Marquez didn't attack Petrucci on Mugello last lap

Marc Marquez says that he did not try to pass Danilo Petrucci on the last lap of MotoGP's Italian Grand Prix as he did not want to risk title rival Andrea Dovizioso passing them both.

Marquez didn't attack Petrucci on Mugello last lap

Marquez was fighting with factory Ducati pair Petrucci and Dovizioso, as well as Alex Rins, who was ultimately unable to bother the trio from fourth, for the victory at Mugello.

Petrucci led the majority of the latter stages of the race with Dovizioso running behind him, but Marquez slipstreamed past both of them on the main straight ahead of the final lap.

But the Honda rider ran slightly wide with Dovizioso on the inside of him, and Petrucci snuck past the both of them to retake the lead.

Marquez, leaving Turn 1 second, said that his focus for the rest of the lap was to keep Dovizioso behind, and not gift him a win with a desperate move on Petrucci.

"I try in the beginning like always, try to do my pace but I already have two small moments, I say today is not the day [to pull away], I will follow and I will fight on the last lap," said Marquez, whose lead over Dovizioso in the championship grew to 12 points.

"Just I miss the apex on Turn 1, but then when I saw the last lap that Danilo was first, me second and Dovi third, I say okay, I will not try, I will just defend.

"If I try and both we go wide, Dovi wins the race and then is worse for the championship.

"For that reason just I stay behind Danilo, I try on the last [corner] with the slipstream but we knew that was very difficult."

He added that he spent the previous laps "studying" how best to pull off a move on the Ducatis.

"For me was great to overtake both Ducatis on the straight, the other laps I was studying to see if it was better on the right side or left side but then I saw the right side was too dirty and then the bike started shaking," he explained.

"I went to the left side but with two slipstreams I arrived in the braking point with very high speed, when I miss the apex.

"I already see that I was going wide but then I just try to be tight in, then I saw some red bike inside, I don't know who it was, Dovi or Danilo, but just I was going in and then I see that he picks up.

"When going off the first corner and I see that I am second and first was Petrucci, was like okay, we are in a good situation."

shares
comments
Mugello MotoGP: Petrucci beats Marquez for first victory

Previous article

Mugello MotoGP: Petrucci beats Marquez for first victory

Next article

Petrucci "so sorry" to hamper Dovizioso in race-winning move

Petrucci "so sorry" to hamper Dovizioso in race-winning move
Load comments
How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike Prime

How Ducati has developed MotoGP's most versatile bike

His third place at Misano made Enea Bastianini the fifth different Ducati-mounted rider to score a podium in 2021. Amid a season that has seen one rider amass the bulk of Yamaha and Honda's success, the Ducati's versatility makes for a potent weapon, but the contribution of a former leading light shouldn't be forgotten

MotoGP
Sep 23, 2021
The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career Prime

The next steps in the rebuilding of a stalled MotoGP career

Maverick Vinales’ early debut with Aprilia has been one of the most interesting plots of the recent MotoGP rounds. The results may not look standout on paper, but a closer inspection reveals just how much progress Vinales has truly made in understanding a bike that has taken him well out of his “comfort zone”.

MotoGP
Sep 22, 2021
Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future Prime

Why Misano was a pivotal race for MotoGP's present and future

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino GP will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP's present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia's flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

MotoGP
Sep 20, 2021
How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future Prime

How Ducati's Aragon MotoGP win harks to its past and its future

Duelling against Marc Marquez at the Aragon Grand Prix, Francesco Bagnaia came out on top to secure a long overdue MotoGP victory. As Marquez likened Bagnaia to a Ducati title contender of old, it appears the Italian rider could finally start to fight for wins on a more regular basis

MotoGP
Sep 13, 2021
Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble Prime

Why Dovizioso is more of a temporary fix than a Yamaha gamble

OPINION: The return of Andrea Dovizioso to the grid at Misano will be an interesting subplot to the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season. But the circumstances that have led to the former Ducati rider ending his sabbatical point to his signing being one more of convenience than a long-term commitment

MotoGP
Sep 8, 2021
Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP Prime

Why the British GP was a triumph for MotoGP

OPINION: The 2021 British Grand Prix was a historic day for MotoGP. At the centre of it was Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia after securing its first podium in the modern MotoGP era. It was something of a full-circle moment that highlighted just how far MotoGP has come in the last decade

MotoGP
Aug 30, 2021
Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home Prime

Why Silverstone should be regarded as MotoGP's rightful UK home

OPINION: Many of the UK’s MotoGP fans would prefer Donington Park to host the British GP beyond the expiry of Silverstone's current deal. But the track's fast, flowing circuit provides the best racing and should be regarded as its best bet for the foreseeable future

MotoGP
Aug 26, 2021
How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP Prime

How Marc Marquez is facing his toughest challenge in MotoGP

The 2020 MotoGP season was an enthralling affair, but few would argue with you if you thought the world championship was a poorer place without Marc Marquez. In an exclusive interview, he explains the challenges he's faced in his comeback from injury and what he makes of the current MotoGP landscape.

MotoGP
Aug 23, 2021