We anticipated the move and hours later, the news is confirmed — Alex Marquez joins Repsol Honda for the 2020 MotoGP season. Now, the factory Honda Racing team will be a family affair as Alex will share the garage with his older brother, Marc Marquez.
Alex Marquez, the 23-year old Spanish rider won his second Moto2 championship this year, while his older brother, Marc Marquez won his sixth title after the 2019 MotoGP season.
Repsol Honda has confirmed that Alex Marques has joined the team and he has signed a one year contract with the Japanese factory team. Alex Marquez replaces Jorge Lorenzo, who announced his retirement last week and also leaving Johann Zarco’s dream shattered, who is currently looking for a motorcycle.
Speaking of the new rider aboard the Repsol Honda team, Alberto Puig, team boss said, “Any rider that wins a world title deserves this type of opportunity. The only factor here is the surname.”
Motorsports has seen brothers compete in races and a good example is Michael and Ralf Schumacher, who competed in different teams during 1999 and 2000. Even MotoGP also sees brothers competing, Pol and Aleix Espargaro, however, they ride for two different teams leaving the Marquez brothers the only ones racing for the same team in MotoGP.
Alex Marquez will be out testing at this week’s Valencia test, riding a 2019-spec Honda in black livery. Putting a rookie on a factory Honda is a risk the team will take, as their last rookie, Marc Marquez proved otherwise, earning multiple championships for the Repsol Honda Racing Team.
Currently, Zarco’s plans remain unclear as the only available MotoGP seat is with Avintia Ducati. If plans do not work, Zarco could take Alex’s seat with Marc VDS Racing in Moto2. The 2020 MotoGP season is to begin in March when the Qatar GP kicks off on the 8th.
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