Fernando Alonso heaped praise on MotoGP riders after watching the Italian Grand Prix race weekend live at Mugello during a visit with Honda, calling them “heroes”.
Honda powers Alonso’s McLaren Formula 1 car, as well as running a factory team in MotoGP.
The tie-up allowed the Spaniard to get a taste of a MotoGP bike in a special event last December in Japan, which he followed up by heading to Mugello this weekend.
Alonso said he was impressed by the atmosphere as the local fans gave their support to nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi, having raced at a home race himself last weekend in Spain.
“It’s been a fantastic weekend so far, great atmosphere,” Alonso said on the grid ahead of the race.
“A Valentino pole position has been a good boost for the grandstand.”
Having driven an F1 car around Mugello in the past, Alonso knows the challenge that the Tuscan circuit poses, and was full of respect for the MotoGP riders.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s quite impressive,” Alonso said.
“I went into the braking for Turn 1, the bike is moving there at 350kmh. It’s quite impressive.
“They’re heroes for us. It’s very impressive to watch it live. Quite different from television.”
On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.
The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.
It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”
I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”
Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.
Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.