Pol and the challenge of Marc Márquez

The last victory of a boxing partner in the eight-time champion's Repsol Honda dates from October 2017, with Pedrosa in Valencia.


Pol Espargaró himself is aware of the challenge he faces as Marc Márquez's teammate at Repsol Honda. It has been more than three years since the orange box has celebrated a MotoGP triumph that is not starred by the eight-time world champion. The last time something like this was experienced was when Dani Pedrosa won the 2017 Valencia GP and, since then, nothing, starting with Pedrosa himself ... 444 444The three-time world champion (once in 125cc and twice in 250cc) the following year, that of his retirement, at the end of 2018, did not climb the podium even once and thus broke a successful streak that had taken him at least once during 12 consecutive seasons at the top of the box in the queen class: two races won in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; four in 2010; three in 2011; seven in 2012; three in 2013; one in 2014; two in 2015; one in 2016; and two in 2017. In 2018, in addition to not winning a race for the first time since his arrival in MotoGP in 2006, he did not even get on the podium once and his successor would not do it the following year either.

It was Jorge Lorenzo who took over from the Catalan next to the box, coming from Ducati, and at no time did he adapt to the Honda, a motorcycle considered critical especially for its front end. The best result for the five-time champion riding the RC213V was his eleventh place at Le Mans, so he did not even once make it into the top ten.

The podiums of Álex

Alex Márquez succeeded the Mallorcan last year. It was not expected that this would be the case, but Lorenzo's hasty retirement, even with a one-year contract in force, gave the Moto2 champion the opportunity to make the leap to MotoGP as his brother's teammate at Repsol Honda. Undoubtedly, it was a poisoned candy, because of the pressure that this position entails in itself and because of the absurd comparisons that were made between the two.

The youngest of the Márquez, after a difficult start due to lack of kilometers due to the pandemic, exploded in the French GP, with an extraordinary second place with a huge comeback on the wet asphalt of Le Mans that continued to the next race. This time it was dry, in Aragón 1, with another second place and competing for the victory with Álex Rins until the last lap. Alex did not win, but he saved the ballot for Honda in a horrible year because of Marc's injury in the first race. In fact, his two podiums were the only ones of the whole year for the golden wing.

As of March 28, it will be Pol Espargaró's turn as Márquez's new colleague and Granollers is well aware of what happened to those who preceded him in his post: "I hope it's time to break the curse. That Nobody has managed to win since Dani's time, it denotes a high difficulty, and also that this is a critical and complex bike, and that it has a very marked riding style to achieve results and that this style is Marc's, because it is the one who has led the team in recent years, winning races and titles. You have to try to mimic what he did, copy his techniques. And all that in a very short period of time because I can't wait until the middle of the season. " We will have to keep track of him, because he announces that he is going for everything despite the difficulty involved in recent times being the teammate of the champion.

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