"Marquez is very, very special," writes reader Robin. "His daring passes after fluffing the start at Motegi needs to be seen to be believed. This is similar to that infamous clip of Schwantz at Hockenheim."
""I made a huge mistake on the start —it was a rookie mistake," stated Marquez in the post-race press conference. "When I engaged first gear I noticed something strange, but at that moment I was only focusing on the lights and on making a good start. I didn't think to check that the gear had slotted in correctly. When the lights went out I found I was still in neutral and the first thing to cross my mind was to hope that nobody hit me from behind. I wasn't just because I didn't want to miss the race, but rather that the other rider and myself could have been very badly hurt."
"I had a lot of luck in that respect, but on the opening corner I was very far back and had to give 100% on the early laps. When I saw that I wasn't with the lead group, my aim was to take as many points as possible. However, I surprised myself with how I moved up places and reached the frontrunners. From then on, I took things much more calmly when it came to overtaking."