Double MotoGP podium finisher Marquez will change 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 deal with Gresini to ride a year-old Desmosedici in 2023.
Marquez was launched by Honda to check the Ducati within the first pre-season take a look at of 2023 on the Tuesday following the Valencia Grand Prix.
Having endured a tough yr 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 take a look at after ending the day 15th.
“We had been instantly quick and aggressive. That is essential.
“We did not really make any changes to the bike all day, we simply adjusted ourselves.
“That went rather well. Winter goes to be too lengthy for me! I would like one other day to make use of the potential of this bike.
“We all know this bike positively has potential. Within the qualifying run I used to be not but in a position to ask for every part [from the bike], however I’m glad that on the primary day with this bike we’re solely six tenths of first.
“Most significantly, I used to be in a position to be very constant by way of pace.”
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
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Marquez famous that he can “use the pure fashion a bit higher” with the Ducati however “nonetheless we have to uncover a bit extra from this machine”.
He additionally mentioned he seen a “large distinction” with the Ducati in comparison with the Honda.
Regardless of his enthusiasm for the Ducati already, Marquez admits it’s 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 am unable to say I’ll combat for the championship,” he added.
“We have to make a really strong base within the winter that we will begin properly with in Portimao.
“We now have 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.”