Honda has completely overhauled its RC213V for 2022 after a number of tough seasons and has appeared to make the bike extra user-friendly, with Pol Espargaro main for 18 of Sunday’s 22 laps earlier than ending third.
The brand new Honda is extra rear-biased to remedy traction points it suffered earlier than, however this has meant the front-end feels completely different and Marquez is taking time to completely adapt the RC213V to his using type.
A small crash in Sunday’s warm-up session whereas trialling the medium entrance tyre led him to race with the delicate, with Marquez finally ending the race fifth having been in podium rivalry all through.
Although he admits he can’t “imagine” within the front-end of the Honda like he would need proper now, he felt his race was strong given the circumstances.
“I imply, right here was two components,” Marquez defined. “I imply the boldness with the entrance isn’t the very best one in the meanwhile, and there I’m struggling a bit extra to know, [because] particularly within the apply you imagine as a result of you recognize in case you crash it’s OK.
“However within the race if you don’t trust you possibly can’t imagine such as you need, and plus this morning I had this small crash, so I had these doubts. And right here in Qatar, traditionally for me all the time I battle with the entrance tyre.
“Immediately was not completely different, nevertheless it was the identical tyre because the others. However even like this, struggling so much, and managing the scenario we completed fifth, 4 seconds behind the primary man.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Group
Picture by: Akhil Puthiyedath
Marquez heaped reward on the job teammate Espargaro has completed on the Honda thus far in 2022, and says the 2013 Moto2 champion is performing as “an excellent reference” for him proper now.
“Throughout all weekend he was using a bit higher than me,” Marquez mentioned of Espargaro. “The way in which he obtained the lap time is a little bit bit simpler.
“He is ready to cease the bike so much on entry and he’s utilizing the rear brake so much. Nonetheless, I can’t use this rear brake, as a result of if I do I lose the rear.
“Anyway, since he obtained this bike he’s ridden actually good – in Malaysia, Mandalika, right here. It’s good to have an excellent reference contained in the field.
“However we’re within the first race, we have to perceive now what he did higher this weekend, however he rode in an excellent approach.”