MotoGP 2022 is Marc Marquez's tenth season with Repsol Honda. Gradually recovering from an eye injury ahead of the test at the Mandalika MotoGP, he is determined to win the world title this season to celebrate his career with Honda.
“Ten seasons in MotoGP and ten seasons in the Repsol Honda team is a dream. It was something I could not have imagined in my best dreams, of course also during these ten years we have achieved very good results, so for sure this is something special and I want to enjoy it," said Marquez quoted from the Honda Racing Team website.
The Spaniard continued, "I know we will try to win the title to celebrate well. My target this year is to try and fight to be champions. We have started the season well in Malaysia and now we are preparing for the test in Mandalika and continue our preparations."
Repsol Honda officially launched the new RC213V motorcycle with its riders, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. Introducing his team virtually, this team composition will be Honda's mainstay for MotoGP this season.
At the launch, Marquez expressed the support of the doctors and the team that allowed him to undergo the MotoGP pre-season test in Sepang, Malaysia, last weekend. "Because you know it's a critical situation and no one knows what will happen but, in the end, I followed the doctors' advice, and everything went perfectly," said the eight-time world champion.
After undergoing two complicated seasons for Honda HRC, Race Engineer Marc Marquez, Santi Hernandez is optimistic for the new season. Armed with experience from the last two years, Hernandez said there was no difference in his approach to starting the season. "We will have a normal pre-season. Of course, I don't want to say he is 100 per cent, but for me he is like 100 per cent."
Hernandez continued, "My mentality is to work as usual and forget everything and just concentrate on our work and try to get to first place in the best way and in the best condition."
Repsol Honda Team Manager, Alberto Puig, agrees. He admits that the last two years have been difficult years for his team. Puig assessed that the team managed to overcome the problem along with Marquez's improving physical condition. In addition, he is also optimistic that Pol Espargaro can adapt more quickly to his new motorbike.
"Fortunately, suddenly everything became clear, and he (Marc Marquez) was able to show up for the first tests in Sepang and Indonesia, which was very important. This will be very helpful. We know Pol Espargaro is ready, but it is important that Pol also has Marc and Marc has Pol to test the bike and develop everything the Japanese manufacturers have been doing over the winter."