The MotoGP runner-up has only completed one race so far in 2021 after suffering crashes in the Qatar double-header and last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez.
That left him 18th in the standings with just eight points, with younger brother Marquez struggling to find a suitable setup for the 2021 RC213V.
Having won Honda’s only podiums in 2020, Motorsport.com asked Marquez how difficult it is to stay calm in the midst of his current form knowing what he is capable of on the bike.
âWell, it’s not really easy honestly,â he replied.
âBut it’s something that we have to accept and we have to be focused.
âI believe that working with positivity always works best, so for that reason I’m always positive and I try to see the positive in the negative.
âSo it’s true that it wasn’t our way of doing things, a good start.
âBut from one weekend to the next, the situation can change a lot and we have to be there to stay focused, we have to keep working and then arrive at Le Mans 100% motivated and hope that from there the situation will change a bit and from FP1 we will feel a little better.
âSo that’s it, we have to stay focused and with the team be a real team, [put] all together and to see the positive things.
Marquez’s race in Jerez lasted just eight corners after contacting Tech 3’s Iker Lecuona on Aspar’s left side, as the LCR rider moved up to 20th on the grid.
âNot even a lap, so a race disaster,â he said.
âI started off pretty well and recovered places in the first corners.
âI passed Lecuona on turn 6 and suddenly, while I was in turn 8, I was already in and felt an impact on the inside.
“That was him. It’s something that can happen sometimes in a race that we can’t control.
“I’m sad and angry because it was also a hard crash honestly.”