None of last season's top three Ducati riders - Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martin and Marco Bezzecchi - were surprised by the speed of Marc Marquez during his extensive test of the Ducati bike. The Spaniard finished the test day in Valencia in fourth place, and even an hour before the end he was even the fastest. In the end, only Maverick Vinales, Brad Binder and Marco Bezzecchi managed to improve his time. The first to comment on Marquez's performance after the test was world champion Francesco Bagnaia. "A few races before the end of the season, I said that Marc would be the fastest in this test. As it turned out, I wasn't far from the truth. He was certainly happy with the new bike, with which we achieved tremendous success this year. Now he will be able to he had too." Mrs
The leading man of the Ducati MotoGP team, Davide Tardozzi believes that Marc Marquez will take Ducati to a new level. The Spaniard will ride a non-Honda motorcycle for the first time in his MotoGP career on Tuesday, and Tardozzi would almost be betting that he will set the fastest time in testing. "He will raise the level, because already tomorrow Marc will be very, very, very fast," said the Italian. "I would almost bet that at the end of the tests he will be the fastest, because he will give 300%, he will prove himself, but I believe that Jorge Martin will also be fast, who will want to show everyone that he is some kind of world champion. Pecco will work, because he will work for his bike and for us to show us how to make next season's bike even better than this year's." As is usual with transfers, Marquez will not be allowed to speak with after the tests
Francesco Bagnaia said he wanted to confirm the world title by winning the race, even though he didn't even need to after Jorge Martin's crash. A victory by Jorge Martin would have made Bagnaia the champion just by finishing in the top five, but the Spaniard crashed in the sixth lap and Bagnaia cruised to another victory to cap off a successful season. "I feel amazing," he said. "I've never been so happy. I'm so happy because I won the race. The victory today was not necessary given the circumstances, but I dreamed of confirming the championship with the victory. I'm happy, but I was scared during the race. "With five laps to go, I started to get cold and I was afraid of what would happen because I chose the hard front tire. It wasn't easy for me today because I was under a lot of pressure."
Jorge Martin is sure that with his performances this season, he would deserve a transfer to the factory team, but at least it will not happen next season. The Spaniard started the last race of the season with minimal chances of winning the world title, as he was 14 points behind the leader Bagnaio. It was all over in the sixth lap when Martin crashed into the rear of Marquez's bike, sending both of them into the sand. Before the race, there was a lot of talk about the fact that Ducati promised Martin a seat in the factory team if he became world champion. This did not happen, but despite this, the latter is convinced that he would have deserved it based on his results this season. "The transfer won't happen this year at least. I'm otherwise very happy with Pramac. I think I've shown enough this year to b
Before the final race of the 2023 MotoGP season in Valencia, Jorge Martin had minimal chances of becoming world champion, but these were drastically reduced after the second lap, when the Spaniard made a mistake and slipped into the background, and finally completely dissipated when he involved in an incident with Marc Marquez on the sixth lap and retired. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1728778865588175028 Marquez was taken to the medical center for examination after the incident.
If Jorge Martin manages to win the world championship at today's MotoGP race in Valencia, he will race in the factory team in 2024, as a teammate of Francesco Bagnaia, and Enea Bastianini will move to the Pramac team, where Martin currently races. Martin, in case he beats Bagnaio in the fight for the title, will already sit on the factory Ducati during Tuesday's tests, like his teammate, which is said to be written in the contract with Ducati, which the Spaniard signed last year.
Jorge Martin admitted that in today's sprint race he rode all-or-nothing, but at the same time he took a lot of risks, because he didn't have the right feeling on the motorcycle again. After an exceptional drive from the sixth starting position, the Spaniard achieved his ninth victory in sprint races and postponed the decision on the title of world champion until tomorrow. After fifth place, Bagnaia has a 14-point lead. "It's an extraordinary race for me. Depending on the situation in the championship, I had to go all or nothing. Again, I didn't have the right feeling on the bike, but I took a lot of risks. I was on the verge of falling in every corner. Fortunately, I succeeded." "I have to be satisfied with what I showed today, because we don't know what will happen tomorrow." The Spaniard will also have to take a lot of risks tomorrow to try and win, but it may not be enough as Bagnaia has to
Jorge Martin won the first battle of the final MotoGP race weekend, where the title of the 2023 champion is being decided, in the fight with Francesco Bagnaia. The Spaniard won direct entry into the second qualifying group, so that he will start Saturday's sprint race and Sunday's main race inside the top twelve. in which Bagnaia will try to qualify through the performance in the Q1 part of the qualifications. The competition between the two contenders for the title intensified significantly after Qatar, as Martin followed Bagnai everywhere around the track, who was visibly displeased with what he was doing, and Martin also followed him through the excursion area. The Italian was too slow in the penultimate fast lap, and his last attempt was spoiled by the yellow flags that were displayed due to the fall of Pol Espargaro. Psychological games thus became the main topic
Maverick Vinales set the fastest time of the second MotoGP practice session, where all eyes were on title rivals Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia, with the Spaniard playing on the Italian's nerves. Martin, 21 points behind Bagnaio, was second in practice, easily securing entry into the faster qualifying group, while taking his time to toy with Bagnaio, who he followed throughout, even wide through the field trip. zone. Ducati team boss Davide Tardozzi tried to end the game, stepping in front of Martino's bike in the hope of giving his rider a "clear" track. Bagnaia clearly succumbed to the Spaniard's mind games and lost his only remaining chance to qualify for the second part of qualifying when he ran into yellow flags on a fast lap.
Jorge Martin pointed to a "bad" rear tire for his modest result in the MotoGP race in Qatar, which leaves him with only a poor chance of becoming world champion, which prevented him from repeating the rhythm he showed in Saturday's sprint test. The Spaniard won on Saturday and halved Pecca Bagnaia's advantage, but in Sunday's race he dropped to eighth place at the start and finished in a modest tenth place, while Bagnaia finished second, increasing his lead in the championship standings to twenty-one points. There is only one more race in Valencia, where a maximum of 37 points are available. "You saw that I already had problems at the start when the tire spun empty," explained Martin. "The rear tire just didn't work today. I'm disappointed that the championship was decided by a bad tyre