Jorge Lorenzo’s factory Yamaha boss Wilco Zeelenberg has praised Spanish rival Marc Marquez after the Repsol Honda rider won only his second MotoGP race at the spectacular Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Texas last weekend.
After dominating a private Honda and Yamaha test at COTA last month the 20-year-old then delivered a virtuoso display on Sunday to become the youngest rider in history to win a MotoGP race.
And having been third on his debut in the Qatar night race in early April, Marquez now heads to his home race in Jerez early next month sharing the lead in the world championship with Lorenzo on 41-points.
Lorenzo was third in Texas to finish outside of the top two for the first time September 2011 and Zeelenberg told MCN: “He (Marquez) is leading the world championship together with Jorge, so what else can you say? He did a great job and he stayed very quiet in the first half of the race with the hard tyre.
All I can say is big compliments to him because the performance he did over the weekend was absolutely incredible and he will be giving people a hard time all year.”