Marquez: Honda “wants extra steps” than Kalex MotoGP chassis - Motor Informed

Marquez: Honda “wants extra steps” than Kalex MotoGP chassis

The Honda rider made his long-awaited return to motion on Friday at Le Mans following over a month on the sidelines resulting from damage.

Marquez ended Friday eighth total and secured a spot straight into the Q2 qualifying session on Saturday morning.

The eight-time world champion additionally examined Honda’s new Kalex-designed chassis for the primary time, which he used to set his greatest lap of the day, because the Japanese producer appears to enhance on its tough begin to 2023.

Although he feels it’s a particular enchancment, he admits it’s not the magic answer Honda must remedy all of its woes and return it to the entrance of the grid completely.

“It’s one other step in some areas on this circuit, however we want extra steps,” Marquez cautioned when requested by if he felt the brand new chassis was the answer to Honda’s issues.

“It’s not the one step we want. We’d like extra steps. Nonetheless, we’re shedding an excessive amount of. We’re an excessive amount of [relying] on the brakes, as a result of we lose on acceleration on the straights.

“So, we’re on the brakes lots, for that motive we’re pushing the entrance lots, for that motive all of the Hondas are crashing too many occasions.

“However that is the best way to maintain going, and I’m a rider who will preserve pushing to attempt to perceive the best way for the long run.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Crew

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Marquez crashed twice on Friday; as soon as in FP1 and once more on the finish of FP2 whereas he was pushing to safe a spot in Q2.

Given he has already missed three rounds with damage, Marquez felt not regressing to his traditional all-out type would have went in opposition to his nature.

“I do know that 90% of riders will take it simple and step-by-step,” he stated.

“However I’m not like that, and if I come again it’s as a result of I’m able to race, I’m able to push and I’m able to work for the group.

“And to work for the group is to trip the bike on the restrict. In fact, I can settle for and drop and be half a second slower like the opposite Hondas and be out of Q2.

“Nevertheless it’s not my manner. In the present day I managed the bounds. The one crash that was attainable to keep away from was the morning crash, however it was associated to the tyre allocation.

“It was the one the place I stated ‘this was not essential’.

“However the afternoon crash, after I handed on the straight it was P8, so then I used to be pushing, I stated ‘I’ll attempt to enhance the lap time’ as a result of like this I shall be in Q2. If not it is going to be a yellow flag and they won’t enhance, so…”

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