Alex Marquez is not one to toot his own horn, in actuality, he likes to downplay his achievements.
Previously this season at Misano 2, Alex Marquez rode to a magnificent P7, saying in interviews after the race that he didn’t deserve it too much as other riders crashed and that the result was more like a top 10 which was the goal.
Fast forward a few races to Le Mans when he took a shock podium, Alex once again downplayed it, saying that other riders crashed during the race and that it was a wet race, making it seem like it didn’t count as much, despite finishing in P2 when other riders could not even finish.
Alex also said that he needs to prove he can do it in the dry, and prove it he did! Storming to an outstanding P2 at Aragon, even battling for the race win with ex-teammate and rival Alex Rins to take second place in the dry.
Speaking on his second podium in a row, Marquez said, “I am really happy and excited, so happy with what my team gave me today, the bike was nearly perfect.
It’s a great podium, it’s not a podium where other riders crashed in the first lap or corner which gains you places.”
Being able to stand on a podium knowing he has it truly by merit will do nothing but gain him confidence, especially following some people (idiots) saying he didn’t deserve the Le Mans podium as it was in wet conditions.
“I felt great with the bike and was overtaking people step by step and not being too crazy, I can be really happy but also a little disappointed as I was missing something to get the victory.”
He had a moment on the penultimate lap which to us looked to be a huge moment, to Alex? No, just a normal day on the Honda, “It was not very close [to a crash], the moment was not that big and I was in control, I was riding 100%.”
We will see if he can carry this momentum into next weekend, if he can improve his qualifying, there is no reason why he can’t win a race.
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