Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has admitted his damaged shoulder is in worse shape than he expected after the opening day of MotoGP testing at Sepang.
The Spaniard put in 37 laps today - two more than a self-imposed cap - and finished just ahead of brother and team-mate Alex. Marquez senior was eight-tenths off the pace despite being hampered with less strength than last year when he had the same problem on the opposite shoulder.
“Last year I had more pain but more power. This year I have less pain but less power. I expected this already before coming here because one of the muscles that is more important in the shoulder is still not in perfect condition and I already expected this before riding the bike,” said the champion.
“When I rode the bike in the first run I felt worse than I expected. Especially the position on the bike – it was difficult to touch or use the elbow in the corner. Then step by step I started using it. I started the first run with good energy. But immediately when I stopped in the box – I went to 1m 59s but when I stopped I felt like I needed to slow down, to be step by step, be patient.
“Today the plan was to be in this range of 30-35 laps. Tomorrow we will try for 45. Then the next day we will see.
“I feel better than last year. The problem is that muscle takes time to activate. Just two weeks ago it was impossible to ride a bike. Then it started to activate a bit and that’s the reason I’m here today.
“It’s kind of a nerve that is not working in the correct way. It’s coming better and better. Then the muscle will come better and immediately I will feel better. All the muscles – biceps, triceps – are in a good way.”