The Honda rider severely broke his right arm in last year’s Spanish Grand Prix and was ruled out of the rest of the COVID-shaped 2020 campaign while having to undergo three surgeries on the injury.
He finally returned to action in Portugal in April and has since won the German GP, adding a second to his count last time in Aragon to be the best Honda rider in the 10th place standings.
But those results came in orbit around the clock, reducing the strain on his recovering right arm and shoulder, with Marquez repeatedly admitting this year that he could not ride the way he used to because of his physical condition.
Ahead of this weekend’s San Marino GP in Misano – an event Marquez has won three times in MotoGP – the Honda rider admits that his current situation makes riding uncomfortable for him.
“Of course, now I’m driving and I’m trying to compete and I’m trying to improve my level, but I’m not enjoying it,” Marquez said.
“Right now, it’s true, I enjoy a few laps, a few corners, but when you’re in pain, you do not enjoy it.
“Now we are in the place where I start to enjoy for a few moments, the goal is to enjoy it more.
“When I want to enjoy it on the bike, I become more competitive.”
Marquez ruled out the prospect of undergoing a fourth operation on his right arm in the low season, but notes that he currently has to take three days off after each race to recover his arm before returning to training.
“Currently, the plan is to try to understand how we can improve these last races, and especially after Austin, we then have two weeks. [off] and [I] will try to work a little at home to see if we can make a move, ”he added.
“Now we arrive from a racetrack and I have to rest for three days, which is a lot, but if not I feel pain.
“And then I train for two, three more days, and then I already fly to another race track.
“So that’s not the way I used to work.
“Still, I have a definite plan, but now we are currently trying to work. Trying to work is the plan, then we understand it. But plan A is to work on myself. ”