08.05.2017

First Moto2 victory for Alex Márquez in Jerez

Márquez’s emotional victory came in his 39th Moto2 race start and triggered joyous celebrations. The 21-year-old Spaniard dedicated his Mother’s Day triumph to his mother Roser.

Márquez started the Spanish GP from pole position and set a fast early pace with teammate Franco Morbidelli a constant presence in second place.

But Morbidelli’s bid for a fourth consecutive win this season ended when he crashed on lap nine leaving Márquez to control the front-running to the chequered flag.

On a hot and sunny day in southern Spain Márquez finished 3,4s ahead of Pecco Bagnaia in second place. With this win, Márquez takes fourth place in the World Championship with 49 points, only 26 points behind the leader, his teammate Franco Morbidelli.

Alex Márquez:This is unbelievable, I could not have imagined a victory like this in front of my home fans. I want to dedicate this win to my mum on Mother’s Day. It was a long wait for three years to catch a victory and winning in Jerez is a dream come true. It was a difficult race in hot conditions and when I saw Franco crash I knew how easy it was to make mistake. I could not hold my maximum pace because I was on the limit with the front grip so just controlled the gap to the riders behind. I want to thank everyone in the team and all those who support me in Spain.

Michael Bartholemy:It is a special day for the team when a rider wins his first race, this is something no one can take away. Alex was in fantastic form all weekend so he deserved this victory. It is disappointing that Franco did not finish as we had the chance of 1-2 result but racing is like this. But today we showed that both of our riders are capable of winning and Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS maintained its 100% winning record for the season so far.”

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