News 7 Sep 2022

First laps complete for Marquez back on RC213V

Spaniard rides morning session on day one of San Marino test.

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Eight-time world champion Marc Marquez completed his first laps back onboard the RC213V at the Misano test, with the Respol Honda rider ending day one P18 after riding in just the morning session.

The 29-year-old opted to undergo a fourth surgery on his right humorous following the Italian GP earlier this year, first injured back at Jerez, 2020.

Having spent months off the bike as he recovered from the latest operation, Marquez made a MotoGP on-track return in San Marino. While his comfort levels progressed, he admittedly needs to gain more strength for longer runs and aims to attempt to ride on the second day of the test.

“After 100 days away, wow – these bikes are fast!” Marquez explained. “It’s the same as when you arrive at the first test after winter, it takes you some time to adjust. It was really good to be back, to ride this bike again and to be with my team.

“Step by step I felt faster and more comfortable, but I need to work more to gain the strength for longer runs. I was able to try some items for Honda after a few runs because I was feeling good. Honda is working a lot, it’s clear.

“Our target today wasn’t times, it was to do 40 laps and understand our situation. We decided to stop early to try and ride tomorrow. Tonight, I will do a lot of work with physio, ice and stretching to help with the recovery of the arm.”

San Marino GP winner Francesco Bagnaia was quickest on day one of the Misano test, posting a 1m31.292s as Marquez notched a 1m32.395s.