Marquez feels “lucky to escape” monster Assen MotoGP crash unharmed

Marc Marquez admits he feels “lucky” to have walked away from his massive crash in FP2 for the MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix, while urging Honda to fix the bike’s electronics. 

Marquez feels “lucky to escape” monster Assen MotoGP crash unharmed

The six-time MotoGP world champion was thrown from his Honda in a vicious off-throttle highside at the Dulkersloot right-hander in the early stages of FP2 and landed heavily on his knees and right elbow.

Marquez walked away without any serious injury but wouldn’t ride again for the rest of FP2 – ending Friday sixth overall – when rain started to fall.

The Honda rider says he wasn’t pushing when he crashed and has urged HRC to find a fix for the bike’s problematic electronics, as he feels “only Honda riders have these kinds of highsides” - citing similar incidents for Pol Espargaro and Alex Marquez in Portugal, and the crash in which he suffered his career-threatening arm break at Jerez last year.

“Basically, first of all I feel lucky to escape from that crash in a good way,” Marquez said when asked by Autosport about the incident. 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“It’s true that here in Assen I felt better than what I was expecting and in FP1 I was riding in easy mode.

“In FP2 I went out and said it was time to do a step, and I was riding well also. 

“It’s true I was pushing in some parts of the circuits, but specifically in that point and that kind of corner I was not riding over the limit, basically because there was another rider in front of me and I was doing exactly the same as what he did or even slower. 

“But I’m already pushing a lot to HRC. We cannot have these kind of crashes.

“It’s true that in that kind of corner we are against the electronics, but the electronics are there to stop these crashes and the thing is only Honda riders have these kind of highsides.

“In Portimao Alex and Pol [had them], me here, it was a similar crash in 2020 in Jerez. 

“We need to understand. I checked on the data what I did, if I did something wrong but this time I was riding in exactly the same way like the previous lap. 

Read Also:

“But just the TC [traction control] didn’t keep the slide.

“It’s something there where we must understand for the future.

“For the future, it doesn’t mean next year – it means this year.

“We need something to be more safe because if not it’s impossible to have confidence and be fast again.”

Before his crash Marquez had been trying a new chassis from Honda, which he says was the first update he had on the 2021 bike that has offered him a “clear direction” for the future.

“Yeah, about the chassis, I’m really happy with the job that HRC did because maybe it’s the first thing that I feel some potential with for the future, some clear direction,” he added.

“I feel like it was working well. It’s true I need to compare more deeply in another race track, but I feel not bad.

“So, I was happy, immediately when I tried it I saw something different; different riding style, different way to understand the things and overall I like it. 

“But, anyway I want to confirm it in the future.” 

shares
comments

Related video

Quartararo wary of making "stupid mistake" in wet Assen MotoGP FP2
Previous article

Quartararo wary of making "stupid mistake" in wet Assen MotoGP FP2

Next article

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more

MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix qualifying - Start time, how to watch & more
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022