Crossing the San Marino GP finish line in second place ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow, Marc Marquez stepped on the podium for the tenth time this season, and for the sixth time in a row for the first time since 2014.
Marc also equaled Mike Hailwood with the 7th most podiums across all classes and extended his lead in the MotoGP overall standings to 67 points over new runner-up and today’s GP winner Andrea Dovizioso.
Currently, Honda also leads the the Constructors World Championship and the Repsol Honda Team tops the Teams World Championship.
Starting from eleventh on the grid, Dani Pedrosa took a positive sixth place, though not yet the result he is looking for.
“We’re very happy with this podium because we knew that at this track Ducati would be very fast and actually they were! They’d tested here and we hadn’t, but we fought hard and we got very close. I had a good start and then it took some time to bring the tyres up to temperature. I closed the little gap to the front but then I saw that Dovi was so strong today, so I set second place as the target. I was behind Jorge but he was faster than me. I kept pushing and pushing to see if I was able to make a move in the last lap and then he crashed. We took second meaning that we leave here with a 67-point advantage in the Championship which is very important. I’m happy, I feel comfortable on the bike, and I’m ready to prepare for Aragon, which is a track that I like very much.”
“Today’s sixth place was the best outcome for the weekend and so we must take the positives from it, but of course it’s not enough because we’re still far from where we want to be. I tried to stick to Maverick and to get closer to Rins but I wasn’t able to. We need to work on our bike’s setup in order to get closer to the pace of the front group.”
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