A year later Marc Marquez climbs on the MotoGP podium. He guesses a risky tire strategy and sends a clear message to his rivals.
It seemed impossible until a few weeks ago the podium of Marc Marquez, on the other hand, the Honda phenomenon still amazes. In Thailand he had come close to third place in the wet race, but this time it is in the dry that he unleashes his performance worthy of being told in the annals of history. Four months after the fourth surgery on his arm, he finally no longer feels pain and sends a signal to his rivals in view of the next MotoGP season.
Cross the Australian finish line in second place, after overtaking the new championship leader on the last lap Pecco Bagnaia, with a gap of just 186 thousandths from the winner Alex Rins. First podium of the season for Marc Marquez, at the end of the Grand Prix he goes to celebrate next to his fans as if it were a victory. The liberating scream of the Honda rider after two difficult years that began with the Jerez accident in 2020. Now the “Atomic Ant” is about to return, from next year it will be fun.
Marc Marquez ready for the world assault in 2023
Two more races to chase the victory, Marc Marquez wants to end the year with this progression that began in Motegi, continued at Buriram, reaffirmed at Phillip Island. Also thanks to a risky tire strategy, mounting that soft tire that nobody seemed to have confidence in due to the high degradation: “When I said it in the pits their eyes widened … even the Japanese“. Instead, the eight-time world champion even denies the theses of Michelin, who advised against this tire to support the 27 laps of the Grand Prix. “I have always tried to stay in the middle of the group so as not to wear out too much rubber“.
In the finale he even attempted to storm Alex Rins, but to no avail. From next year he will be his brand mate in the LCR Honda team, Joan Mir will share his same Repsol Honda box. “Mir is a very fast driver, Mir is world champion. We will see how they adapt to the Honda. Why not? They can go fast and I’ve always had fast teammates, from Pedrosa, Lorenzo, Alex, Pol, who was making podiums with KTM when he arrived and was fourth in the championship. They will be strong partners to whom I will not give any advice, because they are rivals“.
After crossing the finish line he throws the boot to the public, with that right arm that has caused many problems to his career. Soon it will be just a memory, Marc Marquez he is thirsty for victories and hunger for world titles. “The arm is improving little by little. They tell me that the strength still needs to improve and that the last step will be taken in the winter“. The goal is to reach 2023 on equal terms with its opponents.
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