Last week’s MotoGP race in Le Mans, France, did not go as planned for eight-time World Champion Marc Marquez. The Repsol Honda racer, who has returned to MotoGP 2022 after a hiatus for his injuries, has tried to improve his performance with every Grand Prix that has come his way, but even then, the French Grand Prix was a massive disaster for the Spaniard who was aiming for a podium in this race.
Marc Marquez returned to MotoGP from his hiatus in the Austin Grand Prix weekend, and took the helm of his Honda motorbike right away, and came within the top 10 in the grid in the Main Race on Sunday. After that, Marquez went ahead into the European leg of the competition, and performed consistently in Portugal, and then in Jerez he stood fourth.
The Spaniard had thought he would keep up his learning curve and get a podium in the next Grand Prix in France, but that was not what happened in Le Mans last Sunday. Marc Marquez had a very complicated ‘Grand Prix de France’ as he started tenth on the grid and decided not to get too aggressive as he wanted to avoid a potential crash.
“My sensations were good”: Marc Marquez blames his idea to take no risks for poor results in Le Mans
Ever since Marc Marquez missed out on the Argentine Grand Prix due to suffering from double vision following the huge accident in Indonesia, he has been consistently finishing in the top 6 and scoring good points. He currently stands at the 10th position in the drivers championship with 54 points, right behind fellow countryman and Suzuki driver Alex Rins, who has 69 points to his name.
To improve Marc’s stand in the Championship table, he needed to score an advantage over his rivals, but he could not improve on his starting position in the French GP. While talking about the race, Marquez said, “I liked Jerez because in Jerez, I could be involved in battles for positions. And in Jerez, I risked a lot more than here (Le Mans). Here, I risked on the first lap, and then I told myself that I had reached my position and I decided to try to defend it. In Jerez, I risked overtaking, I risked following [Jack] Miller and for me, it was more fun.”
Marc Marquez further said, “Here at Le Mans I didn’t feel that, the sensations were worse because I felt that the possibility of me crashing was very high.”