Sepang.- Few, if any, riders on the current MotoGP grid have the experience of Marc Márquez in the fight for a world championship title, and the Honda rider, who continues to return from a serious injury of almost three years, does not rules out that there will be any change even in the remainder of the season, even though Pecco Bagnaia has, right now, a fairly clear path to the title.
For Márquez, the last race in Australia was confirmation that, little by little, the best version of himself is coming back, or at least the best of the new Márquez.
“We left Australia with positive energy and a lot of motivation. Everyone is working hard, and to see positive results is very good. Here in Malaysia we will return to our reality a bit. We have to continue with the work in 2023. In Phillip Island We tried new things, but on Saturday I asked us to focus on the race, because I felt that it was possible to get a good result,” he said at the press conference prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix, which takes place this weekend.
On a physical level, the Spanish runner feels better and better and recovers faster between races.
“I notice that the muscles have recovered faster since Australia,” he said before being blunt: “I don’t want to think about the arm anymore.”
About is ‘new’ Márquez, the runner admitted that there are differences.
“This Marc is different from 2019. Now I try to take advantage of the experience. I will know what my highest level is this winter,” he insisted.
Focused on the fight for the championship between the current leader, Pecco Bagnaia, and, above all, Fabio Quartararo, Marc does not consider it closed, despite the impression that the Yamaha does not give more of itself.
“What Fabio has done is incredible. He has a competitive bike, but for training, to fight for races with other engines it is difficult. In the first part of the season we saw him lead and then he won, but if you get stuck behind the Ducatis, you can’t do anything. It’s also true that if he did it in the first part of the season, he can do it again. But Pecco has also had a great second half of the season and he deserves the title.” .
“I expect a reaction from Fabio. Sometimes, when you take second and you are the pursuer, there comes a point where you can loosen up. It is what happened to him in Australia. In Australia he was not slow, but it was a combination of things. Then he sneaked in, and going back he fell. I don’t see Fabio bottomed out. A bottomless pilot is one who doesn’t even go fast in rehearsals, “was his analysis.
Finally, Marc was asked about the incident he experienced in the Moto2 race in Australia, with the fall of Jorge Navarro, who spent two laps on the edge of the track without assistance.
“On the incident with Jorge in Australia, I will ask why the race was not stopped. On TV it seemed unacceptable, but maybe there are reasons that I do not know,” he settled.