Álex Márquez was one of many best-placed riders to witness his brother Marc’s return to MotoGP on the Portuguese GP, as he was proper behind him from the ninth lap. Teammates for a single race in 2020, the damage of the older of the 2 having sidelined him for 9 months, they had been lastly capable of compete in actual MotoGP, however Álex blames himself for not having the ability to discover the opening and eventually misplaced contact.
“I am not completely happy, he is a bastard, he beat me within the first race!” the youthful of the 2 commented with a burst of laughter. “I spent the entire race behind him, I attempted to assault, to assault, to assault, however about ten laps from the top, he began to make small 1’40, attacking once more. I used to be like ‘OK I am unable to.’ “
It was not solely within the race that the 2 Márquez brothers rode one behind the opposite since on Saturday, in FP3, Marc was simply behind Alex when the latter crashed after a formidable highside. The LCR staff driver was unhurt, however shocked by what he had simply seen, Marc Marquez had not been capable of set a ok time to make sure his direct qualification in Q2.
“It was scary”, had confided the six-time MotoGP World Champion. “That is perhaps one of many principal the reason why I did not enhance my time in FP3 as a result of he fell in entrance of me at flip three. Then after that massive highside and in addition figuring out that I did not I did not really feel good on the bike, I advised myself that I used to be simply going to complete my lap and that we might see within the afternoon if my emotions could be higher. “
For the race, and particularly after qualifying for sixth place, many drivers anticipated Marc Marquez to be able to this prime 10 for his comeback, however praising his bodily efficiency nonetheless. His brother has the identical impression and he shared the emotion displayed by the six-time champion of the class, who burst into tears when he returned to the field after the end.
“It was a particular weekend for the entire household”, identified Álex. “OK, he might have finished higher however we each received a superb end result. I’ve to say that his return is unimaginable after such lengthy months. After a number of laps, we noticed that he was not but used to the races, with some errors in his overtaking. However in his final laps he was unimaginable. His response within the field is regular as a result of he is aware of his scenario higher than anybody. He deserved to be seventh and he did an unimaginable job. “
Álex Márquez glad along with his lead to a troublesome race
The situations had been troublesome, Sunday in Portimão, many drivers beginning at fault, and Álex Márquez, on the bottom in every of the primary two races of the season, is completely happy to have received a prime 10 regardless of a precarious steadiness, not hiding nonetheless not a touch of disappointment to have crossed the end line virtually 18 seconds after the winner, Fabio Quartararo.
“We had the best temperatures [du week-end], in comparison with EL4, EL3 and EL2 “, recalled the Catalan. “It was laborious to handle the entrance, but additionally the rear, we misplaced a little bit of grip. I could not discover the velocity as a result of the entrance was a bit delicate, I used to be throttling a bit. a bit early and it created a slip to the again. The steadiness was not best. Eighth, it is a good end result, however a bit too removed from the primary locations. “
“It was laborious to assault as a result of I could not shut the hole with Marc, and others had been attacking behind me. I used to be making an attempt to do my greatest, to be constant, to keep away from errors. and to complete the race as a result of it was crucial after Qatar. We suffered with the grip however total this weekend was optimistic for us. “
Álex Márquez hopes to substantiate this good kind at Jerez, the place he made his MotoGP debut final season: “Jerez was a superb circuit for our bike final 12 months. It appears to be like just like the situations might be higher this 12 months as a result of it was actually sizzling final 12 months. It was actually troublesome to complete the race. first race nevertheless it was troublesome. I feel total we are able to do a superb job, it is a good begin after the 2 races in Qatar. We are able to begin to work, rebuild the boldness and arrive in a superb dynamic.”