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MotoGP, Marquez makes predictions at the World Championship: "Martin, Acosta, and Alonso are my favorites”

Marc expects a Spanish win: “I’m still betting on Jorge in the MotoGP. David came to Portimao asking me for advice on how to ride corners.”

MotoGP: Marquez makes predictions at the World Championship: "Martin, Acosta, and Alonso are my favorites”

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There are only three rounds left until the end of the 2023 World Championship, after Thailand. A stage that almost ended the Moto2 Championship, but everything is again up in the air for both the Moto3 and the MotoGP, where the epilogue remains unwritten. Who are the favorites for the final victory? Marc Marquez has his own, as reported by the Spanish newspaper, AS, in which the Honda rider reviewed the situation in each of the categories, at the end of the weekend in Buriram.

“I remember Alonso’s first race in the World Championship really well, when he came to ask me for advice on what to do at every corner. He’s very nice, and I really like him,” Marc, who’s a great supporter of the Colombian rider, said. “I saw his race in Thailand, and I went to congratulate him, because he deserved it. When I was there, he slammed on the brakes, and I told him, ‘Trust me you can do it’, because he’s not that far behind in the World Championship. It’s true that there are riders with much more experience, like Masia, who I think is the favorite, but he’s a rookie, and I wish him the best, especially since he’s already rookie of the year.”

After the triumph at Buriram, the GasGas Aspar team rider occupies the third place in the Championship, 25 lengths behind Jaume Masia, leader of the Moto3, with 17 points ahead of Ayumu Sasaki. A gap that’s not impossible to shorten for David, who the eight-time world champion believes has something special.

"He obviously has something,” Marquez acknowledged, but he still plays it safe: “They’re very young riders, and the fact is that they can stop or continue to progress, it depends. When you’re so young, you’re not yet mature and obstacles can affect you a little more, especially now with social networks.”

Marquez bets on Acosta and Martin in Moto2 and MotoGP

The situation is more obvious in the Moto2, where Pedro Acosta leads the World Championship by a margin of 63 points over Tony Arbolino.

“It’s a pity that he didn’t win the title in Thailand, because he would’ve then returned to Spain and could’ve celebrated properly,”  the Honda rider said, “In any case, he’ll win in Malaysia, if nothing extraordinary happens. He’ll have to wait longer to return to Spain, but he’ll do it with the title, which is the important thing.” 

The risk in Australia, which cost Jorge Martin important points, wasn’t enough to break the confidence Marc has in the rider from Madrid, who was promptly redeemed in Buriram. With his double win in Thailand, the Pramac team rider shortened his distance from the MotoGP leader, Francesco Bagnaia, taking him to 13 lengths from the top.

I’m still betting on Martin in the MotoGP. I already said that,” Marc repeated. “He’s the fastest and, although he wasn’t the fastest in Thailand, he still got a pole and won both races. Maybe Martin was the fastest with the soft tire, but Bagnaia was by far the fastest with the hard compound.”

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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