In an online press conference today, Marc Márquez spoke in public for the first time in three months. He was relieved and confident.
Honda presented the entire motorsport program of HRC, two-wheeler and four-wheeler, for the 2022 season on Friday from 6 p.m. Japanese time (10 a.m. CET). The racing department of the largest motorcycle manufacturer in the world was given a new logo to unite motorcycle and automobile sport.
LCR rider Takaaki Nakagami was presented on stage in Tokyo, followed by Honda’s entire MotoGP line-up in an online press round. Contrary to the first announcement, Marc Márquez was still there at short notice after a check-up at the ophthalmologist Dr. Sánchez Dalmau showed a significant improvement in his constitution on Monday.
The Repsol Honda rider won the second Misano GP on October 24th ahead of his teammate Pol Espargaró and then injured himself while driving off-road. He was therefore out of the last two Grands Prix in Portimão and Valencia.
This injury happened at the worst possible time, because the six-time MotoGP world champion had conceded 83 points in the last four races before his GP break, Bagnaia 66, Quartararo 61.
The Honda RC213V had become competitive again after a long dry spell. Marc wanted to recommend himself as a title contender for 2022 in the season finale.
But the accident thwarted his plans, because he also had to skip the important winter tests in Jerez.
“I’m really happy that I was able to get on a motorcycle again for the first time in almost three months,” said Marc Márquez at today’s online press conference. “This long break was very tricky because there is always a lot of uncertainty when it comes to visual problems. But in the last few months I’ve noticed significant improvements. But I’ve had a difficult time since the accident with the enduro bike. But for the first time in my life, I strictly followed the doctors’ instructions. Dr. Dalmau fixed my visual problems back in 2011. The recovery process has been very slow, but that’s what we expected. A nerve that is directly connected to the visual muscle was damaged. This nerve was damaged as early as 2021. “
“It’s been many weeks of uncertainty, because when you have visual problems you never know how long they will drag on. But there have been positive signals in the last few weeks. And during the medical check in this wiche, these improvements were also diagnosed by the doctor. So the check confirmed my feelings. I was relieved when Dr. Dalmau allows you to drive a motorcycle. I chose a motocross bike because it is very demanding. You have to drive very precisely on the cross piste, and cross-country skiing is also extremely demanding physically. It goes up and down, there are enough jumps on every lap. And I had no discomfort or restrictions with my eyes. “