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25 days ago
By The Guardian

"I was afraid I would not have a normal arm again" - Marquez

The eight-time Champion has opened up on his injury struggles ahead of the British Grand Prix

It’s been a long road back to MotoGP™ for Marc Marquez, nobody can deny the fact it has been extremely difficult. Still feeling the effects of the horror injury sustained in Jerez last season, the Repsol Honda rider has already acknowledged that he will use this year to find some comfort on the bike once again. Despite maintaining his King of the Ring title in Germany, it’s been a tough season for the eight-time Champion since returning to the track in Portimao. There have been more nasty crashes and career-worst qualifying results, but Marquez has said in an interview with the Guardian that he is more determined than ever to come out of this experience stronger.

“My motivation is higher than before because it is the first time that I have a very hard moment in my career,” he said ahead of the Monster Energy Grand Prix of Britain.

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M“In the hard moments, you need to show your potential. In the good moments everybody is happy and smiling and quick, in the hard moments you need to fight. The easiest way would be to stop and come back when I feel ready in one or two years. But that’s not my style. My style is to try to suffer to improve and come back. And to enjoy it on the bike. Now I am not enjoying it, now I am suffering.”

Marquez also admitted that he feared that the repercussions of his injury would go beyond a sporting spectrum, and even affect him in his day-to-day life.

“I was afraid I would not have a normal arm. There was one point in October-November when I was not able to take a bottle of water, I was straining to eat, I was not able to move the arm in a normal way. I was afraid.”

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Repsol Honda Team Manager Alberto Puig, who has been instrumental in Marquez’ comeback, believes that the scale of the achievement in getting back on track again is lost on many people.

“I don’t know if people really understand the level of the rider that he is. Marc’s comeback has been more difficult than expected, due to the injury and what happened and what he’s doing currently in his situation, it’s really amazing. He’s riding with, I will not say one arm but let’s say with one and a half arms. I think only one guy can do this and it’s him.”

As the number 93 continues to try and get back up to speed, using this season to find his fitness and form again, he recognizes that it doesn’t make it any easier when rivals pass him on track.

“It is very hard to accept that all the others are faster than you but you need to realise where you are, and where you are going.”

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Read the full interview HERE.

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