The Spaniard’s insatiable desire for success means, in his own words, “As a track rider, I’m a bastard!”
Marquez certainly isn’t unique in that regard, and taking no prisoners usually goes along the lines of being a multiple MotoGP champion.
But Marquez meant a bit of a surprise when a series of rivals offered gestures of support during a slowing lap at Mugello just after announcing that he would undergo a fourth surgery on his long-suffering right arm. bottom.
“It was a really nice, emotional lap because I could feel the respect of most of the riders.
“We all know that when you ride a bike you take risks. With any surgery, especially the fourth one, you never know what the outcome will be.
“For some opponents you may not want the best results. [results] But I don’t want to get hurt. Because an injury means not only changing your professional life, but your personal life as well.
“With some riders you already [have] I respect you because you have a good relationship, but from others [the Mugello slowdown lap] It was a surprise. ”
“I am very sad about Marc.”
Yamaha’s world championship leader Fabio Quartararo and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro were among those wishing Marquez success in his next surgery.
“Whatever he feels is the best choice, I will support him because the last two years have been really tough for him,” Quartararo said.
Compatriot Espargaro revealed he had been visiting Marquez after the surgery was announced.
“I feel so sad for Marc. [for everyone]. can’t believe it. crazy. I feel very sorry for him. ”
Espargaro, who will be battling for the world title until the penultimate round, added that Marquez could still be seen struggling with the arm he first broke in Jerez in 2020.
“He didn’t put the weight in the front. He sat in the back. He didn’t ride like Marc and it’s not the bike’s fault,” said Espargaro. “For me, he wasn’t riding normally. Following him, he wasn’t doing the same.
“[But] Mark told me that he believes American doctors are at a very high level when it comes to technology and that they can do well. ”
Luckily, Marquez’ bone realignment surgery in the US was a success, and after missing six rounds, the #93 began to rediscover his old style late in the season.
Marquez started the struggling RCV from the front row in four of the last five rounds to take its only podium of the season at Phillip Island.