Marc Márquez: the curse of 1,000 days

HIt’s been an eternity that we haven’t seen Marc Márquez in the highest box of the podium. Since he was seriously injured in Jerez At the start of the 2020 season, the one from Cervera has not been that driver who devastated the competition. Therefore, he has not been able to add one more title that would equal him Valentino Rossi in terms of number of crowns (The doctor has nine compared to eight in ’93).

Obviously, if you don’t win it is almost impossible to be a champion. Since that fracture of the humerus in his right arm, the runner from Ilerda has gone through all kinds of vicissitudes. The good thing for him is that he has been able to get out of the maze. At Repsol Honda I had entered a very negative spiral. But he found a destination (Gresini) that has made it possible for him to enjoy the handlebars of a motorcycle again.. The Ducati is the strongest bike on the grid and although it does not compete with the black leg, Marc is with the best every weekend. In fact, he currently occupies third position overall in the premier class with 142 points. He is far from the leader Jorge Martín (200) and a strong Pecco Bagnaia (190)but your problem is not that distance, but thatHe has gone almost three years without achieving a victory.

His worst streak: three years without winning

In fact, this Sunday they meet 987 days since his last victory in Misano. Since that distant October 24 when he won the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix he has not won a single race. And if he doesn’t do it at Sachsenring, he will be forced to go beyond 1,000 days for a new attempt to break the spell.. The next event is held at Silverstone at the beginning of August.

This is the worst streak of his successful career. In the previous drought, 581 days passed between his victory in Valencia 2019 and his next victory… at the 2021 German Grand Prix.

Sachsenring, Marc’s garden

The fact is that Sachsenring is a talismanic circuit for Marc. On the Saxony route, none other than on 11 occasions (eight were in MotoGP, two in Moto2 and 1 in Moto3). It is an obvious opportunity, like the one he wasted at the beginning of the course in Austin (he kissed the asphalt when he was leading the race), another of his favorite tracks.

Marc, in action, on the handlebars of the GP23.RED BULL

Marc removes the favorite sign

However, Marc himself removes himself as a favorite for victory with a view to this weekend. “In Germany, if I have a perfect weekend and I go fast, at most I will be at the level of Jorge Martín and Pecco Bagnaia to challenge them for the podium or the victory, but not more than them, because I already see it“, he pointed out in Assen.

This is how Pecco and ‘Martinator’ face it

But this is a psychological game and everyone plays there. Bagnaia put the pressure on his two opponents for the MotoGP World Championship. “I think we are going to a circuit where Jorge and Marc have something more, but last year I fought for the race with Jorge, and it was an incredible race, super fast. I think that if we start well like this weekend we will be able to fight for great results. It won’t be easy, but I think that because of how we are working and the feeling with the motorcycle you can do well,” indicated the Ducati star after his masterful exhibition at The Cathedral of Motorcycling.

Y Martinator He also confessed his expectations for the start of the grand prix before the summer break: “CI think Sachsenring suits my track style more than Assen. Last year I was able to win both races, but it is clear that I come in with enthusiasm and I feel strong, well. We are in a good moment, perhaps not the best, we have had many ups and downs, and we need a solid weekend from the beginning,” concluded the solid leader of the contest.


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