Márquez has to retire in Motegi

Álex Márquez could not capitalise on his qualifying pace and settled in eighth position but his attempt to move forward was compromised by rear grip issues.

The 20-year-old Spaniard crashed just after overtaking Marcel Schrötter for seventh place with 16 of 23 laps remaining.

Álex Márquez: I am very angry with myself because I didn’t feel very good in the race and I don’t know why. I struggled a lot with rear grip and could not overtake the riders ahead of me and then when I did pass Schrotter I tried to push too much and crashed. I am sorry for the team and I need to concentrate on getting better results. Now I look forward to Phillip Island, a track which I enjoy very much”.

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