Before the MotoGP race in India, Francesco Bagnaia said aloud what can be seen from afar. Marc Marquez is not the same after a disastrous, crash-filled race weekend at the Sachsenring. The German circuit was one of the venues where the eight-time world champion was at his strongest since his first MotoGP race in 2018. But this year he crashed there as many as five times, and then the capricious Honda, who wanted to throw him out of the saddle again, showed the middle and canceled the performance in Sunday's race. Due to injuries, the Spaniard also missed the next race in the Netherlands, and after the summer break he drove with a clearly different approach. "In a total of six races, I broke three bones and tore one ligament," he explained. "A new approach is needed." Since then, Marquez does not chase high-profile results, but rather concentrates
VR46 rider Luca Marini says it would be fantastic to see Marc Marquez on Ducati if the Spaniard joins the Gresini team next season, but he does not believe the Spaniard will leave Honda. "I would really like to see that," he said of the possibility of a transfer for Marquez. "It would be fantastic to see a rider of his caliber on my bike, because then I could compare myself to him. Marc has a lot to show. Is he playing with Honda at the moment? I don't know, but I myself wouldn't give up the 12 million a season he's earning now . The bike is also not the same as it was at the beginning of the season. They have made good progress and I would be surprised if he left Honda now."
After two victories in Misano, with which he reduced the gap to the leader Francesco Bagnajo to 36 points, Jorge Martin admitted that he does not feel the pressure to win the world championship, as he is not a factory racer. "At the moment, I just want to enjoy the moment. The goal is to win. I'm not a factory racer, so I don't need to win the championship. But if the opportunity presents itself earlier, of course I'll try to take advantage of it." "Once I become a factory racer, the championship title will be a goal and an obligation." "There are still eight races to go. I believe I can be competitive in all of them and maybe reach for the title." "In the next races, I just need to improve my qualifying results a little bit. Whenever I started at the front, I fought for wins and a podium for the winners. Due to the great equality between the riders, the qualifier
Pecco Bagnaia, who will race in Misano today on a yellow-clad Ducati, was fastest in the MotoGP morning warm-ups, with Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martin finishing less than a tenth and a half seconds behind him. The fourth time was set by Brad Binder and the fifth by Takaaki Nakagami. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1700780137292116420
Ducati boss Paolo Ciabatti has repeatedly emphasized in the past that Marc Marquez is not interested in the Italian motorcycle manufacturer's team, as they would rather give younger racers a chance. With rumors growing that the eight-time world champion will be racing their bike under the Gresini team in 2024, which he says are probably not entirely made up, he is still not keen on working with Marquez, but says the decision is up to Gresini and Honda. "Ducati's view is clear, but Gresini is an independent team where they can have their own preferences," said Ciabatti, for whom Marc Marquez on Gresini's Ducati would be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Ducati would get another strong racer, and on the other hand, the factory racer would get a tougher opponent. "For now, we'll wait until v
According to the first information from the hospital in Barcelona, Francesco Bagnaia managed to avoid serious injuries despite the apparently horrific accident. Nevertheless, he will perform a CT scan to confirm the diagnosis. It was worse for his teammate Enea Bastianini, who suffered a bone fracture in his left ankle and will probably need surgery. Bagnaia fell in the second corner of the race, and after a fall and a hard landing, Brad Binder ran over his legs, unable to avoid the fallen racer. Bastianini, however, caused a massive crash in the first corner when he collided with Johann Zarco, suffering a broken ankle in the fall and is also suing for finger pain.
The Catalunya GP was abandoned in the first lap of the race due to numerous crashes. Already in the first corner, Enea Bastianini collided with Johann Zarco and triggered a massive fall in which Alex Marquez, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi were also involved. Just a corner ahead, the current world champion and championship points leader, Francesco Bagnaia, fell after slipping the rear tire, and the Italian had a lot of bad luck as he landed on the ground in the middle of the track, and then Brad Binder drove over both of his legs. The Ducati rider was taken to the medical center, and more information about his condition will follow... Another factory Ducati rider, Bastianini, is also on his way for a check-up.
Judging by the rumors in the MotoGP paddock, Marc Marquez is said to be one of the three candidates for a seat in the Gresini team. Johann Zarco has already confirmed that he is leaving Pramac at the end of the season, and Fabio di Giannantoni is expected to follow suit at the Gresini camp, which could mean the Marquez brothers find themselves back in the position next season , when they become team rivals. Marc Marquez has a valid contract with Honda until the end of the 2024 season, but is said to have the option of an early termination based on non-competitive equipment, however it is more likely that rookie Jake Dixon, a Moto2 class racer, will get his chance on Ducati, while Joan Mir could landed in the Pramac team.
Francesco Bagnaia set the fastest qualifying time for the GP of Catalonia, barely a tenth of a second ahead, preventing the celebration of the local racer, Aleix Espargaro, who will be chasing victory from the second starting position on the Aprilia motorcycle in the sprint test and Sunday's race. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1697905796212830406 In the first row, the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira will start the race in Catalonia, and from the second two locals, Maverick Vinales and Jorge Martin, and Johann Zarco will stand next to them. Seventh was Alex Marquez, while Fabio Di Giannantonio, Brad Binder, and Marco Bezzecchi also finished qualifying in the top ten. The last places in the Q2 part of the MotoGP qualification were occupied by Enea Bastianini and the local star Marc Marquez.
While the MotoGP manufacturers' association is considering reducing the volume of the power units from 2026 to 1000 cubic centimeters as part of the rule change for the 850 season, Ducati's general manager Gigi Dall'Igna spoke about the high speeds of the motorcycles, which already exceed 360 km/h this year. "The speeds are too high," he said. "High speeds will cause us problems in the future if we don't act in time. It is necessary to realize that the rules adopted for 2026 will then be valid until 2031. If we continue to compete with 1000cc engines and continue to increase speeds every season , we're going to have big problems." Manufacturers cannot find a common language regarding the rules. For example, some support volume reduction, while others do not. "Three and a half past five