Álex Márquez put in another thrilling display at Portimao as he took 7th place in the Grand Prix of Portugal on Sunday. The LCR Honda CASTROL rider – who was fourth at the same venue last year – capped off an impressive weekend with his best result of the 2022 season and was involved in a memorable last-lap battle with brother Marc.
Having underlined his pace by going 5th fastest in warm-up, the Spaniard made a great start to the race and climbed into fourth at one point on the opening lap. He fought hard to maintain his position amongst the leading riders and was sixth entering the closing stages, but was just edged out by his brother following a dramatic drag to the finish line.
Álex Márquez – 7th
” We did a really good job in warm-up, trying out some tyres and being ready for the race as it was the only session we had in the dry. Then in the race, I made a really good start and was there fighting with the top guys, it was good to be there and see the level was there. From mid-race to the end, I started to struggle with the problems we had from the start of the season. I’m happy with the performance of both, myself and the team. This was a really solid weekend. It’s a really good thing to start like this here in Europe. I said that the target was to enjoy myself on the bike and I did. Now, we need to draw conclusions, go to Jerez and keep the same level of motivation.”