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OFFICIAL: Luca Marini to Repsol Honda as replacement for Marc Marquez

OFFICIAL: Luca Marini to Repsol Honda as replacement for Marc Marquez

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The Repsol Honda team has now also officially confirmed that Luca Marini is coming to their garage in the 2024 season, where he will take over the place vacated by Marc Marquez. Marini competed for his brother's VR46 team for three seasons, and the 26-year-old Italian wanted new challenges and the opportunity to race for the factory team. Marini has signed a two-season contract with an option to extend. The vacancy in the VR46 team will probably be filled by Fabio Di Giannantonio, who lost his job in the Gresini Racing team, where Marc Marquez is coming.
Marini: I race differently against Pecc

Marini: I race differently against Pecc

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Luca Marini admitted that some racers race against Francesco Bagnaja differently than against other competitors. Francesco Bagnaia has many friends thanks to the fact that he is a member of Rossi's racing academy in the MotoGP class caravan. Of course, Jorge Martin is not considered a hated racer, but in some races it was noticed that many racers (mainly members of Rossi's academy) are more cautious in direct duels with Bagnaio. "At the moment I don't look at Pecco the same as the other drivers. In any other part of the season, my approach is the same as the others. If I have the chance to overtake him I will, but at the moment he is fighting for the title and I am more careful." In the race, which he started from the best starting position, Marini could not interfere in the fight for victory. Nevertheless
Luca Marini with a pole record in Qatar

Luca Marini with a pole record in Qatar

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Luca Marini won the best starting position in Qatar with a track record (1:51.762). Alongside him, Gresini team racers Fabio Di Giannantonio and Alex Marquez will start today's sprint race and tomorrow's main race from the front row. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1725867067725750777 World title contenders Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin finished fourth and fifth respectively. The sixth time was set by Johann Zarco ahead of Marco Marquez. The top ten was completed by the Aprilia Maverick Vinales racers Raul Fernandez and Aleix Espargaro. Eleventh and twelfth place went to Brad Binder and Augusta Fernandez. The thirteenth time was set by Marco Bezzecchi ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Eneo Bastianini. Jack Miller will start the race only from sixteenth place
Uccio: We want a Moto 2 racer

Uccio: We want a Moto 2 racer

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Monney VR46 team director Alessio Salucci (Uccio) admitted that Fabio Di Giannantonio is not among the candidates to replace Luca Marini. The latter will become a new member of Honda's factory team after the end of the season. Valentino Rossi's team is said to be in serious talks for the transfer of Fermin Aldeguer. But the winner of the last two races in the Moto 2 class is not the only contender. Among others, middle class world runner-up Tony Arbolino is said to be on the wish list. "I don't know exactly how close the agreement with Honda is, but Luca will not be a member of our team next season," Uccio said today in Qatar. "As far as our team is concerned, I can say that Fabio Di Giannantonio is not among the candidates for the vacant seat, as we want a young rider from Moto 2. We have two or three names on our wish list and in
Marquez expected Honda's approach to Di Giannantonio not Marini

Marquez expected Honda's approach to Di Giannantonio not Marini

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Marc Marquez admitted he was surprised by Honda's decision to lure Luca Marini to its garage rather than Fabio di Giannantonio. Marquez will move to the Gresini team before the start of the 2024 season, but it is still unknown who will take his place at Honda. The Japanese-based team has been linked with a number of racers in recent weeks, with Honda reportedly signing Luca Marini. "I don't know what Honda's plans are, but a few races ago I thought they would bet on Di Giannantonio. Already in Thailand, things started to turn towards Marini, who, it seems, will take my place. I'm happy for Luca .We've always gotten along well. He's young and now an experienced Ducati racer, which is the best bike to get good results in. I don't know what motivates him to switch to Honda. Sa
The winner Bastianini and Bagnaia cautioned for tire pressure

The winner Bastianini and Bagnaia cautioned for tire pressure

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After the MotoGP race for the Malaysian Grand Prix, another five riders were cautioned for low tire pressure. Among them are race winner Enea Bastianini and championship points leader Francesco Bagnaia, who was third in the race. In addition to the riders of the Ducati factory team, Luca Marini, Alvaro Bautista and Iker Lecuona also received warnings, but since this is their first offense, they only received a warning, and a 3-second penalty follows for any subsequent offense. Bagnaia has a 14-point lead over Jorge Martin in the championship standings, who received his tire pressure penalty warning at the Thai GP, with two sprints and two main races remaining in the season. Since the first offense does not bring a penalty this year, some racers or teams in Malaysia should tactically hope
Luca Marini plans to leave his brother's VR46 team

Luca Marini plans to leave his brother's VR46 team

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Speaking to Spanish AS, Luca Marini said that his first goal is to win the MotoGP race and then find a place in the factory team. The Italian entered the MotoGP class with the VR46 team, which is owned and managed by his brother Valentino Rossi and which is having a very successful season this year. But in this year's championship, Marini was slightly overshadowed by his team rival Marco Bezzecchi, who theoretically is still in the fight for the world title. Becoming the MotoGP class champion is also Marini's goal: "But for now the first major goal is to win the race and then to find a place in the factory team where I would like to develop a motorcycle that will suit my riding style." Marini recently spoke to Repsol Honda team boss Alberto Puig, but the Italian has ruled out a move to Honda next season
Marini proposes a new way of punishing the racers

Marini proposes a new way of punishing the racers

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Luca Marini suggests that MotoGP riders should be penalized according to the football system, with yellow and red cards. The Italian started today's race from the best starting position, but then finished early when Brad Binder crashed into him. He received a long lap penalty for the incident, and then collided with Miguel Oliveira and earned the same penalty. Nevertheless, Binder managed to finish the race in sixth place. This made Marini a little angry. "I don't know if anything like this has ever happened before. I think the second penalty could be more severe. They could introduce a similar system as they have in football with yellow and red cards." "We want more safety and fair penalties for the racers. I think this will be the main topic at the next meeting." After the fall, Marini picked up the motorcycle and n
Jorge Martin took the championship lead by winning the MotoGP sprint race in Indonesia

Jorge Martin took the championship lead by winning the MotoGP sprint race in Indonesia

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By winning the Indonesian MotoGP class sprint race, Spaniard Jorge Martin took the lead in the MotoGP points for the first time in his career, after Francesco Bagnaia, after problems in qualifying, did not find better form in the race either. The Italian was eliminated in the first part of qualifying after being overtaken by his teammate Enea Bastianini, and the latter was also too tough for the current champion, who started the race from thirteenth place, in the sprint. Bagnaia was only eighth in the end. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1713093393893499307 Second was Luca Marini ahead of teammate Marco Bezzecchi, who broke his collarbone a week ago and started the race from ninth place, and Maverick Vinales, who led the first nine laps of the race, then but because of the worn tires he became an easy target for Duc
Luca Marini fastest in MotoGP qualifying in Indonesia, Bagnaia out in Q1

Luca Marini fastest in MotoGP qualifying in Indonesia, Bagnaia out in Q1

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Luca Marini was the fastest rider in MotoGP qualifying for the sprint race and the Indonesian Grand Prix. For the VR46 rider, who is coming back from a broken collarbone, this is the first top starting position in the MotoGP class. Aprilia racers Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro will also start the race from the front row, while the main actors in the fight for the championship title were somewhat disappointing. After Friday's training, Francesco Bagnaia found himself in the Q1 part of the qualification and was also eliminated there with the third time. Jorge Martin, who also fell once during qualifying, won sixth place. Fabio Quartararo and Brad Binder will stand in front of him on the second starting row, while Fabio Di Giannantonio, Marc Marquez, Marco Bezzecchi and Jack Mi shared the last places in the top ten