Marc Marquez believes Honda has podium potential with the new chassis, after his best result on a clockwise track since his return.

Marquez raced through the field in a masterful race to finish seventh after starting 20th, showing yet another glimpse of the Marquez who won eight world titles before his accident. The seventh place puts him back into the top 10 in the MotoGP standings, only ten points off Brad Binder in ninth. A top eight may not be out of the question for the Spaniard, but more than that looks to be unlikely.

“The weekend was not an easy one, with the big crash and also today starting from the last row,” Marquez said of his weekend. “I pushed a lot in the beginning. I used a lot of energy. Then I was impressed by my performance during all the race.”

“I’m proud because it’s the first race on a clockwise circuit with right corners that I finished in a good way. Of course I had arm pump. Of course I was struggling more, but also this racetrack is always really demanding about physical condition.”

“The bike today also had the performance to finish on the podium. So this is something also that makes me happy. I need to take a rest, minimum 1 or 1.5 weeks, for the physical side but also the mental side.”

“Then I’ll have time to keep working. My plan if the arm allows is I’d like to ride more with motorbikes. At the moment I just go race by race. My plan to try to ride more days before the Austria GP and introduce a lot of bikes in my physical training.”

MotoGP has begun a 5-week summer break, meaning there will be no action until the Styrian Grand Prix in August.

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