Six-time MotoGP world champion, Marc Marquez is optimistic about appearing at the Indonesian MotoGP which will take place at the Mandalika Circuit, Central Lombok, NTB, Sunday (20/3). Despite only finishing in fifth place in the first series, the Qatar MotoGP two weeks ago, the Repsol Honda team racer showed promising performance.
“We made a lot of progress in Qatar and have great potential. It’s great to be back in Mandalika and see all our fans in Indonesia. Finally we can put on a good show for them after so many years,” said the Spaniard.
Marquez previously openly admitted that he was not fully comfortable with his Honda RC213V motorcycle. During the pre-season test at Mandalika, last February, Marquez also failed to achieve good results by only occupying 16th position.
However, Marquez has an impressive record at a circuit that is holding a MotoGP race for the first time. He won the inaugural race at the United States’ COTA Circuit, Thailand’s Buriram, and Argentina’s Termas de Rio Hondo.
Throughout history, Indonesia has only held the MotoGP series three times. Prior to the 2022 MotoGP Indonesia, Indonesia hosted the MotoGP series in 1996 and 1997 at the Sentul Circuit, West Java. In the two editions, Repsol Honda won the championship through Mick Doohan (1996) and Tadayuki Okada (1997). (Crashnet/OL-15)