In occasion of the presentation of the Movistar MotoGP season in Spain, Marc Marquez spoke about the next Qatar test, scheduled this weekend on March 10-12, and his recent injury. The reigning world champion in fact dislocated his right shoulder on February 25th when he crashed at the end of a private test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera.
“I’m feeling well and I’m recovering fast”, stated the Honda factory rider, “fortunately the injury was nothing serious but I think that I won’t be 100 per cent in Qatar test although I hope to be very close as it will be the last test before the first race. Jerez was a positive test, because we tried the new bike on a shorter, smaller circuit and it was really interesting. It was a productive day as we were able to do many laps. We did most of the work we had planned, which is good. I crashed in the afternoon because the temperature was getting colder and I lost the front and injured my shoulder. This time it was the good one, because normally it’s the left one”.
Regarding the current season and the favorite riders for the MotoGP title chase, Marquez added: “We are in a better position compared to last year. We can count on a pretty good base and we are not too far. I expected Maverick (Vinales) to be fast from the beginning. We saw it already in the Valencia test. When a rider wins a race and scores several podium finishes and then jumps on a Yamaha, which is a more complete bike, it’s clear that he is a title contender”.
In occasion of the last test in Phillip Island Marquez had the chance to “follow” Vinales on track and he added: “The bike seems similar to the one of last year but maybe they have a more powerful engine because they have no problem in terms of top speed. Moreover, Maverick has a complete different style from Lorenzo”. Marc Marquez also refused to rule out Jorge Lorenzo from the victory fight in the season-opening race in Qatar, despite his difficult start with Ducati.