How Honda has fixed a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride
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How Honda has fixed a bike that only Marc Marquez could ride

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The Honda RC213V was for a long time seen as 'Marc Marquez's bike' and, with his injury lay-off, none of Honda's other riders had been able to get a tune out of it. But it's undergone a subtle transformation, and is now a force with his brother Alex

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.

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