Marc Márquez He has been the great absentee from the photo of the start of the championship and will be, as confirmed through his social networks, of the two consecutive Grand Prix that will be held in Losail although his motorcycle with the 93 has appeared on the grid this Thursday as it was chosen by Repsol Honda to represent the teams in the photo.
The riders are still shocked by the news because they truly believed that the Cervera driver was going to be one of them from the first round of the championship and even the Suzuki riders who saw him and spoke to him at the Doha hotel when he traveled expressly to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, they were still stunned.
On the impact of his decline, his rivals have opined this Thursday in Doha
“I am surprised that he is not here because I saw him doing tests with street bikes and I thought he was going to reach Qatar and in the end it is not something positive for him, after these first two races he will need to start over, see how he feels again. with motogp, but it will be difficult for him to start in Portimao again and be strong there “
“He is one of the favorites, he will be one of them. Nobody has to explain how a MotoGP works to him, he has been winning for many years. He knows what it takes to go fast. Maybe there comes the issue of why he has not come to these races, I do not know. When it arrives it will be fast, but let’s see what circuit it arrives on. If it comes in one very favorable to him, he will do well; if it’s a one where you have to force more, it will cost you a little more. I think he’s thinking about getting on the bike as soon as possible and I don’t think he’s thinking about the championship right now. Get on, feel good and do your season. I don’t think I’m thinking of anything else “
“I think from the outside it is difficult to tell. He wants to go back and has tried, but is not ready yet. I think he will be back soon and that he will be competitive from the first race “
“Marc is following the doctors’ instructions. We at Honda look forward to his return. It will help me a lot to grow as a rider, having a champion by my side is very positive and will help a lot to develop the bike. I am sure that when I return he will be ready and fighting for the podiums “
“It is difficult to give an opinion, only Marc knows. After watching the videos on the motorcycle, it is good news: seeing Marc in the World Championship is always good, it squeezes everyone and it is interesting for everyone, but it is complicated. It is always an extra motivation if you are, raise the level. The good thing is that he will be on the bike soon. Anxiety, little. Everyone has trained a lot, they have done many laps, many drivers are strong here. The details will decide who wins “
“I don’t know what to expect, I don’t invest a lot of energy, I just do my own thing. He was curious about what he was going to do and he opted for the safest option, the smartest choice for him. “
“I was shocked when I heard that I couldn’t start. When I spoke to him at the hotel when he came to get the vaccine, he seemed convinced. We will see if he is able to return in 3-4 race, you still have a chance of winning the title, it will depend on his form on the bike “
“Nobody knows better than Marc the difficulties trying to regain the condition and there are many differences between a street bike to beat here with 21 riders, He has made the right decision and when he is strong he will return and we look forward to him, but points escape him valuable. But he will not be thinking about that but about returning as soon as possible “