Two-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez has explained his move to the tax-haven of Andorra, saying it offers an ideal place to train in the winter.
Marquez, who currently lives with his family in Cervera, Spain, joins the likes of Bradley Smith, Leon Camier, Broc Parkes and Simon Crafar in the half-French, half-Spanish country which sits atop the Pyrenees.
“Well I’m 21 now and I’ve always been living with my parents, so like many young people I’ve decided to create my own space and my own home. I’ve picked Andorra because I’ve been there many winters and many times during the year,” said Marquez.
“I will continue to be there many winters and much of the time because for physical training it’s an ideal place. Who knows what will happen in the future. I pay my taxes in Spain and will still do so next year.”
“There has been a lot of opinion about this and everyone is entitled to their view, but I think some of the criticism of me has been harsh. As a sportsman you never know how long your career will last.
“When I was 19 I was almost at the point of leaving motorcycle racing as I had a problem with my vision. Thanks to the doctors I was able to come back to riding. Over the last week I have not felt good so I want to thank everyone who supports me and my family. The only thing I want to do is keep enjoying myself and keep riding my bike.”