Marc Marquez says his MotoGP championship lead didn’t cross his mind at any point during the process that led the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to be cancelled.
A combination of heavy, persistent rain at the Northamptonshire venue on Sunday and a newly relaid track surface that failed to drain properly meant that the 12th round of the 2018 season was finally abandoned after hours of delays.
The decision not to race was ultimately taken by the riders in an emergency safety commission meeting, with only Jack Miller and Johann Zarco dissenting of those present.
Series leader Marquez was among the majority who were in favour of calling off the race, and maintains a comfortable 59-point lead with seven rounds left to run.
However, the reigning champion denied a desire to protect his advantage played any part in his consideration of the day’s events at Silverstone.
He said: “Good thing? No, in this kind of conditions you can take a lot of profit or lose many points.
“This is something today I didn’t think about, because it was such a long day, since 9am [when warm-up started] we were fully concentrated on the race."
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