Marc Marquez back on track aboard the RC213V at the Misano World Circuit
Those of you who are avid MotoGP fans will surely be aware of the struggles Marc Marquez went through specifically with his right arm. Following a nasty crash in July 2020 in Jerez. In the space of two years, the Spanish rider underwent numerous surgeries but never seemed to regain the momentum he had before the injury.
Earlier in June 2022, Marquez underwent a fourth and hopefully final surgery on his right arm, during which the bone alignment issues were finally resolved. Now well and truly on the road to recovery, Marquez is in high spirits and has even resumed training aboard the Honda RC213V. On September 6, 2022, Marquez finally began endurance testing aboard his beloved racing machine at the Misano World Circuit, marking exactly 100 days since he swung a leg over the RC213V. A quick initial run was taken by the eight-time world champion to assess his arm. He and the crew went into work mode and began their test procedure when everything seemed OK.
Marc Marquez completed a total of 39 laps before calling it a day during the lunch break. He ended the day with a best time of 1:32.395, fast enough to claim an 11th grid position for the recently concluded San Marino GP. Even though lap times weren’t the main focus, Marquez still managed to finish the day just a fraction of a second slower than the fastest driver. In the official Honda Racing Corporation press release, Marc Marquez expressed his optimism about his return to the circuit.
“It was really good to be back, to ride this bike again and to be with my team. Step by step, I felt faster and more comfortable, but I have to work more to to get stronger for longer races. I was able to try a few things for Honda after a few runs because I felt good. Honda is working a lot, that’s for sure. Our focus today wasn’t on the clock, it was was to do 40 laps and figure out our situation. We decided to stop early to try and ride tomorrow. Tonight I’m going to do a lot of work with physio, ice and stretching to help with the recovery of the arms.
Meanwhile, Marquez’s teammate Pol Espargaro had an equally successful day, with a fastest lap of 1:31.707, 1.1 seconds quicker than his Q1 time on Saturday. He is limiting his run due to discomfort in his right wrist following Sunday’s incident. Espargarro nevertheless managed to complete 50 laps throughout the practice sessions. Espargaro and his crew experimented with various settings to improve his comfort on the Repsol Honda. Espargaro said he was happy with the practice sessions, even with the few laps.