Marquez: “2020 was a lost year on a personal and professional level”

Marquez: “2020 was a lost year on a personal and professional level”

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Marquez: “2020 was a lost year on a personal and professional level”

Until last season, Marc Marquez was known only as a relentless record-breaking driver, who at 26 was considered by many to be the best driver of all time. Then came the accident in Jerez, at the first stage of the 2020 calendar, and since then many other sides of the Spaniard have been seen, from deep frustration to impotence, to overwhelming emotion. In this chat with Motorsport.com, the Honda rider talks about all these emotions and how he is trying to regain the position of strength he had before his injury.

In Portimao I had the feeling that everyone was absolutely happy to see you again, and this is not very common ...
“Obviously it is better for people to be happy, but it wasn’t a big concern because I already had enough to worry about. But yes, the reception was very good, both from the other teams, from the managers and from the other riders.” .

Who is the driver who has surprised you the most so far?
“I would say Fabio (Quartararo), basically because of the situation he arrived in last year, when it seemed he was a bit lost. But this season he overturned it from the beginning.”

And who did you expect a little more from?
“I don’t want to give names because I should also give ours”.

Last year, to explain Quartararo’s inconstancy, you indicated his inexperience in dealing with the pressure of being the point of reference and leading the championship. Do you think it has taken a step forward in this sense?
“It’s a combination of things. There is a technical aspect, there is an aspect of trust, but obviously experience plays an important role. Until last year he hadn’t fought for the championship, neither in Moto3 nor in Moto2. . Now he has that experience, he was in a position to win a world championship and he didn’t. And he’s handling it well. It’s all a wheel: the more confidence you have, the better the results, and that gives you more motivation. , and it helps you at the same time. Now he knows that no matter how well one year goes, as in his case in 2019, it doesn’t mean the next one will go the same way. I learned that in 2015, when I came from one of my best years in MotoGP (in 2014 I won the first ten races and 13 out of 18 in total), and it didn’t go well at all. You have warnings of this, you see it happening to others, but until you experience it yourself you don’t understand it. “.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Repsol Media

The first Grand Prix in Spielberg, after returning from a vacation where you were able to “go back to normal life” as you said, was it a cold shower because you expected to feel much better physically?
“I came back from the summer break with very high expectations because I had trained well at home and felt very good, but we probably came to the worst circuit of all for the right arm area, because it has a lot of corners in that direction and braking. very harsh. And, of course, the higher the expectations, the more frustrating you feel if you don’t reach the goal. “

And how did you deal with this frustration?
“Obviously, on the first lap I couldn’t believe my shoulder was still bothering me so much. But once I got over it, I quickly got back to my reality and that kept me working with the same mentality.”

How would you explain to people the limitation of your arm right now?
“Easy: when you are thirsty and you go to get a glass of water, you don’t think about how to take it and drink it, you do it automatically. Well, I have to think about how I should position my arm when I enter a braking maneuver to avoid pain, and that affects me when cornering. Obviously, I am internalizing this procedure and I feel better as the weekend progresses, because I am making it more and more automatic. But I cannot drive with instinct. Other than that, I am always there. unexpected, uncomfortable movements. And no matter how much you don’t want to think about it, it reappears. “

You always talk about your physical condition and the bike as a whole. But what do you think the Marc Márquez from before the injury would do with this bike?
“I think that the pre-injury Marc could fight for the title with this bike. I certainly could not win as many races as in 2019 (12), but I could fight for the world championship and be in the top three very often. so for a simple reason: on tracks where I didn’t feel the physical limitation, or felt it less, I went much better. But I can’t always fix it myself, the bike has to help me and now it doesn’t. Nor for me. nor for the other Honda riders “.

Marquez: “2020 was a lost year on a personal and professional level”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Repsol Media

Does this mean that Honda has to change the philosophy of its bike from now on?
“My intention is to go back to being the Marc I was before. It is clear to me that, as long as I am physically fit, I can be that driver again. I don’t know if it will be enough to win titles or not. To fight for the title though. I think so, but to win them I don’t know, because even the opponents improve. Now my body allows me to ride, but I can’t do magic. If I were far behind the other Honda riders I would think that something is wrong. But I’m ahead of them despite missing two races. And let’s be clear, that’s not my goal at all. “