Marquez’s recovery from his severe right arm fracture has been much slower than expected this season, with the six-time world champion continuing to lack strength in his right shoulder.
This affects it on clockwise circuits, the nature of Misano and above all the high levels of grip it offers make the Honda “more aggressive” on dry ground.
Marquez was ninth overall at the end of Friday’s race, 0.434 seconds off pace, while in fully wet FP2 he was fifth fastest.
However, Marquez admits that the Honda is currently not as competitive in wet conditions as it normally is.
“Right off the bat this morning, when I started in FP1, I said ‘okay, we need rain conditions in some tests to do fewer laps in the dry’ because it’s quite demanding, in terms of physical condition on this racetrack, âhe said.
âWith the new surface, the grip is really high, everything becomes more and more aggressive.
âI struggled a bit in FP1, but even like that the lap time was not bad.
âAnyway, let’s see. It is true that in the wet we feel a little more competitive, but not enough.
âEven on wet conditions we have a hard time, all Honda riders for some reason.
“So we have to understand why because normally under the conditions where we are very strong.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda team
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Despite the physical issues that Marquez has to overcome, he continues to help in the development of the Honda and has again tried the updated chassis that was brought to Aragon.
âBasically it was the same plan as Aragon, the same two chassis as in Aragon, but now it was time to reconfirm,â Marquez added.
âUnfortunately, we weren’t able to try well because we only had a half-session in the dry.
âTomorrow we will come back to the chassis we are working on in Aragon, because it is time to do it but we are still not sure but we have a test on Tuesday, Wednesday to continue working, preparing well and continuing to analyze.
“But we are working on different race tracks, with different setups and different grip on the track to try to figure out for next year.”