Michael Scott PIT LANE MARQUEZ AND THE DANGER FACTOR
Bike SA|October 2021
It seems I am not the only one who is getting scared by Marc Marquez. The wounded genius, according to British road-racing legend John McGuinness, is currently a danger to himself and to other riders, and liability to Honda.

Writing in the veteran (and indeed last surviving) British motorcycle weekly MCN, McGuinness notes his accident rate, underlined by yet another first-lap mishap in the British GP.

Marc admitted himself he’d overcooked the optimism, in a wild move on Jorge Martin that took both of them down on out before they’d even completed half a lap of Silverstone.

As almost always, thanks to awesomely good safety gear and plenty of run-offs, they both got away with it uninjured. But when it comes to pushing your luck, statistics confirm what common sense dictates … the fewer times you fall off, the less likely you are to get hurt.

Marquez is doubly under pressure. Most of all, from himself. Nobody can achieve what he has without driving himself to the absolute limit, constantly. No let-up.

His skill and courage remain unquestionable, and on a track that favours him physically – mainly left-hand corners putting less stress on his still weak and painful right shoulder and upper arm – he can show it. Hence the win in Sachsenring, and also his potential at Aragon and CotA, where he has been dominant at the past.

But the fact of physical weakness remains, no matter how much he would like to ignore it.

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