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Marc Marquez “driving in a wierd approach” in Qatar MotoGP apply

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The six-time world champion ended Friday’s working for the primary grand prix of the 2022 season second total behind the Suzuki of Alex Rins.

Honda has radically overhauled its RC213V for the brand new season after a number of years of issues with rear traction, with Marquez admitting on Thursday that the adjustments are so drastic that it felt like he was driving for “one other model”.

The brand new bike is extra rear-biased to treatment the traction points, however this has meant Marquez has struggled to familiarize yourself with the entrance feeling of the brand new bike – which has usually been his robust level.

Requested if Friday went as he anticipated, Marquez stated: “Slightly bit sure, a bit bit no. In fact, in race tempo I anticipated one thing related, in a single lap it was higher than I anticipated.

“Possibly second place just isn’t my tempo on the race tempo, however total it was higher than I anticipated as a result of the goal was to attempt to be within the prime 10 to go straight to QP2. I don’t assume tomorrow morning we are going to enhance the lap occasions, however anyway pleased how we’re driving.

“Nonetheless I’m driving in a wierd approach, however the lap time is coming.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Crew

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Explaining how the bike feels unusual, Marquez says he looks like he’s doing slower laps than he’s – however when he pushes proper now he isn’t going faster.

“Driving fashion idea, I’m not pushing lots on the entry,” he defined. “Earlier than I used to be very quick on the entry, now I’m not very quick. But in addition I don’t really feel the entrance, I really feel unusual, I don’t really feel the entrance, nonetheless I don’t perceive the place the entrance is.

“Truthfully, I really feel a slower lap time is coming. That is good, however should you attempt to be sooner you’re slower. It’s a bit unusual, nonetheless I don’t discover the potential to make use of all of the potential of the bike, or the best way to make use of the potential.

“Honda did a tremendous job and I’m very grateful. I feel the one model that may change a lot from one yr to the following is Honda. Nonetheless, I would like to grasp the best way to set-up [the bike]. Right this moment I didn’t contact the bike, I rode with the Mandalika set-up as a result of nonetheless we don’t perceive.

“Lap by lap I’m sooner and sooner, after which tomorrow we are going to begin to play a bit. However saying that, on this monitor we’re not the quickest one. Seems to be like [the] Yamaha and Suzuki bikes, which have a unique engine, are extra constant and sooner than us.”

Marquez additionally famous that Friday in Qatar was the primary time there was “no bodily situation that was stopping me” and skilled no points along with his proper shoulder.

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