Alex Marquez is leaving LCR Honda for the 2023 MotoGP season

The 2014 Moto3 world champion and 2019 Moto2 title winner made his MotoGP debut with Honda in 2020, replacing Jorge Lorenzo on the factory squad.

Scoring two podiums in his rookie campaign, younger brother Marquez was transferred to LCR for 2021 in a two-year deal directly with Honda.

However, the results failed to match the results of his rookie campaign, where Marquez managed to be the best in seventh so far in a 2022 campaign in which he only scored 26 points.

His place in the LCR has been under threat in recent weeks as the rider market has kicked in hard, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins highly associated with his place on the Honda satellite team.

Speaking to es.Motorsport.com, LCR boss Lucio Cecchinello confirmed Marquez’s departure at the end of the year.

“We fully understand that Alex is struggling and struggling to stay on a bike that, unfortunately, is not being as competitive as it should be for his hard work and dedication,” he said.

“We will continue to give Alex everything we can until the very end, but it’s hard for him to find motivation if he sees he doesn’t have access to produce great results.”

Alex Marquez, Team LCR Honda

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Marquez’s departure from LCR at the end of the year is all but confirming Rins ’arrival on the team, which was first reported by Motorsport.com last week.

Commenting on Rins, Cecchinello confirmed that talks had taken place with the Spanish manager and hoped to close a deal at the end of the Dutch GP this weekend.

“We talked to Rins’ agent and we understand each other on a lot of things, ”Cecchinello added. “Hopefully this weekend here in Assen we will meet again and make more progress, I want to close it before the summer holidays, because this year is so long.”

Rins had earlier said on Thursday in Assen that he was in a “comfortable” position about his future as he examined some “interesting” options.

With Marquez approaching a seat in the Gresini Ducati – replacing Enea Bastianini as she will be transferred to Pramac or Ducati’s factory squad – this would suggest that Miguel Oliveira’s expected signing of the outfit will not happen after all.

The top KTM rider options now appear to be accepting a return to Tech3 next year or joining the RNF Racing team aboard Aprilia machinery.

Current Gresini rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio also mentioned on Thursday in Assen that he expects to know his future this weekend, where the Mugello poleman is likely to stay.

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