MotoGP
05 Mar
-
08 Mar
FP1 in
16 days
R
Thailand GP
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
FP1 in
30 days
R
Americas GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
43 days
R
Argentinian GP
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
57 days
R
Spanish GP
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
71 days
14 May
-
17 May
Next event in
85 days
R
Italian GP
28 May
-
31 May
Next event in
99 days
R
Catalan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
106 days
18 Jun
-
21 Jun
Next event in
120 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
127 days
R
Finnish GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
Next event in
141 days
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
Next event in
169 days
R
Austrian GP
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
Next event in
176 days
R
British GP
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
190 days
R
San Marino GP
10 Sep
-
13 Sep
Next event in
204 days
01 Oct
-
04 Oct
Next event in
225 days
R
Japanese GP
15 Oct
-
18 Oct
Next event in
239 days
R
Australian GP
23 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
247 days
R
Malaysian GP
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
253 days
R
Valencia GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
267 days

Honda: Alex Marquez MotoGP deal depended on Moto2 success

shares
comments
Slider
List

Alex Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Alex Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
1/10

Photo by: Repsol Media

Alex Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Alex Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
2/10

Photo by: Repsol Media

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing
3/10

Photo by: MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Leopard Racing

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing, Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Leopard Racing
4/10

Photo by: MotoGP

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing
5/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing
6/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Alex Marquez at the Honda HRC motorhome

Alex Marquez at the Honda HRC motorhome
7/10

Photo by: Germán Garcia Casanova

Alex Marquez at the Honda HRC motorhome

Alex Marquez at the Honda HRC motorhome
8/10

Photo by: Germán Garcia Casanova

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing
9/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing

Alex Marquez, Marc VDS Racing
10/10

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

By:
Nov 18, 2019, 7:18 PM

Honda MotoGP team boss Alberto Puig says Alex Marquez would not have been offered a works HRC ride for 2020 had he not won the ’19 Moto2 title.

On Monday, Honda confirmed six-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez’s brother Alex would take the seat vacated by Jorge Lorenzo, who retired from racing at the conclusion of Sunday’s Valencia Grand Prix. Alex was linked to the seat almost immediately after Lorenzo’s retirement announcement on Thursday, with Motorsport.com revealing that a deal was close to being agreed.

A one-year deal was signed earlier on Monday evening, securing MotoGP’s first ever brother rider pairing.

Speaking to the press, Puig said: “This is a completely unusual circumstance [to have brothers as team-mates]. I think we’ve never seen this in racing ever. It’s quite a peculiar situation.

“It is what it is, but it’s clear that if Alex had not achieved the Moto2 world title we would never have offered him this opportunity. But he did, and they are brothers. So, next year they will be brothers and rivals.”

Read Also:

LCR riders Johann Zarco and Cal Crutchlow were thought to be the likely options before Alex’s name came into consideration.

When asked by Motorsport.com why Honda chose a rookie over an experienced rider, Puig commented: “We decided that this was the guy we wanted to choose. As I said before, he is Moto2 world champion and we think it’s a nice opportunity also for us and for him

“We believe, if you don’t consider his name, I think that any rider that wins a world title deserves a rider or deserves the chance to have these opportunities. The only [contentious] factor here is the surname.”

Read Also:

Marc has reiterated several times throughout the weekend that the decision on his team-mate was not his, but would be pleased if it was to be his brother.

Puig stated on Monday evening that the elder Marquez did not “interfere” with negotiations.

“I’ll tell you that Marc did not interfere at all,” he added. “Of course, when we asked him: ‘You want your brother [as a teammate]?’. Of course he will say yes.

“But he was not really going to far for this. But if you ask him, it’s normal. If you ask if you’re happy your brother is in the team, he will say yes. But the conversation was not with Marc, the conversation was with Alex and his manager, which is Emilio [Alzamora – who is also Marc’s manager].”

Puig also doesn’t believe Marc Marquez will become distracted by the performances of his brother, claiming “I think Marc will not get distracted by anything other than to win”.

Next article
Podcast: Is Alex Marquez ready to partner his brother?

Previous article

Podcast: Is Alex Marquez ready to partner his brother?

Next article

Espargaro: No ’20 Aprilia for test “not at all” acceptable

 Espargaro: No ’20 Aprilia for test “not at all” acceptable
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Marc Marquez Shop Now , Alex Marquez
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Author Lewis Duncan