Nothing can stop Marc Marquez, not even the dislocated shoulder he suffered in the morning free practice session. “It came out but then, as I was returning to pit lane on the scooter, it went back in by itself” he recounts as if talking about a picnic at the beach.
The important thing is that the injury does not limit him.
“Actually, my right shoulder that I only bumped hurts more. I don’t think I’ll have problems in the race”, he assures us.
Then he recounts the accident.
“It was my mistake - he admits - Dani was far enough away but I braked too late and went long. Unfortunately, I found Pedrosa in my line and, to avoid contact, I fell. In that spot it is hard to recover if you make a mistake, as on many other corners.”
Despite the trouble, the little devil was 5th in qualifying.
“It was the goal, even before the crash - he points out - I knew that the Ducatis were fast and that the Yamahas would be too for the flying lap.”
Is this the situation you will find in the race too?
“The Ducatis are still a step ahead of everyone - Marc says – I think I can battle with Lorenzo, but I don’t know if it will be possible with Valentino. He may be a bit faster than I am. The situation is that I lose a lot of ground in the first sector of the track, 3 or 4 tenths from the Ducatis and a couple from the Yamahas. This is not the best track for the Honda, so we will need to see how to manage the situation.”
And maybe improve the bike more.
“It actually did cost me a lot to miss the third free practice session. I preferred stopping because I had also hit my head. We had things to try - he continues - The warm up session will be another chance to improve. With the Michelins I am unable to brake as late as I could with the Bridgestones. The Ducati and Yamaha are more stable thanks to their winglets. Today I tried as well but they did not work the way we had hoped.”