Marc Marquez back with the Repsol Honda Team for Portuguese GP

Marc Marquez back with the Repsol Honda Team for Portuguese GP

13.04.2021: Portuguese GP MotoGP 2021 Round 3 The Repsol Honda Team will be back to full strength for round three as Pol Espargaro is joined by Marc Marquez who makes his return from injury.

Portuguese GP
MotoGP 2021   Round 3

 

The Repsol Honda Team will be back to full strength for round three as Pol Espargaro is joined by Marc Marquez who makes his return from injury.


Portimao debuted on the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2020, producing a thrilling race and earning praise from fans and riders alike. Three Hondas ended the race inside the top ten with both Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl battling for podium and top five positions for much of the race.



After falling during the Spanish GP on July 19, 2020 and breaking his right humerus, Marc Marquez has faced a lengthy recovery. The eight-time World Champion approached his recovery with complete dedication, diving into an intense physical regime with the approval of his medical team. Having assessed his condition on a Honda RC213V-S in Barcelona and Portimao, Marquez has now been approved by his medical team that he can return to racing.



One further medical check will take place at the circuit before Marquez can be given the all clear to remount his Repsol Honda Team RC213V. Although he missed the 2020 Portuguese GP, Marquez has ridden the 4.6-kilometer-long circuit on previous occasions, including on March 19th on a Honda RC213V-S. The objective for the weekend is for Marquez to return to competition and complete a successful Grand Prix without any unnecessary risks in order to have a fruitful 2021 campaign.



Pol Espargaro arrives in Portugal after two informative weekends in Qatar where he showed incredible pace aboard the Repsol Honda RC213V. Round three of the 2021 World Championship presents Espargaro with his first chance to try the Honda at a circuit other than the Losail International Circuit and after putting together a strong Portuguese race in 2020, Espargaro is looking forward to growing his understanding of the bike. Constant improvements remain Espargaro’s focus for the weekend.   
    


       
Marc Marquez  93




“It’s a great feeling to be returning to MotoGP, with my team and my bike. We have been working very hard to achieve this, many hours in the gym and with my physio Carlos. We would have liked to have been in Qatar, but finally my doctors advised me against it and I listened to them.


I have really focused on listening to the doctors and understanding my body so that I can return to MotoGP and do what I love. I have a little bit of experience in Portugal but the aim of this weekend is to work well. Step by step, we are coming back and this is very positive after a long period.”         

    
       

    
Pol Espargaro  44



“We left Qatar with good information but without the results we were looking for. Portugal gives me a chance to start to understand the Honda more because it will be the first time not riding it in Losail. It’s a fun and very physical circuit to ride so I am excited to try the RC213V in Portugal.



We need to continue to improve our performance and show the potential of the Honda. Of course I am also very excited to have Marc back in the box, he is the reference in MotoGP and working with him will help us to raise out level.”         

    

    
Location Information

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve
Length    4.592 km
Width    14m
Left Corners    6
Right Corners    9
Longest Straight    969 m
Constructed    2008
Circuit Records
Pole Position    1'38.892 (167.1Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
Race Lap    1'39.855 (165.5Km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
Race Time    41'48.163 (164.7km/h) Miguel Oliveira (KTM, 2020)
2020 Winner    Miguel Oliveira (KTM)
    


       
Rider Standings



1    ZARCO Johann     5    FRA    40    Pramac Racing    Ducati
2    QUARTARARO Fabio     20    FRA    36    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
3    VINALES Maverick     12    SPA    36    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    Yamaha
4    BAGNAIA Francesco     63    ITA    26    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
5    RINS Alex     42    SPA    23    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
6    MIR Joan     36    SPA    22    Team Suzuki Ecstar    Suzuki
7    MARTIN Jorge     89    SPA    17    Pramac Racing    Ducati
8    ESPARGARO Aleix     41    SPA    15    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    Aprilia
9    MILLER Jack     43    AUS    14    Ducati Lenovo Team    Ducati
10    BASTIANINI Enea     23    ITA    11    Avintia Esponsorama    Ducati
11    ESPARGARO Pol     44    SPA    11    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
12    BINDER Brad     33    RSA    10    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
13    BRADL Stefan     6    GER    7    Repsol Honda Team    Honda
14    MORBIDELLI Franco     21    ITA    4    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
15    OLIVEIRA Miguel     88    POR    4    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
16    ROSSI Valentino     46    ITA    4    Petronas Yamaha SRT    Yamaha
    
    
       
    
Team Standings


1    Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP    72
2    Pramac Racing    57
3    Team Suzuki Ecstar    45
4    Ducati Lenovo Team    40
5    Repsol Honda Team    18
6    Aprilia Racing Team Gresini    15
7    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    14
8    Avintia Esponsorama    11
9    Petronas Yamaha SRT    8
    

Constructor Standings


1    Yamaha    50
2    Ducati    40
3    Suzuki    26
4    Aprilia    15
5    KTM    11
6    Honda    11
    

    


    
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