Alex Márquez: Pre-season testing is key

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The prototype of the new Honda RC213V raised high hopes in LCR ace Alex Márquez after the Jerez test, but the 25-year-old also wants to present himself as a better driver in 2022 to tick off a botched situation.

After two podiums in the rookie year on the Repsol Honda, Alex Márquez’s second MotoGP season was bumpy. The two-time world champion (2019 Moto2, 2014 Moto3) only collected six top 10 results in 18 races after switching to LCR. However, fourth place in the penultimate race in Portimão gave him courage again.

“Of course, especially at the beginning, 2021 wasn’t easy, I think for all Honda drivers,” said Alex Márquez looking back. «But we worked hard and well with the HRC people and took a really good step forward during the year. That’s the most important. We tried things out and tried to find the right direction for 2022. “

“At the end of the season we had another great performance. It could have been better, but it wasn’t bad considering where we were at the start of the season. The most important thing is trust and feeling, ”emphasized the younger Márquez, who wants to leave a difficult year behind and start the new season stronger. “If you struggle, as was the case with us in 2021, then this is also a good opportunity to learn as a driver and become more complete.”

The hopes of the Honda pilots also rest on the new RC213V. «I had the opportunity to try out the prototype in Jerez in November. The feeling was great. Some things were really good, namely the areas that caused big problems for us in 2021, mainly the grip on the rear wheel, ”revealed Alex Márquez. “Okay, we still have to work on other areas, we also have to test this motorcycle on other tracks in order to be able to draw better conclusions. But it looks like the potential is there, the potential is great. I look forward to kicking off the 2022 season – at the level we finished in 2021. That is the most important thing, ”emphasized the LCR Honda driver.

The 25-year-old Spaniard knows: “We only have five days of testing before the start of the season, so every day will be very important for us in order to draw conclusions and to have the right feeling for Qatar on the motorcycle. The main thing is to start the season in a better way than last year. Because then you already have something in your pocket, the feeling above all, and I think the entire season will be a bit easier after that. ”

Does Alex Márquez have the confidence to constantly fight for top five places? “I know that I have to improve, and not just the bike,” he said self-critically. “I have to try to be better in different conditions, a more complete driver who is always there – and no longer have the ups and downs like 2021. I am the first one who needs to improve. Then one thing is clear: when the bike is great and has good potential, everything will of course be a little easier. But I am the first one who knows that he has to work himself. And that’s what I’m doing this winter, I feel very good physically, as well as on the motocross or flat-track bike. I feel great, now we have to come to the first test and work. ”

Alex Márquez’s credo: “I believe in work, it is the key to the season and that is what we have to do in the short pre-season in Malaysia and on the Mandalika Circuit from day one so that we can get to Qatar to be ready. That will be the key, especially because we have a new bike. All the information we can gather in these five days will be very important for the rest of the season. “

MotoGP test calendar 2022

MotoGP shakedown test
January 31st to February 2nd: Sepang / Malaysia

IRTA tests for the MotoGP class
February 5th to 6th: Sepang / Malaysia
February 11-13: Mandalika Street Circuit / Indonesia

MotoGP test Jerez, combined times (November 18th and 19th):

1. Bagnaia, Ducati, 1: 36.872 min
2. Nakagami, Honda, + 0.441 sec
3. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 0.452
4. Zarco, Ducati, + 0.484
5. Bastianini, Ducati, + 0.530
6. Rins, Suzuki, + 0.551
7. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 0.624
8. Viñales, Aprilia, + 0.750
9. Mir, Suzuki, + 0.762
10. Miller, Ducati, + 0.845
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 0.888
12. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +1,012
13. Brad Binder, KTM, +1,070
14. Marini, Ducati, +1,153
15. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +1,157
16. Oliveira, KTM, +1,213
17. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +1,277
18. Martin, Ducati, +1,280
19. Di Giannantonio *, Ducati, +1.656
20. Raúl Fernández *, KTM, +1.819
21. Savadori, Aprilia, +1,852
22. Gardner *, KTM, +1.856
23. Guintoli, Suzuki, + 2,168
24. Pedrosa, KTM, + 2,313
25. Kallio, KTM, + 2,404
26. Bezzecchi *, Ducati, + 2,440
27. Darryn Binder *, Yamaha, + 3,069
28. Tsuda, Suzuki, + 4.064

* = MotoGP rookie

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