Marc Marquez is one of the greatest names in MotoGP, and many fans have drawn parallels between him and the Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi. The MotoGP rider market will revolve around Marc Marquez and his future at Honda, with huge ramifications for the whole grid. While the six-time MotoGP champion has adhered to his game plan, holes are beginning to show in front of next week's crucial Misano test. The Repsol Honda rider has won multiple world championships with Honda in his career, but he has been struggling on the RC213V in recent seasons. Despite having a contract with Honda that doesn't expire until the end of 2024, many people are wondering whether Marc Marquez will stick around with the Japanese manufacturer. However, Marquez has addressed the claims and gave an exclusive interview to a Spanish broadcaster.
MotoGP: What did Mar said in the Interview?
Marquez has spent months being very circumspect with his comments in order to avoid any future accusations of lying. While speaking in the interview, he said, "Yes, I know where I will be racing in 2024. As of today, I have a contract with Honda, but they have put my name on all the bikes. Someone will get it right, won't they?"
The Spanish rider further added, "Of course, there have been calls. When you notice that someone is in a difficult moment and you bet on them, there are calls, of course. Whether they were from one or the other, whether one rejected or not, out of respect for all the brands, I won't say who, how, or how it happened. But there have been contacts, obviously."
Marc Marquez and Joan Mir had a tough day on the track in Barcelona, but Marquez came out on top thanks to another point-scoring finish. Marquez who started 11th on the grid as a result of a penalty given to Bastianini, had a good start and rapidly made his way into the top 10. Just like during the Sprint on Saturday, the Honda rider was competitive early on before finding his groove later in the race. Quartararo of Yamaha would put pressure on Marc Marquez of Honda on many laps before passing him. With his 13th-place finish, Marquez managed to earn additional points and wrap off another uneventful Grand Prix weekend for Honda.
MotoGP: Marc Marquez to Test 2024 Honda Bike
Immediately after the conclusion of the San Marino Grand Prix, Honda will debut the 2024 version of the RC213 in Misano for testing. As a result of widespread scepticism within the garage itself, the focus has shifted away from the bike that will be unveiled at Misano. Although the next Misano Test is crucial to the plans of many teams, Marquez said in the interview that it wasn't particularly important to his own squad.
Marquez said, "I have never said that my future depends on the Misano Test from my own mouth. We have to look for the best solution for the project. And this is based in Austria; we're testing new aerodynamics. It's different, okay, but we are trying something different."
"In Misano, you already start to see a little bit of the 2024 project, and how it will go. Whether it will go better or worse. You begin to sense how 2024 will go. We have to keep working on the project to find the best solution in every sense. When you're in a situation like this, you have to work together. Otherwise, it's impossible to get out," he added.
Honda unveiled their new aerodynamic fairing for the first time at the British Grand Prix on Takaaki Nakagami's LCR-run bike to fight with KTM and Ducati. At the Austrian Grand Prix, Marquez and his teammate Joan Mir utilised new aero equipment. Marquez said he was becoming "better and better" as the day progressed with the revised aero, but he had to adjust how he handled the RC213V because of it, and the bike's lacklustre acceleration persisted as a problem.