Marquez fought to the ultimate lap with Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia in final Sunday’s Aragon GP, however in the end got here up second-best to the Italian in an exhilarating scrap.
The anticlockwise nature of Aragon negated the restrictions Marquez nonetheless presently has with the fitting aspect of his physique, whereas additionally permitting him to trip across the 2021 Honda’s deficiencies.
Whereas Marquez and Honda are nonetheless a good distance off from their 100% potential, there have been many who’ve agreed that the Japanese producer’s poor efficiency is a direct consequence of its personal philosophy – which concentrates most of its sources and a spotlight on Marquez, with out taking into consideration the wants of the opposite riders of the model.
For Puig, what occurred with the #93 is not going to make Honda transfer a single millimetre away from the strategy that led Honda to 6 titles in seven years with the Spaniard.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Crew, Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda Crew Crew Principal race
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“Our philosophy will not change in any method as a result of Marc has been in ache for a 12 months and a half,” Puig advised Autosport at Aragon.
“He is not simply one other rider. He is not simply the most effective Honda rider, he is the most effective on the earth.
“We now have a protracted contract (till 2024), and we are going to do all the pieces we will to provide him the bike he deserves. Clearly Pol [Espargaro] can also be essential, however Marc’s observe report is what it’s.”
The numbers are the principle argument of those that defend that Honda is incorrect to place all its eggs in the identical basket.
Within the 15 grands prix that Marquez missed whereas recovering from the damaged proper arm he suffered in final 12 months’s Spanish GP, Honda scored simply two podium finishes, each second locations for Alex Marquez, at Le Mans and Aragon.
Since his return at Portimao, the Marquez has already equalled these two podiums from 2021 by profitable at Sachsenring and ending second final Sunday at Motorland – although has registered essentially the most crashes of any rider this season with 18.
Regardless of lacking the primary two races, Marquez is the most effective positioned of the Honda riders.
He’s tenth within the total standings with 79 factors. Subsequent is Takaaki Nakagami in 13th with 64 factors. Pol Espargaro is 14th on 55 factors and Alex Marquez 15th 49 factors.
If HRC, by Puig, doesn’t intend to vary its technique, it’s primarily based on a perception: the conviction that its flagship rider will as soon as once more be ready to impose its dominance.
And that perception stems from a sense that has been greater than confirmed: “Are you aware why I’ve little question that Marc shall be again to his outdated self? As a result of he hasn’t turn out to be afraid”, Puig displays.
“As a result of he stopped for a very long time and when he ran once more he fell once more going very quick. However he acquired up and went even sooner once more.
“In a racing driver, worry is what makes the distinction between those that are forward and people who are usually not; those that, after hurting themselves on the primary day, are eight tenths of a second behind the primary, then one second behind, then two seconds behind after which they go residence.”