This weekend’s race at the Red Bull Ring will be tough for Marc Marquez. The multiple champion had to be content with that on Friday ninth fastest time more than a second away from the top. In addition to the limits of the Honda, there is also the physical aspect to fear for the Spaniard, as he has to struggle with the condition of his right shoulder.
Magic Marc doesn’t want to throw in the towel and grinds his teeth to find the right way.
“That first day we tried to continue our development work – he commented – I had the opportunity to discuss everything with the Japanese technicians, to try out a few things and to use the same chassis as last Sunday. Tomorrow we will take another look and try to take it one step at a time. The aim is to be more competitive on the weekend. “
However, there is the shoulder to put it to the test.
“This is not the best track for me, I will have to suffer because some of the braking sections are very demanding. The right shoulder here is so stressed that I fought just as I did this morning last weekend. At first I feel competitive, but then as the minutes go by I start to suffer and I have to survive. But that’s not new to me. “
One thing is certain: Marc takes a long time with the intention of being the Marc that everyone knows again.
“The idea is to be the Marc I once was again, but I can’t promise because nobody knows. I always work and I expect to be the driver I was again. But I have to be patient and try to take one step at a time without being in a hurry. As I said several times, the intention is to rediscover the sensations from before. The goal is not to win straight away or to drive most of the races, but to get back to following my instincts and regain the level of competitiveness I had before the accident at Jerez. Of course my opponents are improving and getting stronger, but I don’t have to be hectic ”.
The # 93 couldn’t have been clearer and more transparent …
“I’m a realist and I know that patience is one of the virtues a driver needs. Obviously all drivers want to be strong as quickly as possible, but experience has taught me that you have to stay calm. However, I am working on both my body and the bike, trying to improve it.
Marquez then spoke again on the subject of safety, which the drivers had discussed several times.
“Turn 2 and Turn 3 need to be reworked, but Turn 1 also needs to be reworked. More than the curve, it’s the way a rider lands on the ground and then happens to find the bike in front of them. We saw what happened to Beaubier this morning, where something almost similar to what happened last year would have happened. Apart from that, there are other stretches that we have to linger on, like Jerez, where the run-off areas are not wide and the wall is tight.
He concluded with what had happened to Me, an overtaking maneuver that forced Joan to straighten the motorcycle.
“I had a little electronics problem in FP2, but we solved everything in a minute. Me? I was two seconds faster and passed him as always. I saw him and walked past him “.