MotoGP rookie Alex Márquez triumphed in the Aragón GP and gave Repsol Honda its first dry podium of the year. He made his big brother Marc Marquez proud.
Marc Márquez has won the MotoGP race in MotorLand Aragón five times (2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019). In the absence of the defending champion, his brother Alex impressed with a race to catch up from the fourth row of the grid, which earned him the second podium in a row – his first MotoGP podium in the dry.
Marc Márquez immediately commented on the rookie’s second place on Twitter: “Hello everyone, I’m Alex Márquez’s brother,” he proudly wrote. Probably also a little swipe to the critics, who keep saying that the rookie owes his place in the HRC works team to his big brother.
“I’ve already seen the tweet,” laughed Alex shortly after the podium ceremony in MotorLand Aragón. “That was good, he’s also smart about these things. And I’m also proud to be his brother, “added the two-time world champion. “I try to be a better driver and a better person every day, to be professional on and off the track and to do my job.”
In his tenth MotoGP race, the 24-year-old Spaniard took another remarkable step today: “I’m really happy and so proud of what the team gave me today. The bike was almost perfect. Of course you can always improve something, but it was really good. Before the start they said to me: ‘Believe in yourself, do what you showed in every session.’ It’s a dry podium, it’s not a podium where I’ve benefited from the favorites falling. It’s a perfect podium. That’s special, ”he emphasized.
Commenting on his race, the Repsol Honda rider said: “I felt pretty good with the bike from the start, I passed step by step and I didn’t let myself be driven crazy. We can be really happy. But on the other hand, we were just a little short of victory … Two laps to go I made a mistake in the first corner, I was a little too far. I lost touch with Rins a bit. I tried again on the last lap, but it was a little too risky. But the second podium is so special for me and the team. “
On the other hand, the newcomer described the slide in the last corner, which caused a moment of shock three laps before the end, as “not a really big moment. Almost everything was under control. “
Was the medium front tire the key to success? “There was no chance for me to take the Soft with the Honda. I was even close to getting the hard front tire on, ”revealed the younger Marquez. “We missed that a bit because the tire on the left flank was a bit too soft. I couldn’t stop the bike at the last moment because I suffered a little. But no excuses, we are on the podium and fought for victory right into the last lap, we have to be happy with that. “
Even if the Moto2 world champion of the previous year admitted: “I gave 100 percent from start to finish, I said to myself: ‘I want to win, I’ll try.’ I already had a podium in my pocket, so I gave it a try. We missed that, but we still have to be happy and proud. “
In MotorLand Aragón there will be another chance in a week. In previous double events this season, the Repsol rookie has always shown an improvement in the second Grand Prix.
“Well, it’s easier to improve when you’re 14th – than after 2nd in the race,” he replied with a smile. “That is a fact. And it is also certain that the Yamaha will take the experience of today with them and be faster next weekend. That can be a key. But we can also improve small things. Maybe I can also be faster in some parts of the route in terms of my driving style. I will try to be focused from the first moment. We know about the tires and everything. So it’s just a matter of adjusting the set-up a bit and trying to improve the points of the driving style where we lose a little bit. “
Result, MotoGP race, Aragón (18.10.):
1. Rins, Suzuki, 41: 54,391 min
2. Alex Márquez, Honda, + 0.263 sec
3. Mir, Suzuki, + 2,644
4. Viñales, Yamaha, + 2,880
5. Nakagami, Honda, +4,570
6. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 4,756
7. Dovizioso, Ducati, + 8.639
8. Crutchlow, Honda, + 8,913
9. Miller, Ducati, + 9,390
10. Zarco, Ducati, + 9.617
11. Binder, KTM, + 13,200
12. Pol Espargaró, KTM, +13,689
13. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 14,598
14. Lecuona, KTM, + 15,291
15. Petrucci, Ducati, + 15.941
16. Oliveira, KTM, + 18,284
17.Bradl, Honda, + 20,136
18. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 21.498
19. Smith, Aprilia, + 25,300
20. Rabat, Ducati, + 25,558
Driver World Championship stand after 10 of 14 races:
1. Mir, 121 Punkte. 2. Quartararo 115. 3. Viñales 109. 4. Dovizioso 106. 5. Nakagami 92. 6. Morbidelli 87. 7. Rins 85. 8. Miller 82. 9. Pol Espargaró 77. 10. Oliveira 69. 11. Binder 67 12. Alex Márquez 67. 13. Petrucci 65. 14. Rossi 58. 15. Zarco 53. 16. Bagnaia 42. 17. Aleix Espargaró 27. 18. Crutchlow 21. 19. Lecuona 20. 20. Smith 11. 21. Bradl 8. 22. Rabat 8. 23. Pirro 4.
1. Yamaha 183. 2. Ducati 160. 3. Suzuki. 4. KTM 130. 5. Honda 112. 6. Aprilia 35.
1. Team Suzuki Ecstar 206. 2. Petronas Yamaha SRT, 202 Punkte. 3. Ducati Team 171. 4. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 167. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 144. 6. Pramac Racing 128. 7. LCR Honda 113. 8. Red Bull KTM Tech3 89. 9. Repsol Honda Team 75. 10. Esponsorama Racing 61. 11. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 38.