A rollercoaster of emotions, that is. What else do you call dropping to 14th place and then winning by 10 seconds?
Sachsenring has historically been good to Marc Márquez and it didn’t let him down this time. But this hardly means there wasn’t a healthy serving of ups and downs to go along with it. He went from zero to a hundred in a few seconds, dropping far back to 14th place during a tumultuous wet-dry race. The turning point came after he made the decision to pit for slicks earlier than everyone else did. He caught up with everyone and surged ahead of Ducati rain specialist Dovizioso by seven seconds. The rest, as they say, is history.
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“It was crazy because I didn’t know my real position. One lap I see ‘P4’ and the next I see ‘P1 +20 seconds’. I say, ‘This is good news!’ Then I just managed the lead.”
Márquez noticed he was slipping behind the rest because of an unfortunate tyre choice and determined that he amend the issue long before it was recommended. And he wasn’t ready to settle for just intermediate either. It was go slick or go home.
“For our team the intermediate doesn’t exist. We go from wet to dry. Otherwise, it is a big confusion and how to you tell the team ‘I want intermediate or I want slick?’ So for me, the slick was the correct answer.
“I [changed bikes at the time] because I was far from the first position, far from the podium. I took a lot of risk because the dry line was very, very tight and two or three corners were still completely wet. But in the rest of the circuit, I was pushing like normal.”
Thanks to his savvy choice, his Movistar Yamaha rivals, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, were barely dots on his rearview mirror. Looks like neither are much of a threat to him when he’s on top of his strategy and racing on Sachsenring.