Marc Marquez's injury and long subsequent layoff left Honda in a difficult situation. For an indefinite period of time, the team would have to adapt to life without the only rider - as far as results have shown - capable of extracting maximum performance from its RC213V.
As the weeks passed the criticism of HRC management and their lack of alternatives to Marquez (their most recent winner other than the Spaniard was Cal Crutchlow in April 2018 in Argentina) increased, fuelling the theory that their prototype had been designed solely for the success of the number #93.
The logic is sound when you consider that the man from Cervera is responsible for Honda's last 21 wins in MotoGP. On top of that, Dani Pedrosa's nosedive in form during his final season with HRC in 2018, when he failed to even make the podium, and a disastrous short spell there for Jorge Lorenzo in 2019, suggested there was foundation to the argument. Agreed wisdom was that Honda had decided to put all of its eggs into Marc Marquez's basket and at Jerez that basket broke.