The fifth starting box does not satisfy Marc Marquez at the end of qualifying for the Austrian GP. The Spanish champion, who had returned from the summer break with the hope of having regained a better physical condition after the long stop linked to the injury and the many operations undergone on the humerus of his right arm, still seems to be far from 100% in shape. He himself admitted it without particular hesitation, commenting on the work done on this second consecutive Saturday on the Red Bull Ring track.
Clearly his words, pronounced into the microphone of Sky Sport MotoGP, at the end of qualifying. “I expected a lot more – admitted Marquez – in the summer I worked a lot, I did a lot of bikes, I tried to go better, but the point is that I still struggle to ride with the MotoGP“. To the physical discomfort of the eight-time world champion, further accentuated by the difficulties presented by a fast and ‘muscular’ track like that of Styria, are added the objective difficulties of Honda, now a distant relative of the bike dragged to success by Marquez until 2019. . “I told Japan it takes more. We don’t have a bike to win and they are working. When they work, things come and you have to try. This is not the best strategy to have a perfect weekend “, concluded the Cervera rider.
His teammate was 11th instead, Pol Espargarò: “I was wrong to use the hard front in qualifying. This was not the right choice, we could have had a better position. For the race it is another story. I think we have to consider this tire for the race. Overall our race pace in FP4 was good, not incredible, but I think we can have a fun race. It’s very different from last weekend, we can have an interesting day tomorrow. I like riding the bike more “.
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