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While Honda's decision to sign Alex Marquez to partner its MotoGP champion Marc in 2020 raised eyebrows, there's reason to believe this was the factory's only logical choice.
On paper, the 2019 MotoGP season's final round at Valencia had all the ingredients to be a firecracker finish.
And that was before it turned into an explosion of news, which ignited on the Thursday before the race and continued to crackle more than 24 hours after Marc Marquez had crossed the line as the race winner.
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