MotoGP: Marc Marquez asks Honda to appear more competitive
Marc Marquez made many people surprised because of his action at the American GP. Because, he was able to overtake the drivers in front of him to finish in 6th position after a technical problem at the start .
However, this does not seem to make Alex Marquez older brother satisfied. He asked Honda to be more competitive in other racing series in the 2022 season. This is because the competition in the championship is getting fiercer.
1. Honda is in the most distended position in the constructors’ standings
Marc Marquez request for Honda to appear even more fierce was not without reason. Based on the constructors standings after the American GP, the Japanese manufacturer is in the most distended position. New Honda packed 34 points, 52 points behind Ducati.
Meanwhile, Repsol Honda is in 8th position in the team standings with 44 points. Meanwhile, LCR Honda is in 10th place with 16 points. If you refer to the position in the standings, it appears that Honda really needs to improve if they want to quickly rise from a difficult phase like now.
2. Ask Honda technicians to do their best to polish the RC213V
Marc Marquez openly asked the Honda technicians to give their best to polish the RC213V performance. The comeback momentum at the American GP after being absent due to a recurrence of diplopia became the time for the number 93 to provide input regarding the weak points of his bike.
“It (COTA) is a circuit I know very well. That’s why I know for sure the weak points of our bike. Now, we have to find out what level we can reach in the races in circuits in Europe.
I can’t imagine we are at a level where we can fight for victory in every race. I put pressure on the Honda technician. I told them if you want to win or at least be competitive in the next races, you have to work hard in this and that area .
3. Admit there are some flaws in the RC213V, encourage Honda to make improvements
Marc Marquez admitted that he and his team had some problems from the shortcomings of the RC213V. Although other Honda riders have performed quite well in the previous few races, Marc Marquez is still pushing for improvements to be able to compete with other rivals in the championship.
“Yes, we suffer from some weaknesses. It is true that Pol Espargaro did good on some tracks, so did Takaaki Nakagami.
However, we have to make improvements. Because we have to be competitive at all circuits and be able to consistently give our best performances,” said Marc Marquez.
4. Manuel Pecino analyzes Marc Marquez performance at the American GP
Honda weakness apparently got the spotlight from Manuel Pecino as one of the MotoGP journalists. According to him, Marc Marquez has the speed to race, but the speed of the bike is not enough to do the fastest laps. However, he did not know the exact cause of this even though Honda also had problems with the front tires.
MotoGP Team Honda has a lot of problems with the front tire because it lacks a bit of grip there. The data I got from practice is that Marc Marquez has speed for the race, but not for a fast lap.
I don’t know if it’s a lack of security, a lack of confidence in the bike, or if he’s not 100 per cent fit. However, Marc Marquez could not do a fast lap at COTA. So when he went to the track he was waiting for Fabio Quartararo in Q2,” Pecino said as quoted by Motorcycle Sports .
5. Marc Marquez is in 13th position in the drivers’ standings, 2 points behind Pol Espargaro
Marc Marquez is currently in 13th position in the drivers’ standings after winning 21 points. He is 2 points adrift of Pol Espargaro who has collected 23 points from 4 racing series that have taken place.
MotoGP will return to mainland Europe on 22-24 April 2022. Racing at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve will be the opener to a series of races on the Blue continent. Will this be a moment of revival for Honda and Marc Marquez after less than impressive results in the first 4 races of the 2022 season?