Marquez on crew chief change: “I accept the situation”

Marc Marquez will have a new crew chief for the first time in his MotoGP career next season, after Santi Hernandez has been replaced by Frankie Carchedi following Marquez’ switch to Gresini.
Marc Marquez, Honda MotoGP Mandalika 2023
Marc Marquez, Honda MotoGP Mandalika 2023

Marquez secured a top ten spot in Practice 2 and will avoid Saturday’s Q1 session as a result.

The top Honda once again, Marquez was six tenths off the top time which was set by Aleix Espargaro.

However, the big news to fall on day-one of the Indonesian MotoGP was the confirmation that Marquez will have a new crew chief.

Speaking about Gresini’s decision to place Carchedi alongside the eight-time world champion, Marquez said: “As you know, Gresini confirmed that I will work with Frankie [Carchedi]. 

“It will be strange for me but I already knew when I signed with them because I've been working with Santi for 13 years. 

“It will be strange but I accept that situation. I also know that Frankie is a precise guy and I don’t go there with my eyes closed. I know that he works in a good way.”

Marquez feeling ‘better than expected’

After his first podium of the season at Motegi, Marquez is upbeat of his chances heading into the weekend’s double-header, after saying the rhythm during Friday practice ‘was not bad’. 

Marquez said: “It was better than we expected. The rhythm was not bad and I was able to ride in a good way. 

“The time attack with the second tyre was okay. We are in the top ten which was the best target we could achieve today. 

“In the [first] time attack we had a small issue and then for that reason I was riding a bit uncomfortable because I adapted to that issue. 

“In the time attack you have two options; complain about the issue or just try to adapt. What I did was try to adapt and for that reason I was not riding comfortably. 

“We understood what to change to sort that issue for tomorrow.”

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