Marquez fought to the ultimate lap with Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia in final Sunday’s Aragon GP, however finally got here up second-best to the Italian in an exciting scrap.
The anticlockwise nature of Aragon negated the restrictions Marquez nonetheless presently has with the proper facet 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 won’t 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 manner as a result of Marc has been in ache for a yr and a half,” Puig advised Autosport at Aragon.
“He is not simply one other rider. He is not simply the very best Honda rider, he is the very best on this planet.
“We have now a protracted contract (till 2024), and we’ll do all the pieces we are able to to offer him the bike he deserves. Clearly Pol [Espargaro] can 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 yr’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 successful 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 very best positioned of the Honda riders.
He’s tenth within the general 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 based mostly 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: “Have you learnt why I’ve little question that Marc will likely 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 received up and went even quicker once more.
“In a racing driver, concern 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 house.”