MotoGP: Marquez returns to his roots with enduro entry

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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez and brother Alex have returned to their childhood roots by competing in an enduro race in their hometown of Lleida over the weekend, with the duo competing off-road for the first time in years at the Enduro del Segre.

Completing the six-hour race out of contention for the win after first being penalised for entering a control early and then cracking the sump of his CRF450 Honda, the world champion nonetheless says it was nice to return to his roots with the race.

“I had raced enduro as a kid and that is precisely what led me to play in the Enduro del Segre. I am a big fan of off road and wanted to return to my childhood for a day, with the Moto Club Segre and surrounded by friends. It has been a very nice experience.

“I have had a lot of fun, and it has been a very nice experience. If there is a new opportunity in the future and the dates after the end of the MotoGP season, why not repeat?”

Brother Alex also had fun on his outing, admitting that despite the hard course it was an enjoyable experience.

“It has been a beautiful experience. I have enjoyed and I have suffered; there have been moments of everything. The important thing was to finish and we got it, so I end up very happy.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer