Ducati CEO slams Marc Marquez rumours: ‘He doesn’t suit us’ | MotoGP

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The suggestion that six-time MotoGP champion Marquez could leave Honda when his contract expires at the end of 2024 and move to Ducati has been backed by Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez’s former teammate Lorenzo has claimed that Ducati will offer Marquez the opportunity to chase an elusive seventh championship on a more competitive bike.

But Domenicali told Sky: “These things are cool because they get people talking, like in the sports bar.

“But I think it’s not the right thing for us.

“We have an amazing group of riders that we raised ourselves.

“Francesco Bagnaia is a crazy talent, he is underestimated, he still makes mistakes but he is there.

“If he had not been mistaken, we would have already spoken of (another) championship.

“But it’s not just Pecco, we also have Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin, a lot of young people that we follow.

“Marquez is an extraordinary talent, he has nothing to prove to anyone.

“But Ducati draws its strength from the way we work with our riders.

“Ours is a family spirit, today we are fine like that and we will continue like that. The results prove us right.

Gigi Dall’Igna, general manager of Ducati, previously gave a jovial response: “I don’t think Marc would agree to go to an unofficial team.”

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However, Honda’s inability to provide machinery that could propel Marquez to another championship is causing speculation about his future.

He is now 30 years old and despite his continued genius, time is running out.

His injury toll is also mounting. Although he entered 2023 injury-free for the first time in years, he broke his hand on the first weekend of the season and, after a time out to recuperate, has been catching up ever since. .

He is 82 points behind championship leaders Bagnaia ahead of MotoGP Italy this weekend.

Next season will be the last of Marquez’s current contract which is the most lucrative in MotoGP today.

Honda either has to shell out another big contract for an aging rider whose injuries keep him sidelined on a regular basis.

Or, the unthinkable happens and Marquez finds a new home for 2025.

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