Álex Márquez endured a tough race day at MotorLand as he failed to finish the Grand Prix of Aragon on Sunday. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider crashed out on the opening lap of the MotoGP event in north-east Spain, bringing a premature end to a challenging weekend back on home soil.
Starting from 14th on the grid, the Spaniard knew the importance of making a fast start at a circuit where he finished on the podium 12 months ago. As he looked to make up positions early on, Álex made contact at turn five and went down, but, most importantly, was able to walk away uninjured from the incident.
#73 Alex Marquez (DNF)
“It was unfortunate today, we made some steps during warm-up when I was feeling ok. In the race, on the first lap somebody in front of me had a touch and, ahead of me, I had Taka who braked to avoid the contact in front, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to avoid contact with him and his rear tyre. It was completely my fault and I’m sorry to the team, they did an amazing job today to give me the best bike for the race, so I’m sad for that. The positive thing is that in three or four days I’ll be back on the bike, I’ll to try to forget this weekend because, overall, it’s not been easy. We look forward to Misano where we’ll try harder.”