The Spanish six-time MotoGP World Champion had the best words about the Ducati GP23 after his first contact with the 2023 champion’s motorcycle.
Marc Marquez is officially as of today the second Gresini Racing rider having “left” after 11 years the team with which he won all six of his MotoGP titles.
The Spaniard, however, could not talk about his first and only experience to date with the Italian bike – which took place two 24 hours after the end of last year’s championship, in the first official tests in Valencia ahead of 2024 – as his contract with Repsol Honda lasted until December 31, 2023.
We remind you that with good morning, Marc Marquez wrote him fourth fastest time in this first test.
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“I was able to adapt (on the new motorcycle) much faster than expected”Marquez said in a statement to DAZN.
“The time came without me looking for it much. Ducati is a different bike (from Honda), with a different style.
“I’m riding the championship bike, so it’s all down to me. There are a lot of riders going fast on this bike.”the eight-time world champion continued, adding:
“The speed is there, but I still have a lot to figure out. Not so much to go faster, but to be more stable. And above all at the level of communication with the team.
“I worked with a team for 11 years and now they are in a new one. The family (by Gresini) he welcomed me very well and that’s nice”.
For 2024, Marc Marquez will have “a companion in his new MotoGP adventure of his brother Alex Marquez.
Marc Marquez will take part in the official presentation of the team for 2024 which will take place in Riccione, Italy on January 20 before driving the Desmosedici GP again in the second official team and rider test to be held in Sepang, Malaysia on February 6-8.
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