Why Honda's MotoGP chances suddenly look weaker

Why Honda's MotoGP chances suddenly look weaker

On the face of it, Honda is going into the 2019 MotoGP season in a strong place - with Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo forming something of a dream team. But pre-season testing did not go as planned and the manufacturer faces stiff opposition

When it comes to pre-season MotoGP preparations, the last thing a manufacturer needs is an injured rider, especially with running now limited to just two three-day tests before the first race.

But Honda hasn't had just one rider at less than full fitness in the run-up to this weekend's Qatar curtain-raiser; it's had three. Reigning champion Marc Marquez, his new team-mate Jorge Lorenzo and LCR's Cal Crutchlow have all been hobbled by injury throughout the winter to some extent.

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