Heading into the ultimate three rounds of the season, starting this weekend with the Australian Grand Prix, 5 riders are coated by 40 factors.
Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo noticed his championship lead lower to simply two factors after a dismal run to 17th within the moist Thailand GP final day out, with Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia his nearest rival forward of Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro – who’s 20 factors down – Gresini’s Enea Bastianini and Jack Miller on the sister manufacturing unit Ducati, each of whom 39 and 40 factors adrift respectively.
The topic of manufacturing unit orders inside Ducati has been mentioned in current races, with Johann Zarco revealing orders had been issued by the marque to not battle Bagnaia for positions that weren’t podiums or wins.
After the Thailand GP, senior Ducati administration went to Pramac to thank the workforce after Zarco actively gave up the chase for third on Bagnaia as he couldn’t make a secure overtake.
With Ducati occupying eight grid slots on the present grid, Marquez believes that is one thing it should utilise to beat Quartararo in 2022.
“I imply it’s true that Zarco got here very, very quick, he overtook me after which stayed behind Pecco [in Thailand],” Marquez mentioned when requested about manufacturing unit orders at Ducati.
“It’s regular [that Ducati would have factory orders]. Ducati has not received the world championship since 2007, and it’s regular.
“It’s the ‘Ducati Cup’ in entrance many occasions so they need to take revenue of this.
“They’ve one of the best bike on the grid. So, all of the riders are in entrance, so they should use that energy to win the championship and I consider they may use it if what Zarco says is true.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Crew
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Whereas Ducati has three riders in championship competition, many believed it ought to throw its weight behind Bagnaia given how he has overturned a 91-point deficit within the championship earlier than the summer season break to be simply two behind Quartararo with three races left.
When requested if he believes Bagnaia – who has received 4 of the final seven races – is the favorite for the championship now, Marquez added: “I guess on Pecco’s bike.
“I imply, Ducati is Ducati and as we see with many riders Ducati is nice.
“However Fabio is Fabio. Fabio is driving excellent, his weak level is possibly on rain situations. However it will likely be fascinating to see.”