The 2019 MotoGP season has seen a lot of drama and the biggest by far is Jorge Lorenzo’s retirement, which the Spanish rider announced on Thursday. This unexpected retirement, along with the two-year contract cycle, has now left an open seat for Repsol Honda. So, could Alex Marquez replace Lorenzo for Repsol Honda?
Honda has a list of potential riders for the next season and amongst them are Johann Zarco and Marc Marquez’s younger brother, Alex Marquez, who are on the top of this list. However, Repsol Honda might still not have a clear vision as to who will fill the seat.
Speaking to Motorsport.com, Marquez said, “It’s clear that with Jorge’s retirement there’s a free bike, an important bike, the factory HRC [works Honda team].”
“The news has taken everyone by surprise, including Honda – now we have to see what strategy they want, whether they want a rider with more experience or to give the opportunity to some promising young rider, And it’s logical that among the latter is the Moto2 world champion. It’s no secret.”
“After he won the Moto2 world title, I personally think he’s ready for anything. So it’s a personal decision for him and a decision for Honda.”
Marc Marques has reaffirmed that the next rider will be Repsol Honda’s decision and he does not want to influence the decision in any way. Also, one complication that Alex has to face is that his contract with Marc VDS in Moto2 is intact for the year 2020.
All this confusion was after Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo announced his retirement when Dorna called a surprise meeting at Valencia on Thursday. Lorenzo, who joined the Repsol Honda team in 2019, faced numerous injuries and difficulties in adapting to the RC213V, kept him away from a top-10 finish.
The three-time world champion said, “This will be my last race in MotoGP and at the end of the race I will retire as a professional racer.”
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