MotoGP shouldn’t be like F1 where the car is more important than the driver

In recent years MotoGP has seen more improvements in aerodynamics and ride height devices on bikes, which has sparked debate over whether they add any value to safety and spectacle.

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From 2023, forward-positioned ride-height devices are banned – Ducati considered the move unsportsmanlike when agreed upon by the manufacturers.

In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Autosport, six-time MotoGP world champion Marquez commented on the current competitive setup of the series.

In doing so, Marquez explained that he had expressed concerns to MotoGP’s safety commission that the series was at risk of going in a direction where riders could make less of a difference on motorcycles. F1.

“The top guys are always the fastest,” said the Honda rider, when asked if the current leaders in MotoGP are a real threat.

“It’s true, now or years later, every machine I feel [becoming] more important than the driver.

“Still, the drive is more important than the machine – or so I want to believe. But you always trust what you have more, because if you have a [competitive] Bicycle, you can’t do anything.

“It’s not like Formula 1, which is another extreme, but we’re going in that direction and we have to be careful.”

“And I’ve already said in some safety commissions, ‘guys, we need to be careful because in the end we need to protect that riders are more important than motorcycles.

“It’s one thing, but on real motorcycles the fastest guys are at the top; they [Enea] Bastianini, Pecco [Bagnaia], [Fabio] Quartararo, Alex [Espargaro] this year.

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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“And we’ll see if we can fight them in the future.”

Marquez, who had a fourth major surgery on his right arm in 2020 earlier this year and missed six races in 2022, said that with recent developments MotoGP bikes have become “less manual”, which means much closer space.

“The thing is, everything is more equal now, because the bike is the limit,” he added.

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“It is true that in the past the difference between the official bike and the satellite bike was larger.

“Now there is no difference. Satellite crews have official bikes. So they have vehicles.

“But what happened and you will immediately understand? Before I came to MotoGP, when you shifted into fourth gear on the straight, you weren’t at full torque because you were playing with the wheel, the rear brake, the torque, the body position.

“Now, you go out and you are already in second gear and third gear with the hole shot. [device]with aerodynamics you have full torque and [tucked] as [you are on] a Moto3 bike.

“So, the bikes are less manual. Previously it was more manual and you had to play with more stuff.

“So everything is more equal now because if it’s more manual then you make more mistakes and it’s harder to take advantage of the whole bike.” If the border is there [it’s easier]”

Autosport will give an exclusive UK interview with Marc Marquez in the December 22 issue of the magazine about his recovery from his injury, the challenges Honda faces in 2022 and what he wants for the future. You can subscribe to the magazine here: https://www.autosportmedia.com/offer/article

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