Marquez, one of just three to use the hard rear, took the long view. "I was pushing," he said, regarding his late-race run at Pedrosa. "But from the beginning, I felt that the front tire was too soft; it had a lot of movement. I had a big moment, and I said, 'Okay, second position is a really good end to this weekend.' In those conditions, Dani is the best. He is really smooth. I always struggle at Jerez, but today we were strong."