Marquez still has title aspirations

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez says that his injured hand is not a problem for now, ahead of the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

In a post-Aragon mountain bike accident, Marquez needed a plate inserted after fracturing the fifth metacarpal of his left hand.

In a chat with media on Thursday in Motegi, Marquez said that he would only know how bad the hand would feel after Friday’s practice sessions.

"My injury is not bad. Okay, it is a little bit different to Jorge [who sprained his shoulder in a training accident] because the bone is broken but I feel okay," Marquez said at Motegi. 

"We will see tomorrow how it is on the bike, especially the braking points where we are pushing a lot. We intend to use a special [modified] handlebar. Otherwise, I feel well, I feel ready and we will try to do our best this weekend." 

On Sunday, if Marquez does not stay within 75 points of the leaders in the championship standings then he will have no way of being in contention to defend his MotoGP Championship title.

"The championship has gone many races ago, maybe at Silverstone definitely. But at Aragon I made a big mistake because there I was ready to fight for the victory," said Marquez. 

"Now at this race we will see what can be the target, the podium or the top five, it depends on the injury. There are three races in a row, so also this will be tough for the physical condition. We need to manage it well and try to finish the season in a good way."