Marc and younger brother Alex take wins in MotoGP and Moto2 at LaMans
Spanish racing brothers Marc and Alex Marquez both claimed victories on the same day as Marc took the MotoGP™ and Alex the Moto2™ races at the Shark Helmets Grand Prix de France on Sunday. The last time the brothers pulled this off was at the Dutch Catalan Gran Prix back in 2014. This marks the third time the brothers have doubled on race days.
This was Marquez’ third win of the season aboard his Repsol Honda Team bike as he extended his lead at the top of the overall standings to eight points over second place finisher Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). The 26-year-old, 7-time world champion shared how excited he was for his brother after he’d claimed victory in the intermediate class before the premier class race got underway.
“Yeah of course, it’s an amazing day for our family,” exclaimed Marquez, with the brothers also winning on the same day at the 2014 Catalan GP, one race weekend before they did it again in Assen. “I’m happier for my brother than for me because my brother was one year and a half without finishing at the top and he was pushing a lot, never gave up, and in Jerez he had a big chance and he wasn’t able (to). Today he did a very good race so yeah, I’m happy for him and of course happy for my race and happy with all the job Repsol Honda Team did.”
Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), as Marc pointed out, hadn’t won a race since the 2017 Japanese GP. So this was a huge morale-builder for the 23-year-old who now has two podiums to his name in 2019, the first coming in the form of a P3 in Austin, Texas. “It feels so, so, so good! It’s been a long time since my last victory,” reflected Alex, “I think today we deserved it because we did a really good weekend. Friday we were struggling but working a lot for the race pace. But this morning everything changed. We used the soft tire in the warm up and we saw the top riders went with the hard one that looked like, with these temperatures, worked a bit better. We changed on the grid and it was the best decision. This is a team victory because we worked hard during all this time, so yeah, it’s for the guys.”
Marc is gunning for a historic 8th MotoGP championship in 2019, with Alex striving for his second in the Moto2 class. Alex is hoping this win can prove to be a springboard in his season, as the Spaniard trails 14 points off current class leader Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP 40). The Marquez brothers have now won on the same Sunday three times and both will be hoping a fourth is just around the corner. The racing brothers are truly exciting to watch, for their incredible skills and unbridled enthusiasm. Road Dirt wishes the Marvelous Marquez brothers much continued success.
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*material and photos sourced from MotoGP and Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS.