Álex Márquez produced his best ride of the 2021 season to take a superb 4th place at the Algarve Grand Prix. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider backed up his pace throughout the weekend in Sunday’s race and was unfortunate to miss out on a podium finish as a red flag brought a premature end to proceedings at Portimao.
Departing from eighth on the grid, the Spaniard made a brilliant start and then muscled his way past factory Honda rider Pol Espargaro to end the opening lap in fifth. He soon passed Jorge Martin and Jack Miller to move into third and held that position for the majority of the race. Miller snuck back ahead with four laps remaining and Alex was unable to respond as the red flag was waved on lap 23 after a collision between Lecuona and Oliveira.
#73 Alex Marquez (4th – +6.453)
“I’m really, really happy. Overall, I think we did great this weekend. The result was coming as the lap times were coming. First of all, I want to thank my team as they have always believed and trusted in me and that’s the most important thing for a rider. Results like this give us a boost to never give up and to continue in our work for this project. We need to be happy, it was a really tough race, I made a good start and then just tried to keep my rhythm. We still need to manage and improve some things, but I’m really happy about the weekend.”