Marquez back on podium, Pedrosa extends lead

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Marc Marquez recuperated from his heavy crash on Friday to place second in TT Assen.

Marc Marquez achieved yet another podium finish in Saturday’s Iveco TT Assen, while Repsol Honda Team partner Dani Pedrosa finished fourth to pull extend his championship advantage over Jorge Lorenzo by two points.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Repsol Media

Over the first seven races of MotoGP™ 2013, newcomer and reigning Moto2™ World Champion Marquez has registered one non-finish and six podiums. Having won his last three Assen races, his Saturday event came down to a final lap battle with Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow which featured a touch between their bikes.

"Overall the pace was faster than I had expected," Marquez admitted. "At the start and throughout the race both Dani and Valentino (Rossi, winner) were very strong. In fact, Valentino was simply faster than us today. I could only pass Dani towards the end because at first I had a lot of trouble."

However, Marquez was feeling the effects of a heavy crash on Friday.

"Once I passed Dani, I tried to catch Valentino, but my arm began to affect me and I couldn't brake in my normal way due to my injured finger. In the end we took 20 points after a good battle with Cal and think I defended pretty well against him. In general, we can say we've done a good job all weekend. I have a lot of respect for Jorge today: he showed real strength and he did a great job. I would also like to congratulate Valentino, as it's always good for motorcycle racing when he's up at the front!"

Pedrosa’s fourth place was his worst result since the season-opener in Qatar, but he crucially finished one position in front of closest title rival Lorenzo.

"Today I started well, saving a crash at the very beginning with cold tyres, and I was able to continue and put in some good laps," the championship leader began. "Then I had problems with the tyres, both on the front and the rear. Still, I tried to hold on for as long as possible because I don’t want it to be an excuse. I sat behind Rossi for several laps, then as the race progressed it was more and more difficult to keep up, especially when Marc and Crutchlow caught me.

"I guess everyone was sliding around behind us, but I found that I could not control the bike on entry to some corners and that made me lose touch, especially in the closing laps. Overall, this weekend we had very negative feelings and in the end we managed an okay race. Now it's time to move on, relax and get ready for the next round. Finally, congratulations to Jorge, because what he did today and how he did it was very impressive! I take my hat off to him."

Heading to Round 8 at the Sachsenring, where Pedrosa enjoyed a comfortable victory in 2012, he heads up the riders’ standings by nine points.

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