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Charging Alex Marquez races to best finish yet

Consistent hard work from Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team was rewarded today as the rookie returned to the top ten and achieved his best MotoGP result to date.

The morning of race day started in ideal fashion for Alex Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team as the MotoGP rookie topped Warm Up. A 1’32.402 was three tenths faster than Nakagami’s session-topping time from Warm Up one week ago and an impressive seventh tenths faster than Alex’s own previous Warm Up time. Leading his first session in the premier class provided a boost in confidence and confirmation of Alex’s strong pace ahead of the 27-lap Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

This speed and confidence were clear to see when the lights went out, Alex steadily working through the pack from 17th on the grid. Within just a handful of laps the young Spanish rider found himself inside the top ten as those around him faltered and made mistakes. Producing steady and consistent times, Alex edged his away forward and held off the experienced Andrea Dovizioso. From his first flying lap of the race to the finish, Alex’s pace only moved from the low 1’32s to mid 1’33s on three occasions with a best lap of 1’32.865 on lap 19.

Alex and Takaaki Nakagami spent the final laps fighting for sixth place and top Honda honours. Crossing the line in seventh and 11.929 seconds back on winner Viñales, Alex rounds out a strong weekend with his best premier class result to date. Alex also closes the gap to Brad Binder in the Rookie of the Year contest.

There’s little time before Alex and the Repsol Honda Team return to track for the Catalan GP in Barcelona on September 25 – 27. Stefan Bradl is set to join the Repsol Honda Team again alongside Alex Marquez.

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Alex Marquez (7th)

 

“Last Sunday, and especially after the test, we managed to make some improvements. We were able to carry these improvements into this weekend and all weekend I have felt very strong. Throughout the weekend we had constant steps. In the race I started well and was aggressive early, which I am happy with. In the first laps I felt good and I was able to keep Dovi behind me for the race. Three laps from the end I had a big moment which allowed Nakagami to get through. Even with this I am pleased as I think we certainly had the pace for the top ten. I want to say thanks to the Repsol Honda Team for their hard work, we are coming stronger and now I am looking forward to Catalunya.”

GP Dell’Emilia Romagna e Riviera di Rimini

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1VINALES Maverick12SPA25Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha41’55.846
2MIR Joan36SPA20Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki2.425
3ESPARGARO Pol44SPA16Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM4.528
4QUARTARARO Fabio20FRA13Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha6.419
5OLIVEIRA Miguel88POR11Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTM7.368
6NAKAGAMI Takaaki30JPN10LCR HondaHonda11.139
7MARQUEZ Alex73SPA9Repsol Honda TeamHonda11.929
8DOVIZIOSO Andrea4ITA8Ducati TeamDucati13.113
9MORBIDELLI Franco21ITA7Petronas Yamaha SRTYamaha15.88
10PETRUCCI Danilo9ITA6Ducati TeamDucati17.682
11ZARCO Johann5FRA5Esponsorama RacingDucati23.144
12RINS Alex42SPA4Team Suzuki EcstarSuzuki24.962
13SMITH Bradley38GBR3Aprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia30.008
14LECOUNA Iker27SPA0Red Bull KTM Tech 3KTMDNF
15BAGNAIA Francesco63ITA0Pramac RacingDucatiDNF
16ROSSI Valentino46ITA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamahaDNF
17MILLER Jack43AUS0Pramac RacingDucatiDNF
18RABAT Tito53SPA0Esponsorama RacingDucatiDNF
19BINDER Brad33RSA0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMDNF
20ESPARGARO Aleix41SPA0Aprilia Racing Team GresiniApriliaDNF
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