Marc Marquez arrives at Motegi with the aim of completing the first race after returning to the track: physical conditions begin to improve.
Marc Marquez arrives at the Honda-owned circuit in Motegi, the first real test for his physique and his Honda RC213V. The braking bresche will put stress on the upper limbs of the sample, including the right humerus which has undergone four operations in the last two years. Back in Aragon, he has begun to regain confidence, but he still cannot take a natural position on the bike.
He immediately made progress in performance on the flying lap, he was unable to check the race pace, as his race ended after just one lap due to the two accidents with Fabio Quartararo and Taka Nakagami. His physical condition is excellent today, but the Aragon circuit is more than technical than physical, unlike the Japanese track which will put Marc Marquez to the test since FP1.
Marc Marquez visits Honda
An unfortunate return to racing for the Honda champion, even if looking at the glass half full he can be satisfied. He did not suffer consequences in the crashes of the weekend, the right arm reacted perfectly, he feels he can be fast and can test the new components that will arrive from the Tokyo house, which here it is used to test with its Japanese testers. “It will be an important weekend, because Motegi is one of our test tracks, here the test team is working hard for 2023“.
His physique still conditions him and it will probably be like that until Valencia. According to doctors only in the winter the arm of Marc Marquez it will be completely settled and think to move it as you see fit. “In Aragon I suffered a lot in the morning training, but then in the afternoon I felt much better – recalled the eight-time world champion -. But in the afternoon everything got better“.
You work on the track and in the gym, to tame the RC213V you need muscle mass that has inevitably lost in the course of rehabilitation in recent months. Before arriving in the paddock, Marc visited the HRC factory for the first time since the start of the pandemic: “It is important to go back to Japan, it is true that we exchange emails and calls, but seeing each other face to face is different. It was important to visit HRC and see what they are doing, especially to motivate them“. In the pits we work above all on the 2023 bike: “The engineers know which direction to go, I don’t know the bike numbers, I just want a bike that works well and is fast, like any rider“.