At the time of writing Marc Marquez is five races into his comeback. Prior to his 2021 return there were a variety of opinions as to what the Spaniard could achieve on his comeback. There have since also been a variety of opinions as to how his comeback is going.
The reality at the moment is that Marquez is eighteenth in the championship, having scored 16 points thanks to two top ten finishes. The three races prior to this weekend however have seen the Spaniard crash into retirement. In the championship standings the six time MotoGP champion is 13 points behind teammate Pol Espargaro, 15 behind the highest placed Honda of Takaaki Nakagami and 99 points behind current championship leader Fabio Quartararo.
This perhaps isn’t what some expected from Marquez’s return, but in a way considering the length of his recovery, it shouldn’t be too surprising either. Added to this is there appears to have been a point when Marquez himself questioned whether it would be best to pause his comeback.
Despite all of this, for me personally this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring could be one of the races where Marquez comes away with either a podium or even the race win.
Optimistic perhaps considering the fair share of crashing the Spaniard has done already in the five races he has contested in 2021, and the state of the current RC213V Honda. But looking at his record he probably hasn’t been as dominant at Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello or Montmelo as he has been at the Sachsenring.
The Spaniard’s record at the German Grand Prix venue currently stands at seven races in the premier class, seven victories. The only other venue where Marquez gets close to that sort of form is the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Yes he has crashed out of the three races prior to this weekend, but the Spaniard now has five race weekends ‘under his belt’. He has also already led a race, even if it was in the dry/wet conditions at Le Mans. Lastly there is the point that the advice from doctors to Marquez when he considered pausing his comeback was that the best thing is to be riding a MotoGP bike. Added to that last point is that, naturally, Marquez has been steadily pushing himself as he gets reacquainted with the RC213V.Embed from Getty Images
These factors and taking into consideration Marquez’s record, as it currently stands at the Sachsenring, gives me the impression that the ingredients are there for Marquez to finish the German Grand Prix with a big result, and for those watching to get a glimpse of the pre-2020 Marquez.
Of course I could be wrong and this weekend will once again perhaps see some promising signs from the six time MotoGP champion, only for him to fall off the bike and into retirement once more. But, as mentioned, if ever there was a venue for Marquez to claim a big result on his 2021 comeback, this weekend’s race at the Sachsenring would be one of the candidates right at the top of the list.