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Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP

OPINION: Honda is in the midst of a second winless season in the space of three years. The absence of the injured Marc Marquez has been a major contributing factor, but HRC’s inability to alter its own approach has seen it slide down the order. Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Austria and provided a rallying cry Honda needed to hear.

When the COVID pandemic sent the world into shutdown, it seemed inconceivable that the ‘new normal’ we now live in would be one in which the seemingly uncrushable Marc Marquez/Honda juggernaut came to such a sudden halt.

Ever since Marquez badly broke his right arm at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, nothing has been the same for Honda. In his absence that year, Honda registered its first winless season in the premier class ever in the near-40 years it has competed full-time since 1982.

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