Marc Marquez’s adventure in Honda is coming to an end but, before getting on the Ducati in Tuesday’s tests after the last race in Valencia, a challenging hat-trick awaits him. The first Grand Prix is going to be this weekend in Sepang, before flying to Qatar, to then conclude the season in Spain. Three challenging events in which the Spanish champion will try to give it his all, even if the Malaysian track is the one that worries him the most.
“We’re getting back to work for the last effort of the year. These are going to be three very intense races,” Marquez predicted. “The first one we’ll be facing is Sepang, a circuit that always represents a challenge for us. We’ve been fast in some of the last few races, but I honestly think that it's going to be tough in Malaysia. The long corners have been the hardest for us this year. But of course we’ll continue to test and see what’s possible. We’ll make sure it’s a good race, and we’ll kick off the end of 2023.”
Joan Mir, on the other hand, has to think about finishing well this year, in order to start the upcoming year with the right momentum. As he waits to know who’ll be sharing the garage with him, the Spanish rider already knows that the responsibility will be all on his shoulders in 2024.
“Although the results may not fully prove it, we’ve gotten increasingly better in the past few weeks weeks.” The rider from Majorca is confident. “Returning to Malaysia, we have some information from the tests. But, above all, it’s going to be a good opportunity to see how we’ve progressed since the beginning of the year. It’s another hat-trick, so we need to stay focused and make the most of all the opportunities that come our way.”