“I can’t promise I’ll be back to my old self”, commented Marc Márquez ahead of the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix, a statement from the eight-time world champion in the premier class, in which he was hesitant on whether he could reach the same level as before his humerus injury.
Despite the statements, during the race a Márquez very competitive when the asphalt was dry, but as soon as the rain came, Marquez fell to the ground and his chances of being at the top of the grid were lost. The Catalan pilot it is in 11th place in the competition with 59 points.
From Honda they are positive with Márquez, as stated Alberto Puig, team manager. “Obviously the end result was not good, but if we look at Marc’s career, we can see that even with his problems, was able to go with the best riders and stay with them in dry conditions. This is important for Marc and also very important for Repsol Honda, because We understand that you are returning to your true potential“.
Alberto Puig was also asked whether Marc Márquez had to change the bike when it started to rain, to which he replied: “I think in this situation you can’t know what the best strategy is until the race is over. Even then, only the pilot knows. It is a lottery and sometimes you have the luck you need to get it. Talking is easy, but acting is complicated. The positive is that Marc was able to ride with the fastest riders throughout the Grand Prix and the negative was the crash at the end of the race.“
From Repsol Honda they are already thinking about next week’s Silverstone race in which they see that Márquez is going back to being the one he was before: “Silverstone is a very difficult circuit, it is not easy at all. In Austria we saw that it could rain, but in England it can also be cold and that complicates everything a little more. The important thing about the last two weeks is that we have collected more data and we have seen Marc returning to his level step by step“.