Marc Marquez said he is unhappy in the crashes that occurred during the MotoGP Aragon Grand Prix previous week since he “felt ready” to compete after “an outstanding start.”
After missing six races to recover from a 4th major surgery on the right arm he severely shattered in 2020, the Honda racer was making his MotoGP comeback.
After starting the race in 13th place in qualifying, Marquez climbed as high as sixth at the first corner before losing control at Turn 3 and colliding with the car in front of him, championship leader Fabio Quartararo.
As a result, Marquez’s motorcycle had debris in the back, which caused it to slow down when he engaged his ride height device exiting Turn 7. Takaaki Nakagami of LCR Honda was then involved in the crash.
Although Marquez says he was “fortunate” that neither crash resulted in any significant injuries, he was disappointed by the missed opportunity it caused.
“Of course, the target of Aragon GP was try to do some kilometres and finish the race, but unfortunately I just did one lap after an amazing start,” Marquez said on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Japanese GP.
“I was disappointed especially because I felt ready. On the race pace I was not bad, it was my strongest point and I managed the tyres on that race track, I felt really good when the tyres dropped.
“But anyway, it’s like this and it was unlucky – but at the same time lucky, because in both situations we were lucky nothing happened.”
With his present injury, Marquez has not yet raced on a racetrack that requires as much braking, so he anticipates this weekend’s comeback to Motegi to be even more physically challenging on his recovering right arm.
“Yeah, of course, Aragon was already really demanding for me, especially because one thing is [riding in] the Misano test – but the intensity in a race weekend is different,” he added.
“And here in Motegi will be the first time that the right arm is given a big stress because there are many braking points, long brake points, hard braking points in right corners.
“So, I will need to manage well that situation. In Aragon I say that maybe on Sunday it will not be a problem; here, maybe yes. But I will understand when I will go out in FP1.”
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