Marc Marquez says he wants the fastest bike on the MotoGP grid. To him an easier bike to ride will benefit other Honda riders too. Honda is currently working on a number of areas to improve the RC213V even more.
“If you have an easier bike (to ride), it will help all the Honda riders. But my target is to have the fastest bike.” That’s what 8-time world and current MotoGP champion Marc Marquez said at the conclusion of the first of the 2020 off-season tests at Valencia.
‘It doesn’t matter if it’s difficult or not, what I want is try to win. It doesn’t matter if I have to push more or less on the riding,” he continued.
Indeed, of the four Honda riders in 2019, Marc was the only one completed the season in the top eight. He scored 12 wins and 6 second places with just one DNF in 19 rounds. He almost singlehandedly won Honda’s constructor championship and Repsol Honda’s team championship. While he did this, other Honda riders were crashing their brains out and one broke his back and quit racing altogether.
He finished the tests seventh fastest, but don’t count on the results as the riders, teams and manufacturers are still trying out new stuff.
“I’m very happy about the test, we tried the first steps of the 2020 bike. The first steps on the engine, some evolutions on the chassis, to try to understand. Negatives and positives like always. But overall. We did a good test and now in days we will be in Jerez. There I think it will be even better to understand the level of the new bike.”
He also said that the team is working on new aerodynamics while not concentrating too much on electronics. The two main problems that he sees are Yamaha’s strong corner exits and the Honda’s last part of braking when turning into corners.
The first area could be seen with Fabio Quartararo’s unexpected and amazing form, as well as Maverick Vinalez’s constant challenge at the end of the season.
The second concern was evident in the number of front end crashes by Marquez and Crutchlow throughout the season.
Next stop is Jerez.