The main theme of MotoGP also in Aragon is the fight for the title, with the trio Quartararo-Bagnaia-Espargarò that will battle this weekend. But the spotlight is inevitably on the return of Marc Marquez, who did not participate in a race weekend from the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. There was great expectation to see him in action again, after he had already taken part in the Misano Adriatico test.
The eight-time world champion finished free practice at Motorland with the eighth time overall. Not bad for a rider who has been out for a long time due to an operation on his right humerus. The big unknown is the tightness that he can have on Sunday during the race, since the arm is not at its best and he could feel lack of strength and fatigue in the second half. However, the sensations are positive and for his physical recovery process it is already important to complete this GP.
MotoGP Aragon, Marquez happy with the feeling in FP2
Marquez at the end of free practice in Aragon spoke to the microphones of Sky Sport MotoGP to express his feelings about returning to the saddle: “I was a little surprised – He admitted – especially for how I rode on my last outing with a new tire. In the morning it was a disaster in terms of feeling with the bike, but in the afternoon I immediately felt more comfortable and this gave me a smile. When you have a smile, it all comes more naturally. We have to work, with this bike I can’t ride naturally“.
The Cervera rider admits he was surprised at himself in FP2, but he also wants Honda to take steps to make the RC213V better. Clearly he is not at the top physically and therefore cannot express himself to the fullest yet: “I drove for a year and a half with one arm that didn’t work well – explains – and therefore the muscles worked differently. Some shoulder muscles did not work with the position I assumed before, now they are working slowly. The goal of these six races and this winter is to work on the shoulder for stability, so that I can detach and re-enter the corners as I like.“.
Marc and Honda must work towards 2023, given that this season is now over and the remaining grand prixes must be exploited for the future. He has to improve his physical condition, while the team has to take the right direction for the development of the RC213V..
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