The Spanish champion on the objectives of the second half of the season: “Finding physical shape and fighting with the leaders continuously. Arm and shoulder need to be readjusted. Win? Difficult, we aim to be strong next season “
Improve physical condition, improve the bike for next season and compete in the top positions. Marc Marquez thus outlined his most immediate future. But among the Spaniard’s thoughts before the Styrian GP, a reference to Valentino Rossi’s retirement could not be missing.
Marquez spoke of Valentino: “An exceptional historic day. I thought he would do an extra year with his team and his brother, it took him to the paddock. He has made a career with incredible results, like a legend. And I think he brought so much to the track and gave so much to motorcycling. He taught us so much. The personal relationship? We took different paths. Rossi has not only been strong on the track, he has taken a step further, he has brought a lot of people to motorcycling and I think that the charisma he has is a natural thing. All this can be seen from the outside ”.
“In the meantime it was nice to be able to train well in this summer break – said the Spanish champion – I started training in the traditional way by bike, in motocross, even if obviously without making big jumps. I feel better, physically it is a continuous progression, the arm and shoulder have to readjust to the bike, in particular the muscle masses, the arm and the shoulder. Today I can say that Friday of free practice will be good, but I have to be constant over the course of a whole weekend and then gradually every weekend. The recovery process is long ”.
What kind of Marquez will we see in this second part of the season? “I will certainly have more ambitious goals – said Marc – I am not at 100% and the approach will be constant, probably not for the podium, but in any case for the front positions. The goal is to have stability and continuity up front, improve the bike and improve myself, this is the intention ”.
Work on the bike
Another important element is the improvement of the bike. How’s Honda doing? “We are reacting – concluded Marc – we work on electronics, chassis, everything, we make progress and we will fight at every race because we have nothing to lose. But the commitment is focused on next season, on the future, we cannot aim for victories this year and development in 2022. We focus on this, it is not the best, but this is the situation ”.
5 August – 18:11
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