MotoGP 2022. GP of the Americas in Austin, Marc Marquez: “I had the pace to get on the podium” – MotoGP

After a technical problem at the start, the Spanish champion was the protagonist of a comeback with applause: “I was afraid of having to retire, but I was able to make a good comeback. But with five laps to go my body said enough and I was satisfied ”

April 11, 2022

TOustin – His race was from chillsin some ways even comparable at the comeback from Jerez 2020. Indeed, to think about it again more surprising.

Because that Marquez there, that of 2020, was a pilot in great shape, the strongest of all at the time and with a bike he knew perfectly well. This Marc is a pilot who has just returned from a series of unprecedented injuries and with a RC213V that still doesn’t know the best.

In short, his performance was exhilarating.

“I had a lot of fun during the race. Unfortunately we had a technical problem at the start, we still don’t know which one: Honda is trying to figure out what happened. So, at the first corner I found myself last, even thinking of withdraw because I didn’t know if the bike would work. On the other hand, when I unhooked the front lowering device, everything I could do was reset an excellent comeback. It was a very tight race, I didn’t know when it would be the strength is over: it happened with five laps to gomy body he said enough. At that point I only thought about finishing the race. I hope the fans appreciated my comeback: I leave sixth place a good taste in the mouth “.

Qhen done today reminded a little of the comeback at Jerez 2020, a race that ended badly: do you agree?

“I enjoyed Jerez more, I was more at ease and faster than today. But today’s was also good. Unfortunately I made a mistake that made me waste some time, but the most important aspect is that I regained my confidence, coming close to the leaders and to the podium. But the last five laps I was very tired and I was able to finish the race, unlike Jerez “

In the end, however, there was the challenge, beautiful, with Quartararo.

“I knew it was there: I had Bagnaia just ahead and Quartararo behind me. I didn’t have more to go and get it, I just tried to hold the position “

How did the bike go today, beyond the problem at the start?

“We have learned a lot this weekend, we are much more effective in braking, we are more competitive”.

But could you have won without that inconvenience?

“I don’t know, but I had the pace to try. The podium was certainly within my reach “

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