The large day has arrived and Alex Marquez did not even have to maneuver from his residence city Cervera for his first day as a rider of the LCR group. “Lucio wished a theatre, right here we have now one and it is also low-cost” the Spaniard joked. His passage from the official Honda group to the Cecchinello satellite tv for pc group was mentioned at size final yr, for Alex the state of affairs is that: “on this group I feel I’ll solely have benefits, there will likely be much less strain and extra tranquillity, in addition to a household atmosphere. I would not have come right here if I wasn’t positive I may develop as an individual and as a rider ”.
Additionally as a result of the RC213V will likely be 100% official, like all these of the opposite Honda riders, whatever the color they put on. Moreover, with Marc nonetheless on the side-lines and Pol Espargarò who doesn’t know the bike, the LCR riders would be the ones with essentially the most expertise. As the opposite Marquez, Alex would not actually wish to reply questions on the topic an excessive amount of, however no less than one regards him.
“Marc is healthier, you may as well see it from social networks – he mentioned – After all I miss not coaching with him, but additionally contemplating the 2 operations behind him, that is the third winter that we haven’t educated collectively, let’s hope we are able to do it subsequent yr. In the meantime, I’m coaching with Vierge ”.
Alex is making ready as finest he can for his second season in MotoGP and, after the 2 podiums in his debut yr, expectations are excessive.
“I do not suppose I’ll have extra strain than final yr, when after Marc’s harm I discovered myself having to develop the bike and, truthfully, I used to be not ready to do it – he admitted – Now I’m and we may have many issues to attempt in Qatar. What is going to I carry from the official group? I hope good outcomes – he smiled – All of us need them, from the group to me to Honda, they aren’t a aim however the results of the work. Logically I wish to win my first MotoGP race, and final yr we noticed that something can occur, however I am not obsessive about it. If it has to return it should come, I solely take into consideration committing myself and persevering with my development. The aim is to be usually within the high seven, even higher within the high 5″.
Marquez final yr was a shock, not many individuals anticipated to see him on the rostrum in his debut yr on a troublesome bike like Honda…
“This yr I feel will probably be simpler for me; after an advanced first a part of the season, within the second I improved daily – he recalled – However, as somebody mentioned, it was not solely because of the bike however to my evolution as a rider. If now the others have a look at me in a different way it’s optimistic ”.
The Spaniard additionally is aware of the place he has to work…
“On qualifying – he mentioned with out hesitation – There have been races during which I misplaced seven seconds within the first three laps as a result of I began too far again, then it was not possible to get better. On the one hand, I nonetheless have to know the Michelin tyres higher, however I am additionally coaching in motocross and flat observe to be extra aggressive. Nonetheless now I’ve extra expertise, it will permit me to make extra modifications to the set-up. Already final yr I went in Marc’s path, his set-up is important for the entrance tyre nevertheless it’s the best approach to go effectively on the Honda. “
The bike should not change an excessive amount of…
“As they haven’t been capable of intervene on the engine, Honda has targeted on the small print – confirmed Alex – In brief, will probably be an evolution and never a revolution. All of us riders have requested to have the ability to put down all of the horsepower we have now, which we have now not all the time been capable of do, and in Japan they’ve clear concepts ”.
All that is still is to start out and, maybe, this yr to have the ability to have a very good battle along with his brother Marc, who many observers put as favorite for the title when he returns.
“We’ll see when and the place that may occur, however I am positive he may have a terrific need to get again to being aggressive rapidly and get on the rostrum once more. I do not know who would be the favorite, earlier than beginning all of the riders have an opportunity to win” he concluded.