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The Sachsenring is looking for Marc Márquez’s heir

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Riders would love to face Marc Márquez at the Sachsenring this weekend, but the German MotoGP emperor will not be able to defend his crown now as the recovery phase begins from his most recent right upper arm surgery, the fourth since breaking his arm at the GP of Jerez 2020. “Everything is always different with Marc on the track, I really want him to be back at 100%”, assured Fabio Quartararo EL PAÍS before finding out about the new operation of the ’93’.

Alberto Puig, Repsol Honda’s sporting director, spoke precisely about Marquez this Saturday. “The doctor has already said that he can return when the bone is strengthened and the TAC says there is no problem,” the head of the HRC said in statements to DAZN. The Japanese brand’s plan is that Marc is not pushing but can race again this season to test and further develop the bike for next year when the rider wants to race at the highest level again.

At the German circuit, the Cervera-based driver chained ten wins in a row, eight since his debut in the premier class in 2013. The Catalan’s dominance has been so overwhelming that the entire grid these days stressed that a win without him on track would become bitter aftertaste. “What would motivate me is to win with him on track and nobody has done that before,” said the Frenchman from Yamaha, reigning world champion and leader of the 2022 World Championship, 22 points ahead of Aleix Espargaró.

The 32-year-old driver from Granollers tried to turn the page of his massive mistake at Barcelona, ​​although in the paddock He was pressed on the subject. The Aprilia driver commented more calmly that after the big disappointment he had decided to go to Disneyland Paris with the whole family: “It was very difficult to get it out of my head, I couldn’t sleep on Sunday night, in the test on Monday it was hard for me to stay focused and on Wednesday while training on the bike I like best it was hard for me not to think about it.” His excellent performance on the track confirmed that he was still focused on reaching the summer break hooked by the World Cup.

Bagnaia signs the bar on a day of records

At a track with Honda DNA, very twisty and physical for the riders, especially in the scorching heat these days, the Italian factories showed that aerodynamic advances have catapulted them onto the track in terms of agility. Modifications to the mudguards and fairings on the Ducati and Aprilia saw the two brands battle for the course record on both Friday and Saturday. Pecco Bagnaia, who studied Márquez’s runs in all sessions last year, was the first to break the 1:20 barrier to pulverize the day’s great absentee’s record. The Italian and backbone of the Borgo Panigale team, who still sees a chance of winning the title despite being 66 points behind Quartararo, was the most consistent driver in qualifying. In a dizzying FP3, in which seven riders smashed the previous course record, it became clear that Japanese dominance in Germany is history.

Fast and hyper-motivated, Bagnaia confirmed his good pace by signing the pole position one session was delayed half an hour due to connection problems with the power grid in the circuit. Four Ducatis made it onto the front two rows and the first Honda was Taaki Nakagami in tenth position. Quartararo, third last year, persevered on the bike with a bad cold and finished a respectable second place, key at one of the most difficult circuits when it comes to overtaking. Jonathan Zarco, recently confirmed with the Pramac Ducati for 2023, achieved third on the grid. His partner in the satellite formation, Madrid-based Jorge Martín, reemerged in eighth place after carpal tunnel surgery on his right hand, with little known of his future. The second row for tomorrow was occupied by Espargaró, Di Giannantonio and Miller.

Álex Rins did not take part, defeated by the pain in his left wrist. After breaking his ankle at the first corner of the Catalunya GP in a hand-to-hand fight caused by Taaki Nakagami, the Barcelona native wanted to push himself to pick up a few points at the Sachsenring, although Suzuki preferred not to risk as much. Immersed in all the market rumours, but still without a bike for 2023 like many other riders, the Catalan wanted to avoid racking up five Grands Prix without points, the worst streak of his career.

This Sunday (2 p.m., on DAZN) the Sachsenring will announce the heirs of Márquez in the penultimate World Championship race before the summer break. Barring a big surprise, no Honda will win the race either, winners since 2010 thanks to Dani Pedrosa and the Kaiser, who posted a photo of a tasty Fideuá on his networks while his colleagues battled it out on the track

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