Honda factory rider Pol Espargaro has said his team needs Marc Marquez back, after a season and a half of disappointment.
It was June 2020 when Marc Marquez last rode a MotoGP bike in anger, when he fell and broke his arm in the season opener in Spain, opening the door for one of the most hotly contested premier class championship in history. For Honda, 2020 was record-breaking in the sense it didn’t win a Grand Prix all year, which has never before happened in the history of the Japanese manufacturer.
Pol Espargaro, Honda’s other full-time rider, has said they desperately need the team leader and 8-time champ back in the seat, saying in an interview:
“Yeah, definitely it’s important to have Marc back for the team, for Honda, to improve the bike, to know because Marc was out last year. The bike has been changing quite a lot from the bike he was riding from when he had the injury and it will be good to have the confirmation that the bike is good.”
“I’m not able to do it because I’ve not been here in the past. Marc is the one who has seen the progression of the bike over the past years, so he is going to know the bike more. It’s going to be good for all of us, and also for me to push a little bit more to know where to improve with this bike.”
Honda is hoping Marquez can return to his winning ways this weekend at Portimao, to end a 16-race long winless streak.