Marquéz plays it safe

2009-10-17 20:52
Red Bull KTM 125 rider Marc Marquéz played it safe in today's Australian Grand Prix and rode around set-up problems on his bike to finish in a strong nineth position.

Lined up on the second row of the grid, the 16-year-old Spaniard had a great start and finished the opening lap in fifth position, but soon realized that his KTM FFR 125 was moving too much on the corner exits to make an assault on the front runners of the race.

"My start was good and I was riding very well for the first one or two laps, but then I saw that it was impossible to hang on to the front runners. Instead of doing crazy things and risking a crash, I thought it was more important to finish the race," Marquéz said. "Nineth position is obviously not the result we had hoped for, but it was the best I could do today. My biggest problem was opening the throttle on the corner exits. The bike would jump a lot, and sometimes it was hard enough just to stay on. For the race at Malaysia next week my team is going to work hard to solve the problem."

Teammate Cameron Beaubier also had a great start and held 13th place for a while but ran into trouble whilst still on the opening lap. "I was in a good position, but unfortunately not for a long time: Going into the fast right-hander in fifth gear, I lost the front and went into the gravel," he said. "I tried to continue but after a couple laps my engine seemed to have a problem after the crash, and I had to pull in."

Team director Harald Bartol was happy with the performance of Marquéz and his cool way to make the best out of a tricky situation. "We will now have to analyze what made the difference to the chassis. Marc was able to go a second per lap quicker in the warm-up practice session this morning, and we hardly changed anything for the race," he said.

Results 125cc MotoGP Phillip Island/Australia
1. Simon Julian, Spain, Aprilia, 37'55.798
2. Smith Bradley, England, Aprilia, 37'56.111
3. Cortese Sandro, Germany, Derbi, 37'57.855
4. Espargaro Pol, Spain, Derbi, 37'57.959
5. Corsi Simone, Italy, Aprilia, 37'58.128
KTM riders
9. Marquez Marc, Spain, KTM, 38'18.518
DNF Beaubier Cameron, USA, KTM, 4'46.379
Championship Standings
1. Simon Julian, Spain, 239 points - World Champion 2009
2. Smith Bradley, England, 183.5
3. Terol Nicolas, Spain, 162.5
4. Espargaro Pol, Spain, 142.5
5. Gadea Sergio, Spain, 128
KTM riders
8. Marquez Marc, Spain, 94 points
29. Beaubier Cameron, USA, 3

Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG

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