Marc Marquez (Honda): “Three years ago it was out of the question” / MotoGP

Repsol Honda star Marc Marquez is still waiting for his first podium this season in MotoGP. After Le Mans, he explained why it was easy for him to manage the risks in this case.

After finishing fourth and sixth at Jerez and Le Mans, Marc Marquez stayed within the range of possibilities he had predicted. “But I enjoyed it more at Jerez because I really fought there,” the eight-time world champion analyzed later. “I like races where there are fights. I also risked a lot at Jerez. At Le Mans on Sunday, I took a risk on the first lap, and then I said to myself: ‘Okay, that’s your position, then we’ll see.'”

At the Spanish Grand Prix a week ago, things looked different – including a breathtaking save: “At Jerez, I risked following Miller. I took the risk and tried to overtake. And I risked attacking Miller again. I enjoyed it more – but I had the necessary feeling there.” At Le Mans I was not feeling well and I saw that there was a high possibility of a collision. If I had taken the risk, I would probably have been ahead of Johann. [Zarco] can land. But we are only talking about one place better or worse. The Repsol Honda star has stated clearly.

Would Marc Marquez have attacked more in a situation like this three years ago? “Of course” the 29-year-old Spaniard had no doubts. “This year I finished sixth, fifth or fourth in five races. It would have been unimaginable three years ago. If I wasn’t in the top five at the time, I would crash because I was pushing. But we are far away now – very far from risky. Because you see that you can’t drive a little faster to get there. In a situation like this, it’s easier [die Platzierung] to accept”.

The RC213V clearly doesn’t make it any easier for a Honda pilot. But Marc Marquez also noted: “In terms of driving, I don’t have my best moments. In the past I drove better. Now I drive differently, in a strange way. But I’m used to it. It’s true that I don’t drive the way I want to. I try to enforce my driving style. In the direction I need it.”

The truth is: “I don’t ride at my best, but I’m the first Honda in every race. That means the performance is there. But I don’t drive well. Practically I often try to find another driver for one lap and it’s hard for me to find the rhythm in the race afterwards. But we are working on it, trying not to give up to reach this higher level.”

MotoGP result, Le Mans (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 27 laps in 41: 34.613 minutes
2. Miller, Ducati, +2.718 seconds
3. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +4.182
4. Quarteraro, Yamaha +4.288
5. Zarco, Ducati +11.139
6. Marc Marquez, Honda +15.155
7. Nakagami, Honda +16,680
8. Brad Bender, KTM, +18.459.600
9. Marini, Ducati +20.541
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +21.486
11. Paul Espargaro, Honda +22.707
12. Besecki, Ducati +23.408
13. Di Giannantonio, Ducati +26.432
14. Alex Marquez, Honda +28.710
15. Morbidley, Yamaha +29.433
16. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +38.149
17. Darren Bender, Yamaha +59,748
– Olivera, KTM, 3 laps back
– Bagnaya, Ducati, 7 laps down
Martin, Ducati, 11 laps behind
– Mir, Suzuki, 14 laps back
– Fernandez, KTM, 21 laps back
– Rins, Suzuki, 22 laps down
– Gardner, KTM, 24 laps down

Championship status after 7 of 21 Grand Prix:

1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43 12 Pol Espargaró 40 13 Viñales 33 14 Nakagami 30 15 Martin 28 16 Marini 21 17 Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darren Bender 6. 22. Di Gianntonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.

Creators Championship:

1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.

Team World Cup:

1. Aprilia Racing 131 points. 2 Suzuki Ecstar 125 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 40 11 WithU Yamaha RNF 14 12 Tech3 KTM Factory 3

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