By Tuesday, Honda will announce whether Marc Marquez will be able to return to the track in the next MotoGP weekend in Austin. Or if for the return of the sample, suffering from a new case of diplopia, we will have to wait until Portimao. The second option would seem the most accredited, but someone is willing to bet that the visual disturbance has disappeared and only awaits the green light of Dr. Sanchez Dalmau.
The atmosphere in Marc Marquez’s garage
In recent days Marc Marquez returned to the gym to train and this is a clear sign that this time the recovery times will be shorter than the accident five months ago. But how fast the return will be, there is still a doubt that will perhaps be resolved on Tuesday. Test driver Stefan Bradl took to the track at Termas de Rio Hondo but he doesn’t have the pace to face a Grand Prix. The German finished 19th with a delay of about 32 seconds from the winner. Alongside him the staff of Marc led by the chief engineer Santi Hernandez.
The absence of the champion is felt inside the garage after the long absence in the 2020 season, in the first two and last two rounds of the 2021 MotoGP championship. “Not something we expected. After these last two years, with the problems of the injury, which came and went, it was not easy and this year we were very happy to start the season in normal conditions.“, Says Marc Marquez’s foreman. “Now this was a freezing shower. We are in a good mood, because we always try to find the positive side, but what we want is for Marc to come back as soon as possible, because we like to work with him.“.
The causes of the accident in Mandalika
Nobody knows how to indicate a date for the return, but the words of Alberto Puig emanated great optimism. The causes of the accident in Mandalika’s warm-up emerged only in part. “There are many things we have seen, but nothing unusual on a technical level. It cannot be said that on a technical level there has been a failure of some component or some control in which we can put our finger. We made a summary of the things that happened and the important thing is to understand what happened within the team. When Marc arrives we will explain it to him and we will talk to him about it, which is the one who has to give the explanations because he is the one who rides the bike.“.
On the other hand, the Marc Marquez accident seemed a rather unusual highside. “It is difficult to see these falls in MotoGP“, Adds Santi Hernandez to ‘AS’. “Especially today with all the controls (electronic) that we have … We need to think about why these things happen and whether they can be avoided. You have to think about how to avoid them, because those who ride are the riders“. Could the harder carcass adopted by Michelin in Indonesia have affected the accident? “Yes, in the Mandalika test we were fast and had no problems. On the other hand, during the race weekend we suffered… Saying more about this is not my position. It is up to others to speak. I just do my job, understand the reasons for things and try to avoid that repeat themselves “.