The eight-time motorcycle world champion Marc Marquez is leaving the Honda factory team after eleven years and six titles in MotoGP and will be riding a Ducati from next season.
Side by side with brother Alex
The Spaniard signed a contract with Gresini Racing for the coming season, his new racing team announced on Thursday. The 30-year-old will now race alongside his brother Alex (27) in the MotoGP class.
Honda and Marquez mutually agreed to terminate the four-year contract at the end of this season, Honda Racing Corporation announced. The working paper was originally valid until the end of the 2024 season. “Both parties agreed that it is in their best interest to take other paths in the future to achieve their respective goals.”
In total, he achieved 59 victories and 101 podium places while working with Honda. Marquez also started from first place 64 times.
It is now clear where Marquez is heading. “Marc joining our team is absolutely fantastic. I am extremely happy that we were able to make this official,” said Gresini owner Nadia Padovani, calling the signing a “historic moment” for the team.
“A big change in every way”
“I’m looking forward to this new challenge. It wasn’t an easy decision because it’s a big change in every respect,” said Marc Marquez: “But sometimes you have to leave your comfort zone and test yourself in order to continue to grow. “
At Gresini, the Marquez brothers will be racing with a machine from last year. The GP23 is the motorcycle with which world champion Francesco Bagnaia and his pursuer Jorge Martin are currently fighting for the world title. This weekend the motorcycle pilots will compete in Indonesia.
Honda’s RC213V is no longer considered competitive. Marc Marquez achieved his last victory to date in October 2021 in Misano. In the World Cup, the Catalan is only in 15th place with 64 points. Ducati is currently dominating in the world championship, so Marquez could become a title contender again in the new year.