The six-time MotoGP world champion made his extremely anticipated return after 100 days away, following a fourth main surgical procedure aimed to repair his badly damaged arm suffered on the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix.
Having returned to fitness center work within the final two weeks and motorbike coaching within the final week, Marquez accomplished 39 laps for Repsol Honda within the morning session on the opening day of the Misano take a look at.
The 29-year-old sat out the afternoon session as deliberate to permit his physique to get well forward of the second day of the take a look at on Wednesday, and whereas delighted to make his take a look at comeback he felt he wasn’t able to race.
“The primary runs I didn’t take pleasure in it loads however then the final runs I began to take pleasure in it a bit extra,” Marquez mentioned, his quickest lap over eight-tenths of a second off pacesetter Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro within the morning session.
“Truthfully talking, I used to be struggling greater than having fun with it on the primary day.
“It’s like this, even in case you do a traditional pre-season and the primary day in Qatar you wrestle as a result of these bikes are so highly effective and you may be very match however the bike is totally different.
“In the present day I went out and everyone was super-fast as a result of they’re coming with one other rhythm and from a race weekend, however I used to be concentrating on my means, the way in which to trip the bike, and on my place on the bike. It wasn’t dangerous, so tomorrow we are going to attempt to do one other step.
“I rode on my intuition. After 100 days you might be using by intuition, you don’t know the way you might be doing however the lap time was not dangerous. Nevertheless it was not a very powerful factor, a very powerful is that these laps at the moment, my physique and my arm is in a great way.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Crew
Picture by: Repsol Media
“I used to be doing very quick runs as a result of lengthy runs, nonetheless we have to work rather a lot, and I used to be touching the arm and shoulder as a result of the muscular tissues had been for one-and-a-half years working differently. The muscular tissues are working now within the correct means however will not be prepared to carry all of the torque and energy of the bike.”
Marquez nonetheless feels it’s too early to foretell when he’ll be absolutely match for a MotoGP race return and can use tomorrow’s monitor time and his restoration later this week to evaluate his situation.
“If at the moment [I did] a race distance it’s unimaginable to complete. Perhaps 10 laps in a row however 27 [a race distance], I’m too far off,” he mentioned.
“However tomorrow we are going to perceive if I did one step or not. Generally it’ll be necessary to trip tomorrow and necessary to know Thursday and Friday how the physique and arm accepts it.
“If I really feel a step, or perhaps typically after a giant effort you go one step behind since you begin to really feel some ache. I’ve bought to know the physique and what it’s asking for.
“The bone is 100% match, so the bone feels excellent, it’s extra the muscular tissues. On the fractured space I don’t really feel any ache however it’s extra all of the elbow that I really feel some ache and within the shoulder.
“However within the arm I really feel OK, however it’s true that the elbow I really feel some ache and particularly on the shoulder on the again half, I’ve some ache there.”
San Marino GP winner Francesco Bagnaia topped the primary day of the Misano take a look at, setting a quickest lap time of 1m31.292s on his Ducati – 0.607s quicker than team-mate Jack Miller’s pole place time on the weekend.
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