Márquez: "I don't think much will change this weekend"

The one from Cervera faces for the first time two consecutive appointments on the same track and hopes to improve the eighth position this past Sunday.

With just a few days off, the MotoGP World Championship is now facing the eleventh round of this 2021 season. And it does so, again, at the Red Bull Ring. After the Styrian Grand Prix, the championship paddock has been installed in the green area of Spielberg, waiting for a new racing weekend. For Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda Team rider, this will be the first time that he has faced two races in a row on the same track. Something that his rivals have already experienced after a 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic, which forced them to make double appointments to reach a minimum number of races.For this reason, the one from Cervera highlights before the weekend that “it will be interesting” to run again on the same track where, last Sunday, he was eighth. A position that knew little, especially when he felt that his potential was greater than what the result of the appointment showed. However, he was hurt by the red flag and the new pair of tires he fitted for the second outing. Which, somewhat like other drivers on the grid, caused his performance to drop considerably. In fact, he entered 17 seconds behind Jorge Martín (winner of the test) and very far from the training records. Something that, as the ilerdense stressed, had never happened to him.

But this weekend it's a clean slate. Marquez has already confirmed that his physique has improved compared to Assen and the limitations are not as noticeable as before the summer. Although he does not believe that things can change so much from one weekend to the next: “Honestly, I don't think it will change much, but we started with a very good base. The last Grand Prix went well, except for the second outing on Sunday. I am confident that we can have a good weekend. ”

Pol Espargaró demands himself

On the other side of the Repsol Honda box, Pol Espargaró will arrive with a lot of work to do. The Granollers rider was disappointed last Sunday after sixteenth place in the Styrian Grand Prix race and with no points to accumulate in his World Championship locker. For this reason, for this weekend he only asks to improve, "stay focused and keep working" on the bike.

"The last Grand Prix was really difficult, so we must try something new to improve our situation, since it is something that cannot happen when you wear these colors," commented Espargaró in the team statement, with a clear objective and after order new parts from Honda to keep working on. "To improve we have to try new pieces and we don't have them," he told the press at the virtual press conference after the appointment, clearly upset by Sunday's result and seeing that his teammate, Marc Márquez, can be competitive. with HRC.

And, in addition, it is clear what is the point where they have to continue working and tackle this problem that has been hanging around inside the orange box since 2020: "I know that if we can improve the grip of the rear tire we can fight and continue to improve" .

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