After three difficult years with Honda, Alex Marquez wants to put the past behind him and seek redemption with Ducati.
Alex Marquez has arrived in MotoGP as a two-time world champion. Jorge Lorenzo’s early farewell at the end of the 2019 season left a seat vacant in the Repsol Honda team, which Alberto Puig he wanted to fill by promoting the Moto2 champion and putting the Marquez brothers in the same garage. At first glance it also seemed like a very appropriate marketing move, then Marc Marquez’s injury complicated everything.
Alex’s move from the factory team to the satellite team had been decided even before competing in his first race in the premier class, to make room for Pol Espargarò who, in hindsight, certainly did no better. But the past is the past, the youngest of the Marquez brothers has a new adventure to face on the saddle Ducati Desmosedici of the Gresini team. He will be the right workhorse to seek redemption after three difficult seasons with a Honda that was only able to give him two podiums in his rookie year. Then only moments of discouragement…
Alex Marquez seeks redemption with Ducati
He needed new stimuli and challenges Alex MarquezDucati has certainly been able to make him rediscover the desire to get on the track to compete for results of a certain standard. It won’t be an opportunity to aim for the World Cup, we need time and perhaps an official team, but it can be a first step forward. Everything will depend on him and his results: “I look at the results the Italian brand is achieving and that’s what I want to achieve. I had a good feeling with Ducati right from the start – he told Motosan.es. -. I hope it’s a big year for me and the changes help me take a step forward“.
Honda is a chapter he wants to forget, it will more concern his brother Marc who he has a contract with HRC extension until 2023.”Honda is no longer my problem, from now on what they do is up to them. But it’s true that Honda is part of my past and I will always be grateful for the opportunity it gave me… But if they are not very competitive it will be better for us“. The introduction of sprint races pushes to intensify winter preparation, there will be 42 races in total, the new format could reshuffle the cards on the table.
However, the next few will be days of due and deserved rest, together with his inseparable brother Marc he will return to his home Cervera. Since the beginning of 2022, the two have moved to Madrid, away from the family, to allow Marc to follow a rehabilitation plan after various operations on his right arm. But also to change lifestyle and mentality: “At Christmas I want peace of mind, recharge my batteries and from January 1st – concluded Alex Marquez – we will resume training“.