Lorenzo’s plight continuing “unimaginable" - Marquez

Marc Marquez believes it is “unimaginable” for his Honda MotoGP teammate Jorge Lorenzo’s current poor form to continue into the 2020 season.

Lorenzo’s plight continuing “unimaginable" - Marquez

Lorenzo has endured a nightmare debut season aboard the RC213V, which has been plagued by difficulties in adapting to the bike from the Ducati he rode last year and numerous injury problems.

Yet to score a top 10 finish from the 18 races run so far, his future with the team is uncertain, with rumours of him breaking contract a year early continuing to circulate the paddock.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, Marquez expressed his surprise at Lorenzo’s current situation and has urged him to “look for motivation” if he is to see out his two-year deal with Honda.

“[It’s] surprising [to] me, him, the team,” Marquez said. “In the end, it is unimaginable for a champion to find himself in this situation. It will be unimaginable to him like this for another year.

“I think he is working to find a solution. He must look for his motivation.”

When pushed for his thoughts on Lorenzo continuing as his teammate, he added: “His contract says so. For me, he’ll continue. But it’s a very personal decision.”

Read Also:

Marquez feels Rossi can continue beyond 2020

In the same interview, Marquez offered his thoughts on arch-rival Valentino Rossi’s future beyond next year, when his current Yamaha deal expires.

Marquez believes the nine-time world champion can still be competitive if he does stay, noting that he “survives well” through each generational shift in MotoGP.

“If he continues, he can do it [stay competitive],” Marquez said. In Malaysia he was fighting for the podium. What he is doing is incredible.

“His name is always there with another generation, different styles and riders. He survives well.

“A great rider is made of the climb until they reach their peak, and then in the descent they have to try to be as gentle as possible. Valentino is doing that. The descent is smooth, the motivation is still there.”

Additional reporting by Matteo Nugnes

shares
comments
MotoGP could return to Hungary in 2022

Previous article

MotoGP could return to Hungary in 2022

Next article

Lorenzo set to make major announcement at Valencia

Lorenzo set to make major announcement at Valencia
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Author Lewis Duncan
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Prime

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so.

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Prime

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Prime

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Prime

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021
How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge Prime

How Yamaha's rookie-spec MotoGP star is taking charge

Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021 after storming to victory at a venue five months earlier served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha's factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend did at least expose one key improvement compared to 2020

MotoGP
Apr 19, 2021
The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return Prime

The hurdles Marquez faces next in his Portugal MotoGP return

Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come...

MotoGP
Apr 16, 2021
Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return? Prime

Where does Espargaro sit ahead of Marquez's return?

Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year

MotoGP
Apr 12, 2021
The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons Prime

The "pit bull" MotoGP rookie already drawing legendary comparisons

MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact

MotoGP
Apr 9, 2021