Marc Márquez (Honda): Comeback date remains open


Marc Márquez first wants to train on a GP track with a roadworthy 1000 cc Honda. Then it will be decided whether he can take part in the MotoGP test in Sepang in February.

“The news from this week’s medical examination has been very positive,” said Marc Marquez at an online Honda press conference today. “Now we have to take the next steps. The Repsol Honda Team tries to organize a circuit test with a Honda CBR 1000 RRR Fireblade. Or maybe I’ll drive the V4 Honda RC213V-S that I drove before the comeback in 2021. I would love to do this training on a GP slope. “

The official IRTA MotoGP test in Sepang will follow in the first week of February, after which tests will take place in Indonesia in February. “Mentally, I’ve been through the most difficult phase of my career since the end of October,” admits the Spaniard. “Because this is the fourth winter in a row that I’ve suffered. In the first two years it was shoulder operations that set me back. First the right shoulder was broken, then the left. Last year it was the right upper arm that caused me a lot of suffering because it had to be operated three times. “

“After I won in Saxony, Texas and Misano last year, an injury immediately slowed me down again. Before the enduro crash, I really felt comfortable on the MotoGP bike, ”said the 59-time MotoGP winner. “But life always has something unforeseen in store for you. Still, you have to try to maintain a positive attitude. But I have to admit: it was a tough time that I wouldn’t wish for any other driver or other person. I kept feeling insecure, which was often difficult to cope with. But now I feel better. The goal has always been to take part in the first test in February or at least the first race in Qatar on March 6th. It looks like we’re on the right track. But first we need to check my condition on a GP track on a 1000cc motorcycle. First of all, I have to drive at really high speed. Vision is something very serious. That’s not funny. Therefore, I will continue to follow the instructions of the doctors and the advice from those around me. Right now I feel very good. That’s the most important.”

Provisional test calendar 2022

MotoGP shakedown test
January 31 to February 2: Sepang / MAL

IRTA tests for the MotoGP class

February 5th to 6th: Sepang / MAL
February 11-13: Mandalika Street Circuit / IDN

IRTA test for Moto2 and Moto3

February 19-21: Autódromo do Algarve / Portimão

The provisional GP calendar 2022 (as of October 7, 2021)

March 6th: Losail Circuit / Qatar *
March 20: Mandalika Street Circuit / Indonesia **
April 3rd: Termas de Río Hondo / Argentina
April 10: Circuit of The Americas / Texas
April 24th: Portimão / Portugal
May 1st: Jerez / Spain
May 15: Le Mans / France
May 29: Mugello / Italy
June 5th: Catalunya / Spain
June 19: Sachsenring / Germany
June 26th: Assen / Netherlands
July 10: KymiRing / Finland **
August 7th: Silverstone / GB
August 21: Red Bull Ring / Austria
September 4th: Misano / Italy
September 18: MotorLand Aragón / Spain
September 25: Motegi / Japan
October 2nd: Buriram / Thailand
October 16: Phillip Island / Australia
October 23: Sepang / Malaysia
November 6th: Valencia / Spain

* Floodlight races
** Course not yet homologated

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