6 Time Moto GP World Champion Marc Marquez Partners with Mondraker

Feb 2, 2021 at 4:37
by James Smurthwaite  

6 Time Moto GP World Champion Marc Marquez and his brother Alex have partnered exclusively with Mondraker.

Marc, and his two-time podium finisher brother, apparently mountain bike on their local trails in Cervera to sharpen their skills in between races. It seems that they are primarily XC riders as their choice of bike will be the F-Podium RR and each sibling was presented with a custom version of the bike for them to ride around their Moto GP schedules.

Marc’s new bike is painted in the colours of his MotoGP racing helmet, with the graphic designs to match. His racing number, 93, also features on the bike - as it does on his Repsol Honda Team motorbike. Alex's is also in a custom blue with his racing number 73 also featured as part of the colour scheme.


bigquotesUnfortunately I haven’t been able yet to test it because of the injury but it's aesthetic and spectacular. The shapes of the tubes give a unique personality for F-Podium and they make it beautiful. We are going to enjoy riding this bike very muchMarc Marquez

bigquotesI have felt the Mondraker F-Podium RR fantastic. It’s a very light bike and it feels very agile. I can also say that it’s fun and the absorption its’ a critical highlight. For sure it’s a bike and I will enjoy riding it.Alex Marquez

With Marc carrying a shoulder injury, Alex was left to do the modelling duties on his own custom Mondraker.

bigquotesWe are proud that both Marc and Álex are riding our bikes. The Mondraker racing DNA and especially the F-Podium RR has the efficiency at the highest level, so we hope it will be a good tool for their training sessions. We are sure that they will enjoy them as much as we enjoy seeing them winning a Grand PrixMiguel Pina, Mondraker CEO

The brothers aren't the only professional motorsports athletes that enjoy mountain biking as we've also seen Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Riccardo and Mark Webber out on the trails in recent years.


82 Comments

  • 41 3
 And there he is with a dropper post free almost XC bike. Come on moto guys!
  • 13 1
 Imagine being a motoGP racer and not riding Ohlins on your MTB.
  • 30 0
 These dudes are insanely fit so I bet they’re fast as hell on a bike.
  • 7 0
 100%! I’ve ridden with a couple elite level athletes from other sports who absolutely destroyed Cat 1 XC guys.
  • 7 0
 For sure up and down the hill. With the core strength, awareness and reaction time these guys have they probably beat quite a few of us advanced "amateurs" on the enduro bikes
  • 2 1
 Does F1 drug test? Not intending to troll, just curious.
  • 9 0
 Hi @robokfc

The FIA has long complied with WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) standards, and F1 drivers are subjected to regular - and random - drug tests throughout the year, both during and between race weekends.

None have failed, although many have moaned about being woken up early to supply their samples.

Analysis: Why F1 doesn't have doping scandals
  • 3 0
 Have you seen videos of Marquez riding motocross? He's got skills.
  • 2 0
 @robokfc: Im sure F1 tests but i know for sure MotoGP tests...google Andrea Ianone...aka crazy Joe
  • 3 0
 @Superburner: My nastiest riding buddy was a pro moto-trials and GP racer. The dude has different physics.
  • 2 0
 @BostonMullit: I'm sure. Not only do these guys have great fitness but anyone in pro motorsports definitely understand grip and braking at a level beyond amateurs and enthusiasts.
  • 1 0
 @visser62: In fact, he's mentioned a few times that motocross is his true passion and that he just happened to be good at road racing, so he's doing it for a living (like if he'd taken any other regular 9 to 5 job ????)
  • 17 0
 It actually looks like it's Alex with the shoulder injury - someone's stabbed him with a crucifix!
  • 13 0
 If Eli Tomac decides to park his 450 and race downhill for a season, I think he would quickly become the best on the planet, just like his father. Holeshots seem to be his (very minor) weakness, and they don't exist in DH MTB.
  • 19 1
 I bet his dad tells him that every day and he's like SHUT UP DAD, YOUR SPORT IS LAME
  • 8 0
 It would almost have to go better than Bernard Kerr’s attempt at Supercross.

Word is that at least a few years ago, the old man was still faster going downhill on the push bike.
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: well I think mtb would be pretty cool with a guy like that coming to World Cup. Unfortunately a lot of super cross guys were irked so Bernard didn’t get a chance to try to qualify.
  • 3 0
 @bulletbassman: why in the world would Eli give up Supercross and MX to race mountain bikes?

That would be as half baked as Jordan trying to play pro baseball when he was at the top of the basketball world.
  • 2 0
 @ReformedRoadie: ugh. I did not say he would. I just don’t think the dh scene doesn’t really care who shows up if they can put down the time. On the other hand supercross guys were mad and ultimately Bernard did not get a chance due to politics.
  • 1 0
 @bulletbassman: Let's be real. Forget politics. Watch Kerr ride a whoop section on one of his edits and then watch Tomac, or Roczen ride them. He was no where near their pace.
There is also the aspect of safety. He had no experience riding at that level...or it seems much moto experience period. I wouldn't want him in there if i was racing.
WIthout a mtb analogy, I guess it is like a triathlete or runner, who is fit enough, but no riding skills jumping into a crit. No one wants them there because there is a lot more to it than just pace.
  • 3 0
 @ReformedRoadie: watch Bernard ride a track compared to many of the fringe guys at these races and the difference is pretty small. I don’t buy into the Kerr making it dangerous thing either. Some people were pissed he was using a loophole and complained to get it shut down. There have been way less talented dudes at sx races in the past and there will be in the future.
  • 16 0
 BOOOOO not painted up like a Repsol Honda? how do I downvote Mondraker?
  • 12 0
 That red sid is gorgeous!
  • 10 1
 broken humerus acctually. Got it plated. Raced a week later ( 260 hp ).. Tough little monkey right there.
  • 8 0
 Yup and then his season was done. His injury made the rest of the season much more interesting in my opinion with a number of first time winners. MM seems to win 90% of the time.
  • 6 0
 It's insane how tough MotoGP racers are. Jorge Lorenzo once had to be carried and placed on his bike before a race due to leg injuries. I think he almost got on the podium that day (4th?). These guys will crash at 100 mph then immediately get a ride to the pits to pick up their backup bike.
  • 2 1
 @bikeybikeybikebike: definitely a different breed. They’ll have surgery to get whatever plated and then be back on their MotoGP bike the next day.
  • 1 2
 Except for when didn't even make it to the race, dropped out in qualifying and hasn't been back on the track since. Pretty dumb move.
  • 6 0
 I'd love to see how fast MM is going downhill.

The dude is superfit too. Does a lot of cross-country skiing (lung-buster, apparently) and it seems cross country MTB.

Maybe Laurie Greenland can take MM on some downhill trails and MM can take Laurie round a track on a Fireblade. I'd like to watch that.
  • 2 0
 I second that. Would watch for sure
  • 10 3
 Fastest geezer ever to throw a leg over two wheels. Imagine what he could do on a DH bike
  • 22 5
 Fastest og is Rossi.
  • 13 1
 @DoubleCrownAddict: I started watching motogp when doohan was winning titles. i'm a huge unabashed valentino rossi fan, and consider valentino the greatest of all time.

but marc is faster. fastest geezer ever is a between marc and casey, especially if we're talking about a single race. (and depending on the track. not sure if even marc could beat casey at phillip island)

yes, for a season, for a career, rossi is the greatest. rossi has won on more types of bikes, dominated longer, etc.

but you cannot deny the talent (speed) of marc, and how he has dominated since he started motogp. just look at how many pole positions he has had.... and yes, it pains me to say it, and i'm not a big fan of his, especially after what happened in 2015, but marc is likely the fastest ever.
  • 4 1
 @adamkovics: Agreed. Marquez can ride at or over the limit of the bike longer than anyone.
  • 5 1
 Marc is 27, Rossi is 41.
  • 2 5
 @adamkovics: If MM93 came up during the 2 stroke 500cc era, his career wouldn't have lasted more than a couple seasons ... he'd have been too injured if he rode like he does on a 4 stroke. The 2 stroke 500's did not allow the riders to over-ride the bike like they do now ... electronics is making them faster and more capable.

Schwantz #1
Rossi #2
then there's the rest
  • 5 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: That's not how you spell Agostini.
  • 4 0
 @shorelocal: true... but i'm guessing Marc wouldn't be dumb enough to ride a 2 stroke that way. I do remember Rossi having a huge highside, I think at the british gp, on the 2stoke his 1st season in 500s.

because rossi won titles on 125, 250, 500, 990, 800 (and almost 1000) is the reason why he will always be the goat.

why do you say Schwantz #1? It could be argued that he wasn't even better than Rainey, his main rival....
never mind the rest of the motogp greats.
  • 2 0
 @Fix-the-Spade: Sadly Ago had a very little competition on decent machinery for much of his career so hard to really say how good he truly was.

Rossi on the other hand has raced against the best on equal machinery across multiple eras.
  • 1 0
 @adamkovics: true fan there. i saw that 2015 race mm vs rossi in person, casey stoner was probably the fastest but left too soon.
on a downhill bike everyone is gonna be fast i think cos the element of fear might be lesser i guess and light machine under you. they shud try it atleast
  • 2 0
 Roger DeCoster Braaaaaaaaap!
  • 6 0
 CS27 will always have that question mark of "WHat if" because he walked away so soon. But I am sure believe it was better than all in his time, and he would have in the very least been competitive with MM93 while not crashing near as often. MM93 can ride over the limit and recover, CS27 rode on the limit WAY more without going over and needing to recover. The way he rode that POS Duc was amazing, and then he got the Repsol Honda bike and it was just a chill ride for him. So, we will never know. And he really doesn't care.
  • 2 0
 @JSTootell: Good points re Stoner.
  • 3 0
 @adamkovics: Schwantz has always been my favourite rider ... a true win-it-or-bin-it racer ... always fighting for the win and never just settling for the points (like Rainey). Rainey was a smarter racer, and Doohan just had better machinery. Schwantz has more wins than Rainey (marginally and Rainey had his career ended earlier) and was able to win on the POS Slo-zuki .. I think Schwantz had more talent than Rainey or Doohan and I loved watching him race.
  • 1 0
 @adamkovics: if we’re talking raw speed, the fastest ever title has to go to Hailwood
  • 1 0
 @DoubleCrownAddict: Huge Rossi fan but no
  • 2 0
 @adamkovics: Agree went off the bloke a while ago but speed wise and riding a monster bike like it’s a toy then it’s Marquez, Casey could rival him for talent but was too fragile mentally, Marquez is a machine.
  • 1 0
 @adamkovics: Schwartz for raw talent Rainey for titles, the record books only record titles unfortunately
  • 2 0
 @chrisclifford: could argue that but the age old debate it’s impossible to compare across eras
  • 3 0
 @JSTootell: I would pay a shitload of money to see VR46 vs CS27 vs MM93 (all in their prime) on identical 2003 RC211Vs race a 3 race series at Mugello, Phillip Island and Brno
  • 1 0
 @jimmythehat: I would agree that it's impossible to compare "greatest", but I think raw talent translates well across eras. For instance Gilles Villeneuve is probably one of the most naturally gifted drivers we've ever seen. I'm not saying Hailwood is the "greatest" ever, but he could ride anything and win on anything. He's like Casey Stoner without the mental weakness. And he beat Ago easily on the same machinery
  • 4 1
 Honda is not going to be happy to see him on a moutainbike with his injury. Honda is investigating whether or not Marc Marquez actually broke the plate in his already injured arm while riding a bike and not while opening a french door as was claimed. Even still I love seeing my 2 favorite sports collide.
  • 3 0
 yup... it would be pretty cool to see all the motogp guys compete in a bicycle race, I don't care if it's DH, enduro, or XC
  • 2 0
 @adamkovics: EWS-E? Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Any of you guys remember Mick Doohan? He was a true champ who had his legs sown together at one point after a horrible accident and crutched it to the bike to waste everyone at the time...on a monster 500 Honda. Just saying....another GOAT contender. All time is Rossi for sure and Marquez is best of the best in the modern era, he needs to swap brands to prove the point eventually though (i.e. Rossi & Stoner). Cheers, I LOVE Moto GP!
  • 1 0
 Alex may be a two time MotGp podium finisher but he is a double world champion. He won the 2014 Moto3 and 2019 Moto2 Championships. Its hard having a brother that can bend physics, but Alex is not slouch. Oh and Marc's instagram had him on a blue MOndraker in full lycra. However, he can slide a flattrack bike and scrub a MX bike of jumps, so I am sure he'd be fine in baggeys riding DH.
  • 4 0
 Why aren't Honda making them custom mountain bikes? That's disappointing.
  • 1 0
 Dope, Marc Marquez is also a god on flat-trackers (only to AMA guys can beat him). So I'm sure he shreds hard on MTB. Not surprised he went with XC bikes since he uses them primarily for fitness.
  • 3 0
 That's a beautiful bike. Still not enough to close the coolness gap between him and Valentino Rossi, though.
  • 1 0
 A while ago I read an article that Specialized's highest paid athlete was some motocross guy who trained on a specialized road bike. Can anyone find that article? I can't seem to.
  • 2 0
 Seems like a poor use of funds. I follow MX pretty closely but I could not tell you who that is.
  • 2 0
 Charlie Mullins who raced GNCC has something with Specialized, not sure he's the highest paid though.
  • 1 0
 Tim Gajser, MXGP champion is on Specialized, but not as a paid rider... and mostly on Levo.
  • 2 0
 Keep in mind that most of these guys are forbidden by contract to "dangerous" sports, that's why they can only ride xc bikes on "easy" terrain.
  • 3 1
 That'll leave a lot of of folks confused as they usually sharpen their trail skills with Motorcycles.
  • 3 0
 Dope bikes for dope guys!
  • 3 0
 Glad they're not in Specialized
  • 2 0
 Why’s that? A lot of MX, SX, and MotoGP riders are on Specialized. They all seem to be doing just fine.
  • 1 1
 @extratalldirtrider: It's not about them doing fine or not, but seeing other brands represented since clearly there are more than just one bike brand.
  • 1 0
 Is it the right time for this Mondraker announcement after Aleix Espargaró's video?
(Aleix Espargaró is a Spanish MotoGP Racer and Orbea Ambassador)
  • 1 0
 Marquez are more professional ambassadors than Aleix...
  • 1 0
 Hopefully MM can keep it on 2 wheels better than the GP bike....or at least perform similar miraculous saves.
  • 2 0
 Awesome! And Mondraker's are always sexy AF
  • 2 0
 I can't not read this guys name in Bill Burrs voice
  • 2 0
 Damn it! Now I can't either!
  • 1 0
 hope he can ride better than lewis hamilton,,he has the bike handling skills of a potato.
  • 1 0
 Big Grin Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Wasnt years ago some unwritten thing that Honda rides ride Specialized bikes?
  • 2 0
 this case is personal sponsor
  • 1 0
 He's going to be amazing on the spanners after his time of Mondraker ownership thats for sure..
  • 1 0
 Yeah,they used to ride SPECIALIZED before
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