Overall, Marc Marquez could not be disappointed with the result obtained in Malaysia on Sunday, even if he did not manage to complete the hat-trick after being successful in Japan and Australia; the Spaniard had a really difficult Saturday where he crashed during qualifying session with a huge highside while he was trying to get a fast lap but at the end had to face one of his worse qualifying since he is in MotoGP as long as he had to start from 11th position on the grid.
Anyway, World Champion was able to made a strong comeback but could not catch Maverick Vinales as he did one week ago: “Today Maverick was strong, we tried to follow him but he was too quick, but we made a better race than expected. I lost a bit of time with Miller and Vinales got a little advantage to run away. I knew that the only chance I had was staying close to him like I did in Australia but we did not manage to do it, but we were starting from 11th!”
It was an emotional day for Marquez, as long as his brother Alex won Moto2 World Championship and also for the death of Afridza Munandar (Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup rider) on Saturday: “This is a special day, first of all for Munandar. All of us know the risks of practicing this sport, everyone wants to win. The whole World rode for him. And then for my brother, Alex. I do not care too much about points record scored in a single season that now belongs to me, because the most important one is my brother who won the Title”.
Marc then came back on analyzing his race: “Our engine is good, but today it was not the main focus to win the race; I struggled a lot on having the right grip and it was quite tough managing the rear tyre, even if it was hard for everyone! Yamahas were fast since free practice, but they were fast for the whole second part of the season, next year it is gonna be a good challenge fighting with them! Me and Dovi tried to get pass Miller quickly in the first laps, but Jack is a really strong guy! Anyway, our race pace today was not enough to stay with Maverick”