Álex Márquez could not make the start he wanted to his LCR racing career as he failed to finish the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar on Sunday. The Spaniard was making his first GP appearance for Lucio Cechinello’s team, but did not see the chequered flag as he slid out eight laps from the end in the opening round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.
The LCR Honda CASTROL rider enjoyed a positive start to the day as he went fourth quickest in warm-up. Having dropped places after a difficult start, Márquez was battling back through the field and had climbed up into 14th position when he lost his front end to bring a premature end to his race.
#73 Álex Márquez – DNF
“In the end it was not a positive day and I’m sad for the team and everybody who worked so hard this weekend. Honestly, I had a horrific start and I lost a lot of time at the first corner and was also touched at the rear by (Danilo) Petrucci. Then I was in a group and was trying to overtake, but it was difficult to overtake at that point. When I was alone I was in really good shape and in a really good rhythm, but when I caught the people ahead it was so difficult to overtake. I did a small mistake that cost us the race, so sorry to the team. But I think we’re in good shape and working well and I think next weekend we have another chance to change the situation and do better in the championship.”