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MotoGP Catalunya: Marquez: We have a lot of work to do

“We head for my home GP and we have a lot of work to do to prepare the bike” - Marc Marquez.
Winner of the opening ten races last season, reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has sunk 49 points from title leader Valentino Rossi heading into his home Barcelona event this weekend.

Marquez suffered his second non-score of the year last time it Italy. While his Argentine DNF followed a clash with Rossi, Mugello saw Marquez slide off unassisted - a graphic illustration of the handling problems he is experiencing with the latest RC213V.

The biggest is a lack of rear grip, which causes the young Spaniard to rely heavily on the front tyre during corner entry. “When the tyre grip dropped I had the same problems as always: Big slides on the entry, no support on the rear and then I was riding only with the front tyre,” he said.

“Then in the last laps the front tyre starts to move and you're pushing 100% every corner. You can save it from time to time, but not all the time.”

Marquez feels the root cause is engine character: “I go into the corner and it [the engine] is locking a lot on the rear”. But engine modifications are not allowed (for Yamaha and Honda) during the racing season, leaving Marquez to pin his hopes on electronic and chassis fixes.

Electronic changes did help calm the engine on corner exit at Mugello, but Marquez suggested the corner-entry slides will require mechanical mods: “If we cannot change the engine we must work on the chassis to try to cover a little bit this problem.”

Looking ahead to Barcelona, Marquez stated: “This weekend we head to Catalunya for my home GP and we have a lot of work to do to prepare the bike. I've had good results at this track and won there last year, so will hope to do the same in front of all my fan club!

“Let's hope we can have a good battle and put on a good show.”

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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June 09, 2015 12:51 PM
Last Edited 445 days ago

Shrub: ....he'll be on the pace this weekend from the word go as usual.
And I think this will again be his downfall. The thing that won him the Championship in his rookie year will be the very thing that will be his undoing this year - an unshakeable self-belief. This year's Honda is a dog compared to the last two years', yet everytime he throws a leg over it, he goes out with the same "do or die" attitude that won him his titles. It's highly commendable - the man is insanely talented, I don't think anyone is denying that. But this Honda wants to chew him up and spit him out, and I think his bravery is going to see him land a few more DNF's this year. I'm not saying he shouldn't ride his hardest - he's young, talented and incredibly driven. But this year, MM is better than his bike, and unless he is able to swallow that and settle for some 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, he's going to get hurt. I'm not a Honda fan but I'd hate to see MM badly injured.


June 09, 2015 12:34 PM

If anyone can overcome or ride around the problems the Honda's are having, it's probably Marquez. The Championship isn't over yet for Marc but he needs to learn to salvage points when he can't win or finish on the podium. The incident at Argentina was unfortunate but some might argue that he should have let Rossi go, and he can't afford to have another crash like he had at Mugello, because Rossi and Lorenzo are very consistant, and will take advantage of any mistake Marc makes. I don't think the issues will affect Marc hugely though, he'll be on the pace this weekend from the word go as usual.

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