Marquez "a bit worried" about Honda contract pressure

Alex Marquez has admitted he is a "little bit worried" by the pressure of having limited time to prove himself worthy of a new Honda MotoGP contract this season.

Marquez "a bit worried" about Honda contract pressure

Reigning Moto2 champion Marquez was promoted to a works Honda ride for 2020 on a one-year contract, but the coronavirus-induced delay to the season comes at a time when numerous 2021 deals are being completed.

Yamaha and Suzuki have already fixed their line-ups for next year, while KTM has made clear its intention to do so before the new campaign begins and the Petronas SRT squad is already in negotiations with Yamaha regarding Valentino Rossi.

However, Marquez finds himself in the unusual situation of having had no chance to prove himself worthy of his unexpected promotion to the seat alongside his elder brother Marc, which was vacated a year early by Jorge Lorenzo.

Read Also:

KTM rider Pol Espargaro has been linked to a Honda switch in 2021, although the Austrian marque has made it clear its intention to retain the Spaniard.

"At the moment, the coronavirus is not helping in this," Marquez said in an interview with French broadcaster Canal+ when asked if the condensed schedule would mean extra pressure. "If you can't demonstrate what you can do, then the teams are a little bit lost. 

"We have seen that the two Suzuki [riders, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, have been resigned], we saw also Marc, as well as the two Yamaha [riders, Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo].

"Everything is open, and I think Ducati have their four bikes free [including both the factory and Pramac teams] - at least at the moment, because I think somebody has a contract already signed but they need to make it official.

"At the moment it's something that I'm a little bit worried about, because it's not helping me, but you have to be patient and wait [to see] what Honda's decision will be."

Read Also:

Marquez previously said he wasn't keen on the idea of being handed a new contract by default without having contested any MotoGP races.

His brother Marc admitted that the unusual situation surrounding contracts had the potential to change of complexion the early races once the season gets underway.

"Many riders don't have a contract at the moment and at this time of the season everything was done," said the reigning champion.

"I spoke with my brother because we've had a lot of time these last months and he's just looking forward to riding the bike and proving that he has the level, like all the other riders. Everybody is looking for a bike and looking to be a MotoGP rider.

"At the moment you just have to be patient and when the moment will arrive you'll have to do your 100 percent. But it's going to be a different kind of race, a lot of riders will push more than usual to get this contract."

shares
comments
When Stoner denied Honda the ultimate 'dream team'
Previous article

When Stoner denied Honda the ultimate 'dream team'

Next article

Ducati contract talks with Dovizioso at a standstill

Ducati contract talks with Dovizioso at a standstill
Load comments
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Prime

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Motorsport.com, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Prime

The seismic aftershock of Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. We analyse what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP Prime

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP's Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt Prime

How praise for Honda's MotoGP bike has given way to doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022
Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes Prime

Why Quartararo's win was vital not only for his title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

MotoGP
Apr 25, 2022
The MotoGP rookie fighting two fronts in his debut year Prime

The MotoGP rookie fighting two fronts in his debut year

Darryn Binder has found himself in the unenviable position as MotoGP's most under-pressure rookie in 2022 having made the step directly from Moto3 with a reputation as an over-aggressive rider. This hasn't been an easy thing to shake at the start of the season, but he believes tangible progress is being made

MotoGP
Apr 18, 2022
How ‘Beast’ mode is putting Ducati in 2022 MotoGP title contention Prime

How ‘Beast’ mode is putting Ducati in 2022 MotoGP title contention

Enea Bastianini’s second win of the 2022 campaign at COTA puts him back in the lead of the standings and once again showed the best Ducati package is still the 2021 bike. Those closest to Bastianini tell Motorsport.com why he’s so good on the GP21 relative to his factory counterparts.

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2022
How Espargaro helped Aprilia shed MotoGP's underdog tag Prime

How Espargaro helped Aprilia shed MotoGP's underdog tag

Aleix Espargaro became MotoGP's newest winner in a thrilling Argentina Grand Prix in which he also proved the merits of the Aprilia project. After six years of hard graft, both parties have reaped the rewards they have long thought they deserved. But it was several key moments in that journey that led both to that momentous Sunday at Termas de Rio Hondo.

MotoGP
Apr 4, 2022