MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
Why Márquez is looking forward to the Sachsenring MotoGP round more than ever
Marc Marquez’s right arm is still weak, which is why the first anti-clockwise race of the season will be the first time we see him close to 100%
Yesterday’s French Grand Prix could’ve been a fairy-tale for Marc Márquez but it wasn’t.
That’s motorcycle racing – harsh reality nearly always wins. As Valentino Rossi said after his Valencia 2006 disaster, “Unbeatable superheroes only exist in movies, real life is different”.
Márquez knew he could’ve won yesterday’s race and was angry with himself for failing to do so. The Le Mans rain and the bike swap could hardly have been scripted better for the six-times MotoGP king, because he excels in sketchy conditions and because the reduced physical demands of racing on a wet track largely cancels out the issue of his weak right arm.
In his third race following a nine-month layoff, Márquez seized the lead immediately after the bike swap and built a 1.5-second advantage in just two laps. Perhaps he was too keen, although he didn’t think so.
“I knew that if I was patient – and I thought I was inside the limit – during the first three or four laps [after the bike swap] it would be a good race for me,” he said. “But anyway I crashed, where I didn’t expect and where I wasn’t pushing a lot. But this can happen – there was quite a lot of risk in these conditions and there were many crashes.”
Márquez lost the rear entering Turn 14 at the end of lap eight and was high-sided off his Honda RC213V. The crash was a dead-ringer for the accidents that he and team-mate Pol Espargaró had during the soaking morning warm-up session: off-throttle, corner entry.
Fellow Honda rider Taka Nakagami, who finished seventh behind LCR team-mate Alex Márquez, explained the problem.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.