Conditions are getting better, Marc Marquez adds training portions to be ready to face MotoGP 2022
MDP Live - Repsol Honda Team racer, Marc Marquez, admitted that his current condition has improved, both in terms of vision or physical problems. Because of this, now Marquez intends to do additional training with his motorbike at the Aragon Circuit, Spain.
"I feel relieved because (my) vision is not disturbed. Because it's been a long time since I've ridden a motorbike, I know which physical areas are lacking. However, this usually happens during pre-season," said Marquez, quoted from the official Repsol Honda website, Thursday. (20/1/2022).
As is known, Marquez suffered an injury after falling in motoross practice before the 2021 MotoGP Algarve. Because of this incident, The Baby Alien – Marquez's nickname – had to miss the last two MotoGP 2021 races.
However, now his injury recovery has improved in the past month. Marquez also just underwent training to try out the Honda motorbike in Portimao, Portugal.
Not wanting to rest, Marquez is now reported to have immediately left for Spain to practice at the Aragon Circuit. According to Motosan's report, Thursday (20/1/2022), Marquez will try his 600cc motorcycle again.
That's what Marquez did to continue to adapt to the motorbike after being injured for almost two months. Because, The Baby Alien also really wants to take part in the 2022 MotoGP pre-season test in the near future.
First, the pre-season test will be held on February 5-6 2022 at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia. Then, it was followed by a test which was held on 11-13 February 2022 at the Mandalika Circuit, Indonesia.
Of course, practice at the Aragon Circuit could be a sign for Marquez to continue to recover from injury. It is hoped that the Spaniard will be able to appear at the 2022 MotoGP.
Moreover, Repsol Honda confirmed that Marquez's diplopia continues to improve. He also admits that he feels relieved because his eyesight is getting better. That way, Marquez's chances of dropping in MotoGP 2022 are now even greater.
In order to tame Honda motorcycles, Pol Espargaro intends to change his racing style
MDP Live - Repsol Honda racer Pol Espargaro is determined to change his racing style for the upcoming 2022 MotoGP season. He realized that last season's debut with Honda was less than satisfactory.
With the status of the Honda factory team racer for the 2021 season, Pol Espargaro's performance can be said to be quite bad. He was overwhelmed by riding the RC213V motorbike, so he had to be thrown out of the top ten positions in the final standings. With that sluggish performance, Espargaro did not just stand still. He intends to change his racing style to be more competitive in the new season.
"I can't use the rear brake like I do in other classes or on other bikes. I always play a lot with the rear brake when entering corners and last year it didn't work," Espargaro said in an interview with local media.
"I train in a different way and with a different discipline to be more sensitive when accelerating and cornering with the rear brake. Hopefully it will help me in the 2022 season," he said once again.
Espargaro himself must immediately improve his performance and prove to Honda that they did not choose the wrong rider. If his performance does not improve, it is not impossible that Honda will recruit other racers to replace his position in the future. Especially now that there are many young names in the Moto2 class who are ready to queue up to be promoted to the premier class.
Marquez returns to motorcycle ahead of 2022 MotoGP
MDP Live - Marc Marquez is back on a motorcycle for the first time since suffering an eye injury. A positive sign for Repsol Honda ahead of the 2022 MotoGP rolls around.
Through his personal Instagram account, Marquez uploaded a video undergoing motocross practice. The 28-year-old racer underwent training at the Ponts Circuit, Lleida, Spain.
This is The Baby Alien's first time riding a motorcycle since having an accident in early November 2021 practice. An accident that made Marquez absent in the last two MotoGP series last season.
The Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) said Marquez had received permission from dr. Sanchez Dalmau on Monday (10/1) to return to riding a motorcycle.
"Marc Marquez underwent a medical examination with Dr. Sanchez Dalmau last Monday to analyze his diplopia situation. Doctors confirmed a clear improvement in the eight-time world champion's eyesight," the HRC wrote on its official website.
"With this progress the Repsol Honda team rider has received permission to ride a motorcycle and motocross, the most demanding discipline in the world of two wheels, chosen by Marquez and his team. The next step for Marquez is to undergo training on paved tracks," wrote the HRC.
The 2022 MotoGP will start at the Qatar MotoGP on March 6. Previously there were pre-season tests at the Sepang Circuit, Malaysia, 5-6 February, and at the Mandalika Circuit on 11-13 February.
Honda manager doubts Ducati will win MotoGP 2022
MDP Live - Repsol Honda manager, Alberto Puig, commented on the condition of Ducati being the favorite to win in MotoGP 2022. Puig doubts that this can be realized because Ducati is not the only favorite to win, but has always failed to meet these expectations.
As is known, Pecco - as Bagnaia is called - performed brilliantly under the auspices of the Ducati factory team in the 2021 season. He was in tight competition with Fabio Quartararo even though he finally had to give up the world title falling into the hands of the Monster Energy Yamaha racer.
Throughout last season, the Italian racer managed to collect 252 points. He was able to bag nine podiums, four of which resulted in victories and uniquely these four victories were obtained in the last six races of last season.
In addition, in the post-season test at Jerez some time ago, the Ducati Desmosedici 2022 bike also showed good performance although there are still a few problems that need to be resolved. However, Pecco looks quite satisfied so that he is optimistic that he can go fast next season.
Therefore, Pecco and his Ducati are very favored to become MotoGP 2022 champions. However, Puig predicts that this will not happen next season.
According to the Barcelona-born man, the Italian factory team has often been championed to win the world title. However, the prediction is always wrong and until now they have only won one title which Casey Stoner got in 2007.
"We need to clarify. Everyone says that Ducati is doing very well and it is true that their bike is doing well, but it is also true that they always end up not winning.
"Since Stoner won 2007 with Bridgestone, they've never won a championship. There was a lot of talk about Ducati, but they never won. Obviously they are a strong opponent but we will see next season."