Marc Márquez: «The joy of motorcycling is back» / MotoGP

Repsol Honda star Marc Márquez was upbeat despite starting eighth at Buriram.

After a strong Friday with positions 1 and 4, Marc Márquez had expected more than eighth place on the Chang International Circuit on Saturday, 0.462 seconds behind rookie Marco Bezzecchi, who achieved pole position for the first time as a rookie times in a MotoGP season two newcomers to qualify for the best grid position. At the same time, Ducati celebrated their 13th pole in 16 Grand Prix. Bagnaia got 5, Zarco 2, Martin 2, plus Miller, Di Giannantonio, Bastainini and Bezzecchi 1 each. The remaining best times were conquered by Quartararo (Indonesia), Aleix Espargaró (Argentina) and Marc Márquez (Japan).

“I felt better yesterday than today because of the stress. And I know that tomorrow I’ll feel more tired than today,” said Marc Márquez after qualifying, who is doing the rest of his rehabilitation at the races. “But I am aware that I have a week to rest afterwards and will take the next step after a weekend off at the Australian GP. That’s our goal. As I said, I can really push on Friday, I can play with the bike. I can slide in the left turns, I can put so much pressure on the bike in the braking zones that it starts to shake. For a long time I could not do such maneuvers. Now the connection with the gas is slowly working better, I have better control over the gas response. I like that.”

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Márquez continues: “I don’t feel bad in the dry. That’s why it doesn’t matter to me whether it rains in the race or not. I don’t care. We’re not good enough to get on the podium yet. But I enjoy driving, because the lap times in the hunt for times are impressive, even if today I only managed eighth place because of the mistake in the finish corner. But the joy of motorcycling is back. That’s the direction it has to go. I’m no longer in pain, I can catch small slips again. That’s the most important thing for me, so I don’t care if it’s wet or dry on Sunday. If it’s wet, any exit is possible. But in the dry it would be more useful as a touchstone for my physical condition.”

On Friday, Marc trumpeted: “I’m hoping for rain on Saturday, not because of the result, but because then I can save energy. Because Friday took a lot of strength, I pushed a lot.”

In Japan, Márquez had calculated chances of a result between 4 and 8 in the race. He finished fourth. Has this plan changed since then? “It depends on the route in question, on the bike’s weakest points, on the casing of the rear tyre. On Friday my race pace was almost close to a podium finish. Of course, a podium is not my main goal at the moment, but I’ll take a risk and give 100 percent. But I have decided not to fixate on a specific result for the time being. Because I can never estimate exactly how good I’ll feel the next morning and how tired I’ll be.”

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“I told you at the Misano test that I felt at the limit. It was no different at the first race in Aragón, »added the Honda star. “I even had a few doubts there as to whether I should contest the race. I’m gradually getting better now.”

Marc Márquez has also heard that the Clinica Mobile with its doctors and paramedics will disappear from the paddock next year after 35 years. “I don’t have any official confirmation of this yet,” said the Spaniard. “So I can’t say much about it. The responsible persons will comment on this at some point. I heard there will be another concept. It is important that the drivers receive the same medical care as before – or even better.”

MotoGP result Q2, Buriram (1.10.):

1. Bezzecchi, Ducati, 1:29.671 min
2. Martin, Ducati, 1:29,692 min, + 0,021 sec
3. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 29.775, + 0.104
4. Quartararo, Yamaha, 1:29,909, + 0,238
5. Zarco, Ducati, 1: 29.963, + 0.292
6. Bastianini, Ducati, 1: 29.988, + 0.317
7. Miller, Ducati, 1:30.106, +0.435
8. Marc Marquez, Honda, 1:30.133, +0.462
9. Marini, Ducati, 1:30.214, + 0.543
10. Rins, Suzuki, 1:30,337, + 0,666
11. Oliveira, KTM, 1:30.485, + 0.814
12. Brad Binder, KTM, 1:30,542, + 0,871

The rest of the starting lineup:
13. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 1:30.202 min
14. Morbidelli, Yamaha, 1:30,528
15. Crutchlow, Yamaha, 1:30,542
16. Fernández, KTM, 1:30.566
17. Viñales, Aprilia, 1: 30.578
18. Gardner, KTM, 1:30,602
19. Pol Espargaro, Honda, 1:30.641
20. Alex Marquez, Honda, 1:30.692
21. Di Giannantonio, Ducati, 1: 30,794
22.Nagashima, Honda, 1:31,331
23. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, 1:31,356
24. Petrucci, Suzuki, 1: 31.604