Marquez retained by Honda MotoGP bike, says manager

Mark Marquez

Marc Marquez is held back by the performance of Honda’s MotoGP bike, according to his manager, Emilio Alzamora.

The six-time premier class champion is 13th in the riders’ standings after missing two of this year’s four races so far due to his crash during the warm-up session at Mandalika.

However, in his comeback event at the Circuit of the Americas just over a week ago, he took sixth place under the checkered flag after falling to the very back of the field following a technical problem at the start.

Marquez had admitted last month, ahead of the monster highside in Indonesia, that he still lacked the “special feel” he had with the front end of his Honda.

However, how much of this can be attributed to the lingering effects of the 2020 Jerez crash in which he badly broke his right arm, and how much to the RC213V’s drastic off-season revisions, remains to be seen. to see.

Honda have made a big push to make their bike more rider-friendly, and Marquez said on the eve of the season opener of the Qatar Grand Prix that it looks like something from another manufacturer, although he broadly approved of the changes.

After a second bout of diplopia in the space of six months put the 29-year-old’s future in the sport in question, his manager is optimistic about a seventh MotoGP title, should his team come at the party.

“More than fighting for the world championship, the goal is to win the world championship, both for him and for Honda, but the circumstances have to be right,” Alzamora told the Spanish sports daily. AS.

“Honda made a big effort, and Marc pushes and gives instructions, but he needs Honda to give him a more competitive bike.

“I think they are on the right track, otherwise the return will be impossible. Even so, we need more support from them.

Repsol Honda team principal Alberto Puig, himself a former driver, said Marquez’s response at the Grand Prix of the Americas showed he remained a “cut above” his rivals.

Alzamora, in his own words, was left “angry” by the drama at first, but had equally enthusiastic praise for his client.

“There are no words to describe it,” he said of No. 93.

“I always say athletes have to chase their own luck and he does, but he hasn’t really had any yet because that technical breakdown at the start complicated his race after the immense effort he made to finish. here.

“For us, this sixth place is a victory and gives Marc and Honda some oxygen to continue working, because the road is long.”

At the other factory Honda, Pol Espargaro finished 13th in COTA as he battled illness.

He is 11th in the championship, two points ahead of Marquez, on his way to the Portuguese Grand Prix this weekend in Portimao.

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