Marc Marquez’s recovery continues. After Márquez trained again a few days ago with an off-road motorcycle, the Spaniard was able to do a few laps on a Grand Prix track for the first time since the MotoGP race in Misano at the end of October. Márquez and Honda chose the challenging roller coaster in Portimao, Portugal.
Márquez piloted a Honda RC213V-S – Honda’s MotoGP replica, limited to 250 units. Already on his comeback last year, Márquez checked his form with the exclusive V4 Honda, which sold for more than 200,000 euros to wealthy customers in 2015 and 2016.
During the test in Portimao, Márquez completed 65 laps and drew a positive conclusion. The problems with the double vision are a thing of the past according to the ex-champion. “I’m very happy because I was able to ride on a track again and with the road bike I could repeat the positive impressions I had on the motocross bike,” comments Márquez.
“When driving, I had a great feeling, a feeling of relief. I had no problems with the view,” reports the Honda factory driver. Due to the long training break, however, Marquez realized that he still lacked the necessary strength.
“Because I wasn’t able to drive for such a long time, I reached some physical limits,” admits Marquez. “But that’s normal because I didn’t have a normal pre-season. There is still room for improvement. But the important takeaway from this test is that I was able to confirm the feeling I had on the motocross bike and that I was fine with the speeds managed.”
“I completed an intense day with many laps and I’m happy with the results,” sums up Marquez, who is now fully focused on the MotoGP pre-season test in Sepang. “We have two weeks before testing starts in Sepang. I will take the opportunity to intensify my physical preparations and training on the bike.”
The official test drives with all teams in preparation for the 2022 MotoGP season will take place on April 5th and 6th. February in Sepang (Malaysia) and February 11-13 in Mandalika (Indonesia).