Marc Marquez completed a total of 100 laps in the two days of testing at Misano, but his presence at Aragon is not certain.
In two days of testing at Misano Marc Marquez it went beyond all expectations. The doctors gave the green light to motorcycle training shortly after August 15th, he intensified the physical effort in the gym, carried out two private tests at the MotorLand with a CBR600RR, before returning to the saddle of the Honda RC213V with which he faced the IRTA test. Completed 100 laps, 39 on the first day, 61 on the second, his best lap in 1’31 ″ 642, less than six tenths from Fabio Quartararo’s best time in the combined.
The priority was to understand where the recovery of the right humerus was after the fourth operation. Everything goes as planned, the bone has strengthened but only at the end of the winter can it be considered stable. There remains the doubt about his presence ad Aragon in a week, a lot will depend on the interviews with the doctors these days, when he will express his feelings in the aftermath of this great physical effort.
Marc Marquez and the doubtful Aragon
Marc Marquez and Honda, however, have very clear ideas and are determined to get out of this lethargy of results and performance. Both Tuesday and Wednesday he was the best Honda rider in the combined standings, beating team mate Pol Espargaró by 65 thousandths. In the afternoon he began to experience fatigue and lack of strength in his arm: “I went into slow mode, but only to do some laps. It was difficult for me to touch my elbow in some corners, which is one of my strengths“.
Beyond the technical situation, with Honda bringing a new aerodynamic package, a new aluminum swingarm from the Kalex and some changes to the chassis, Marc Marquez at this moment does not seem ready to return to participate in a Grand Prix. “The maximum number of push-ups in a row I have done in a row I think is 25-30, I can’t go further. I lack strength, I did two weeks of gym, weights, two days on the bike and here I am“.
However, it will not be the sure prelude to the return to Aragon, a choice will be made in the coming days, without rushing the Cervera champion: “If the race were tomorrow I would not be able to finish it“, Admitted the champion of the Honda. “Here we didn’t try the 2023 bike or anything else, we’ll see that after the Valencia test. It is time to gather information and understand everything very well“. Soon he will be back on track, in Aragon or shortly thereafter. “The best training is to stay in motion, that’s where you work with certain specific muscles. If I came to this test it is because I want to return as soon as possible“.