The MotoGP is set for action at Le Mans, the world championship riders ready to return to the track as of Friday. Among them, the two factory Honda riders Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaró. Their goals for the weekend may differ, but both are keen to do well.
Marquez continues to recover
Marc Marquez comes to Le Mans having only returned to the championship in Portugal. So he’s completed just two races after a nine-month absence. The Spaniard is still recovering, but he has won at the French track three times in the past (2014, 2018 and 2019): “It has been a good week between races, I have been able to rest and continue my training and recovery. The goal for this weekend is to have less complications and continue working to improve. Step by step we are getting stronger and our goal is to continue the progress we have been making. The weather in Le Mans can always make things a little bit tricky but we will handle whatever happens.”
“A podium in the wet last year”
Pol Espargaró also comments ahead of the weekend, after the uncertainty of the Jerez round: “The test we had on Monday was very helpful for me and the team, we tried many things and were able to understand more about the Honda. Last year we were able to finish on the podium in the wet at Le Mans, of course we would prefer it to be dry but the weather will be the same for everyone and it will give me an opportunity to try this bike in new conditions. The motivation is as high as always, I’m excited for another weekend.”
Translated by Heather Watson