Alex Márquez (14th / Honda) punished: “It’s unfair!” / MotoGP

Only two championship points and a 14th place in Sunday’s MotoGP race in Le Mans. LCR Honda Castrol rider Alex Márquez’s move at the French GP was not great. The punishment especially irritated the Spaniard.

Alex Márquez did not come close to the top 10 throughout the Le Mans weekend. The MotoGP driver from the LCR Honda team first qualified from 21st place on the track for Sunday’s 27-lap race at Circuit Bugatti. The race did not go particularly well for the 26-year-old either.

Alex Márquez was far behind his fire colleagues Marc Márquez, Taka Nakagami and Pol Espargaró, and the stewards gave him a long lap penalty for a “shortcut” in the harassment. In the end, the two-time motorcycle world champion (2014 Moto3, 2019 Moto2) was able to take two points for 14th place. The Spaniard lost 28 seconds to winner Enea Bastianini (Ducati).

“The start was good, and the first half did not go badly either. After that I was in a good group, but I made a mistake in turn 8, ”Alex explained in the interview after the race. “In the harassment, I took the road out because I wanted to avoid a collision with Marini. I lost two places, but the race control still gave me a long lap penalty. I think that’s unfair!”

Marquez went into more detail. “Had I walked two tenths slower through the exit, I would not have been punished, but it is so difficult to steer on the bike. Later I got the feeling back on the bike I could do high 1:32 lap times. Unfortunately, far too late, ”said the Honda driver.

“We have major problems with the front. It’s not that the feeling for the front cover is missing, it’s more about turning in, “says superstar Marc Márquez’s little brother. “When you see the other bikes in front of you, it’s hard to accept.”

MotoGP results, Le Mans (May 15):

1. Bastianini, Ducati, 27 laps in 41: 34.613 min.
2. Miller, Ducati, + 2,718 sec
3. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, +4.182
4. Quartararo, Yamaha, +4.288
5. Zarco, Ducati, +11.139
6. Marc Marquez, Honda, +15,155
7. Nakagami, Honda, +16,680
8. Brad Binder, KTM, +18,459
9. Marini, Ducati, +20,541
10. Vinales, Aprilia, +21.486
11. Pol Asparagus, Honda, +22,707
12. Bezzecchi, Ducati, +23,408
13. In Giannantonio, Ducati, +26.432
14. Alex Marquez, Honda, +28,710
15. Morbidelli, Yamaha, +29.433
16. Dovizioso, Yamaha, +38.149
17. Darryn Binder, Yamaha, +59.748
– Oliveira, KTM, 3 laps down
– Bagnaia, Ducati, 7 laps down
– Martin, Ducati, 11 laps behind
Mir, Suzuki, 14 laps left
– Fernández, KTM, 21 laps down
Rins, Suzuki, 22 laps left
– Gardner, KTM, 24 laps left

Championship status after 7 of 21 Grand Prix:

1. Quartararo 102 points. 2 Aleix Espargaró 98 3 Bastianini 94 4 Rins 69 5 Miller 62 6 Zarco 62 7 Bagnaia 56 8 Brad Binder 56 9 Mir 56 10 Marc Marquez 54 11 Oliveira 43. Morbidelli 19 18 Bezzecchi 19 19 Alex Marquez 18 20 Dovizioso 8 21. Darryn Binder 6. 22. Di Giannantonio 3. 23. Gardner 3.

Constructors’ Championship:

1. Ducati 156 points. 2. Yamaha 102. 3. Aprilia 99. 4. KTM 84. 5. Suzuki 80. 6. Honda 67.

Team WC:

1. Aprilia Racing 131 points. 2 Suzuki Ecstar 125 3 Monster Energy Yamaha 121 4 Ducati Lenovo 118 5 Red Bull KTM Factory 99 6 Gresini Racing MotoGP 97 7 Repsol Honda 94 8 Pramac Racing 90 9 LCR Honda 48 10 Mooney VR46 Racing 1 Yamaha RNF 11 Med Tech Factory 1 Yamaha RNF3U . 3

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