Álex Márquez secured a points finish at Mugello, but the Italian Grand Prix was overshadowed by awful news of the death of Moto3 star Jason Dupasquier. Starting from the back of the MotoGP grid, the LCR Honda CASTROL rider showed determination to climb through the field and took the chequered flag in 14th position on an emotional day for the entire paddock.
Álex demonstrated his improving pace by taking 7th spot in the morning warm-up session and then made a positive start to pick up a few places on the opening lap. He battled hard throughout and eventually finished just four seconds outside of the top 10, but the Spaniard was quick to pay tribute to Dupasquier afterwards.
#73 Álex Márquez (14th – +29.400)
“It was a difficult day here. The warm-up was very positive and we were able to make some steps and look forward as we had quite good pace. But in the race, we decided to go with a front hard tyre and maybe it wasn’t the right decision as I was losing a little bit too much on the left side. It was a difficult weekend, but I think we made some good steps during the warm-up and the three days. We need to analyse some more and come back stronger. Anyway, today the main thing was that we raced for Jason, many times racing can be like this. I think for all of us the race was of secondary importance today.”