Marc, to the reconquest of America

The ‘King of the Americas’ returns to tread his promised land. Marc Márquez returns to Austin (Texas), another of his talisman circuits marked on the calendar of each season. Of all but the one in 2020, not only because of his arm injury (which left him the whole year without competing), if not because the coronavirus pandemic claimed the Grand Prize of the Americas of the past World Cup calendar, which could only move around Europe. But finally, MotoGP is going on a transoceanic trip.

Flying over the Atlantic Ocean, The World Cup faces its only appointment outside the old continent this weekend, before facing the three final appointments that will take place in Misano, Portimao and Valencia, as usual. With this exit makes the United States, MotoGP feels closer and closer to the normality that characterized it in 2019 and, above all, it enjoys fresh air by being able to move the paddock with many restrictions months ago than only a year ago.

And with them, Marc Márquez also moves who, still in a state of recovery, could no longer bear the urge to travel to one of his favorite routes on the calendar: the Circuit of the Americas. Where he has always reigned, except in 2019, when a fall left him without his seventh consecutive victory, falling into the hands of Álex Rins (which, in addition, was his first triumph in the premier class). Since racing in Austin, same track as Formula 1, the ilerdense has taken six of the seven possible victories, without giving rise to his rivals and with a superiority that gave him the title of King of the Americas.

However, he already says it himself, this year “it’s a little different.” His situation with his arm injury and his limitations have been improving, but on a 5.5 km track and 20 curves (11 on the left and 9 on the right), the pain in the area will not take long to appear. For this reason, after Misano’s fourth place that invited us to think about a safe podium in Austin, Honda’s wanted to put his feet on the ground. “The whole sector 2, already being full, suffers”, he pointed to the American track “I just go there with the same mentality as this weekend: to find myself there as I find myself, get one hundred percent and, above all, enjoy “, I added after the last race and before the official tests.

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And the speech, a week later, not much has changed. Marc Márquez continues to put dirt in the middle and reminds everyone how complicated his position is, with a physique that has not reached one hundred percent of its capabilities: “It is a route that I like and in the past we have done very well. , but this year is a little different with our current situation. As always, it will be important to work through the weekend and see where we are on Sunday morning. No matter what it is, it will be great to come back because it’s a race that I always really enjoy. ” But, we all know, that Marc Márquez will seek (or at least will try) to reconquer his territory.

Espargaró squeezes the Honda

Perhaps the results are still not what Honda expected from an experienced rider like him, but Pol Espargaró has taken a leap forward in the last appointment in Misano. He was seventh, happy with what he had seen and, above all, with what they could find in the tests that were carried out last week on the same Italian track. “We discovered a few things during training at Misano; in Austin it will be a good place to try them because it is a circuit with a lot of variety. I have had some top 10 there in the past, so I hope we can work on that basis this weekend, “commented the Spaniard before traveling to the United States, with the optimism of being able to continue advancing with the brand towards a much more successful 2022.

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