The absence of Marc Marquez throughout the 2020 season made Repsol Honda stuck. Victory also failed to be achieved by the manufacturer with the single wing logo for more than a year.
Pol Espargaro, who was expected to return Honda to the highest podium at the start of the 2021 season, also appeared sluggish. Poor performance was also shown by the LCR Honda duo, Takaaki Nakagami and Alex Marquez.
Honda won a new victory when Marquez returned from his long injury. He managed to beat Miguel Oliveira and Fabio Quartararo to become the best in the German MotoGP, as well as extend his unbeaten streak at the Sachsenring.
Not long after, Marquez again showed his brilliant performance. In the American MotoGP series and Emilia Romagna, rider The 28-year-old posted consecutive wins.
Seeing this, Stoner, who is a former racer and won with Honda in 2011, said his former team made a fatal mistake.
Stoner explained that Honda was aware of Marquez’s above-average talent. Therefore, they are too dependent on the performance of the racer, and make a motorbike that suits his racing style.
“Everyone knows Marc (Marquez) is a talented person. No one can match his reaction and reflexes. So he can always chase the drivers in front of him,” said Stoner quoting Speedweek.
“Marc and his team I think made a fatal mistake at the beginning of his arrival. Marc is a rider who is good at braking. Honda then followed Marquez’s racing style and created a very good bike when braking.
“When you build something and focus on one area only, then the other areas will be left behind. This I feel is their fault.
“When I did the test with Honda, the focus of the bike was on braking. I also noticed the bike became stable when I did that.”
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Marquez himself cannot appear for Honda until the 2021 season is complete. The Ant of Cervera was forced to miss the two MotoGP races of Algarve and Valencia. He fell during practice in preparation for the race for the Portugal round.
Marquez suffered a mild concussion so he had to rest for a few days. However, the racer had to extend his break because he was sentenced to diplopia or double vision.
#93 will continue to be treated conservatively for the next few weeks. This decision was taken so that the six-time MotoGP world champion can recover for the sake of 2022.