Marc Marquez: "In Malysia We Will Come Back To Reality"
In Australia, Marc Marquez finally ended Honda’s horror series of not achieving a podium finish in their last 16 races in MotoGP. Still, the Spaniard thinks he is currently overperforming.
Honda rider Marc Marquez returned in the press conference on the eve of the three-day MotoGP race in Malaysia to talk about the podium finish in Australia:
“It was a surprise,” he admitted, “I didn’t think about it when I decided to come back. Here in Malaysia, we will come back to reality a little bit.”
Marquez on the podium in Phillip Island – Image provided by Motorsport Images
However, for Marquez, the podium finish in Australia shows there is still a lot of potential in him for next season as he thinks the Honda is currently on the limit.
The World Champion from 2019 sees himself in much better shape than in the past, especially due to the experience he gained in handling his (past) injuries.
“Now I have more experience to better understand the weekends and get the maximum out of all situations,” explains the Spaniard.
For Marquez, the coming winter will be crucial in determining what is possible in 2023 and onwards. He notes: “This winter I’ll really understand what my top level is, then I can see if we’re close to maximum or if there’s room for improvement.”
For Malaysia though, signs do not look good for Marquez. Although “muscle recovery has improved in the last [races]” he fears:
“Sepang is one of the most physically demanding tracks on the calendar, but I’m still ready to give 100 percent.”