The 2013 Moto2 world champion switched from KTM to the manufacturing facility Honda squad final season, ending a largely troublesome marketing campaign with one podium and pole place to his credit score.
Regardless of lacking 4 races by means of damage and crashing out of 4 others, Marquez received 3 times and was comfortably prime Honda rider in seventh within the standings – 42 factors away from Espargaro.
The 2021 season was troublesome for all Honda riders, as an absence of grip from the RC213V brought about issues for a lot of the 12 months.
Observing the six-time MotoGP world champion instantly in 2021, Espargaro says he has been capable of see the place Marquez is de facto gaining on the remainder – highlighting his pace underneath low grip circumstances.
“I had all the time competed with Marc, however being on equal phrases, in the identical group, has given me a extra life like perspective than I might have had earlier than,” Espargaro instructed Autosport’s Spanish language sister web site Motorsport.es.
“There are circumstances wherein I used to be shocked by how briskly he could be, and others wherein I anticipated him to be sooner.
“For instance, in extremely popular circumstances, with little grip, I believed Marc wanted to lean loads on the rear, like me, to go quick.
“And I realised that it was the other; he wants little or no grip to go quick, and that is very troublesome.
“He’s an actual technician, and now I perceive why he trains the way in which he does, and why he does what he does.
“Being his team-mate makes me perceive a bit higher the strategies he makes use of to go so quick.”
Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Workforce Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Workforce
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Pictures
Espargaro will stay with Honda for the 2022 season, with HRC seemingly making huge steps ahead with its RC213V on the post-season Jerez check – with Espargaro claiming the rear grip he’d been lacking in 2021 had been discovered.
Marquez faces an unsure winter having missed the ultimate two rounds when a concussion he suffered in a coaching incident led to a return of the imaginative and prescient points he endured following a crash in a 2011 Moto2 crash in Malaysia.
He has been in coaching in current weeks, however won’t be current at Honda’s 2022 season presentation on Friday.
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