Upon his arrival at the Aragon GP, Marc Marquez accumulated a period of more than three months of absence from the MotoGP World Championship. Nonetheless, he had the chance to get back on his Honda last week at Misano testing – having the chance to get a feel for the current state of the bike after being on the sidelines since the Italian GP at the end of may.
As for its feelings on the RC213V after testing at Misano, the #93 explained itself at a press conference yesterday: ‘In Misano, I had the opportunity to try out the bike. On the first day it was not possible to give good feedback, but on the second day I started to feel the bike. And I feel like I did that in the first part of the season: we have no information from the front tyre, the bike doesn’t turn the way I want it to, and it’s leaning too much on the exit – no grip, no acceleration. Everything is a consequence.
What encourages Márquez is Honda’s commitment, and also considers that the bike has improved compared to 2021 – but not as much as its rivals: “They are working hard on this to get closer. In the end, the bike is better than last year, but the problem is that the others have improved even further. So we need to be closer. I’m very grateful to Honda because I saw they were working very hard.
One of the new features the Spaniard may have on the RC213V is the Kalex swingarm, but at least in the first free practice he won’t try it as he explained: “It’s different, it works differently, the sensations are completely different. You can understand it’s a different concept and I can use it here in Aragon – that’s what they tell me. But at the moment I don’t want to test because I’m not ready to test anything on the bike on Friday – at the moment before FP1 we’ll see what my level is then.