MotoGP: Honda Riders Crash Due to 'Winning Mentality', Says Marc Marquez

The courageous ride of Marc Marquez ended when he crashed while fighting for third place, but he was unharmed. This year at the Italian Grand Prix, Marc Marquez qualified first and started on the first row of the grid.

By Divyam Dubey | on June 12, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

Marc Marquez, a prominent member of the Honda MotoGP team, has expressed his concerns regarding the increasing number of collisions and injuries in recent races. He believes that these incidents are a combined result of the RC213V's present shortcomings and the 'winner mentality' of riders. After Suzuki withdrew from MotoGP, Honda seemed to have strengthened its roster by signing Joan Mir (to the factory team) and Alex Rins (at LCR). Despite a strong beginning, Mir has faced several crashes, and although Rins has shown flashes of brilliance, including a breathtaking victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas, he has also been inconsistent. With Joan Mir and Alex Rins both pulling out of the Italian Grand Prix due to injuries sustained earlier in the weekend, only Marquez and LCR's Takaaki Nakagami started Sunday's main race for the Honda team.

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MotoGP Italian GP: Marc Marquez Mugello Crash and Championship Standing

Marc Marquez's heroic ride came to an end when he crashed while vying for third place, but he escaped the incident without injury. Marc Marquez qualified first and started on the top row of the grid for the Italian Grand Prix. 

There was a lot of pushing and shoving among the top five riders at the start of the race as they headed into the first curve, but Marquez managed to stay in fifth place. Four riders, including Marc Marquez and his brother Alex, as well as Jack Miller and Luca Marini, battled for the lead in the early laps. While battling for third place, Marc and Marini were able to pull ahead by a little margin. 

 MotoGP 2023 - Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Points Team Constructor
1 BAGNAIA Francesco 1 131 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 BEZZECCHI Marco 72 110 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
3 MARTIN Jorge 89 107 Pramac Racing Ducati
4 BINDER Brad 33 92 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 ZARCO Johann 5 88 Pramac Racing Ducati
6 MARINI Luca 10 72 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
7 MILLER Jack 43 62 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 QUARTARARO Fabio 20 54 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 54 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
10 VINALES Maverick 12 53 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
11 RINS Alex 42 47 LCR Honda Honda
12 MORBIDELLI Franco 21 46 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
13 MARQUEZ Alex 73 41 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
14 FERNANDEZ Augusto 37 31 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
15 DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio 49 27 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
16 NAKAGAMI Takaaki 30 24 LCR Honda Honda
17 OLIVEIRA Miguel 88 21 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
18 MARQUEZ Marc 93 15 Repsol Honda Team Honda
19 PEDROSA Dani 26 13 KTM Test Team KTM
20 BASTIANINI Enea 23 8 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
21 FOLGER Jonas 94 7 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
22 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
23 PIRRO Michele 51 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
24 MIR Joan 36 5 Repsol Honda Team Honda
25 SAVADORI Lorenzo 32 4 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
26 FERNANDEZ Raul 25 3 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
27 BRADL Stefan 6 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda
28 LECUONA Iker 27 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda

Unfortunately, on lap six, Marquez lost the front at Turn 15, which sent him out of the race. Despite being severely disheartened, Marquez escaped the crash unscathed. The Spaniard said that 'Honda have riders with a winner mentality' in a post-race interview. 

He further said, 'If you put in riders with a winner mentality, and you don’t have the chance to be up there, the problem is that you will crash more and more times because we are pushing more than the others to be on that lap time. And this is what happened. But yeah, I keep going, I keep pushing, and we need to be together and work with the team to change the situation for the future, for these next races, the second part of the season and especially for next year.'

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MotoGP: Honda Kalex Chassis

Honda's decision to debut the Kalex Chassis at the Jerez Test marked a significant shift for the company, which has traditionally preferred to keep motorcycle design in-house.

MotoGP Honda Kalex Chassis at Jerez Test jpg

The Kalex chassis gave a noticeable boost in the Le Mans race last month, but according to Marquez, it wasn't ideal for the tight turns at Mugello. In spite of briefly considering the regular Honda version on Saturday, he ultimately decided to go with the Kalex chassis.

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