After the first half of the MotoGP test day in Valencia, the fastest time went to Aprilia rider Raul Fernandez. The second was his teammate Maverick Vinales, and in third place is the combination that is garnering the most interest so far - Marc Marquez on Ducati. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1729492797693022341 The Spaniard completed 28 laps and set a time 0.414 seconds off the best, but the eight-time world champion is still the fastest of the Ducati riders. Only 0.021 seconds behind his time was his younger brother and new/old teammate Alex. The runner-up of the 2023 season, Jorge Martin, set the fifth time after two falls, while Augusto Fernandez was sixth. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1729488132284805381 The seventh is the new rider of the VR46 team
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
Yesterday, the story of Marc Marquez in the Repsol Honda team came to an end. A connection that is considered one of the most successful in the history of the Moto GP class. The successes of the Spanish racer are well known to everyone, but at such an event it is good to remember what they all achieved together. Marc made his MotoGP debut in 2013 when he replaced Casey Stoner at Honda. Already in his premiere race in Qatar, he stepped onto the podium with third place. Only fourteen days later, he won for the first time in Austin, becoming the youngest winner in the elite class. At the end of the season, he became the youngest world champion. He was in a class of his own in 2014 after winning the opening ten races of the season. After a slightly worse 2015, which will forever be marked by his incident with Valentino Rossi in Sepang
Marco Bezzecchi was furious after the race that the stewards did not penalize Marco Marquez. The Italian fell in the opening lap after Marquez crashed into him. "There is nothing to explain here. Marc crashed into me, which caused me to fall and finish the race. Fortunately, I made it through without any injuries. I still have pain in my left shoulder and leg, but everything will be fine." The event was characterized by the commissioners as a racing incident, which Bezzecchi disagrees with. "Marc took it without penalty just because he's Marc Marquez. The commissioners treat him differently." The eight-time world champion later ended the race himself prematurely when Jorge Martin crashed into him.
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.
Marc Marquez has announced ahead of the final race of the 2023 MotoGP season that he will not hold back and will attack if given the chance in his final race for the Repsol Honda team. Marquez celebrated a podium finish in the sprint race on Saturday, confirming his solid form in Valencia, and he did not let up in the sprint test, even as he battled Jorge Martin, who is locked in a title battle with Francesco Bagnaio . "It was close with the title contender, but everyone is riding full speed until the end and trying to get the best possible result," said Marquez, who started the race from ninth place and dedicated the podium to his 11-year association with Repsol Honda. "Between the fourth and fifth corners, Binder and Vinales were overtaking each other, so Jorge braked a bit earlier and offered me a pass
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 German Speedweek reports that at the end of the season, not only Marc Marquez is saying goodbye to the Repsol Honda team, but also one of the major sponsors, the Austrian Red Bull, who will follow the Spaniard to the Gresina team. In the Italian team, Red Bull will join the Spanish brewer Estrela Galicia, which supports the Marquez brothers, the team's racers in the 2024 season. However, the Spanish Repsol, which has a contract with the team until the end of 2024, will continue its cooperation with Honda, when they will celebrate their thirtieth anniversary of cooperation. Red Bull's departure opens up advertising space for Monster, Red Bull's energy drink rival, which could bring some new colors to Honda's otherwise traditional motorcycle livery in 2024.
Marc Marquez was only partially satisfied after Friday's events in Sepang. The eight-time world champion was in the lead at the beginning of the second free practice session, but when the other racers began to seriously attack, the fast lap time slipped to fifteenth place. He is comforted by the fact that at least the rhythm for the race is not among the worst. "On some tracks we are good for one fast lap, but we don't have the right rhythm for the race. Here in Sepang it's the other way around. We have a solid rhythm, but for one fast lap we are far behind," Marquez was clear at the end of the day. "We expected something like that, so we're not surprised. I started both training sessions well, but in the following I couldn't find that little bit more to be fast for one lap." "Qualifying will be so very important. I will give my maximum and we will see
MotoGP is in full swing in Malaysia this weekend. The Sepang circuit hosted one of the most high-profile events in MotoGP, when the relationship between two giants, Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, exploded on the track. Although eight years have passed since then, the two actors, like the viewers, are still strongly divided about the events. Rossi recently spoke about the incident in one of the podcasts and said that the feelings are still exactly the same. "When I think about the last three races of 2015 now, I have the same feelings as when I finished the last race back then," said the Italian. "It remains a deep wound, which I still think too much about. Fortunately, later in my career I started doing things that make me happy, but... In Malaysia, Marc was pestering me the whole race. He wanted me to fall, but then we hit on the flat. He says that s