MotoGP Americas GP: Reason Behind Marc Marquez COTA Crash Revealed

While Marquez appeared to be going too fast into the turn at first glance, he later admitted that his front brake was not responding and that was the primary cause of the accident.

By Divyam Dubey | on April 15, 2024 Follow us on Autox Google News

Marc Marquez, who qualified third on the grid, had big expectations for COTA 2023. Since this was Marc Marquez's first race leading for Ducati, he was understandably disappointed by the crash. The overheating of the front brake compounded Marquez's technical challenges during the race, disrupting his pace and prompting an early exit. Despite Marquez's efforts to maintain a competitive position within the lead group, he struggled with slowing down, initially grappling before finding his rhythm. Marquez had just passed Pedro Acosta for the lead at COTA before losing control of his bike in the steep braking zone of Turn 11. Throughout his career, the Spaniard had won six races at the circuit.

MotoGP: What caused the Crash?

Initially, it seemed that Márquez was going too fast into the turn, but once he stated that his front brake wasn't responding, it became clear that it wasn't the main cause. Even though he had problems with the brakes, he felt he had the speed and confidence to do well in the race, so he was disappointed nonetheless. But he had a tough time riding because the front brake issue was with him the whole race.

“I’m satisfied because we were among the protagonists, we were fast and gave it all. Unfortunately, we had a front-end problem under braking, I wasn’t comfortable and I struggled. The crash came because of that and there was nothing I could do. We’re working well and I’m sure we’ll fix this issue as we did for the others that came up before, and we’ll try again in Jerez.”

Marquez emphasized that he prioritized securing a podium finish with tyre selection, despite believing he possessed the speed to clinch victory at the MotoGP Americas GP. He opted for the soft rear tyre, akin to his Ducati counterparts. However, he found himself surprised when Pedro Acosta (Tech3 Gas Gas) and Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) claimed the top two spots, both employing medium rear tyres at the race's conclusion.

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