The six-time MotoGP world champion made his extremely anticipated return after 100 days away, following a fourth main surgical procedure aimed to repair his badly damaged arm suffered on the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix.
Having returned to health club work within the final two weeks and motorbike coaching within the final week, Marquez accomplished 39 laps for Repsol Honda within the morning session on the opening day of the Misano check.
The 29-year-old sat out the afternoon session as deliberate to permit his physique to get better forward of the second day of the check on Wednesday, and whereas delighted to make his check comeback he felt he wasn’t able to race.
“The primary runs I didn’t get pleasure from it loads however then the final runs I began to get pleasure from it a bit extra,” Marquez mentioned, his quickest lap over eight-tenths of a second off pacesetter Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro within the morning session.
“Truthfully talking, I used to be struggling greater than having fun with it on the primary day.
“It’s like this, even in case you do a standard pre-season and the primary day in Qatar you wrestle as a result of these bikes are so highly effective and you may be very match however the bike is totally different.
“As we speak I went out and all people was super-fast as a result of they’re coming with one other rhythm and from a race weekend, however I used to be concentrating on my approach, the way in which to journey the bike, and on my place on the bike. It wasn’t dangerous, so tomorrow we are going to attempt to do one other step.
“I rode on my intuition. After 100 days you might be driving by intuition, you don’t know the way you might be doing however the lap time was not dangerous. But it surely was not a very powerful factor, a very powerful is that these laps in the present day, my physique and my arm is in a great way.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Group
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“I used to be doing very quick runs as a result of lengthy runs, nonetheless we have to work rather a lot, and I used to be touching the arm and shoulder as a result of the muscle tissue had been for one-and-a-half years working another way. The muscle tissue are working now within the correct approach however are usually not prepared to carry all of the torque and energy of the bike.”
Marquez nonetheless feels it’s too early to foretell when he’ll be absolutely match for a MotoGP race return and can use tomorrow’s monitor time and his restoration later this week to evaluate his situation.
“If in the present day [I did] a race distance it’s inconceivable to complete. Possibly 10 laps in a row however 27 [a race distance], I’m too far off,” he mentioned.
“However tomorrow we are going to perceive if I did one step or not. Generally it’ll be vital to journey tomorrow and vital to grasp Thursday and Friday how the physique and arm accepts it.
“If I really feel a step, or perhaps typically after an enormous effort you go one step behind since you begin to really feel some ache. I’ve acquired to grasp the physique and what it’s asking for.
“The bone is 100% match, so the bone feels good, it’s extra the muscle tissue. On the fractured space I don’t really feel any ache however it’s extra all of the elbow that I really feel some ache and within the shoulder.
“However within the arm I really feel OK, however it’s true that the elbow I really feel some ache and particularly on the shoulder on the again half, I’ve some ache there.”
San Marino GP winner Francesco Bagnaia topped the primary day of the Misano check, setting a quickest lap time of 1m31.292s on his Ducati – zero.607s quicker than team-mate Jack Miller’s pole place time on the weekend.