Marquez and Espargaro ready for battle this weekend at Algarve International Circuit
The Repsol Honda Team will be back to full strength for round three as Pol Espargaro is joined by Marc Marquez who makes his return from injury.
Portimao debuted on the MotoGP World Championship calendar in 2020, producing a thrilling race and earning praise from fans and riders alike. Three Hondas ended the race inside the top ten with both Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl battling for podium and top five positions for much of the race.
After falling during the Spanish GP on July 19, 2020 and breaking his right humerus, Marc Marquez has faced a lengthy recovery. The eight-time World Champion approached his recovery with complete dedication, diving into an intense physical regime with the approval of his medical team. Having assessed his condition on a Honda RC213V-S in Barcelona and Portimao, Marquez has now been approved by his medical team that he can return to racing.
One further medical check will take place at the circuit before Marquez can be given the all clear to remount his Repsol Honda Team RC213V. Although he missed the 2020 Portuguese GP, Marquez has ridden the 4.6-kilometer-long circuit on previous occasions, including on March 19th on a Honda RC213V-S. The objective for the weekend is for Marquez to return to competition and complete a successful Grand Prix without any unnecessary risks in order to have a fruitful 2021 campaign.
Pol Espargaro arrives in Portugal after two informative weekends in Qatar where he showed incredible pace aboard the Repsol Honda RC213V. Round three of the 2021 World Championship presents Espargaro with his first chance to try the Honda at a circuit other than the Losail International Circuit and after putting together a strong Portuguese race in 2020, Espargaro is looking forward to growing his understanding of the bike. Constant improvements remain Espargaro’s focus for the weekend.