MotoGP Championship leader Marc Marquez has spoken in defence of his team after an error in reckoning caused the Spaniard to be disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island and handing victory on a plate to rival Jorge Lorenzo.
Marquez missed the planned pit-window by one lap, pitting on lap eleven rather than the permitted lap nine or ten slots as chosen by Lorenzo and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. The mix-up saw the 20 year-old disqualified while challenging for victory.
However, Marquez has claimed the mistake was made by the whole team, not one individual:
“The plan we had was not correct, we though that we could do that lap. We thought we could go into the pit at the end of lap 11. The problem was not with the pit board, that was fine, when I saw ‘Box’ I came in.”
With his erstwhile sizeable championship lead cut to just eighteen points following Lorenzo’s victory, and with fifty still up for grabs at the remaining two races of the season, Marquez is surprisingly upbeat:
“I said on Thursday that the championship is very long. Today this happened and maybe in Motegi it’s something else. I know we’re going in the right way, I feel so good on the bike…Now we need to forget about it and just concentrate in Motegi.”