Marc and Alex Marquez united in MotoGP for next season

The Spanish brothers will ride for the team in next year's premier MotoGP championship following the retirement of Jorge Lorenzo. Marquez senior was adamant in press conferences in Valencia last weekend that while he would welcome the chance to race with his brother, the decision had not been made, and he had no part in it.Alberto Puig, the Repsol Honda team principal, insists the new signing's surname has nothing to do with his appointment. "The conversation was not with Marc — the conversation was with Alex and his manager," he told reporters. "If Alex had not achieved the Moto2 world title we would never have offered him this opportunity. But he did, and they are brothers. So, next year they will be brothers and rivals."READ: MotoGP has a problem. Can 20-year-old Fabio Quartararo solve it?In spite of Marc Marquez's extraordinary record in the sport — at just 26 he has won eight world titles, including six premier class wins — his younger sibling has achieved two things he did not. Alex has not only won the Moto3 and Moto2 titles, he has also won the Spanish championship, which the 23-year-old smilingly reminded the audience at MotoGP's end of season gala in Valencia Sunday.Nevertheless, the Repsol Honda has proven too hot to handle for many riders, with none coming close to Marquez's phenomenal and sustained success. "[Marc Marquez] has managed to get this Honda matching to his particular style, but it seems to be very difficult for other Honda riders to tame the beast," Lin Jarvis, Yamaha Racing's managing director, told CNN in Valencia Monday.READ: The power behind Marc Marquez's MotoGP throne
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