Cars Crutchlow praises: Alex Marquez understood the Honda as a rookie

17:16  27 october  2020
17:16  27 october  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

Crutchlow: Honda doesn't need to change bike philosophy

  Crutchlow: Honda doesn't need to change bike philosophy LCR MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow doesn't believe Honda will change its philosophy to make a more user-friendly bike in light of Marc Marquez's injury, and doesn't think it needs toThe reigning world champion broke his right humerus in a crash during the Spanish Grand Prix while recovering from a spectacular front-end slide while leading earlier in the race.

MotoGP-Rookie Alex Marquez zeigt seit September einen klaren Aufwärtstrend © Motorsport Images MotoGP rookie Alex Marquez has been showing a clear upward trend since September

The story of Alex Marquez's first MotoGP season is a strange one. In winter, Marc Marquez's younger brother was chosen as the new Moto2 world champion to succeed the retired former world champion Jorge Lorenzo in the Honda factory team in the premier class.

But even before Alex Marquez had even contested his first race as his brother's team-mate, Pol Espargaro was signed as his successor from 2021. Alex Marquez is moving to the factory-supported Honda satellite team LCR for the second season of his career as a MotoGP rider. There, too, he receives an RC213V of the current specification.

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The first six races in the Honda works team were a learning process for the young Marquez with placements in the range from P8 to P17. But since the Misano doubles in September, the rookie has coped much better. After finishing seventh, he finished second on the podium for the first time at the rainy French Grand Prix in Le Mans. It was the first 2020 podium for a Honda rider.

Alex Marquez, Cal Crutchlow © Motorsport Images Alex Marquez, Cal Crutchlow

In the Motorland Aragon, Alex Marquez immediately achieved his second podium in the first race with P2 in dry conditions and made it clear that the performance at Le Mans was not only due to the weather. He even fought seriously for victory in Aragon 1.

In the second Aragon race, the young Marquez was once again on course for his podium when he fell in fourth place with ten laps to go. The progress, which he himself attributes to the test day in September in Misano, is obvious.

And so also praises Honda colleague Cal Crutchlow: "Alex is the only one who has got on and has mastered this bike. When you consider what the other rookies have done and where they are now, you have to consider that you haven't driven a Honda. "

In 2021, Alex Marquez will succeed Crutchlow at LCR, whose future is still open. Takaaki Nakagami is set on the second LCR Honda for 2021 as well. And unlike the current season, the Japanese will also receive the latest specification of the RC213V.

"Emotional" farewell for Crutchlow: "It's important to get to the finish" .
Cal Crutchlow is satisfied with 13th place in his last Grand Prix, because he really wanted to finish - returning to the pits was emotional At the season finale in Portimao (Portugal) Cal Crutchlow (LCR-Honda )’s MotoGP career ended in 13th place for the time being. On Sunday morning the Brit set the fastest time in the warm-up. In the race, Crutchlow initially fought for fourth place with Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Stefan Bradl (Honda).

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