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Alex Marquez: Moto2 is a tough category

“[In Moto3] you can save yourself by slipstreaming” - Alex Marquez.
Halfway through their rookie Moto2 campaign and Moto3 champion Alex Marquez has scored just 30 points, compared to 103 by former team-mate Alex Rins.

Few would have predicted such a difference; Rins sitting fourth in the championship with four podiums, while Rins is 18th with a best finish of ninth.

“At first it was difficult, but overall it's positive,” insisted Marquez, who is riding alongside reigning Moto2 champion Tito Rabat at the Estrella 0,0 Marc VDS (Kalex) team.

“Moto2 is a new category for me and, after becoming Moto3 World Champion with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0, we have started a new journey and we are working very hard to try to take the positives from difficult situations.

“Especially important is having patience. Moto2 is a tough category in which being a second off the pace means you qualify 20th on the grid for the race. This difference in Moto3 was not so worrying, because in the end you can save yourself by slipstreaming, but in Moto2 you either have to work well in practice or you have it very difficult to gain positions.

“In this category it is all very tight and it's the little details that make you cut the thousandths of a second you need in order to fight in the leading group.”

Asked about his biggest surprise, Marquez - younger brother of MotoGP champion Marc - revealed that tyre endurance and the effect of fuel weight has been the opposite of what he was led to expect.

“I was warned that tyre management would be difficult, but after coming up I encountered rock hard tyres that hold up for the whole race - and even allow you to put in your fastest laps late on,” he said. “I had also been warned of the problems that occur on the first few laps with a full tank of fuel, and it turns out that sometimes it actually helps you. In short, things that seem like they will be problematic initially, in my case are things that I have adapted to more easily. In contrast, other things which weren't given as much importance I've found harder.

“The hardest thing was adjusting to the weight difference, rather than the difference in power, because having more weight means you have to anticipate every move you need to make. For example, changes of direction with the Moto3 bike could be made 20 metres later, whereas with the Moto2 bike you wouldn't make the turn like that. I remember at Assen, a circuit with very quick changes of direction on the quick, flowing corners, that it was a lot of work.”

Looking to the second half of the season, the 19-year-old is 'most excited' about his two remaining home rounds.

“Obviously both of the rounds in Spain. At MotorLand Aragon and Valencia there is a great atmosphere and fans who always motivate me a lot, plus I have always ridden well there. Indianapolis, Brno and Silverstone are also circuits that have been good to me in the past.

“I like circuits that are fast and wide. However, at the circuits that least suit me, I always I set out to be competitive, try to enjoy myself and get a good result. Last season, for example, Motegi was the circuit that on paper would be toughest for me, and we ended up winning there.”

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July 14, 2015 1:06 PM

Rins was always the better rider than junior marc...too bad Alzamora nd marcs management was never behind away from alzamora rins is embraceing moto2 nd schooling marc jr


July 14, 2015 1:30 PM

I'm not surprised that Alex is struggling to be honest. Many very good 125cc / Moto3 riders struggle in Moto2, Salom has had a tough couple of seasons, Cortese was Moto3 champion. And Alex Marquez had a lot of things in his favour last season. He did well to win the title, of course, he is a World Champion and no one can take that away. But I am not surprised he is struggling and I could see him bombing out of GPs all together in a couple of seasons, along with Salom. He's no Marc I'm afraid!

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