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Marquez: “I was able to ride correctly and brake late”

Marquez: “I was able to ride correctly and brake late”

A chance for Marc Marquez to assess his recently broken hand as the Motul Grand Prix of Japan gets underway.

Marc Marquez’s Repsol Honda Team fitted his RC213V with a custom grip on the left handlebar to help the Spaniard’s recently broken left hand. Motegi is well known for heavy braking and battling around the technical Japanese circuit is made dramatically more difficult with an injury of this kind. When braking on a MotoGP™ machine, the majority of forces run through a rider’s hand and arms, a break in either area can result in huge pain. Fortunately Marquez’s injury did not limit him dramatically and he was able to fight through the pain to end the day in seventh overall.

Step by step Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team are steadily improving the bike to compensate for the injury, Marquez himself adjusting his riding style. Aside from working around the injury, the electronics on his Honda need to be adjusted for the new circuit. At no point during Friday practice did Marquez use painkillers, wanting to fully understand the condition of his hand. The 2015 season has been the most difficult of Marquez’s career and Motegi looks set to continue the trend as the double MotoGP™ World Champion battles through the pain barrier.

Marc Marquez: “The first practice was useful for us to see how my finger felt, and to correctly adapt my riding position and it went pretty well. At least I was able to ride correctly and brake late, which is the important thing. Obviously it hurts, but it is bearable. As for the setup, we have made improvements but we still have room to do better -above all with the electronics, which we need to adjust to this circuit. We will see tomorrow if we can take another step forward and get amongst the top five."

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, FP2, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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