News 23 Nov 2017

Guest MotoGP test for Marc VDS's Alex Marquez at Jerez

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda rider steps up from Moto2.

Source: Supplied.

Moto2 front-runer Alex Marquez has taken to a Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V at the Jerez MotoGP test this week, in place of injured new signing Tom Luthi.

Marquez – younger brother of MotoGP champion Marc Marquez – joined this year’s Moto2 title-winner and premier class rookie Franco Morbidelli, completing 30 laps in the process.

“Today was only a half day for me and I only completed 30 laps, but it was good to get a first impression of the bike before doing a full day tomorrow,” the 21-year-old Marquez explained. “I really enjoyed it and it was a good experience. It was very different to riding the Moto2 bike, for a start there’s the power, which is incredible.

“Also, the front wheel never seemed to touch the ground! This is something I need to work on tomorrow when I have more time on the bike. It’s good to have Marc here at the track, he was out watching me on track today and he will be a big help tomorrow when we start working to set-up the bike ready for Tom to test in Malaysia in January.”

Marquez will return for a full day aboard the Honda RC213V tomorrow, as he works to prepare the bike for Luthi’s return to action during the first test of the 2018 season, which takes place at the Sepang the end of January.