Reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez admitted that he is worried about his Repsol Honda team-mate Jorge Lorenzo after he was ruled out of the next two weekends with a broken vertebrate, but not his opening day seventh place in Assen.
Lorenzo suffered a horrible crash at the end of FP1, leaving him with fractures in both his T6 and T8 vertebrae. Marquez admitted he is concerned for his team-mate, but also said it just goes to show at the Honda isn’t an easy bike to ride.
“It looks like he’s struggling and now he’s injured again,” said the 26-year-old.
“It looks like every time he pushes with the Honda he crashes. It’s difficult to understand for him. I’m worried for him, but I’m just focused on my way. What’s best for the team, for my championship, and it just shows that we don’t have the easiest bike on the grid.”
Despite worrying about his compatriot and team-mate, Marquez wasn’t worried about his opening day performance, in which he finished seventh fastest. Despite being over three-quarters of a second off of Maverick Vinales’ fastest time of the day, Marquez insisted that there is nothing to panic about.
“Seventh on Friday isn’t a panic, we are working for the race and looking to analyse everything,” he said.
“Different tyres and all of these things, working for Sunday. There are four or five riders with a similar pace at the moment but we are there, that’s important. We keep working.”