Valencia, 27th November 2023: An emotional Marc Marquez left nothing on track as he returned to the MotoGP Sprint podium for the third time in 2023, a gift to the Repsol Honda Team.

Having shown strong and consistent pace throughout the weekend, Marc Marquez headed into Q2 ready and eager to perform. A final weekend with the Repsol Honda Team spurred the #93 on to take extra risks in order to see out the 11-year relationship in the best way possible. Unfortunately, a mistake into Turn 2 on his final flying lap would end Marquez’s charge towards the front row and see him line up in ninth. With overtaking in Valencia notoriously difficult, the eight-time World Champion was left frustrated.

Launching perfectly as the lights went out, Marquez immediately made-up ground and lined up a big move into Turn 2. He’d keep the pace of leaders as he, Binder and Martin reeled in and passed early leader Maverick Viñales. With a Sprint podium in his sights, Marquez was giving no ground and set the fastest lap of the race on lap four – a 1’29.809. Marquez’s challenge would last until the final laps when catching Martin and Binder finally became impossible, crossing the line in a well-earned third place.

Arriving to the Sprint podium with thousands of fans and the members of his Repsol Honda Team below, Marquez – who has enjoyed 11 seasons with HRC – fought back the emotions to celebrate his third Sprint podium of 2023.

Joan Mir’s weekend was forced into an early finish, the #36 deemed unfit after his fall on Friday. His focus will now be on recovering and preparing for the post-season test on Tuesday.

Sunday is set to be an emotional day for the entire Repsol Honda Team as Marc Marquez prepares to line up on the Honda RC213V for the final time and celebrate a relationship which has brought six MotoGP World Championships and five Triple Crowns. Every lap of the 27-lap race will have all involved giving their maximum to end the season, and an incredible era of MotoGP, in the best way possible.

Marc Marquez (Third)

“You can give all the presents, all the helmets, all the boots you want – but the best present is what you give on the track. That’s what today was about, giving something to the Repsol Honda Team, to HRC, to my people who have been with me across this journey. I increased the risk I was taking a step and even in the race I almost crashed many times, but today I was able to do a good start, a good first lap and make a good race. It’s important to enjoy this special moment with everyone, it was honestly hard to fight the emotions on the podium. All of my team, HRC and the fans there – it was really nice to give everyone this moment. The objective is to continue like this tomorrow, but we need to see the conditions, how we start, many things.”

Valencia GP – Sprint Race

1MARTIN JORGE89SPA12Pramac RacingDucati19’38.827
2BINDER BRAD33RSA9Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM0.19
3MARQUEZ MARC93SPA7Repsol Honda TeamHonda2.122
4VINALES MAVERICK12SPA6Aprilia RacingAprilia3.106
5BAGNAIA FRANCESCO1ITA5Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati4.253
6DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO49ITA4Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati4.4
7BEZZECCHI MARCO72ITA3Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati4.502
8MARQUEZ ALEX73SPA2Team Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati5.578
9ZARCO JOHANN5FRA1Pramac RacingDucati5.91
11FERNANDEZ RAUL25SPA0RNF MotoGP TeamAprilia7.674
12MILLER JACK43AUS0Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM8.098
13ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA0Aprilia RacingAprilia9.513
14ESPARGARO POL44SPA0Tech3 GASGAS Factory RacingKTM12.453
15BASTIANINI ENEA23ITA0Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati12.599
17MARINI LUCA10ITA0Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati13.887
18MORBIDELLI FRANCO21ITA0Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha14.943
19RINS ALEX42SPA0LCR HondaHonda20.378
20SAVADORI LORENZO32ITA0Aprilia Racing Test TeamAprilia25.017
21QUARTARARO FABIO20FRADNFMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamahaDNF

Rider standings

1BAGNAIA FRANCESCO1ITA442Ducati Lenovo TeamDucati
2MARTIN JORGE89SPA428Pramac RacingDucati
3BEZZECCHI MARCO72ITA329Mooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati
4BINDER BRAD33RSA277Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
5ZARCO JOHANN5FRA205Pramac RacingDucati
6ESPARGARO ALEIX41SPA198Aprilia RacingAprilia
7VINALES MAVERICK12SPA198Aprilia RacingAprilia