MotoGP Misano: Marc Marquez talks about testing at Misano, Aragon, Doohan, 34-degree rotation… | MotoGP

Marquez had the troubled bone realigned during an operation in the United States in early June. It was the fourth, and Marquez says definitive, surgery on his humorous right since the initial fracture in July 2020.

The anterior extent of the twist had left Marquez suffering from a lack of mobility and pain, including overloading other muscles to try to compensate.

Marquez still managed to win three races, between bouts of diplopia in his right eye, before the lingering misery caused by the arm injury prompted the eight-time world champion to undergo further surgery.

A successful return to a CBR600 at Aragon earlier this week paved the way for Marquez to attend the Misano MotoGP test. But it also highlighted how far he still has to go in terms of muscle rehabilitation and getting back to his “new” bone.

As such, Marquez is not yet sure if he will be fit to ride on Wednesday’s second day of testing.

“I will test on Tuesday. On Wednesday, I don’t know’

“Rehabilitation is going in the right direction, but on the other hand, now is the time,” Marquez said. “Two weeks ago, I was still working with rubber bands, then I started to increase the indoor work quite a bit.

“But muscles and everything need time. I rode and lived for a year and a half with one arm turned 34 degrees [out of position]! Now, I need to readjust certain movements, in a normal life but also on horseback.

“The doctor told me that maybe in winter you will take the last step [in the rehabilitation]. But the important thing is that I have now reached an acceptable level to start cycling, but not in the way that I want. I still have a long way to go.

The 29-year-old added: “I’ll do the test on Tuesday. Wednesday, I don’t know, it depends how I [feel when] I’m getting up.

“The doctors told me it was 100% safe and the bone was completely repaired. It’s just a matter of time and miles and hours and hours in the gym, to build muscle again.

“But during this progression, this transition, sometimes when you start pushing more, you create another pain in a muscle, in a tendon. For this reason I can’t say right now “I’ll do the test and then I’ll run [week]’. I do not know.

“I need to understand because when I was cycling [at Aragon] I got up on the second day and said ‘OK, impossible’. But then I rode the bike again on the third day and it was OK.

“So I only did two days on the bike. What I need to understand here is where I am with the MotoGP bike.”

Aragon? “If it’s possible, I’ll try…”

But Marquez has been clear he won’t dive in the remaining six rounds, such as skipping some of the back-to-backs.

“When I come back, it’s because I want to run every [remaining] races. I mean, not a run and then stay home [for the next],” he said.

“After this test I will understand what my level is and how my arm reacts and I will understand if it is possible to race in Aragon or not. But you know me, if it’s possible, I’ll try. But if that’s not possible, I’ll wait.

“I talk a lot with Mick”

Marquez’s struggles with the arm injury naturally drew comparisons to another legendary Repsol Honda rider; Mick Doohan, who overcame horrific right leg injuries that forced him to use a thumb brake, won five 500cc titles.

“Yeah, sure, I talk to Mick a lot – and I’ll talk again – and he told me all about his situation with the leg,” Marquez said, before explaining how he was previously forced to change his style from steering:

“That’s what I’ve been doing for a year and a half with the arm at 34 degrees of rotation. I tried to adapt and I spoke several times of a “new style, more fluid”. I won three races and this year I’m still the best Honda.

“So the level is still there and I will try to adapt [further] but I didn’t do it [latest] surgery thinking about driving style is more thinking about my life. Because having pain every day was not normal. You could see it on my face. I was serious. If you feel pain, your character changes.

Although he has not yet returned to his “old” style, the artificial arm position of the past has been improved.

“Now I can use the [more normal arm] position, but not for long because the muscles still don’t work well or aren’t strong enough,” he said.

“I need time and means to understand which muscles [to build] rides a bike. So for this reason also when I share with doctors my intentions [to test]they were in complete agreement.

“But they tell me, it’s on the table that maybe you start, then you have to stop again and start again, because you don’t know in a rehabilitation.”

Honda riders ‘tired of repeating the same thing’

Arriving at Misano this morning, Marquez witnessed another trying day for the Honda riders.

His Repsol teammate Pol Espargaro and LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami both suffered crashes on a day when Marc’s younger brother Alex qualified as the best RCV driver, in 16th position.

“I was in Austria, I am here and we [Honda] are in a difficult situation,” he said. “I mean, even runners, it’s normal when you always have the same problems, the same problems, the same problems. At the end we are tired of repeating the same thing.

“So we need the test on Tuesday and Wednesday. And we also need a refresher in the team. That means for 2023 start with a new mindset, a new bike and a new project, because now it can feel like everyone is stuck in a mode and we need to find the motivation.

“The motivation is easy, it’s the podium. If we start getting on the podium, everything will change. »

Marquez and Joan Mir “a very solid team” for 2023

It has now been officially confirmed that Suzuki’s 2020 world champion Joan Mir will replace Espargaro as Marquez’s teammate for the next two seasons.

“Mir is one of the best riders available on the market. Mainly because he knows how to adapt. He has his ability to adapt in different conditions, in a different type of bike,” Marquez said.

“You can see him doing motocross, flat track, karting, mixed conditions, he’s still there. He is fast. And he’s a MotoGP world champion.

“So I think we will have a very strong team. The runners, Mir and myself, I think we can be there, but it’s true that we have to work together. When I say together, it is with Honda to achieve the main objective, which is to say the championship or to fight for all the races.

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