The subconscious messages that Marc Marquez did or did not intend to send during the post-race press conference at Phillip Island revealed how each defeat leaves a little nick in his pride. More than a nick, they generate a small wound that Marquez leaves open until, in a kind of sporting account, it's time to heal them.
"This is not like Assen in Australia," Marc commented to the Spanish press. "Here, with the title already in my hand, I was able to risk crashing for those four, five laps behind Viñales, something I could not do in Holland." The fact that Márquez mentioned the Dutch GP was not a coincidence.
Out of the 17 races the 2019 World Championship has held so far, Marc has won 11, crashed in one (Austin) and finished second in the other six. In five of those he fought for the win until the last lap.That sixth race is the only one in where he crossed the line out of reach of the winner (4.854 seconds). Where was that race held? And who was the rider who infringed that ‘humiliation’ upon Marc? Indeed, the place was Assen and the rider Viñales, the only rider who beat him with a good distance the entire season...
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