Marc Marquez speaks out on Ducati change

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MotoGP 2023

On the cusp of this weekend’s fifteenth spherical of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship in Indonesia, Marc Marquez, together with a number of of his rivals, fronted a press convention.

Marc Marquez

It has been an excellent tough resolution, the hardest resolution of my profession as a result of to interrupt 11 years of relationship with Honda, a really profitable relationship was tremendous tough. Sure, final week was exhausting on the emotional facet as a result of all my employees, family and friends are there inside that field. However generally it’s good to depart your consolation zone. And yeah, my consolation zone was Honda however yeah, it’s true that it’s been some time and I’m struggling loads. I’m not having fun with it so I made a change to take pleasure in my racing once more as a result of if I’m not right here’s no level in persevering with my racing and persevering with my profession, and what I need is increasingly more racing in my profession. The primary goal will probably be to attempt to take pleasure in it. So for that cause I selected the Gresini crew as a result of it’s an enormous household. They’ve the most effective bike on the grid and my brother is there so. yeah will probably be an enormous problem for me and an enormous problem for the Gresini crew however they’ve already achieved excellent outcomes with Alex my brother and with Enea Bastianini previously. But it surely’s what I say, will probably be an enormous change in each side and what I’m searching for is to take pleasure in it, and to smile within the helmet. If I smile, all the pieces will come.”

Clarify if you began to consider a change…

I imply, it’s true that within the first a part of the season, I used to be aggressive however not in a great way. I used to be taking loads of dangers and within the second a part of the season I began with a special strategy and now I’m taking dangers, however not the identical as within the first a part of the season. I’ve had many accidents. It’s been tough, however if you’re injured and also you’re in a tough second, then you possibly can’t make selections. That’s what I realized previously. There you must be affected person. However then within the second a part of the season, after all, we’ve had some good talks with Honda. Race by race it was tremendous tough as a result of each weekend my mentality was altering a bit, with loads of doubts. However on the identical time, I had contact with the Gresini crew and I instructed them I received’t go ahead with any contract, simply if you wish to watch for me, watch for me, however I can’t promise something. My resolution was final Tuesday after the Japan GP. It’s what I’ve mentioned, I have to exit of my consolation zone. The best method was to remain at Honda with the state of affairs below management, the bike below management, my crew there, and an enormous wage, in order that was the straightforward resolution. However then if I wish to handle myself and my profession. I have to discover a new problem and the brand new problem and finest place was the Gresini crew in 2024.”

Have been there different choices?

Yeah. Truly one 12 months off was one of many potentialities. Like I mentioned, racing with out having fun with has no which means. I’ve loved many issues previously, however I wish to combat within the current. It doesn’t matter when you have one or eight World Championships, you must combat for the current. This was my goal. However yeah, I had completely different choices. I received’t say as a result of I respect all these groups and all these choices. Those that had been ready for me had been the Gresini crew. They took a big gamble as a result of I didn’t promise something, however then final Tuesday I made a decision on the evening after which on Wednesday I had the cellphone name in Japan, which we thought was the best choice for the mission as a result of I consider that they want time, they should put all of the finances on the bike. A producer or model has loads of time, however athletes, we don’t have loads of time. In case you lose a 12 months, that’s one 12 months much less that you’ve in your profession. So yeah, look, I’m wanting ahead to ending these previous couple of races nicely with Honda as a result of it has been 11 years the place we’ve we received six World Championships. We’ll uncover how the longer term will probably be with a brand new crew and the brand new bike.”

Are you able to verify if anybody shifting with you?

We’re nonetheless in discussions, as a result of simply this morning we signed the MOU with Gresini. Like I mentioned on Wednesday, we began to speak with Gresini in regards to the contract as a result of earlier than I didn’t wish to have any distractions and I didn’t wish to have any possibility B as a result of my principal precedence was Honda. One of many large causes, or the most important doubts was all my crew. But it surely’s true that in the long run I’ve spoken about it with my crew, I spoke with all of them and in the long run they’re my pals and so they’ve suggested me in a pleasant method, not in a crew method. So this was a chat that has helped me loads to make selections after which I used to be searching for myself. Yeah, I’m attempting to carry not less than one mechanic that I feel received’t be an issue, however I can’t carry all of the crew for 2 causes: One, I cannot destroy the Repsol Honda Group as a result of we’re in October. And cause two I received’t destroy the Gresini crew as a result of they’re a household the place they have already got their mechanics. So I’ve taken that call, so I have to adapt.


Alex Marquez
Alex Marquez

Response to Marc becoming a member of the crew..

Yeah, it’ll be attention-grabbing to see him on a Ducati. I used to be anticipating a quicker team-mate, however not fairly that quick! It is going to be enjoyable and I’m actually comfortable for the crew. They actually should have a rider like him. Additionally for Marc as a result of he deserves to take pleasure in his using once more. I received’t say that he didn’t ask me about my opinion however I gave him my opinion as a brother not as a rider or as a Gresini Ducati rider, extra like as a brother as a result of I do know that what he has skilled since 2020, and he’s struggling rather a lot in his state of affairs up till now, so it’s time for him to make a change.That is his resolution and for me it’s constructive as a result of I’ll have a extremely quick team-mate and eight-time World Champion and I can be taught loads from that state of affairs.”

Do you assume he’ll combat for wins immediately?

It’s too early to say. Usually we’ve seen previously that when Honda riders arrive to Ducati, they’ve discovered it fairly simple to adapt to that bike. It was additionally, in my case, however he’s been using the identical bike for the previous 11 years, so for certain we’ll have many issues that he has to alter. However yeah, he has an unimaginable expertise. He will probably be quick from the primary moments. However to have the ability to know if he can combat for the championship or wins, it’s too early to know. We nonetheless have all of the winter, all of the pre-season forward of us, so we’ll see how all the pieces goes. However for me, personally, I feel will probably be a extremely good alternative for me to evaluate my stage and be taught from a extremely good rider on the grid.”


MotoGP Championship Factors

Pos Rider Factors
1 Bagnaia 319
2 Martin 316
3 Bezzecchi 265
4 Binder 201
5 Espargaro 171
6 Zarco 162
7 Viñales 139
8 Marini 135
9 Miller 125
10 Quartararo 111
11 Marquez 108
12 Morbidelli 77
13 Oliveira 69
14 Fernandez 67
15 Marquez 64
16 Di Giannantonio 53
17 Rins 47
18 Nakagami 45
19 Fernandez 36
20 Pedrosa 32
21 Bastianini 25
22 Mir 20
23 Espargaro 12
24 Savadori 9
25 25 Folger 9
26 26 Bradl 8
27 27 Pirro 5
28 28 Petrucci 5
29 29 Crutchlow 3
30 30 Lecuona 0

Indonesian Grand Prix Schedule
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Friday
Time Class Occasion
1100 Moto3 FP1
1150 Moto2 FP1
1245 MotoGP FP1
1515 Moto3 FP2
1605 Moto2 FP2
1700 MotoGP Observe
Saturday
Time Class Occasion
1040 Moto3 FP3
1125 Moto2 FP3
1210 MotoGP FP2
1250 MotoGP Q1
1315 MotoGP Q2
1450 Moto3 Q1
1515 Moto3 Q2
1545 Moto2 Q1
1610 Moto2 Q2
1700 MotoGP Dash
Sunday
Time Class Occasion
1240 MotoGP WUP
1400 Moto3 Race
1515 Moto2 Race
1700 MotoGP Race

2023 MotoGP Calendar

Rnd Date Location
1 Mar-26 Portugal, Portimao
2 Apr-02 Argentina, Termos de Rio Honda
3 Apr-16 Americas, COTA
4 Apr-30 Spain, Jerez
5 Might-14 France, Le Mans
6 Jun-11 Italy, Mugello
7 Jun-18 Germany, Sachsenring
8 Jun-25 Netherlands, Assen
10 Aug-06 Nice Britain, Silverstone
11 Aug-20 Austria, Pink Bull Ring
12 Sep-03 Catalunya, Catalunya
13 Sep-10 San Marino, Misano
14 Sep-24 India, Buddh (Topic to homologation)
15 Oct-01 Japan, Motegi
16 Oct-15  Indonesia, Mandalika
17 Oct-22 Australia, Phillip Island
18 Oct-29 Thailand, Chang
19 Nov-12 Malaysia, Sepang
20 Nov-19 Qatar, Lusail
21 Nov-26 Valenciana, Valencia

 

 

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