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Alzamora: “Márquez will do very well this year”

Alzamora: “Márquez will do very well this year”

The former rider, who was 125cc World Champion in 1999, has been uncovering and developing talent for a number of years.

The impressive rise of Marc Márquez to the World Championship level and that of many more riders over the past decade has been due in no small part to the work of Monlau Competición, whose aim is to uncover and develop the most talented young riders and technicians. Emilio Alzamora, the former 125cc World Champion, has been working for the training centre for 11 years, first in an advisory role and since 2004 as director and head of sporting projects.

Alzamora, who is Marc Márquez’s representative and has helped develop the Spaniard’s career, has discussed the rider’s progression as well as giving an overview of the work of Monlau, who in the past week have seen another of their ‘pupils’ succeed. Alex Rins became the youngest rider to win a Spanish National Championship (CEV Buckler) 125cc race on Sunday, after turning 14 last December – the minimum age for competing.

“Other ex-riders and I have the experience in competition to be able to see if a rider has the right characteristics or not,” said Alzamora when asked to explain his clinical eye for spotting new talent. “Apart from on the track we have to decide on their character, their temperament. We work a lot on these aspects, especially the methods and dedication they have because that should be a priority. When you see a youngster who wants to go on the bike morning, day and night you’re already doing well.”

“In Monlau we have dedicated nearly 11 years to developing riders. During this time the school has produced riders such as Jorge Lorenzo, Aleix Espargaró, Pere Tutusaus, and many more. At present we have riders such as Marc Márquez, Alex Rins and Alex Márquez, the younger brother of Marc. One is already in the World Championship and the others are young, talented and need a few more years in the Spanish Championship to truly show their potential,” stated Alzamora.

He added: “In the Spanish motorcycling puzzle there is the CEV, which is managed by Dorna and is the best national championship and an introduction to the World Championship.”

On the progression of Márquez, who was dominant in pre-season and finished the opening race in Qatar on the podium in third place, Alzamora said: “Marc is achieving the objectives that he wants, and we have contributed all our knowledge to help him achieve this as soon as possible. We have worked with Marc since he was 12 years old, and it’s a job that takes time to produce results.”

Continuing with his assessment of the Red Bull Ajo Motorsport rider, Alzamora said: “We were surprised at his quick adaptation to the bike and the new team, but I was sure that would go well. He knows he has a great opportunity to go forward and has the support of good sponsors. I’m sure he will do very well this year and we must continue in the same manner, to have fun on the bike and maintain the same ambition and the results will come.”

Tags:
125cc, 2010, Marc Marquez

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