There is a trivial expression which says that when a boat sinks, the rats leave the ship but to listen to Alex Marquez on his choice to stop his Honda adventure to join a Ducati, it sounds a lot like that. First because it was he who decided to move, then because he recognizes that he is exhausted in an environment without direction. The hardest part for HRC will undoubtedly be the passage where the youngest of the Marquez clarifies that he received the support of his older brother Marc Marquez, which will revive a lot of rumors about after 2024…
But we are still in 2022 and Alex Marquez determined its future for 2023. On motoracenation, we read his explanation of what led him to change course. Because it’s not Honda who questioned him but the pilot who questions the manufacturer…” I spoke with Lucio Cecchinello and told him that I did not see myself on this motorcycle, that it was my choice and that I didn’t know if I was going to go home or where. But I no longer saw myself here. I need a change. Mentally we had a very difficult season and a half and I needed a change, and this change is going to help me a lot. “.
He adds : ” I had no motivation to continue, I’m super happy with the team but I couldn’t see myself there, mentally I needed a change to continue growing as a rider and as a person and with the Gresini team I found the best package to keep growing and continue to get results with a bike we know works “.
He says again: “I think it’s the best option I could have on the table, so I’m happy. Now with the future closed, I will be able to go on vacation and try to end the season in the best possible way “.
The rest of his argument will no doubt raise the hackles of a certain Alberto Puig…because she speaks of a Ducati which, a priori, is the most universal motorcycle and which adapts to different pilots as he describes it: ” until you try a motorcycle, you don’t know how it will fit your style, but with the Ducati, we find that riders with different styles have come to adapt. They’re more or less consistent but they’re all fast at some point, so it’s a great opportunity. Sometimes it’s clear that you doubt yourself. What’s better than having a Ducati and if next year doesn’t go as it should, i’ll be the first to say that i’m no good, that i’m not meant to be here “.
Alex Marquez: Honda, it’s a factory that’s lost its way right now”
“ In 2020 I think I showed the level to be in MotoGP, I’m double world champion, but you have to prove all that on the track and that’s why I made the decision, I think I can do well there, otherwise I would not have made the decision” insists Alex Marquez. ” But first we have to finish 2022 “, he recalls. ” I will continue to give my best on the track because I have a contract and I am a professional “.
The decision to change brands distances him professionally from his brother Marc, who has been linked to Honda since he arrived in MotoGP, something they have already discussed: Marc asked me what I wanted, if he saw me at Honda or not, I told him that I needed a change and when a decision is made, we support each other and he supported me, like a normal brother would “.
Alex Marquez ends with words that will seem harsh from Japan: ” Honda, it’s a factory that’s lost its way right now, but if a brand can react it is Honda. Mentally and personally I needed a change, to keep growing and this was the best option I had. I took a weight off my shoulders, I wanted to go on vacation in peace, I need rest more than ever “.