Alex Marquez took his best result of P7 at Emilia Romanga.
Alex Marquez was signed for the 2020 MotoGP season to replace the retiring Jorge Lorenzo, a signing which was never intended as Jorge Lorenzo was contracted to complete 2020 with Repsol Honda whilst Alex Marquez aimed to win the Moto2 title again with the Marc VDS team. This was until Alex got a call from Alberto Puig, asking him if he’d like to ride the Repsol Honda with his brother.. as if he’d say no?!
The younger Marquez brother and two time world champion would pair up with Marc Marquez for the 2020 season, his brother being a great reference for Alex with Marc being able to give Alex guidance and help, however following a broken arm at the season opener at Jerez, Marc Marquez has not completed a full MotoGP race. Leaving his younger brother with Stefan Bradl as his teammate whilst the 8 x champion recovers.
His season has been somewhat turbulent, scoring points in many races and struggling a lot in many also, Repsol Honda, the most successful team of all time, have hung around the back of the grid for the most part, qualifying in last. Alex has made improvements over the last few races and is on the up following his previous best result of eighth place at Andalucia.
During the race at Emilia Romagna, Alex was able to consistently lap within the top 10 taking seventh place in the race, his best result of the season so far, this was after he led the warm up in the morning, citing the test as the catalyst for this, “After the test and last Sunday also we did some improvement, but especially after the test, it was the first test after all the breakdown for me and you know, the advantage that especially KTM and Aprilia have is they have a lot of tests.
So yeah, it was the first day we had the test to work alone and without pressure and try to be consistent. We had some new things to try that helped also. It was a really good test, then in the weekend we did some really good small steps, we are still missing in qualifying but in the race, I started good, the first lap I was really good, aggressive, trying to recover a lot of positions.”
Marquez was realistic about the situation, stating that there were many crashes in the race which assisted him to this result, “P7 is not a realistic position because there were many crashes. Today the realistic position was a top 10 so, I’m happy with the steps. We need to keep working and looking forward to Montmelo.”
We are hoping to see more of Alex Marquez at the sharp end as the season goes on ahead of his move to the LCR Honda team for 2021.
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