Sachsenring is looking for a substitute for King Márquez

The Catalan pilot Aleix Espargaró on the back of his Aprilia. / afp

German GP

Aleix Espargaró hopes to impose his law on a track that since 2013 has only known the victory of the now great absentee

'King of the ring', 'the king of the ring'. This was what the Anglo-Saxon media wrote year after year about Marc Márquez once he finished the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring circuit (also because the circuit director gave him a ring every Sunday for having been the best). Márquez made his MotoGP debut in 2013. Since that year he has been the only winner who has known the Saxon track in the premier class. In 2020, the season of his injury, the Sachsenring was not on the calendar; in 2021, the one of his return, the one from Cervera lived an emotional Sunday when he returned to the first step of the podium 581 days after his previous victory (in November 2019 in Valencia); but in 2022 Márquez will not be able to be in a scenario in which he had also won in 2011 and 2012 in Moto2, in 2010 in 125cc, and in which he had signed all the pole positions, except last year.

Without its king, Sachsenring is looking for a successor, albeit a temporary one, a substitute that the results would say could be in Honda (always on the podium since 2009, including Dani Pedrosa's wins in 2011 and 2012), his brand, although seeing the situation of the Japanese house seems like something highly improbable.

«It seemed that Marc was made for the Sachsenring, or the Sachsenring for Marc… He is incredible on this circuit and it will be noticed that he is not there. We will try to do our best, we don't know how this new prototype is going here, although we are aware of how things are", acknowledged his Repsol Honda teammate, Pol Espargaró, who will once again have Stefan Bradl at his side, the only German that will be this weekend on the MotoGP grid.

In fact, the fact that the only pole position without the name of Marc Márquez at the Sachsenring was last year is not an anecdote: it was the sign of the bad moment of his Honda, in a weekend in which he was only able to lead the first training session and in which he knew how to take advantage of the drops that fell in the race to fill some gaps.

And the list of drivers with options to enter their name on the list of winners in Germany must begin with Fabio Quartararo, the leader of the World Championship, who finished third in the 2021 race. Ahead of him and pushing Márquez to the end finished Miguel Oliveira, although the KTM does not seem to be at a sufficiently competitive level at the moment.

“Last year at the Sachsenring we had a great result, we finished on the podium, and next week we go to Assen, a circuit that I like. So I feel very motivated by what is coming now, ”Quartararo assured yesterday. “It is a very short circuit and the race here is one of the longest. When you have already completed fifteen laps and you see that you still have another fifteen more to go, it seems eternal... On a mental level it is hard, always turning left. You feel as if you've been running the race for two hours and you have to always be focused, "adds the Frenchman.


Another who could be in the fight is Aleix Espargaró. "Without Márquez, who is the favorite here?" They asked the second overall, 22 points behind the leader after the mistake in Montmeló in which he confused the last lap with the penultimate. "Me. What do you want me to say? Bagnaia? », He affirmed with a smile, to later argue his thought. «Last year I was fighting with Marc at the start of the race, we got ahead a couple of times, the Aprilia has always worked here and I finished two seconds off the podium. I think that, apart from Silverstone, it was the race that I finished closest to the podium in the whole championship. This bike is much more competitive than last year, so if I do a good job it will be up to me to fight for the win », he added.

Two names for a fight to which some more will surely join, on a track where, apart from the intractable Honda (or the intractable Márquez), Yamaha has had good results, and in which Ducati or Suzuki have only achieved one victory each. The second of these two marks will depend on Joan Mir, once Álex Rins arrives in Germany very physically depleted after the injury that occurred at the start of the Montmeló race; As for Ducati, he will once again have the tricks of Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, the two who have won this year with the Italian bike.

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