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Alex Marquez has paved his way into the MotoGP World Championship with titles in all feeder classes. He entered the World Championship full-time in 2013 after winning the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 title in 2012. Moto2 world champion in 2019, he entered MotoGP in 2020.

Alex Marquez paved his way into the MotoGP World Championship with titles in all feeder classes. He entered the world championship full-time in 2013 after taking the FIM CEV Repsol Moto3 title in 2012. A first win came that year in Japan, and he followed it up with a title victory in 2014 when he defeated Jack Miller in a duel in the final race. The championship led to a move to the intermediate class in 2015, with Alex Marquez taking his debut podium at home in Aragon in 2016 and his first Moto2 win in early 2017. In 2019, the Cervera-born rider emerged as the man to beat five wins, 10 podiums and his second world title at the Malaysian GP. For 2021, he moves up to the LCR Honda CASTROL team with the Honda RC213V.

Background

The beginning

Alex Marquez was born on April 23, 1996, in Lleida, Spain, and spent his early days playing with his older brother Marc and pursuing a variety of activities. Alex had always been surrounded by motorcycles and the little boy soon became fascinated with everything to do with two-wheelers. By the age of eight, Alex had already started racing and competing for victory in the 50cc PromoRacc, followed by the title of the Championship of Catalonia.

Progress

As he progressed through the 70cc PromoRacc class, the Mediterranean Speed Championship Pre125GP and the 125cc Catalan Championship, Alex gained valuable experience and established himself as one of the best racers in Spain.

CEV (2010 – 2012)

In 2010 Alex joined the CEV Championship and had to miss the first race of the season because he was under the age limit of 14 years. However, from the second race onwards he made steady progress and joined the successful Monlau Junior Team in 2011. With his first race win at Aragon, Alex would add another win and two-second places to stay in the championship fight until the last round of the year. The second-place finish in 2011 meant he was a prime candidate for title contention in 2012. Alex Marquez was at the top throughout the season, securing the CEV Championship in addition to his World Championship debut.

World Championship Debut – Rookie of the Year (2013)

After impressing with seven points in 11 starts and the Spanish championship in his wildcard rides in 2012, Alex joined the Estrella Galicia 0.0 team and scored his first podium at the Indianapolis GP with his first win at a highly competitive Japanese GP to secure the Rookie of the Year title and finish his debut season in an impressive fourth place.

Welcome to Honda – World Champion (2014)

A switch to Honda machinery awaited Alex Marquez during his second season in the Moto3 World Championship, as Honda revamped its Moto3 project with renewed vigour. Three wins and never less than seventh place ended the title fight with Australian Jack Miller in the last round in Valencia. Despite the immense pressure, Alex took his tenth podium of the season and his first World Championship alongside Honda’s first World Championship in the fledgling Moto3 class.

Moto2 school (2015 – 2018)

As in 2013, with the title secured, Alex Marquez moved up to the next class and joined the Marc VDS Estrella Galicia 0.0 team for his first Moto2 World Championship campaign. A consistent first season brought the best result of fourth place and a total of 73 world championship points. In 2016, more of the same learning experience and consistency followed with a first Moto2 podium at home at the Aragon GP, a highlight of the year. In 2017 Alex established himself as a serious title contender for the Moto2 crown, taking his first win in the intermediate class at Jerez and following it up with wins at Barcelona and Japan to eventually finish fourth in the championship. Although 2018 didn’t bring another victory, Alex learned many more important lessons and was once again able to finish fourth overall with six podiums and many memorable races.

Winning shot (2019)

An inauspicious start to 2019 with one podium finish in the first four races was soon banished as Alex went on a winning streak, dominating the French, Italian and Catalan GPs in quick succession. A crash in Assen ended the winning streak, but Alex recovered immediately to take two more victories in Germany and the Czech Republic. With five wins already, 2019 has been Alex’s strongest season yet. A rejuvenated challenge from Brad Binder challenged Alex in the second half of the year, but the 23-year-old kept his cool and secured his second World Championship with a strong second place in Malaysia. For the second time in their careers, Alex and Marc became world champions together. MotoGP debut (2020) Alex Marquez returned to the Honda family, joining the Repsol Honda team for the 2020 MotoGP season. Although Alex had ridden the RC213V twice before, he approached his debut season in the premier class with a completely open mind – ready to learn and grow as a MotoGP rider.
In 2021, Alex Márquez continues as a Honda rider in MotoGP with the LCR Honda team.

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