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August 22nd, 2020, 10:21 AM   #1
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Marquez out for another 2-3 months

Well, this certainly puts the season in a new light. There appears understandably to be much information being withheld from the public.

Another warning shot regarding the longevity and sustainability of a career and the choices made. When to hold and when to fold.

Itís refreshing to see the young guns all going for it but I certainly look forward to seeI got MM back at full strength and how the field sorts out then.

I hope it happens.
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Nakagami should replace MM at Repsol least until MM returns....they can out Bradl at LCR.
And Repsol needs to start looking beyond MM, and Pol isnt the answer nor is Alex M.
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I like and respect Marquez but it is much more interesting without him at the moment. It’s hard to say who will win the championship this year. Still, obviously I hope he is better soon!
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I like and respect Marquez but it is much more interesting without him at the moment. Itís hard to say who will win the championship this year. Still, obviously I hope he is better soon!
Sure, these guys can do no more than compete against those who are on the grid to race them. But it is also the case that if MM is much better than the rest of the field then he is much better than them. This involves staying on the track, however.
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Sure, these guys can do no more than compete against those who are on the grid to race them. But it is also the case that if MM is much better than the rest of the field then he is much better than them. This involves staying on the track, however.
Couldn't agree more. His fall and injury had everything to do with his competing. He wasn't punted or anything. He crashed out while pushing really hard to catch the Yamahas.

It would have been VERY interesting to see how Marq would have gotten on with these tyres. Yes, he was quite quick in the first races, but so was Fabio on the Yamaha and look what's happening to Fabio.

Only Miller can claim some level of consistency since season's start and I know if there's anyone who could tame the tyres it would be Marquez, but I'd love to have witnessed his performance with them either way.
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It’s bad news but it’s good news in reality. Honda, why let him ride? Because he had to know, he couldn’t give up without at least trying. A riders mental state, I presume, is actually more important than the physical. Mick Doohan said if he won in 92 he might of quit. He didn’t win 92, had something to prove to the world, and did it 5 years straight. I won’t say as a cripple because that’s disrespect, but his ankle was fused and he was at a disadvantage obviously.
I don’t pretend to know first hand Marquez’s motivation, all I know from media is he had to try for his own piece of mind, that he didn’t give up. I get that fully.
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Itís bad news but itís good news in reality. Honda, why let him ride? Because he had to know, he couldnít give up without at least trying. A riders mental state, I presume, is actually more important than the physical. Mick Doohan said if he won in 92 he might of quit. He didnít win 92, had something to prove to the world, and did it 5 years straight. I wonít say as a cripple because thatís disrespect, but his ankle was fused and he was at a disadvantage obviously.
I donít pretend to know first hand Marquezís motivation, all I know from media is he had to try for his own piece of mind, that he didnít give up. I get that fully.
Marc has a lot to prove next season now. How far above the competition he is should be clear now given the general competitiveness of the field. With that much skill and a desire to prove the crash didn't make him weak, he's going to be one very difficult customer in 2021.
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A lot will depend on how the inactivity will affect his mentality, it will take a lot of work to get the strength back in his arm. I still think there's more that we don't know about this injury, 2-3 months is a very long time for a clean arm break.
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A lot will depend on how the inactivity will affect his mentality, it will take a lot of work to get the strength back in his arm. I still think there's more that we don't know about this injury, 2-3 months is a very long time for a clean arm break.
I'm sure he'll be doing tons of physical therapy between now and next season. And he's clearly not a guy who shies away from training. I reckon he'll be as determined, if not moreso, as ever to dominate. I would be truly shocked if he didn't come back strong as ever.

What I find myself wondering about, is how the Honda will change for next year. Will HRC be taking into account input from the current riders, or will they continue developing a bike that only Marquez can wrestle around the track? And how soon they'll be able to do testing with Marquez and how much will be allowed under rulebook regulations.
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I'm sure he'll be doing tons of physical therapy between now and next season. And he's clearly not a guy who shies away from training. I reckon he'll be as determined, if not moreso, as ever to dominate. I would be truly shocked if he didn't come back strong as ever.

What I find myself wondering about, is how the Honda will change for next year. Will HRC be taking into account input from the current riders, or will they continue developing a bike that only Marquez can wrestle around the track? And how soon they'll be able to do testing with Marquez and how much will be allowed under rulebook regulations.
Having looked at some of the training videos he's posted in the past on social media, his training regimen under normal circumstances is very impressive not even factoring in his dirt bike training. Slight side note, I think he'd be very competitive if he decided to ever try his hand at MX. For a rider that competitive, not being able to ride right now I'm certain is eating him up every day in spite of him being all smiles for photographs. Do we get a Mick Doohan redux next year where he reels off a bunch of championships in a row? It's very possible, but we'll see.

In theory Honda should be trying to change the bike since they've pretty much been exposed as having designed an abysmal bike. Granted anyone with eyes should have been able to notice that bike has been a handful for any rider since 2015. But now that there are no meaningful results to be had for anyone riding a Honda, it shows how poor of a major factory motorcycle it's been. The Michelin rear slick design hasn't helped matters any further. So I'd have to guess they're at a crossroads with where to go regarding engineering. You have to design around that Michelin tire, but how much can you do with the V4 engine being the foundation is anyone's guess. Only drawback is does Michelin keep the same tire construct for 2021 or do they go in a different direction? So you're maybe trying to design a bike around a tire with a moving target for its design. Either way, they need to figure out very soon what the 2021 machine is going to have to look like. Probably why Bradl is filling in rather than anyone else; test rider. Crutchlow's input doesn't matter anymore since he's gone at the end of the season.
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