Marc Marquez did not hit his eighth MotoGP victory in the Texas GP, but he made a spectacular comeback from penultimate to sixth place, due to a technical problem on his Honda RC213V. A stroke of bad luck three weeks after Mandalika’s accident, but he leaves the American continent with the awareness of being able to win again from the next race in Portimao.
Marc Marquez’s comeback
Since the warm-up lap, a warning light came on on the dashboard, Marc Marquez tried to solve on the starting grid, under the pressure of the traffic light that was about to go out. He was in ninth place on the grid and slipped 24 ° after the first corner. From that moment on he started hammering on the 2’03 “zigzagging his opponents like skittles, up to behind Fabio Quartararo in sixth position and taking on a great challenge that has a bit of a world championship flavor … If it weren’t for the unpredictability of this championship. Without that mechanical problem the Honda champion would have fought for the podium, but he doesn’t want to explain what happened. “Honda is investigating… I was on the starting grid, I saw a strange message on the screen and from the start to the first corner the bike was not going well. After the first corner everything was normal, the front holeshot was deactivated and everything was back to normal, and we started our comeback.“.
Physical problems and next MotoGP round
Not only mechanical problems, but also some minor discomfort in the arm. The Austin circuit puts a strain on the physique and in the last laps the old but never resolved problem in the humerus gave some signs: “With five laps to go the physicist said enough, I dedicated myself to finishing the race and taking those points from sixth place, the important thing is that I start from here with more confidence than I have arrived.“. The priority was not to suffer falls to regain the confidence necessary to continue the MotoGP championship.
The problem of diplopia remains a looming threat which, however, must be sealed in the archive when it is time to get on the track. “On the bike you forget the risks, you try to control yourself and don’t push too hard, I didn’t finish fifth because I didn’t want to risk… It’s an unpredictable championship, you have to accept being sixth or tenth. Of course, my goal is to always be on the podium, but for now it is not the time to always aim for the podium“.
MotoGP will be back in action in less than two weeks at Portimao, a friendly track for Marc Marquez, where he will surely try the assault on his first win of the season. HRC technicians are working to improve the feeling with the front of the Honda RC213V and soon there will be a major update to the chassis. “We have seen the weak points of the bike, where Honda must start working tomorrow to improve it for the next races“.