Marc Marquez took the first podium of the 2022 MotoGP season in Australia. Casey Stoner’s past figures are decisive.
Marc Marquez in Australia has given a clear signal to rivals. He has conquered a podium that amazes the fans and rivals, even though he has been in the air for some time now and when it comes to the Cervera champion, it is never surprising. He returns to shine the sun in the Ducati garage after more than two difficult years, in which he has collected only one podium and some negative records that have cast a shadow on the garage directed by Alberto Puig.
The return of Marc Marquez in Aragon, the pole position at Motegi, the podium at Phillip Island are the first signs of a mental, physical and technical recovery that will be completed only on the eve of the next one MotoGP. The right humerus responds perfectly to the rehabilitation, Cervera’s talent no longer feels pain, in the last round he overtook Pecco Bagnaia on the last lap. “The doctor had explained to him that from the bone point of view he was ready to run“Explained team manager Puig. “Logically, he still has some muscle discomfort and we are seeing a progression“.
Marc Marquez and Casey Stoner’s data
This is also thanks to Marc Marquez’s flair as a champion, who imposed the use of soft rubber against the opinion of a large part of his garage. Instead it turned out to be the best decision for his Honda, the only rider on the grid to mount the softest tire made available to Michelin. He raced 27 laps at very high levels and took advantage of Casey Stoner’s driving style at Turn 3: “When I started MotoGP I had Casey’s data and I copied his style“, Admitted the eight-time world champion. “And that’s one of my strengths, even in this type of corner“.
Today’s MotoGP prototypes are very different from those of the previous decade, they require another way of driving, they have sophisticated aerodynamics, the riders need excellent physical preparation to make a difference on their rivals. “It is true that there are different styles for the bikes, but Casey was super fast in that corner“, Underlined Marc Marquez, after meeting Stoner in the Phillip Island paddock.
There RC213V it remains a difficult bike to tame, but in his hands it seems to become again a weapon with which to aim for the top. So much to try to win the Australian race, with Alex Rins which anticipated him by just 186 thousandths of a second at the finish. But at that point a technical delay made the company impossible: “One of the problems with our bike is stopping on the straight, we feel a bit of tremor and you can’t brake“, Concluded Marc Marquez. “It was too risky“.