Without Marc Marquez – absent since after the Italian GP, held at Mugello, to undergo the fourth operation on the humerus of his right arm – Honda has now completely lost its way to develop the 2022 version of its RC213V. The bike, which in the expectations of the Japanese should have helped not only Marquez but all the other centaurs of the golden wing to compete at the top, is now without a shadow of denial the rear of the entire grid. In the constructors ‘championship, the Tokyo manufacturer has collected just nine points in the last four races and even in the drivers’ championship the most advanced in the standings is still Marquez, 15th with 60 points despite having taken part in just six races out of 13.
It is now clear, without any fear of denial, that the Honda is totally addicted to their # 93. It is no coincidence that Marquez was asked to be present in the team’s garage in Austria to try to direct the team’s work. At the same time, Honda hopes to be able to count on the Cervera phenomenon for the final part of this season. Fundamental for the Japanese, more than an early return of Marquez to the races, is the presence of the eight-time world champion at test scheduled for September on the Misano track. In fact, there the foundations will be laid for what will be the bike of 2023. The hope, made explicit a Dazn Spain by the team manager Alberto Puigis that Marquez may be able to get on the bike for that circumstance.
“Personally I think he won’t be there for the race – Puig clarified to the Iberian canal – but if he will be able to be present for the tests, even without doing 100 laps a day, but going to the track to be able to say ‘hey, no, yes, the bike looks like this to me’ it will be very important. If he is not present at the Misano test it will always be the usual situation, because we will have a long period without Marc present at a test. So, it will be complicated “. To underline the fundamental role of Marquez, the Spanish manager stated that without him the team risks proceeding “blindly”. “Normally the Misano test is very important to prepare a ‘prototype’ for Valencia. If Marquez is not there, we will go as we have done so far, that is, a bit blindly, honestly. In the past we had to rely a little on Pol [Espargaro] and the test driver – concluded Puig – naturally [Marquez] he is the one who knows this bike best from experience“.
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