Marc Marquez has admitted to settling for third at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain after conceding that the two Movistar Yamaha riders were quicker than him on Sunday.
Valentino Rossi raced to an unchallenged victory, 2.386 seconds ahead of his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and seven seconds ahead of Marquez who completed the podium.
Marquez managed to qualify on the front row of the grid in third and he finished Sunday’s MotoGp in the same position.
Speaking after the race, Marquez explained that he made an early decision to prioritise finishing the race rather than trying to win it and risk crashing out.
“In the beginning I already see that the feeling was not exactly same as yesterday but anyway I push and I try and push behind Lorenzo but I nearly crash one, two, three times and I say ‘OK sixteen points for the championship.’ These two guys today were faster,” Marquez said.
Marquez remains the championship leader with 82 points, 17 ahead of second placed Lorenzo and 24 ahead of Rossi in third. The overall lead is clearly the Spaniard’s primary concern.
“The most important is that we are leading the championship so for that is the reason I am happy and in front of all these fans I expect a better race but today wasn’t possible,” Marquez continued.
“Sixteen points today is a time to finish third and it was difficult to choose this decision because it was in front of our fans. But anyway it was the best result for today.”