Below is the official press release from the Repsol Media Service, after the Repsol/CatalunyaCaixa/Monlau Competicion launch in Barcelona:
Marc Márquez presents 2012 project
Presentation in Barcelona for Repsol rider, who lines up as one of the main contenders for the Moto2 title
Marc Márquez and the bike with which he will fight for the 2012 Moto2 title were officially presented today. In an event celebrated in Barcelona, the rider from Cervera (Lleida) showed off the exciting bike/rider package supported by Repsol for another year.
The 2010 125cc World Champion and Moto2 runner-up in 2011 is eyeing up the intermediate category title in 2012. This is his fifth year in grand prix racing and Márquez continues to grow as one of the standouts in the sport and for Repsol.
After winning the highest number of Grands Prix last season -seven- and fighting for the title right up to the final race, only an unfortunate crash at the Malaysian circuit of Sepang could halt his championship push in year one of his time in Moto2. Backed by Repsol and the same team as in 2011, Marc Márquez is looking to keep up the tremendous form shown last year -which included one of the most spectacular fightbacks in history.
Marc Márquez and Repsol will continue a long standing alliance, which began when the young Spaniard was competing in preparatory categories and continued when a 15 year-old Márquez made his 125cc debut in 2008.
Repsol has more than 40 years of experience at the highest level of competition and will this year be present in the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 categories. Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa will be riding in the premier class and the Australian defending the world title. Maverick Viñales, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins make up the Moto3 lineup with a big chance to make their mark on the class and grow as riders. Repsol is also backing young riders in the Spanish Championship, with Álex Márquez, María Herrera, Francesco Bagnaia and Lorenzo Baldassarri their lineup in the series.
After completing the final tests of the preseason and feeling completely recovered from the crash which prevented him from riding for nearly five months, Marc Márquez is ready to go in 2012. The next stop is Qatar on April 8th for the first round of the World Championship season.
"I missed a large part of the preseason and obviously I am lacking a few more kilometres on the clock for the opening race. However, getting to the last test of the preseason at Jerez with my eyesight 100% recovered was very important.
We did a good job at the test, I regained confidence on the bike and it was good practice for the entire team. Now we just have to see what happens in Qatar. We aren't completely prepared because some of our rivals are still a step ahead, but that just means that at the first few races we will have to focus on our own job and have patience. Then we'll see if we can show the kind of form that we had in the latter stages of last season.
One of our goals for this year is to fight for the Moto2 title and we will give everything that we have to achieve this, although I prefer to go race-by-race and not think too much about the Championship".