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MotoGP – Spanish Grand Prix09.05.2017

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Marquez makes it on his home turf

After taking his first pole position in Moto2 on Saturday afternoon, Alex Marquez drove his point home by scoring his first victory in the Grand Prix intermediate class. A masterful win on his home turf.

The Races

In Argentina, Alex Marquez believed he was going to win his first Moto2 Grand Prix. For a long time hot on the wheels of Franco Morbidelli, the Spaniard unfortunately fell as he approached the finish after trying to overtake his teammate. In Jerez, for the first European race of the season, it was the Italian who crashed after being put under pressure by the younger of the Marquez brothers. From then on, nothing and nobody could prevent Alex from racing away to his first success in Moto2.

“It was a tough race because it was very hot,” said the Marc VDS rider.

“When I saw Franco fall in front of me I realized how fast an error could happen. So I dropped the pace a little because I was really on the edge with the front wheel, I just kept the distance with my opponents.”

In MotoGP, the two riders of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS failed to score the points they hoped to take home. Jack Miller was the first to throw in the towel. While he was in eighth place, the Australian was hit by Bautista and couldn’t prevent himself from falling. In trouble due to the heat and the track’s lack of grip, Miller fell two laps later as he moved up from eighteenth to thirteenth place. Respectively finishing in eighteenth and twenty-sixth places under the checkered flag of the Moto3 race, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen have still to score their first points.

The Championship

Despite his first Did Not Finish of the season, Franco Morbidelli has kept his first place in the Moto2 championship standings with eleven points ahead of Tom Lüthi. Alex Marquez has gained two positions and moved up to fourth place. The Spaniard is only ten points behind the third place, Portugal’s Oliveira. In MotoGP, Miller was unable to make it to the fourth top ten he hoped for. He’s now twelfth in the overall standings, five points from Petrucci and Redding. Rabat also lost a place, and is now nineteenth.

The Background

Since last year, Alex Marquez has made good progress.

“He’s a hard worker,” says Emilio Alzamora, manager of the Spanish brothers.

“Marc is more talented, but Alex has always gone his own way by trying not to stay in the shadow of his brother. He has enormous willpower and works really hard.”

After two tough first Moto2 seasons, the former Moto3 World Champion passed a milestone last winter.

“The new Kalex chassis suits him much better,” says Michael Bartholemy.

“He feels the front wheel more and starts his races much better. Last year, he struggled for the first few laps with a full fuel tank. Now he feels more comfortable, more aggressive and confident.”

All that he needed was to come through with a win. Which he did masterfully and on his home turf.

“I couldn’t have dreamt anything better,” grinned the youngest of the Marquez family, who dedicated his first success in Moto2 to Roser, his mother.

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09.05.2017