Honda updates Marc Márquez's situation

"We are closely monitoring his condition and working hard so that he has the best motorcycle possible in Sepang," they say from the Ala Dorada factory.


8 days. This is the time remaining for the MotoGP World Championship to get under way again in Sepang with the celebration of two days of practice in the south of the city of Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). Two days of testing where the main focus of attention, as happened in 2020, continues to be whether Marc Márquez will be able to get on the RC213V again.

Operated for the third time on December 3 at the Ruber Internacional Hospital in Madrid for the humerus fracture that occurred in the last laps of the 2020 Spanish GP after making a new home mark save of 67º degrees of incline and tracing thirteen positions in 17 laps, Marc's presence in the Southeast Asian country is a complete unknown.

"At the moment, everything is under discussion. We are closely monitoring his condition and working hard so that he has the best possible bike for the first tests of the preseason in Sepang. We must do everything possible to help him," was the reply. that Tetsuhiro Hikita has given after being asked about the physical condition of the eighth champion in a virtual press conference organized by HRC this Monday in Japan.

It should be remembered that the team made up of doctors Samuel Antuña, Ignacio Roger de Oña, Juan de Miguel, Aitor Ibarzabal and Andrea García Villanueva detected, after the third surgery, a previous infection in the injury that is forcing the Spanish to undergo a Specific antibiotic treatment that, if not effective, may significantly delay your return to the top category of motorcycling.

The 2020 MotoGP World Championship was a real disaster

A conference where Takehiro Koyasu, director of development of the Japanese mount, was also present, who did not hesitate to describe the 2020 season as a real disaster: "2020 was a real disaster. The main reason was that we struggled to make Michelin's new tire work from the first winter tests, but with the situation that arose from the coronavirus pandemic, it was impossible to carry out our test program. In addition, we were left without a rider capable of getting the best performance out of our bike, which determined this year's result ".

Likewise, Koyasu has confirmed that his department is working hard to improve the electronics, increase the power of the engine through the intake and exhaust to gain top speed and perfect the integration of the chassis of the Japanese machine with the Michelin rear tire: "We have taken last year's result very seriously. In 2020 we lacked acceleration and top speed to overtake our rivals on the straights. Currently, we are working on many aspects. Starting with the engine, the intake, the exhaust ... And of course the chassis. Marc Márquez is an exceptional rider, but Honda has a duty to commit, both with the factory team and with the satellite, to work hard to develop a bike that can win back the 'Triple Crown' (Drivers, Constructors and Teams World Cup) ".

Nakagami, reference for the development of the RC213V

Takehiro also wanted to highlight the figure of Takaaki Nakagami, who since the preseason became one of the references to be taken into account by the HRC technicians to evolve the RC213V: "Already since the preseason We took into account the indications of Takaaki Nakagami. It is a fact that Takaaki grew a lot in 2020, although certainly the progress in his performance was also due to the improvement we made to his bike in the middle of the season. In any case, Taka has offered us an important and significant feedback, with indications very close to those of Marc Márquez. In addition, we know that Nakagami has learned a lot from the error of MotorLand Aragón ".

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