Marc Marquez on 2023 prototype - "Usually, It's brought to the misano tests, honda is late"
The Honda RC213V has some big issues and the focus is on the 2023 season, but according to Marc Marquez, Honda is lagging behind.
With a solid performance at the Malaysian Grand Prix and a seventh-place finish, Marc Marquez once again confirmed he is capable of what other Honda riders aren’t – being more or less competitive on the upper half of the field.
“It was a long and difficult race. I started strong and then I immediately saw that I was losing [time] on the main straights and risking too much.”
Marquez fighting the Suzukis in Malaysia – Image provided by Motorsport Images
“The bike has been slow all weekend, you need to push harder in the corners. For just one lap you can do it, but for a race distance the tire degradation becomes greater than normal.”
Seeing himself as top Honda rider though is not Marquez’s style. He insists: “It’s not my goal to be the first Honda, my goal is always to aim ahead.”
Honda currently is at risk of ending the 2022 season without a single win and the signs for the last round in Valencia do not look bright.
Therefore the focus already lies on 2023. However, it seems the idea hasn’t quite hit Honda yet. Although testing a full aluminum swingarm manufactured by Kalex across the last few races and more substantial upgrades expected for the IRTA tests in Valencia, Marc Marquez admonishes:
“They [Honda] haven’t given me the program [for the Valencia tests] yet. I don’t know if a new bike will arrive or not. Usually, It’s brought to the Misano test – Honda is late.“