A bike alarm made Marquez’s Honda “crazy” in disastrous COTA MotoGP start

Marc Marquez says an alarm made his Honda MotoGP bike “crazy” on the grid and led to his disastrous start at the Americas Grand Prix, which plunged him to last.

A bike alarm made Marquez’s Honda “crazy” in disastrous COTA MotoGP start

The six-time MotoGP world champion was making his return to action following his double vision-induced Argentina absence at the Circuit of the Americas and was pegged by many of his rivals as a favourite to take victory in Sunday’s race even from ninth on the grid.

But a technical issue meant he barely pulled away at the start and was dropped to last by the first corner, by which point his Honda sprung into life.

Marquez admits he thought he’d engaged his pit limiter and says the bike still had a problem during the race, but it was good enough for him to charge through to sixth.

“We had a technical problem, but Honda is investigating what’s going on,” Marquez said on Sunday at COTA.

“They know already more or less, but they are investigating.

“Since I arrived on the start, I saw some alarms [on the dashboard] and then I tried to start, to not lose a lot, but the bike was crazy.

“And then I thought something big was there, but when I arrived in the first corner… I mean, from the start to the first corner there was no pushing from the bike, it was like pit limiter.

“Even I checked if I put on the pit limiter. But no.

“This alarm kept on all the race, but lucky for us at the first corner when the holeshot was disengaged, the bike works more or less in a good way – not perfect, because there was something there that was still wrong.”

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

The Spaniard added that his grand prix became “a sprint race” from that moment, but his body stopped him from going any higher than sixth.

“I gave everything, and when five, six laps remained my body said ‘Ok, that’s it’ and then I just tried to finish the race and even like this I managed to finish in a good pace,” he said.

“The result is not what we expected, but if we check how we started, how the first corner was and how we finished, we can say we built and we got a lot of confidence from this weekend.

“My target was to build confidence, try to don’t have any crash all weekend because the doctor said to me everything was fixed but I am scared about my health, was a recent impact three weeks ago.

“So, just I ride in a good way and this was the most important thing.”

Read Also:

Despite being denied a chance to fight for an eighth COTA victory, Marquez says he is still “satisfied” with the race – but more so the fact that he was able to come back in Texas following his vision problems after his violent Indonesia crash.

“Being here already this weekend was satisfaction and finishing the race in sixth position is also satisfaction,” he stated.

“If we check how we started the race, it’s true that looks like when you are in the worst moment everything arrives.

“We never had a technical problem during all the years nearly, and today that is when I need more the help we had technical problem.

“But this is something that happens and I keep going, keep pushing.

“I want to say thanks to the team because they helped me a lot, they believed in me, they give me the confidence I need and this is the most important thing.”

shares
comments
2022 MotoGP Americas GP: Full race results
Previous article

2022 MotoGP Americas GP: Full race results

Next article

Quartararo: Yamaha “not ready to fight for podium” on MotoGP tracks like COTA

Quartararo: Yamaha “not ready to fight for podium” on MotoGP tracks like COTA
The other Suzuki signing that could transform Honda's MotoGP form Plus

The other Suzuki signing that could transform Honda's MotoGP form

Following Suzuki's decision to quit MotoGP, both of its former riders have landed at Honda for 2023. But perhaps its biggest signing from the now-defunct team could instead be a highly-rated technical manager. Is Ken Kawauchi the right man at the right time to steer HRC back to glory?

MotoGP
Jan 26, 2023
How the MotoGP paddock has offered refuge to Suzuki's former team Plus

How the MotoGP paddock has offered refuge to Suzuki's former team

Suzuki's unexpected departure left more than 40 professionals virtually jobless for the 2023 MotoGP season. But that human drama has been successfully corrected by the paddock itself, with most former Suzuki crew-members absorbed into other operations

MotoGP
Jan 14, 2023
How one MotoGP team went from title fights to losing it all in four years Plus

How one MotoGP team went from title fights to losing it all in four years

The Petronas Sepang Racing Team came into MotoGP with a bang in 2019 as regular front-runners, with wonder rookie Fabio Quartararo mounting a title challenge in 2020. But it all went wrong for the Razlan Razali-helmed squad as the team changed hands and tumbled down the order - and RNF Racing plans to right this in 2023

MotoGP
Jan 3, 2023
Is MotoGP's comeback king ready to reclaim his throne? Plus

Is MotoGP's comeback king ready to reclaim his throne?

Marc Marquez’s sixth premier MotoGP title seems a long time ago given the injury woes he has faced in the three years since. At the end of a fraught 2022, in which he had a fourth major operation on his right arm, the Spaniard speaks exclusively to Autosport

MotoGP
Dec 23, 2022
How MotoGP’s underachiever is working to reverse its fortunes in 2023 Plus

How MotoGP’s underachiever is working to reverse its fortunes in 2023

As European manufacturers emerged as the strongest force in 2022 in a changing of the guard for MotoGP, one powerhouse couldn’t quite match the feats of Ducati and Aprilia. Its motorsport chief tells Autosport why this is and what it is doing to become a consistent frontrunner in the class of kings

MotoGP
Dec 20, 2022
How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races Plus

How MotoGP riders are preparing for the physical stress of sprint races

With the expansion of the calendar to 21 grands prix and the introduction of sprint races, the 2023 MotoGP season will take the riders to almost 1,300 kilometres of competition more than this year, a factor that forces adjustments in their physical preparations.

MotoGP
Dec 9, 2022
The Ducati rider who is much more than just the brother of a MotoGP legend Plus

The Ducati rider who is much more than just the brother of a MotoGP legend

Surname pressure is something many have had to deal with in their motorsport careers. And while Luca Marini doesn’t have that, his familial relation and the team he rides for in MotoGP have cast a brighter spotlight on his progress. But, as he has shown in 2022 – and as he reveals to Autosport – Marini is so much more than just the brother of a legend

MotoGP
Dec 6, 2022
Ranking the top 10 riders of MotoGP 2022 Plus

Ranking the top 10 riders of MotoGP 2022

The 2022 MotoGP season was another hotly contested championship, with Francesco Bagnaia emerging as the title winner after the campaign went to the wire. Autosport picks out the 10 best performers of the season

MotoGP
Nov 29, 2022