Marc Márquez does not know when he will be ready

The Repsol Honda team presents itself with the novelty of Pol Espargaró and without certainty about the return to the tracks of its champion.


Presentation of the Repsol Honda, as feared, still no date set for Marc Márquez's return to action. This is what he himself has assured in the video with which a team that seeks to recover the lost throne last year has been presented, this time putting Pol Espargaró next to the ilerdense in the box. The one from Granollers becomes the fourth teammate he will have by his side after Dani Pedrosa (2013-2018), Jorge Lorenzo (2019) and Álex Márquez, and he looks enthusiastic.

"I'm doing well. Little by little I'm doing well and, when I go to see the doctors, they usually give me good news. I'm increasing the physical work at home but I don't know, neither myself nor the doctors, when I'll be ready. I don't know exactly what the day I'll be back ", said the six-time MotoGP champion, and eight counting the Moto2 and 125cc titles. And about how long it will take to regain the sensations on top of the Honda RC213V, he believes that "it is difficult to know. I have never been stopped for nine months and when I get on the bike for the first time I know that I will not be one hundred percent. in my head I want to imagine that I will return and that I will be as usual, but that will not be the case. It will take a while before I see the same old Márquez again. "

Marc Márquez, with patience

To cover the interests of Repsol Honda while Marc is again Marc, the official team of the golden wing has bet on this occasion as a boxing partner for Pol Espargaró. Alberto Puig, team manager of the team, is confident that this bet will turn out much better than Lorenzo's two years ago: "We believe that it can give the team good results. He has experience and can fight against other riders and even against Marc, who is the reference. I also expect competition between them inside the box, and that always raises the level of the team. I hope they like the bike and that the team can give them the best bike and the best equipment so that they show their full potential. "

As for what Puig expects from Márquez upon his return, he just doesn't expect anything. He has his reasons for thinking like this: "Marc's injury was not particularly serious, but it has lasted a long time. He is a great champion and I know he will know how to find the way to be Marc Márquez. one hundred percent and what we expect from him is nothing, because what is important is what he thinks and how he feels, so that he can go back to being the one before the injury. "Honda is confident of being able to fight for victories with Pol Espargaró

In this sense, Tetsuhiro Kuwata, director of HRC, is clear that "Marc will return stronger than before and with the aim of winning races and the title." The rider, for his part, initially lowers the goal bar: "Normally the goal is to win the title, but this 2021 is totally different and the goal is to enjoy riding the bike again. Go step by step to be fast again I cannot pretend, after being unemployed for a year, to be the same Marc. I must understand this and the goal is to enjoy it again. " Understood, but no one will be surprised if he returns quickly to the path of victory, because it is Marc Márquez.

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