Alberto Puig promotes Alex Marquez's first release in Valencia. But the height could represent an obstacle for the Catalan rookie.
Alex Marquez closes the second day of MotoGP testing in Valencia, this time not least, but at the bottom of the standings. The chronometric references are the last of the thoughts at Repsol Honda. From next week the Moto2 champion will occupy the HRC box alongside his brother Marc Marquez. The two have completed a few laps in close contact, easy to expect some advice once they return to Cervera. Meanwhile, Alberto Puig enjoys the market move that is so much talked about, waiting to collect even the first satisfactions on the track.
The team manager has assured that the two pilots will guarantee a professional behavior beyond the family relationship that unites them. "I told them that I see them as two pilots, not as two brothers", Explained Puig in Valencia. "Alex will work with Ramon Aurin as technical manager, this was my idea. I wanted to keep the same work team, they did well this season". On the first incident Alex Marquez remedied in Valencia does not show any wonder. "The first day with a MotoGP is always complicated – added Alberto Puig -. Every fall is always unexpected, but Alex was able to continue his work. I told him not to worry, even if he had wasted time. He went back on the bike and showed some progress. I think Alex is familiar with the bike, step by step".
The Catalan team manager believes that the 23-year-old "is happy with this new adventure" despite having arrived in a box very feared by most of the riders for the presence of Marc Marquez. "Logically it has to adapt well to the bike, despite its physical dimensions. He is a tall pilot [1.80] and in the past we were used to Pedrosa, who was lower". At his service will be the chief technician of Jorge Lorenzo, Ramon Aurin, and his former team with few exceptions. "Alex was able to constantly improve, even if he wasn't super fast", Concluded Alberto Puig. "But he learned to know the bike better, step by step, and I think he didn't want to push too hard to avoid another accident. Listen well and have a lot to learn. Overall the test went according to plan".