Repsol Honda racer Marc Marquez admits that he is not targeting victory or a podium at the opening MotoGP 2023 race at the Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal, this weekend.
“Right now we can’t think about podiums or wins, especially here in Portimao. In the end, the championship is still long, we are working hard. I need to improve myself,” said Marc as quoted from the official MotoGP statement in Jakarta, Friday.
This, he continued, was influenced by the various activities of the team to repair engines, motor settings, to the technical director. In addition, with the various changes that have occurred, Honda has not been too mature in carrying out the desired concept in the race later.
“We changed a lot of things. We changed the technical director, then there were new ideas, then we just worked on the concept. The only day I worked for myself and with the right bike was the last day at Portimao,” said brother of Alex Marquez said.
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“Honda and the team are working. The last day at Portimao was not bad, we are getting closer. At race pace, we were able to do it close to the top guys, even though in the single laps we are still very far away especially with the Ducati riders,” he added.
Regarding the Ducati team, Marc does not deny that they are one of the strongest teams with a complete composition of riders, technical teams and motorbikes. However, he said he would try hard for the team at the weekend.
“It’s clear that Ducati now has a very strong package. All the Ducati riders are strong, but Pecco (Bagnaia) is the fastest. We are far from them but we are even further from Pecco who was very fast in pre-season. We are still working hard,” said Marc.
“Let’s see how the race goes this weekend, but especially in the next few races,” he said. (BETWEEN)
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