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Honda has completely overhauled its RC213V for 2022 after a number of troublesome 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 treatment traction points it suffered earlier than, however this has meant the front-end feels totally different and Marquez is taking time to totally adapt the RC213V to his driving fashion.
A small crash in Sunday’s warm-up session whereas trialling the medium entrance tyre led him to race with the gentle, with Marquez in the end ending the race fifth having been in podium rivalry all through.
Although he admits he can’t “consider” 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 elements,” Marquez defined. “I imply the boldness with the entrance isn’t the best one in the mean time, and there I’m struggling a bit extra to grasp, [because] particularly within the follow you consider as a result of you realize when you crash it’s OK.
“However within the race whenever you don’t have faith you may’t consider 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 wrestle with the entrance tyre.
“At this time was not totally different, however it was the identical tyre because the others. However even like this, struggling lots, and managing the scenario we completed fifth, 4 seconds behind the primary man.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Staff
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Marquez heaped reward on the job teammate Espargaro has executed on the Honda thus far in 2022, and says the 2013 Moto2 champion is performing as “a superb reference” for him proper now.
“Throughout all weekend he was driving a bit higher than me,” Marquez stated of Espargaro. “The way in which he bought the lap time is somewhat bit simpler.
“He is ready to cease the bike lots on entry and he’s utilizing the rear brake lots. Nonetheless, I can’t use this rear brake, as a result of if I do I lose the rear.
“Anyway, since he bought this bike he’s ridden actually good – in Malaysia, Mandalika, right here. It’s good to have a superb 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 means.”