Marquez: Crash was unfortunate

The reigning world champion has come in for a bit of criticism for clipping Rossi's wheel in the closing stages of the race, with some pundits suggesting that it smacked of desperation.

However, Marquez has taken a fairly philosophical approach to the incident, bemoaning the premature end to a tight battle.

"It’s a shame what happened, because we were having a good race!" the Spaniard commented.  

"It was interesting, because our tyre choice was different from Valentino’s as I felt we were not as competitive the harder compound. The strategy was working out well for us – it’s just a pity about the last two laps. 

"When I saw that he was closing in on me, I decided to conserve the tyres a little. On the final laps I went back to riding in the low 1'39s to check that the tyres were still in good shape, and knew that we would be fighting to the end. When he caught me, we fought for a few corners and unfortunately we touched and I crashed. 

"I've always said that he's my idol and my reference, so you always learn things from him."

The 22-year-old is currently finds himself in fifth place in the championship standings, 30 points off the pace being set by Rossi.

 

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