Marc Márquez got back on a MotoGP in an official race nine months later. Although he finished seventh, the mere fact of finishing the 2021 Portuguese GP was a triumph for Cervera’s. Once the 25 laps of the Algarve circuit concluded received a loud standing ovation in the box Repsol Honda when emotion overwhelmed him.
«I like to keep my emotions inside, I do not express much what I feel, but I have entered the garage and I have collapsed because …», and suddenly Marc Márquez, six times champion of MotoGPHe would burst into tears for the second time in the same day, demanding “two minutes” to compose himself, simply because he had finished a race.
The 205 times that before in his life he had crossed the checkered flag, he did not give it any importance, he only celebrated when he played and cursed when he did not, but this time only finishing was a victory. After nine months off due to his right humerus injury, Márquez returned to the World Cup in Portimao with a seventh place and a concatenation of feelings that he concentrated in one: “relief.”
“Running a full race, completing 25 laps, was the biggest step in recovery. I was relieved to be riding a motorcycle again. I have been relieved to feel like a pilot again. I have not ridden as I wanted, but after all I am super happy “, acknowledged Márquez who lived two moments of pure emotion.
It will seek to take the leading role from Joan Mir
Last season, with Márquez himself absent, no driver was able to stand out and success went to Joan Mir for its reliability. This year is different. After his victory in Qatar, the Frenchman chained a second victory in Portimao and he did it with an improper government of these times in the category.