It’s time for Marc Marquez and Joan Mir to get back on their bikes, and the same goes for the other MotoGP riders. After a long 3-week break, Mugello awaits them and will be the first of three consecutive GPs. After Italy, they’ll be going to Germany, Holland, and then they’ll be taking a vacation in July.
In the last race in France, Marquez was at ease with the new Kalex frame, but his Sunday ended with a fall and nothing to show for it. Now’s the time for a confirmation about the new bike on a circuit, but one on which he and Honda have never really shined in the past.
“It’s time to get back to work,” Marc said. “Mugello is always a very challenging weekend. The track is very fast and smooth. I’ve have some good battles in the past, and pushing a MotoGP to full speed on the straight is always nice. Of course, we need to see what’ll be possible this weekend, and what we can do together with the team to get the most out of the bike and keep trying to make progress.”
Mir probably needed the break after a very complicated start to the season. The transition from Suzuki to Honda wasn’t painless, and the Spanish rider is still trying to adapt to a very different bike than the one he was used to.
“It seems like a long time since I last rode a MotoGP bike. But, in this period of absence, I managed to train well,” Joan said. “We have to push even before the mid-season break, so of course I want to get the most out of this hat-trick. I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time riding the bike, because I think I can continue to make progress and find what I’m missing. Mugello is the first of three consecutive races. I got on the podium there in 2021, and it’s a spectacular circuit to ride on. Maximum effort, maximum concentration, and maximum determination.”