In a revealing twist to the MotoGP saga, Alex Marquez, the younger sibling of Marc Marquez, unveiled a previously undisclosed opportunity to race with the prestigious Yamaha team in MotoGP. However, the chance was abruptly snuffed out due to an enduring dispute between motor racing icons Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, effectively robbing Alex of the opportunity.
Promising Start Thwarted by Past Feuds
Alex Marquez, who ascended to the MotoGP ranks in 2020 after signing with Repsol Honda, had initially secured a deal with Petronas SRT to step into Fabio Quartararo's shoes in 2021. Quartararo had committed to racing with the Yamaha factory team, paving the way for Alex. However, Yamaha, still smarting from a contentious incident at the Sepang Circuit in 2015 involving Rossi and Marc Marquez, declined to endorse the two-time world champion Alex.
In an exclusive DAZN documentary titled "Alex," the Gresini racer opened up about the missed opportunity. He confessed to having had the chance to compete in MotoGP with Petronas Yamaha, a team and bike he admired, but the plan fell apart due to reasons he chose not to disclose. He did not conjecture about a ban but admitted Yamaha's disapproval.
Revelations from Razlan Razali
Razlan Razali, former head of Petronas Yamaha and RNF Aprilia, shed light on the situation. He disclosed a clandestine agreement made in 2019 for Alex to race for a year in Moto2 before promotion to MotoGP in 2021. However, Yamaha's objection to having any member of the Marquez family on their squad, still bitter over the 2015 incident, derailed the contract from coming to fruition.
The lingering resentment towards Marc Marquez, stemming from a five-year-old incident, has had far-reaching implications, affecting not just the parties involved but also the career trajectory of a promising young racer, Alex Marquez.