“It is not a victory, it is something else.” 581 days later, and still severely limited in his right arm, Marc Márquez went back to the history of motorcycling. The Repsol Honda Team rider knew that Sachsenring could bring him joy, but he had never imagined that, at that precise moment, a year and a half after his last victory in Valencia 2019, he could climb to the top of the podium again and achieve glory. It was then that the injury or the problems of the Honda took a back seat and the emotion surfaced among his team, even making the eyes of his manager, Emilio Alzamora, or the HRC team manager, Alberto Puig, fill with tears after so much suffering.
A few days away from retaking the MotoGP World Championship at the Red Bull Ring, Honda wanted to pay tribute to its star driver And he has done so with a ten-minute report, available on YouTube, which collects the most special moments of 2021 for Marc Márquez. The documentary, titled ‘A 581-day trip, the remarkable recovery of MM93‘, he reviews the key moments of the return of Cervera: from the first contact with the Honda in Portimao to the victory at Sachsenring, closing a stage of unknowns and suffering, knowing that he can once again be the Márquez who finds the limits.
A more emotional Márquez
But what everyone knows is that Marc Márquez will never be the same again. Not in relation to the sports field, if not his personality as a pilot. The uncertainty regarding his sporting future within MotoGP has helped him see life from another perspective. “It is true that after this injury I felt that my way of seeing life had changed a bit. They say that from hard times you learn and change, and only time will tell if I’m better or worse “, explains the ilerdense within the documentary.
Because, after so much suffering and work over the months, it is impossible to repress the emotion when one returns to enjoy his passion. Not even the strongest can hide their tears: “I am a person who tries to keep emotions to myself. That day I got to the box and saw everyone, and I just started crying. I don’t know why, because I wasn’t in pain, I was tired, but it was pure emotion. I can’t explain it, because I tried to keep it inside myself, but it was impossible. “ And, even if he has to suppress the fire inside him, he knows that, sooner or later, he will once again be the aggressive pilot that characterized him: “It is true that now in this period my mentality is totally different, I have time to go back to being the one I was before, but I will go step by step “.
“I’m not close to being the same Marc”
The truth is that, still with limitations, It did not take long for part of the Marc Márquez to leave, who was known until his injury, that terrible July 19, 2020 in Jerez. Sachsenring emerged on the calendar as the great opportunity for the Honda team and, even if they did not have a victory, they knew that the ten left curves would help you maintain your physique during the date. Although, the unknowns did not disappear until he crossed the checkered flag.
“I had my doubts”, confesses the Repsol Honda Team rider, who arrived at the German Grand Prix after three new crashes and with a very unstable bike. “My instinct told me ‘okay, it will be difficult, but this weekend is the day'”, adds the champion, who ended the worst streak in history for Honda in the MotoGP World Championship. And despite everything, he knows that the road ahead to his full recovery is still long: “I am not close to being the same Marc and I would like to say that I already am.”
“We know that the situation will not be easy yet”
With his sights already set on the second part of the MotoGP World Championship, Marc Márquez will end his vacation this Friday at the Red Bull Ring, when the 40 day count out of the paddock has come to an end. Since the last appointment in Assen at the end of June, the eight-time world champion you have been able to savor a vacation that you have not had in two years, which, he acknowledges, “has been good not only for the mind, but also for the body”, so every day you feel “better and stronger”.
The one from Cervera, after his days off, He has also been able to resume the level of training he left behind with his injury, dusting off their flat track or motocross bikes, to put their physique at the best possible level within their limitations. He has also been seen training with a 600cc in Aragon and, of course, reviewing his previous duels at the Red Bull Ring, where he has never managed to win. “I’m enjoying it a lot! But we know that the situation will not be easy yet and we have to keep focused and working”, adds Márquez in the run-up to the Styrian Grand Prix, which will also have an audience filling the stands.
Pol Espargaró, more motivated than ever
While Márquez waits for the moment to hit the track and see his real potential on the Honda, his teammate, Pol Espargaró, has barely rested a few days on his summer vacation. The Granollers rider took advantage of the break to continue training and visit, with a Honda CBR 1000RR-R SP, circuits such as Barcelona, Portimao or Aragón. “We have been training hard all summer and I am totally physically prepared for the end of the year, “says Espargaró in the run-up to the opening meeting of the second part of the season.
And he arrives more motivated than ever, with the intention of overcoming the bad results of the beginning of the year on a track where he knows what it is to get on the podium or to make the pole. “It is a unique circuit, with a lot of braking and sudden acceleration, I think it can suit us (…) We have not had an easy start to the season, but it’s time to keep our goal and show the potential that we know what we have “, adds 44.