Malaysian Grand Prix winner Marc Marquez said he "didn't have anything more" in his fight with Valentino Rossi, and that it would have been too close to call had the Yamaha rider not crashed.
Starting seventh after being handed a six-place grid drop, Marquez quickly moved up to second and then spent the majority of the race circulating around a second behind Rossi.
He started to inch closer during the final 10 laps but was yet to make an overtaking attempt when Rossi crashed with four laps remaining, which allowed Marquez to cruise to victory.
Marquez admitted that the last laps would have been close with Rossi if his rival didn't crash, as he was giving his all.
"The plan was to try, I was there to try in the end," said Marquez. "I didn't have anything more, we were both riding in the limit, we were riding 2m01s low, 2m00s high, was really fast pace.
"Then I saw that he started to struggle so the plan was to try to arrive in the end, and only remained four-five laps so was going to be very close, but the plan was just to arrive there and try to fight.
"Then we would've seen, because our level was very equal."
Marquez said that he didn't have the perfect bike on Sunday