Marquez ‘felt ready’ to fight in MotoGP Aragon race ahead of first lap chaos
The Honda rider was making his return to MotoGP after a six-race absence to recover from a fourth major operation on his right arm which he badly broke in 2020.
Qualifying 13th, Marquez jumped up to sixth at Turn 1 before his race fell apart at Turn 3 when he lost the rear and sparked a collision with championship leader Fabio Quartararo behind him.
This left debris on the rear of Marquez’s bike, which then slowed as he engaged his ride height device on the exit of Turn 7, resulting in a collision with LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami.
Marquez admits he was “lucky” nothing serious happened in either collision, but was frustrated by the missed opportunity it led to.
“Of course the goal of the Aragon GP was to try to do a few kilometers and finish the race, but unfortunately I only did one lap after an incredible start,” Marquez said Thursday before the start. Japanese GP this weekend.
“I was disappointed mainly because I felt ready. On the race pace I was okay, that was my strong point and I managed the tires on this circuit, I felt really good when the tires have let go.
“But anyway, that’s how it was and it wasn’t luck – but at the same time luck, because in both situations we were lucky that nothing happened.”
Marquez expects this weekend’s return to Motegi to be even more physically demanding on his recovering right arm, as he has yet to face such a demanding circuit under braking with his current injury.
“Yes, of course, Aragon was already very demanding for me, especially because one thing is [riding in] the Misano test – but the intensity of a race weekend is different,” he added.
“And here at Motegi it will be the first time that the right arm will be under a lot of pressure because there are many braking points, long braking points, hard braking points in the straight corners.
“So I will have to handle this situation well. In Aragon I say maybe on Sunday it won’t be a problem; here maybe yes. But I will understand when I go out in FP1.”