Honda used a Marc Márquez double in the presentation

A third pilot performed the movement scenes with the RC213V that corresponded to the eighth champion at the old Pirelli factory in Manresa.


It was the anecdote that most attracted attention within the capital paraphernalia that, as a general rule, tends to accompany any presentation of a MotoGP World Championship team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Repsol Honda decided this Monday to unveil the RC213V 2021 that Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró will pilot virtually.

A series of videos recorded in the old Pirelli factory in Manresa (Barcelona) where it was possible to see Marc and Pol wearing the competition suits of the Ala Dorada factory, getting on the back of their new mount and simulating piloting it and even rolling several meters in parallel along a street in this factory.

A stuntman made the action scenes that Marc Márquez had to do with the Honda

Precisely this last juncture was the first question that the eighth champion had to answer to the media in a 'Zoom' organized by the Tokyo brand, as it was surprising that Marc did this action when the humerus is still not 100% consolidated after the third operation in early December at the Ruber International Hospital in Madrid and he can barely lift weight with his right arm.

"I have not touched the motorcycle. In the presentation I was the one in the photos, but not the one in the video. When the motorcycle moved, I couldn't, it's forbidden," Márquez admitted, laughing before confirming his absence in the tests of Qatar 2021 (6-7 and 10-11-12 March): "For the first time, on Sunday I touched a road bike, but it was very smooth, for half an hour. It was the deadline that the doctor told me and when I They give the OK, I do. I am always optimistic and my goal was to make it to the Qatar test. In the February check-up they told me to forget it. "Stefan Bradl will replace Marc Márquez in the Qatar tests 2021

A loss, which, as happened in 2020, will be covered in Losail (Qatar) by Stefan Bradl, although unlike last season when Cervera's came out through ears in Turn 3 of the Jerez-Ángel Nieto at almost 150 kilometers per hour and had to get on the Honda with little preparation for the global coronavirus crisis, the German will land in mid-March in the Persian Gulf with more than 300 kilometers accumulated on the handlebars of the innovative new version of the Japanese motorcycle

Focused improvements to the chassis, swingarm, exhaust, fenders and rear brake caliper to gain power and top speed on the straights and fine-tune the interaction with the Michelin rear tire mid-corner, which the mysterious driver who replaced Márquez in the scenes of movement in the act of the orange formation organized in the capital of the Bages region, since it is not the first time that he has been the six-time MotoGP champion in a publicity shoot. Although to tell the truth, Marc Márquez there is only one. And if not, let them tell Honda, which last year finished the championship, for the first time since 1982, without achieving a victory in any of the 14 races contested.

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