Montmelo, June 15: Spanish MotoGP great Marc Marquez said he was looking forward to a healthy rivalry next season with Jorge Lorenzo, who will be his new teammate at Repsol Honda.
“Rule No. 1 in a MotoGP team is to beat out your teammate. That’s how it is in all the teams, but there’ll be things Jorge will look at from my (bike’s) telemetry, and sometimes it’ll be the other way around,” Marquez said on Thursday, reports Efe.
The Spanish rider, a four-time MotoGP champion, leads the 2018 riders’ standings with 95 points, 23 ahead of Italian seven-time champion Valentino Rossi heading into Sunday’s Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix, the seventh race on the 19-race calendar.
The 25-year-old Marquez said that in the planning for 2019 he had not expressed opposition to any of the MotoGP riders but insisted on having a strong teammate.
Repsol Honda confirmed on June 6 that it would be ending its long-standing partnership with Dani Pedrosa and that Lorenzo, a 31-year-old three-time champion, would ride for the team in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. IANS