Marc Márquez put his hand to his head, wondering what had happened, how it had happened. A victory taken, again, in the last corner, for just 13 thousandths. And it wasn't a red spot that overcame it. But blue, clear. Suzuki Alex Rins. How it happened
He passed in a sigh, but the play was designed many laps ago. Rins and Márquez measured themselves for much of the Great Prize of Great Britain. A tug of war that for the Spaniard had as an incentive to add one more victory, almost definitively seized the world title because Fabio Quartararo took Andrea Dovizioso ahead in the first meters. On the ground, with the motorcycle on fire, almost all of his options to fight the Spanish crown. Almost because mathematics still does not say otherwise, but, in sensations, victories, bad and good luck, it is done.
So on the track, Márquez's pride, with 60 poles in 120 MotoGP races, with track record, wanting to secure the sixth title of the top category in seven years as soon as possible. And Honda wanted to make up for that defeat in the last corner in Austria with Dovizioso. So he pulled, squeezed the motorcycle to the limits, rolled back through the air in several brakes, led almost every lap, only allowed Rins to spend just a few seconds to study what he had, how it went, what he needed.
But in that study, Rins was also investigating how, when and where he could trap his head. He let the Honda put on first and analyzed it, much softer the Suzuki, more daring the pilot because he tested on both flanks. First timidly, in the final sigh, bluntly. Because Rins cheated on Marquez in the penultimate lap. He showed him the bike outside and Honda took note. On the last lap, Cervera's was opened enough to avoid that pull of the Suzuki, but Rins had already decided that the victory was on the inside. For 13 thousandths. The hand on Marquez's head. How it had happened.
«Losing on the last straight is not the best feeling. I knew I had a good chance, and I've been the whole race in the lead. I pressed the tires because I was worried about Yamaha drivers. If they arrived I could finish third or fourth and I pressed to lead. On the last lap I lost the front train and Rins had more grip and overtook me, ”said Marquez. «It has been amazing. I have no words. I've been close to making a mistake because in the absence of two laps I thought it was the last. That's why I advanced it abroad. I tried to hold the rubber and then I was faster than him in the last one, ”explained Rins.
A victory for 13 thousandths. And there are already two consecutive defeats that Marquez also adds who, however, leaves the Silverstone Grand Prix much closer to his sixth MotoGP crown. «Happy for the championship. Not for the race. My goal was the championship and I wanted to get the maximum points possible. We leave Silverstone with 78 points ahead, ”smiled the Honda despite those 13 thousandths. .