Yesterday an interview that Jorge Lorenzo released to the official MotoGP website caused a lot of discussion, because the Majorcan said he expected a rather sensational move on the market: Marc Marquez’s farewell to Honda to pass through the ranks of Ducati.
The five-times world champion then added some fanciful details, emphasizing that according to him Marc would also be willing to accept a satellite team and a decidedly low-priced salary in order to put his ass on a Desmosedici GP, which at the moment is undoubtedly the bike reference point of the premier class grid.
Rumors which however have been stopped, or at least slowed down in the bud by whoever takes the decisions at Ducati, namely Gigi Dall’Igna. Yesterday the general manager of the racing department was a guest of the GPOne.com colleagues’ live broadcast and was unable to avoid commenting on what his former rider said.
“First of all, I don’t think Marc would accept going to a non-factory team. He’s a star and stars want to be treated as such. Coming back after several months of inactivity, he had a great race with Honda, so I’d wait before saying that Marc and Honda will separate at the end of 2024. I don’t see it so obvious, on the contrary, I think there is every possibility that they will still do well together” said Dall’Igna.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Photo by: Marc Fleury
Furthermore, he reiterated that he has great faith in the two current riders of the official team. And it’s also hard to blame him, given that Pecco Bagnaia is the reigning world champion and currently commands the world championship standings. Enea Bastianini, on the other hand, is struggling with an injury, but is confident in his recovery as soon as possible.
“Having said that, we are happy with the riders we have at the moment. We haven’t been able to highlight one yet because he was injured, but I hope to see him in good shape again at Mugello, and the other is Pecco. Last year he done stratospheric things with our bike. He did things that only a great champion can do. So, between now and 2024, a lot of water still needs to pass under the bridges and anything can still happen,” he concluded.
To watch the full video of the interview, you can click HERE.
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Photo by: Marc Fleury