The Aragon track marks the second counterclockwise MotoGP visit in 2021, with Marc Marquez winning the first in Germany in June – the left-handed nature of the Sachsenring hides his physical limitations with his recovering right arm, which he was the last to get Year broke badly.
Throughout his career, Marquez has been a specialist in counterclockwise tracks, winning the last 28 of 40 he has raced in the premier class.
This has led many to name the six-time MotoGP World Champion a favorite for the Aragon GP weekend, with younger brother Alex – who finished second in the Aragon GP last year – believes this is a safe bet after he did the Honda factory rider has been watching data since his return to Portugal.
“When I have to invest money [down] I would bet [it] on Marc, ”said Alex about his brother’s chances of winning in Aragon this weekend.
“Well, I think it’s the right one before I come here to ask him [as the favourite].
“He’s very close, ok, he made a few mistakes in the last few races. But I think he’s closer to his level than ever.
“Just have to do a few things [come together], but he knows what and I have seen this far in the dates from Portimao. So he does these magical things again. “
Marc Marquez has admitted in the last few laps that his driving style on the Honda is still not natural as his arm continues to heal, so he remains cautious of his own chances in Aragon.
“I mean, I know that I’ll feel very good in FP1, but I have to understand that at the weekend,” he replied to Motorsport.com when asked whether he could repeat his success in Germany this weekend.
“It’s true that it’s a track that I like, the layout I like, the left corners.
“We’re going to put less strain on the right arm, but we’ll see, because sometimes the position on the left corners is not entirely natural.
“But I want to ride a bike anyway and don’t think much about the arm.”
Marquez has tried a number of changes to his RC213V this season in an attempt to adapt to some of the bike’s pitfalls that his driving style would have made up for in the past.
Most notably, he was the only Honda rider to continuously use the new chassis introduced at Assen, while reverting to a scooter-style rear braking system in the final laps.
“Of course it depends on the changes to the bike,” he said when asked if his riding style changes were permanent.
“For example, I’ve tried the scooter brake in the past, but I felt it wasn’t much of an improvement, and now I’m trying again with a few modifications.
“Of course, when you have some changes because you are struggling in some areas and want to find something extra, sometimes it works better, sometimes it works worse.
“It’s true that I’ve struggled in many areas this year.
“Some of these areas are the same areas that we struggled with in the past, but it’s true that some areas are new, some areas that I was able to do or adapt before through my driving style and now not anymore.
“I’m trying, in my mind it’s something I want to do, but I can’t right now, so I’m trying to adjust the bike in different ways to lose less time on those specific points.”
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