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Double MotoGP podium finisher Marquez will swap from Honda after three seasons – one with the manufacturing facility squad in 2020 and two with LCR in 2021/2022 – to Ducati after signing a take care of Gresini to experience a year-old Desmosedici in 2023.
Marquez was launched by Honda to check the Ducati within the first pre-season check of 2023 on the Tuesday following the Valencia Grand Prix.
Having endured a tough 12 months on the Honda, ending it 17th with 50 factors and a finest end of seventh, Marquez was beaming after his first experience out on the Ducati – although contractually was not allowed to make any comparisons between his new bike and the RC213V.
“It was a really constructive day, from the primary run I felt at dwelling on this bike,” Marquez mentioned on the finish of the Valencia check after ending the day 15th.
“We have been instantly quick and aggressive. That is crucial. We did not truly make any changes to the bike all day, we simply adjusted ourselves.
“That went very well. Winter goes to be too lengthy for me! I want one other day to make use of the potential of this bike.
“We all know this bike undoubtedly has potential. Within the qualifying run I used to be not but in a position to ask for all the things [from the bike], however I’m completely satisfied that on the primary day with this bike we’re solely six tenths of first.
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
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“Most significantly, I used to be in a position to be very constant by way of velocity.”
Marquez famous that he can “use the pure model a bit higher” with the Ducati however “nonetheless we have to uncover a bit extra from this machine”.
He additionally mentioned he observed a “large distinction” with the Ducati in comparison with the Honda.
Regardless of his enthusiasm for the Ducati already, Marquez admits it is nonetheless “too early” to remark what he can take into consideration by way of 2023 season goals proper now.
“It is too early to say, I can not say I will battle for the championship,” he added.
“We have to make a really stable base within the winter that we will begin nicely with in Portimao.
“We’ve got this 2022 model of the Ducati, so we do not have to strive a lot new. We have to construct confidence and see the place we now have potential.”