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Sepang II MotoGP Test: Honda relaxed over Marquez return

Repsol Honda's Livio Suppo suggests Marc Marquez should not rush his return to action even if it means missing the Phillip Island test.
Livio Suppo has hinted Repsol Honda won't allow Marc Marquez to rush his return to action after the defending MotoGP World Champion fractured his leg in a training accident.

Marquez has been ruled out of the second official MotoGP test of the year at Sepang, which begins tomorrow [Wednesday] after injuring his lower right leg whilst dirt-track riding in Spain last week.

Though the severity of the accident is unlikely to rule him out of the first grand prix of the year in Qatar on March 23rd, there remain question marks over whether he will be back for a test at Phillip Island on March 3-5.

Despite this, Suppo is remaining relaxed about the situation, explaining that Marquez's searing pace during the first test at Sepang – where he was comfortably fastest on all three days – means they are already confident in his pace ahead of the curtain raiser, while there are no 'big changes' planned for the RC213V.

“Marc is doing his rehabilitation and tomorrow morning he will visit the doctor again, so then we'll try to understand what to do for the next test [Australia],” he told the official MotoGP website.

“We have to ship the bike one way or another, so we still have three full days to understand. On the one hand it would be good for him to be on the bike again before the start of the season, but on the other hand I'm already totally confident in him because we saw at the first Sepang test that he was already immediately very fast.”

“He was already able to choose the new parts of the bike, so we're not in the middle of any big changes. The priority is always the rider's body (health) and especially at the moment as we don't have any drama on the technical side.”

Tagged as: Honda , suppo , Marquez

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February 26, 2014 2:08 AM

You're selling Lorenzo way too short, he won't give up without a fight and Marquez as crazy fast as he is, will have to ride a bit more carefully because he will just not escape another 15 crashes season injury free, I mean serious injury likely forcing him to miss races.


February 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Garry: He could miss the first 3 gps and still win.
There is a very good chance if he missed the first 3 races, he would be 75 points down. Kid is good, but he isnt that good to make up that kind of deficit. Not impossible, but highly unlikely.

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