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Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez

After testing the 2023 prototype that Honda took to the Valencia test after the MotoGP season finale, Marc Marquez warned that "you can't fight for the championship" with that bike. This led everyone to think that HRC had made a mistake. That idea, however, has its nuances.

The first day of pre-season testing for the 2023 MotoGP season left the general impression that the version of the Honda prototype tested in Valencia did not measure up to what six-time premier class world champion Marquez was hoping for after a difficult 2022.

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