shafts – Marc Marquez has no doubts: in Assen it will be impossible to repeat what was done at Sachsenring. “The goal is to get into the ten” he says with little doubt.
“Last Sunday was a very significant victory, one of the most important ever in a tough moment in my career. Surely this success gives me extra motivation, not only for me but also for the team. But here we go back to our real situation: I feel better than in Mugello and Barcelona, but my potential will be similar to those two GPs, not to that of Germany ”.
But if it rains, could you have an advantage here too?
“When a driver is in trouble he always hopes for rain. But my final result in the championship will not change … and neither will this race: maybe I could finish a little further, but, I repeat, I expect performances in line with those of Mugello and Barcelona, not like Germany. At the Sachsenring I drove well, with great precision, helped by the track, with only three right-handers. It is clear that mentally it was very important for me, we know we can do it, but here the goal is to finish in the top ten ”.
Pol Espargaro says he would like to ride your own bike: what’s the situation like?
“We are trying to find a path, a base that works, but we mustn’t think about Sachsenring… Pol is struggling to be constant, we are in a difficult moment, we are trying to improve. In 2020 I wasn’t there and HRC made some changes: the bike wasn’t bad, because my brother Alex took two podiums and was consistent in the season finale. And Nakagami was fast too, taking pole at Aragon. But when I got back, I didn’t understand the bike due to my physical condition. Then I started to feel something strange, due to some changes made by HRC in the winter tests in Qatar. I preferred to go back to something I knew well, to 2019, or to the first race of 2020: this is now our base. On this basis, we will introduce the new features little by little, to prepare the bike for 2022, not for this season ”.
Is it good for you that there are five weeks off after this GP?
“It is true that in the Montmelò tests I had done 87 laps, but I did them during a whole day. It is very different to have 25-30 consecutive races in the race, after Germany I was very tired: but it is a normal process, the doctors also confirmed it to me. It was important to win, but the break is positive to make a good second half of the season. Just as the news that will take place in Austin is positive for me “
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