Points finish for Alex Marquez with 13th at #JapaneseGP
Álex Márquez claimed a points finish in the Grand Prix of Japan as he took 13th position in Sunday’s MotoGP race at Motegi. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider put in a consistent display to bring his bike home just behind HRC colleague Pol Espargaro at the manufacturer’s home circuit.
In contrast to Saturday’s thunderstorms, the race took place in dry, sunny conditions and Álex got a trademark fast start to gain places into the first corner. Although he was unable to make further progress over the opening laps, the Spaniard settled into a good rhythm and managed his tyres to secure his 12th points finish of the season.
Álex Márquez – 13th
I think we did a good job on race day, but it was a shame about qualifying because we started too far back. But our tyre choice was the correct one, the soft, but on the first laps there was a big train (of riders) and I wasn’t able to overtake and make advantage of the soft rear tyre. I did my best, gave 100% on every lap and the pace was not bad. I think today we had an opportunity to finish in the top 10, but with our qualifying position it wasn’t possible. We need to keep going, keep improving and next week is another opportunity. We will try to give our best again in Thailand and make a solid race.