Alex Marquez: Marc a “bastard” for beating me in Portugal MotoGP

LCR Honda rider Alex Marquez joked his brother Marc Marquez was “a bastard” for beating him in Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix in the latter’s comeback MotoGP race.

Alex Marquez: Marc a “bastard” for beating me in Portugal MotoGP

After a nine-month injury layoff, six-time world champion Marc Marquez returned to action in Portugal last weekend and finished a heroic seventh, having qualified sixth.

During the race the Marquez brothers ran close to each other for the first time in MotoGP, with Marc leading Alex by several seconds in seventh spot all the way to the chequered flag.

Asked about running with his brother on track, Alex Marquez joked he was not happy to have been beaten but praised Marc’s “unbelievable” comeback weekend.

“I’m not happy, he’s a bastard, he beat me in the first race,” the younger Marquez brother joked.

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“I make all the race behind him and I say 'F***’. I tried to push and also like 10 laps from the end, he started to make 1m40s really low and pushing again, and I say ‘Ok, I cannot’.

“But like I said on Thursday, it’s a special weekend for all the family. This weekend could have been better, but we finished with good results for both and I need to say that his comeback is unbelievable after many months.

Alex Marquez, Team LCR Honda

Alex Marquez, Team LCR Honda

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“In the first laps we saw that he was not used to the race and he did some mistakes, also on overtaking. But anyway, till last lap it’s unbelievable.

“His reaction was normal when he came to the box because he knows better than anyone what is his situation is.

“He deserved to finish P7 and he did an amazing job all the weekend.”

Espargaro forced out by brake failure

Marc Marquez’s factory Honda team-mate Pol Espargaro was forced out of the Portuguese GP after four laps when his rear brake failed, with the team unsure why the problem occurred.

“We don’t know why and how, especially what was the problem on the rear brake that something failed on and I lost completely the rear brake on the lap,” he said.

“Second lap already I felt it spongy and the third lap I had a problem on it.”

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