Moto2 championship leader Alex Marquez won’t graduate to MotoGP for at least another year, having re-signed with Marc VDS in the intermediate class for 2020.
Marquez, brother of five-time MotoGP champion Marc, leads the Moto2 standings in his fifth season in the category, having finished second last time out in Austria after winning five of the previous six races.
“I am very happy to be able to announce that next season I will continue with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS in the Moto2 category,” Marquez said. “I am very grateful for the confidence of the team.
“With its renewed technical structure, a key part of the current success, I will be able to continue for one more year to improve as a rider, raise my riding level and prepare myself to fulfil my dream of making the leap to MotoGP.”
This means Marquez has now re-committed to Marc VDS for a sixth straight season in the category.
“I'm really happy that the guy, the rider, the man will stay with us for another year,” team owner Marc van der Straten said.
“The option of his promotion to MotoGP next year would have made us excited, as we want the best for him because he deserves it. However, I didn't like the option of him spending another year in Moto2 competing in another team.
“If he were to win the title this year, it would be in bad taste for him to fight for it in 2020 for a rival team when he has been trained with us in this category. Fortunately, he stays at home and will be able to complete his entire career in Moto2 with the team that has seen him grow.”