The LCR rider remained a factory-backed Honda rider for 2021 regardless of being moved out of the works workforce, however – like all Honda riders – has discovered the going robust this season.
Registering six DNFs throughout the marketing campaign thus far and scoring a better of sixth within the moist French GP, having scored two podiums in his rookie season in 2020, Alex Marquez is final of the full-time Honda riders within the standings in 16th.
Having fun with a robust Algarve weekend, Marquez got here from eighth on the grid and fought Ducati’s Jack Miller for third, solely to be denied a closing assault when the race was red-flagged on the penultimate tour.
When requested by Motorsport.com how important this end result was mentally for him, Marquez responded: “It is actually essential, not only for me, for the workforce.
“We hit lots of – talking clearly – shit this yr. It is a actually good factor to really feel this, to really feel that we will be quick, that we are able to battle for good outcomes with the opposite producers.
“It is only a reset. I by no means stopped believing in me, I all the time believed this was doable and I am in the correct undertaking.
“So, I simply need to maintain going like this, make an excellent race in Valencia, make an excellent check at Jerez, and put together for 2022. That is my most important goal now and I’ll strive my finest.”
Alex Marquez, Group LCR Honda
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Marquez’s robust race was largely all the way down to his determination to run the exhausting rear tyre, which Michelin had really suggested the manufacturing facility Honda riders to not use because it was thought the compound can be too exhausting for the RC213V.
However Marquez’s determination in the end prompted Pol Espargaro to go along with the identical tyre, and credit the LCR rider for his personal run to a robust sixth.
“I used to be utterly blind going to the race with a tyre we hadn’t tried, so I used to be a little bit bit scared for the primary laps,” Espargaro mentioned.
“I attempted to place my rhythm and immediately I used to be capable of do 1m39s mid-high, and I used to be shocked.
“It was significantly better than I anticipated. Truly, the technician of Michelin was saying this was not the tyre for us, our evaluation was saying this tyre was too exhausting for us and the whole lot was saying we should not strive.
“I do not know why Alex tried it and it labored. So, what Alex did this weekend was nice as a result of he did an excellent weekend, but additionally as a result of because of him all of us used the exhausting and for that motive all of us carried out higher.
“So, actually Alex deserves this place for his velocity through the race however his work through the weekend.”