MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez says Ducati taking first and second was the “good thing” about the Austrian Grand Prix, as main rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi could only finish third and fourth.
Despite initially keeping up with the leading quartet, Marquez eventually lost ground and could only finish fifth, more than 11 seconds behind race winner Andrea Iannone.
While he was not happy with the position, Marquez said it was a good race for the championship as Ducati’s dominance ensured he finished right behind the Yamaha duo of Lorenzo and Rossi.
“In the end fifth place is a fifth place, of course we would like to be more in front,” said Marquez.
“But if we forget the positions and we see only the championship, Lorenzo only took five points more than me, and Valentino two, so I’m happy for this.
“The good thing is that Ducati won, because Yamaha could only finish right in front of us.”
Aside the championship, Marquez was not satisfied with his race, as he failed to compete with the Ducatis and Yamahas.
“For a few laps I was able to follow them, but in the end the race is 28 laps and Ducati was faster and Yamaha’s strongest point was that they were very constant on acceleration,” explained the Spaniard.
“At Turn 1 I went wide, I locked the front and I nearly crashed there. But I started to push again and at Turn 3 I went wide again, and then I said ‘okay, time to just come back into my rhythm’.”
“In the first part of the race I was able to recover in the two left corners, I was very fast there, but with the tyre drop later on then it was impossible.”