Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez have already arrived in Jerez to start their 2020 MotoGp World Championship. The first race of the 2020 season will be on 19th July Sunday. It would be 245 days since the last race which happened in Valencia in 2019. Since then the entire world has changed and was affected due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, now racing is set to return.
The Gran Premio Red Bull de España is the second round of the 14-round rescheduled 2020 MotoGP World Championship campaign, with the Moto2 and Moto3 classes having already run in Qatar. A unique schedule presents itself to the teams and riders for the first race with a day of testing on Wednesday after the long break before beginning the traditional Grand Prix weekend format from Friday.
Marc Marquez the current world champion has already arrived in Jerez to begin his season on his RC213V. Marc has three premier class wins and never finish off the podium in his seven previous visits as a MotoGP rider.
As for his teammate and brother Alex Marquez, the wait seems even longer since the crowning of him as the 2019 Moto 2 world champion and the current pandemic has delayed his premier class debut. Recently he has also extended his contract with HRC for the next 2 years, Alex would make the most of this opportunity given to him.
Both the Repsol Honda Team riders will wear special helmets, dedicated to the hard work not only of key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, but also everyone else who changed their lives to follow the new guidelines and help limit the spread. The helmets will be auctioned off after the weekend with the proceedings going to Cruz Roja Responde.
In a recent statement Marc said “First I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped and worked hard during these strange times. Now it is our turn to go back to work, to put on a great show and entertain everyone around the world –give them some excitement and rest in these difficult times. Jerez is a circuit I know well and the test on Wednesday will be important because even though we have been able to ride some motocross and keep our fitness, there is nothing like a MotoGP bike. We need to adapt how we work to stay safe and healthy, but I am really excited to see the team again and enjoy riding the Honda.”
Alex too shared that “It has been a long wait and there have been some difficult times for everyone, and the most important thing is to extend our thanks to all those who have worked tirelessly to help us return our lives to normal. This is why we will wear the special helmets; it is just a small gesture, but everything helps. Of course, I am very excited to see the team again and finally make my debut in MotoGP, it’s something everyon dreams of. It’s going to be a different weekend, but I think once we begin working on track our focus will shift and we can progress in a good way. The key thing is to take this weekend slow and remain realistic but of course I am excited, I have dreamed of lining up on the MotoGP grid since I was little.”
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