Marquez “felt ready” to contest the Aragon MotoGP race before the lap-one incident

The Honda rider will make his MotoGP return after a six-race absence to recover from a fourth major operation on the right arm he broke in 2020.

Qualifying 13th, Marquez jumped up to sixth at the first corner before his race opened up at Turn 3 when he slipped to the rear and triggered a collision with championship leader Fabio Quartararo behind him.

This left debris on the back of Marquez’s bike, which slowed as he engaged his ride height device on the exit of Turn 7, leading to a collision with LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami.

Marquez admitted he was “lucky” nothing serious happened in either collision, but he was frustrated by the missed opportunities it caused.

“Of course, the target of the Aragon GP is to try to make some kilometers and finish the race, but unfortunately I only managed one lap after a fantastic start,” Marquez said on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s Japanese GP .

“I was disappointed especially because I felt ready. On the race pace I was not bad, it was my strongest point and I managed the tire on that race track, I felt really good when the tire dropped.

“But anyway, this is unlucky – but at the same time lucky, because in both situations we were lucky nothing happened.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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Marquez expects this weekend’s return to Motegi to be more physically demanding on his recovering right arm, as he has yet to face a circuit as demanding as braking with his current injury.

“Yes, of course, Aragon is really demanding for me, especially because one thing is [riding in] the Misano test – but the intensity on a race weekend is different,” he added.

“And here in Motegi will be the first time that the right arm is given a big stress because there are many braking points, long brake points, hard braking points in right corners.

“So, I will need to manage that situation well. In Aragon I said maybe on Sunday it won’t be a problem; here, maybe yes. But I will understand when I come out in FP1.”

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