth bend and made a short red code with his fall. The Italian was back on the bike a short time later, but afterwards announced that his crash was not exactly gentle. “I wasn’t pushing 100 percent at the time,” he says. “I opened the gas at a maximum angle and lost the front. The crash itself was very light, but unfortunately I went into the gravel afterwards. I couldn’t breathe for a moment and I still have a problem with my neck. I hope that that doesn’t get worse tonight, because that’s what normally happens after such a moment. ”
With the collaboration of Lewis Duncan