Álex Márquez

Álex Márquez Alentà (born 23 April 1996) is a Spanish Grand Prix motorcycle road racer, and the younger brother of Marc Márquez, who also competes at Grand Prix level. Márquez was the 2012 Spanish Moto3 Championship winner,[1] and won the 2014 Moto3 World Championship at the last round in Valencia. In the process, he and Marc became the first brothers to win world motorcycle racing titles in the same year, a feat that was repeated in 2019 when Alex won the Moto2 championship and Marc the MotoGP championship.[1][2]

Álex Márquez
Álex Márquez 2019 Brno.jpeg
NationalitySpanish
Born (1996-04-23) 23 April 1996 (age 24)
Cervera, Spain
Current teamRepsol Honda Team
Bike number73
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20152019
ManufacturersKalex
Championships1 (2019)
2019 championship position1st (262 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
89 8 23 12 10 778
Moto3 World Championship
Active years20122014
ManufacturersSuter Honda, KTM, Honda
Championships1 (2014)
2014 championship position1st (278 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
46 4 15 3 7 518

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

He began the 2010 season in the CEV Buckler 125cc championship, competing with the Monlau Competition team, along with Álex Rins and Niklas Ajo. Márquez did not participate in the opening round at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, as he was not old enough to do so – he did not turn fourteen until five days after the event. He finished eleventh in his first start at Albacete, having qualified tenth. He retired at Jerez due to clutch problems. He added finishes of seventh and sixth at Motorland Aragón and Albacete, before retiring from the final two races at Valencia and Jerez. He finished eleventh in the final riders' championship standings.

In 2011, Márquez battled with Rins for the title, with the championship honours ultimately going to Rins. Márquez won two races during the season – at Motorland Aragón and Albacete – and finished the season as runner-up, 12 points in arrears to Rins. With the championship changing to Moto3 regulations for the 2012 season, Márquez again won two races, at Albacete and Navarra; he won the championship with a fourth-place finish at Albacete.

Moto3 World ChampionshipEdit

Márquez made his world championship début as a wildcard at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.[3] In difficult weather conditions, Márquez scored points with a twelfth-place finish. He also made wildcard appearances at Estoril and Catalunya, scoring points on both occasions, with fifteenth and sixth respectively. After the mid-season break, Márquez moved into the series full-time from the Indianapolis Grand Prix onwards with Ambrogio Racing, replacing Simone Grotzkyj.[4] He scored points in four of the remaining eight races, and ultimately finished the season in twentieth place in the riders' championship.

In 2013, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 team moved to KTM machinery, with Márquez joining Rins in the team full-time. After predominantly finishing fourth or fifth in the races during the first half of the season, Márquez achieved his first podium finish at the Indianapolis Grand Prix with a second-place finish behind Rins. Márquez recorded three consecutive third-place finishes at Silverstone, Misano and Motorland Aragón, before taking his first career victory at the Japanese Grand Prix. He finished the season in fourth position in the final championship standings.

For 2014, Márquez and Rins remained in the series and started as the championship favourites. However, in the opening third of the season, they were usurped by Ajo Motorsport rider Jack Miller, who won three of the opening five races. Márquez took successive wins in Catalunya and the Netherlands to reduce the deficit from 44 points to 7. Márquez started a run of five top-two finishes at the British Grand Prix, including another victory at Motegi, which saw him move into the championship lead ahead over Miller and open up a 25-point gap.[5] Despite Miller winning two of the final three races, a third-place finish at the final round in Valencia saw Márquez clinch the title by two points. In the process, he and brother Marc became the first brothers to win world motorcycle racing titles.[1][2]

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

For the 2015 season, Márquez moved up to the Moto2 World Championship with the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team and finished 14th in de standings.[6] In 2016 Alex had a slightly better season and took his first Moto2 podium in the Aragon GP, ending the year in 13th. 2017 was a break through year for Alex Marquez as he won his first Moto2 race at the Spanish GP, ending a much more consistent season in 4th overall, followed up by another 4th place in 2018, despite not winning a race. Alex won the 2019 Moto2 world championship securing a double championship haul for the Marquez brothers. Alex Marquez was also the first rider to win a title in Moto3 and Moto2.

MotoGP World ChampionshipEdit

For the 2020 season, Alex will join his brother Marc at Repsol Honda Team replacing Jorge Lorenzo who retired at the end of the 2019 MotoGP season. Márquez was unexpectedly promoted from Moto2 to MotoGP when still contracted to Marc VDS for 2020 after the retirement announcement of Lorenzo in November 2019. Moto2 contracts can be broken if the rider is offered a place in MotoGP.[7] Márquez' old seat in Moto2 for 2020 has been taken by Spaniard Augusto Fernández.[8]

Career statisticsEdit

CEV ChampionshipEdit

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Pos Pts
2012 Moto3 Suter Honda JER
Ret
NAV
1
ARA
2
CAT
2
ALB
1
ALB
4
VAL
1st 103

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2012 Moto3 Suter Estrella Galicia 0,0
Ambrogio Next Racing
12 11 0 0 0 1 27 20th
2013 Moto3 KTM Estrella Galicia 0,0 12 17 1 5 0 3 213 4th
2014 Moto3 Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 12 18 3 10 3 3 278 1st 1
2015 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 73 18 0 0 0 0 73 14th
2016 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 73 17 0 1 0 0 69 13th
2017 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 73 17 3 6 3 3 201 4th
2018 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 73 18 0 6 3 2 173 4th
2019 Moto2 Kalex EG 0,0 Marc VDS 73 19 5 10 6 5 262 1st 1
2020 MotoGP Honda Repsol Honda Team 73 0 0 0 0 0 0* NC*
Total 135 12 38 15 17 1296 2

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
Moto3 2012–2014 2012 Spain 2013 Indianapolis 2013 Japan 46 4 15 3 7 518 1
Moto2 2015–2019 2015 Qatar 2016 Aragon 2017 Spain 89 8 23 12 10 778 1
Total 2012–Present 135 12 38 15 17 1296 2

Races by yearEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Pos Pts
2012 Moto3 Suter Honda QAT SPA
12
POR
15
FRA CAT
6
GBR NED GER ITA IND
Ret
CZE
21
RSM
Ret
ARA
15
JPN
14
MAL
14
AUS
9
VAL
Ret
20th 27
2013 Moto3 KTM QAT
4
AME
Ret
SPA
23
FRA
5
ITA
5
CAT
4
NED
5
GER
5
IND
2
CZE
5
GBR
3
RSM
3
ARA
3
MAL
4
AUS
4
JPN
1
VAL
4
4th 213
2014 Moto3 Honda QAT
2
AME
Ret
ARG
2
SPA
7
FRA
5
ITA
Ret
CAT
1
NED
1
GER
4
IND
6
CZE
4
GBR
2
RSM
2
ARA
2
JPN
1
AUS
2
MAL
5
VAL
3
1st 278
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
11
AME
15
ARG
15
SPA
9
FRA
Ret
ITA
12
CAT
11
NED
9
GER
18
IND
10
CZE
4
GBR
4
RSM
Ret
ARA
Ret
JPN
18
AUS
9
MAL
Ret
VAL
12
14th 73
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
Ret
ARG
Ret
AME
11
SPA
Ret
FRA
Ret
ITA
16
CAT
18
NED
8
GER
Ret
AUT
6
CZE
5
GBR
25
RSM
10
ARA
2
JPN
Ret
AUS
DNS
MAL
7
VAL
Ret
13th 69
2017 Moto2 Kalex QAT
5
ARG
21
AME
4
SPA
1
FRA
4
ITA
3
CAT
1
NED
6
GER
Ret
CZE
2
AUT
2
GBR
14
RSM
DNS
ARA
Ret
JPN
1
AUS
6
MAL
Ret
VAL
5
4th 201
2018 Moto2 Kalex QAT
3
ARG
5
AME
2
SPA
Ret
FRA
2
ITA
5
CAT
3
NED
3
GER
13
CZE
Ret
AUT
Ret
GBR
C
RSM
18
ARA
4
THA
Ret
JPN
4
AUS
7
MAL
7
VAL
3
4th 173
2019 Moto2 Kalex QAT
7
ARG
3
AME
5
SPA
24
FRA
1
ITA
1
CAT
1
NED
Ret
GER
1
CZE
1
AUT
2
GBR
Ret
RSM
3
ARA
3
THA
5
JPN
6
AUS
8
MAL
2
VAL
30
1st 262
2020 MotoGP Honda QAT
C
GER
NED
FIN
CZE
AUT
GBR
RSM
ARA
THA
JPN
AUS
MAL
AME
ARG
VAL
SPA
FRA
ITA
CAT
NC* 0*

* Season still in progress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Alex Marquez – a new World Champion in the family". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Marquez clinches title in third as Miller wins final race". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 9 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Gran Premio bwin de España – Moto3 Entry list" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix – Moto3 Entry list" (PDF). MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ Morrison, Neil (2 December 2014). "Marquez v Miller - round-by-round". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Moto2: Alex Marquez to Marc VDS". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  7. ^ Alex Marquez Confirmed Alongside Brother Marc In Repsol Honda Team For 2020 motomatters.com, 18 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019
  8. ^ Moto2: Fernandez takes Marquez’s spot at Marc VDS crash.net, 24 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alex Rins
CEV Buckler Moto3 Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Fabio Quartararo