Since returning to MotoGP, Marquez has already been in the thick of intense racing and in Aragon’s case, two big collisions with Fabio Quartararo and Takaaki Nakagami.
While it’s hard to blame Marquez for either incident, the Repsol Honda rider was once again the center of discussion in his first race since Mugello.
Marquez, who then achieved two very good performances in Japan and Thailand, did better in Australia by winning his first podium of the season and his 100th in MotoGP.
But after the race, Rins and Martin called the Spaniard’s overtaking “on the limit”, although Rins in particular said it was a good race.
“We respect each other. All the overtaking was on the edge but in a good way,” Rins said after the race, although Martin said he was “tired” of Marquez’s moves.
Martin added: “There were points where it was borderline for sure because I was already inside and losing another position. That’s why I was tired of these maneuvers .
“But we all know what happened with this situation. I will try to be as aggressive as the others for the future.”
As we know, Marquez has been surrounded by a lot of controversy during his time in MotoGP – be it fierce battles against Valentino Rossi in Malaysia and Assen or with Jorge Lorenzo in Jerez, to name a few.
Then there are also the more recent situations on the track that saw Marquez constantly trailing other riders during practice and qualifying when he needed a quick lap.
On several occasions, Marquez has trailed Joan Mir, Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia over the past two seasons, which was again on display as Bagnaia lost second place in the second quarter at Phillip Island because of it.
However, racing through the field has been extremely difficult and sometimes overdone in 2022, while there is also no rule against seeking a tow in order to improve your lap time or position.
It makes you wonder if Marquez’s reputation leads to comments such as those provided above by Rins and Martin or if there are valid arguments.
On the face of it, Marquez was in stunning form at Phillip Island and his passing was just as spectacular to watch, but that’s how his rivals see his run, maybe not.