Marc Marquez, who is well known for his domination of the German Grand Prix, has said he is in a “different position” heading into this weekend, as he continues his injury recovery.
Marquez has won every German Grand Prix he has competed in since 2010, and if he won this year he would be a massive 11th win in a row for the Spaniard. It’s his sixth race back from injury too, so if anywhere would be fitting for the first post-crash win, it would be here.
Marquez also completed 87 laps in the recent Barcelona test, 80 more than he managed in Jerez. The thing going against him though is he’s been making a habit of crashing in good positions, having retired from the last three rounds, including crashing out of the lead in Le Mans.
Speaking ahead of the German Grand Prix this weekend, Marquez said he will be more competitive, though he has acknowledged he is in a different position than past rounds in Germany.
“After the test day in Barcelona, the week between races went very well to recover. In this test, we worked a lot and now we come to the Sachsenring where I have always enjoyed riding in the past,” Marquez said.
“This year of course we arrive in a different position, but hopefully the layout should allow us to be more competitive from the physical side. Let’s see what the weekend brings.”
Teammate Pol Espargaro hopes the Barcelona test has begun giving Honda the answers they need, as they are seemingly the slowest bike this year.
“We arrive here in Germany after a good day of testing in Spain. It has been a hard few races so it is important to keep our focus and do what we can this weekend,” he said.
“We now have two races before the summer break, we want to head into the break on a positive.”