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The immediate fallout from Marquez’s Ducati MotoGP powerplay

Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing.

In just four days, Marc Marquez has brought Ducati to its knees, irritated reigning double world champion Francesco Bagnaia and surely his mentor Valentino Rossi, and redoubled his chances of winning this title to justify his choice ahead of Jorge Martín.

As much as there were people within the paddock who felt that the Spaniard had lost influence as a result of the ordeal he went through over the last four years, with a badly broken arm at Jerez in 2020 followed by Honda’s waning competitiveness, the move that will see him wear red for the next two seasons confirms that he remains the cornerstone of the championship.

Marquez is the perfect product if we take into account that he mixes the ingredients that any brand seeks to project itself to the world. In his new stage on a Ducati that is not even the latest specification at Gresini, he has shown that on the track he is still the same as always, a competitive animal with a huge ability.

In addition, when he gets off the bike no one sells the world championship like the Catalan. Ducati could not miss such an opportunity and went for him, even if it meant sending its careful policy of training young talents for a ride.

The ways of executing the offensive were not the best if we consider the treatment given to Jorge Martin. However, Ducati gave in to a figure as close as Machiavelli, who said that the end justifies the means. Finally, the Borgo Panigale company has already tied up the multi-champion after signing a contract that has a series of implications that give an idea of the power of #93.

Despite the fact that he will not join the official workshop until next year, his incorporation in 2025 is so relevant that it will surely have immediate effects that may even define the current campaign.

In just four days, Marquez has been able to bend the will of Ducati executives, who in their heads had imagined a strategy that would allow them to keep him and Martin by promoting the latter and offering the former a works bike at Pramac.

Marquez has effectively forced Martin out of Ducati

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On the other hand, the only plan that worked out perfectly was that of the boy from Cervera – who forced those in charge of the team that has won the last two crowns to break the word they had given to current championship leader Martin after the challenge that Marquez made last Thursday when he publicly refused to join the brand’s second team:…

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