Álex Márquez, who started from 18th on the grid, enjoyed his best performance as a MotoGP rider. The Repsol Honda rookie made steady progress in a wet race and twice set the fastest lap. He took the chequered flag in second, just over 1.0 seconds behind the race winner.
Like his teammate, Stefan Bradl also claimed his best result of the season, finishing eighth. The German gained 13 places during the race, to pick up 8 points -his first of the year- at the French Grand Prix.
Márquez is 14th in the overall standings with 47 points, whilst Bradl is 21st with 8.
“‘A great day. It wasn’t easy starting 18th on the grid but I was feeling really good on the bike. We lost some time fighting with Cal and Pol and Dovi but apart from this I did a good race and it’s a great result for the Repsol Honda Team. I want to say thank you to them for always believing in me and working so hard. Myself and the team never gave up. I felt good even in the dry Warm Up this morning so I think we have managed everything well. It’s been a great weekend and we go to Aragon for two more races. Now we just need to make this result in the dry!”
“‘It’s a big relief to get this result today, I’m really happy with it. It’s been a busy year and it’s an important result for me and the Repsol Honda Team. The forecast didn’t predict this so after missing FP1 in the wet I was a little worried honestly! But I said to myself to just try and enjoy the race and feel the bike. The team and I went with the medium tyre, which was the right choice and the feeling improved as the race went on. Also a big congratulations to Alex on his podium, it’s a great result for him and the team as well.”