The LCR rider remained a factory-backed Honda rider for 2021 regardless of being moved out of the works staff, however – like all Honda riders – has discovered the going robust this season.
Registering six DNFs throughout the marketing campaign to this point and beforehand scoring a finest end of sixth within the moist French GP, having mustered two podiums in his 2020 rookie season, the youthful Marquez brother 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 last assault when the race was red-flagged on the penultimate tour.
When requested by Autosport how vital this consequence was mentally for him, Marquez responded: “It’s actually essential, not only for me, for the staff.
“We hit a whole lot of – talking clearly – shit this 12 months. It’s a very good factor to really feel this, to really feel that we will be quick, that we will struggle for good outcomes with the opposite producers.
“It’s only a reset. I by no means stopped believing in me, I all the time believed this was potential and I’m in the appropriate undertaking.
“I simply wish to hold going like this, make an excellent race in Valencia, make an excellent take a look at at Jerez, and put together for 2022. That is my major goal now and I’ll attempt my finest.”
Alex Marquez, Crew LCR Honda
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Marquez’s sturdy race was largely all the way down to his determination to run the onerous rear tyre, which Michelin had truly suggested the manufacturing unit Honda riders to not use because it was thought the compound can be too onerous for the RC213V.
However Marquez’s determination in the end prompted Pol Espargaro to go along with the identical tyre, and the manufacturing unit rider credit his LCR stablemate 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 slightly 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 a lot better than I anticipated. Really, the technician of Michelin was saying this was not the tyre for us, our evaluation was saying this tyre was too onerous for us and every thing was saying we shouldn’t attempt.
“I don’t 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 in addition as a result of because of him all of us used the onerous and for that motive all of us carried out higher.
“Actually Alex deserves this place for his pace through the race however his work through the weekend.”