Alex Marquez gets "confidence a rookie needs" from factory Honda MotoGP team

Alex Marquez says Honda is giving him "the confidence a rookie needs" as he continues his adaptation in MotoGP with the reigning world championship-winning team

Alex Marquez gets "confidence a rookie needs" from factory Honda MotoGP team

Reigning Moto2 champion Marquez rose from 21st in qualifying following a crash to end the second Jerez race in eighth spot, just 19 seconds from the victory, which represents an improvement of almost eight seconds from his Spanish GP finishing position at the same track of 12th.

The younger Marquez brother was the sole Repsol Honda representative on the grid for the Andalusian Grand Prix after Marc withdrew through injury.

Asked if he has felt any added pressure over his first two race weekends because of his surroundings, Marquez replied: "No, racing is racing.

"I never get pressure from Honda, from Alberto [Puig, team boss], from [HRC director Tetsushiro] Kuwata-san.

"They always give me the confidence that a rookie needs, so this is a pleasure to work with the people that understand the racing, understand the rookies.

"[In the race] the position for me and for the team wasn't important.

"What was important was to improve the seconds, the gap to the first rider.

PLUS: The catch-22 Honda faces in MotoGP with Marquez sidelined

"We did it, we improved from last weekend with really similar conditions, so it's what we needed to do.

"Now we go to Brno - that is one of my favourite tracks - and try to be faster, try to be closer and try to enjoy a little more on the bike, this will be the main target for us."

Due to the high attrition rate in Sunday's race, with only 13 of the 21 starters making it to the chequered flag, Marquez played it safe in the latter stages because "the risk was too much" if he pushed to the pace he felt he could do.

"From FP4, my rhythm was much better compared to the race pace, but normally in race everybody is slower - only Fabio was able to make a good pace from the beginning to the end," he said.

"The other people were much more slower compared to FP4.

"Also [Sunday] was the hottest day that we had during all the weekend, so I was not so bad.

"For sure it was easy to crash, I tried to control [my pace].

"I was able in one part of the race to be a little bit faster, but then physically it was difficult to finish the race, but also especially for taking risk.

"I could go faster, but then the risk is too much to finish the race.

"I arrived at one point with a good rhythm, I said 'this is my place, this is my feeling and I need to keep it till the end'."

shares
comments
Andalusian GP made Pramac's Bagnaia a "fully-fledged MotoGP rider"
Previous article

Andalusian GP made Pramac's Bagnaia a "fully-fledged MotoGP rider"

Next article

The catch-22 Honda faces in MotoGP with Marquez sidelined

The catch-22 Honda faces in MotoGP with Marquez sidelined
Load comments
How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race Plus

How Ducati has drawn first blood in the 2022 MotoGP title race

The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...

MotoGP
Nov 20, 2021
Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late Plus

Why Suzuki's quest for a new MotoGP boss may be too late

Suzuki is on the search for a new team manager after its decision not to replace Davide Brivio at the start of 2021 was backed up by its unsuccessful bid to help Joan Mir defend his 2020 MotoGP world title. But whoever Shinichi Sahara appoints next, it may have already come too late to convince Mir to stick with the project

MotoGP
Nov 19, 2021
How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career Plus

How Rossi got the perfect send-off to his MotoGP career

The greatest chapter in MotoGP history came to a close at the Valencia Grand Prix as Valentino Rossi bid farewell after 26 seasons of grand prix racing. While his run to a strong 10th was a pleasing end to his time in MotoGP, it was what happened at the front of the grid that capped the Italian's ideal send-off

MotoGP
Nov 15, 2021
Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove Plus

Why MotoGP's under-fire graduate has a point to prove

OPINION: MotoGP-bound Darryn Binder was already under the microscope as his jump from Moto3 to join RNF's new top-class team was announced. But his crash with title hopeful Dennis Foggia caused significant consternation among the ranks - with many current riders suggesting the top level should be harder to break into as a result

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2021
How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence Plus

How Portugal exposed the biggest threat to Quartararo’s MotoGP title defence

Fabio Quartararo’s first DNF of his title-winning 2021 MotoGP season couldn’t have come at a better time. But the events of the Yamaha rider’s Algarve Grand Prix exposed the M1’s well-known major weakness, which could threaten his championship defence given the increasingly Ducati-heavy makeup of the grid heading into 2022

MotoGP
Nov 8, 2021
The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression Plus

The financial implications fuelling junior bike racing's dangerous aggression

The pressure shouldered by young riders is at the root of the increased on-track aggression seen in lower categories of late, which motorcycling's governing bodies want to curb with new rules. But will stopping under-18s from racing in the world championship and capping grid sizes prevent the often desperate acts of youths pursuing their MotoGP dreams?

MotoGP
Nov 2, 2021
The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano Plus

The three factors that crowned MotoGP’s newest champion at Misano

The prospect of Fabio Quartararo clinching the 2021 MotoGP world championship title at Misano appeared small after struggling to 15th in qualifying, while main rival Francesco Bagnaia took pole. Here's how the Yamaha rider turned it around, with help from an ill-fated Bagnaia tyre choice, to secure the crown with two races to spare

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2021
Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on Plus

Marco Simoncelli: Remembering MotoGP's ultimate maverick 10 years on

Saturday 23 October marks the 10th anniversary of Marco Simoncelli's death. The one-time 250cc world champion and double MotoGP podium finisher was the ultimate maverick character with big hair, a big personality and an even bigger talent. Autosport pays tribute to a much-missed figure, a decade on

MotoGP
Oct 23, 2021