For the first time in 40 years, Honda went without a point in a Grand Prix in the motorcycle world championship. Does the injured Marc Marquez have to return earlier?
The 29-year-old is actually sitting on the substitutes’ bench after his fourth upper arm operation and will be replaced by the German Stefan Bradl. But at the Sachsenring it was the Honda reserve driver who was the only driver to cross the finish line on behalf of the Japanese manufacturer (race report>>>).
Team manager Alberto Puig is also aware of this, but he doesn’t want to know anything about the first zero number since the Jarama GP in 1982. “I know that we are not in the right situation at the moment. We have to change that completely, we have managed to do that many times in the past. We are Honda,” says Puig of “speedweek.comquoted.
Return already in Assen?
The Spaniard redirects to his star driver, Marquez, and explains: “I spoke to Marc, he is happy and the arm is progressing. He met the doctors and is doing what they say he should do.”
“We can expect him to follow the situation here and will certainly show up soon to see first hand what’s happening and how we’re trying to improve the bike,” said the single GP winner in the 500cc class (Jerez 1995).
However, Puig deliberately does not confirm an urgent comeback at the Assen GP (June 26): “We are not hiding. We know that we have to improve. First of all, we have to be clear about the condition of the drivers. We have to see how Pol (Espargaro n.d.) and (Takaaki n.d.) Nakagami are doing physically. Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl are okay.”
On the demanding circuit of Assen it is important to have a “motorcycle with good balance”, the team manager concludes.