MotoGP: Has Ducati’s stance on Marc Marquez signing changed? | MotoGP


Ciabatti didn’t completely rule out the possibility of a move from Marquez to Ducati, but for Ducati Corse’s sporting director it’s obvious that focusing on younger MotoGP talent already signed to the Italian marque is the top priority.

This comes after Ducati General Manager Luigi Dall’Igna left the door open Marquez joins Ducati by saying: “In life one can never know or say.”

Every Ducati rider on the grid is younger than Marquez, with the exception of Pramac Johann Zarko who is 32 years old – Marquez is 29.آ

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But while age is just one ingredient that many of the other Ducati riders have on their side compared to Marquez, so is the experience and level of performance many of them have shown aboard Ducati machines.

Francesco Bagnaja has already become MotoGP champion, while the addition of Enea Bastianini to the Factory Lenovo Ducati Team means they arguably have the best rider pairing on the grid.

And then there’s Jorg Martin who is perhaps the most naturally talented of all Ducati riders Marco Bezzecchiwho was extremely impressive as a rookie, and Luca Marini also have a lot of potential.

In an interview with Tony Vacarella on Instagram, Ciabatti said: “Marc Marquez is a fantastic driver but he’s 5 or 6 years older than the drivers we have. So we prefer to focus on the riders who grow with Ducati.”

“Marc and Alex live together and share a lot of things, so I have no doubt Marc will ask Alex how it’s going … But our plans are different.”

Ciabatti is focused on the Ducati project as opposed to possible future signings and could face the difficult task of keeping the partnership between Bagnaia and Bastianini civil as both riders are expected to fight for the title.

Championship battles between teammates have been rare in recent years but given the form both men have shown last season and the performance of the bike, it’s entirely possible in 2023.

Speaking about how he will deal with the two Italian drivers, Ciabatti added: “Some people ask me how I manage to manage two Italian drivers. I answer that it is better to manage two drivers who can win the World Cup than those who can’t.”



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