Two weeks ago, he fractured his right metatarsal. Today, he got back on his bike, finishing the free practice session with a twelfth time, just two tenths from the top ten. Not a bad start for Alex Marquez, who was full of energy on his Honda Friday in Losail.
For the LCR standard bearer, despite his momentary exclusion from directly accessing the Q2, his glass can be nothing but half full.
“I arrived this weekend after a major accident,” he began. “I struggled in the morning, while the sensations were much better in the afternoon. In fact, I had the right confidence on the bike, and I’m happy with everything.”
In Qatar, Alex had to give up on his crew chief, Christophe Bourguignon, who was quarantining in the hotel, due to an invalid swab.
“I hope he comes back soon, even if we're in contact via Skype. I have to say that I was nervous this morning. I wanted everything to be under control inside the garage, given his absence. In the end, it didn’t go badly. I'm not in the Q2, but it was still a positive day, and the results are encouraging.”
Alex is currently out of the top ten.
“In the tests, I didn’t try to set the time on the flying lap. Besides that, I think the team did a good job. In fact, I’m surprised to be in the twelfth position. Obviously, there’s still a lot to improve. Tomorrow we’ll resume work from where we left off. Today, all the riders pushed to the maximum in the FP2, since tomorrow it’ll be difficult to improve in FP3.”
The Spanish rider is thinking about Saturday.
“Like I said, the outcome is positive. I tried to be cautious this morning, especially during the FP1, where conditions are different from the race. I used the day to try to give my best and understand the mistakes made. In the FP4, I’ll work on the pace and on the choice of tire, hoping to make the correct choice .”