Pol Espargaro believes Honda will find it “difficult” to manage a MotoGP line-up comprising Marc Marquez and his brother Alex in 2020, especially as the pair are “very close” off-track.
In the wake of Jorge Lorenzo’s retirement, Honda moved to form the first all-brother pairing in MotoGP when it signed reigning Moto2 world champion Alex Marquez to join his six-time premier class title-winning elder sibling Marc.
Both have spoken over the winter about the dynamic in the Honda garage, with Alex admitting Marc hasn’t offered much in the way of advice ahead of his debut MotoGP campaign.
KTM rider Espargaro currently shares a grid with his Aprilia-mounted elder brother Aleix, but admits he wouldn’t like to be in the same team with him.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Espargaro says the “beautiful” relationship the Marquez duo have will make Honda’s job in managing them “even more complicated”.
“It will be difficult for both, not only for Alex,” Espargaro said when asked to comment on Honda’s 2020 line-up.
“Alex is in his first year on a difficult bike. In addition to this, he will race alongside his brother, who he obviously knows very well. But there is a special rivalry with one’s brother.
“I don’t like racing with my brother in MotoGP; to imagine [racing in the same team], I wouldn’t like it at all. And then his teammate is the strongest rider in the championship.
“It is a very difficult situation for Alex, but also for Marc, who would like to see his brother do well on the factory Honda.
“In my opinion, it will be difficult to manage inside the garage. But they have a good boss in Alberto Puig, who knows what to do. They will certainly do well, I am curious.”
He added: “It is risky, because they are very close as brothers – it is a very beautiful thing. They are always together at home, they train together.
“This makes things even more complicated, because if Alex is seventh or eighth, it would be a good result, but [not] if Marc is no longer first.”