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Ducati has offered full support in MotoGP despite Aprilia deal

Jorge Martin, Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing

Jorge Martin says Ducati has assured him that he will get its full support in the 2024 MotoGP title fight despite his impending split from the Italian manufacturer.
Pramac rider Martin will leave the Ducati fold after four seasons to join Aprilia on a multi-year deal in 2025, having lost out in the race to secure a works seat at the Borgo Panigale marque to six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez.
The 26-year-old is currently in the thick of the championship fight with factory Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia and Gresini’s Marquez, holding a small but substantial 18-point lead in the standings heading to this weekend’s Dutch Grand Prix at Assen.

If Martin ends up winning the title, it raises the prospect of him taking the prestigious number 1 plate to Aprilia next year, which would not sit well with Ducati. 

Moreover, the Pramac team he races with is closing in on a deal to become a Yamaha satellite squad next year, with an announcement expected later this weekend.

Given the situation, Ducati would be better off focusing its efforts on Bagnaia and to a lesser extent Marquez, but Martin has made it clear that both he and the Italian marque remain committed to giving their all until the end of their contract period.

“For my side, I’m a professional rider, I’m paid by Ducati, I race for Ducati and for the moment till Valencia Ducati is my home,” he said.

Jorge Martin, Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing

Photo by: Aprilia Racing

“I will give my 100% to win or give my best to try to win and, from that case, they told me also I will have the same material I had till the moment.

“So I’m confident that it will not be an issue and I can battle with these two guys with fair conditions.”

Ducati had initially chosen Martin to replace Enea Bastianini in its factory line-up, but was forced to take a U-turn on its decision after Marquez refused to accept joining Pramac, even on a factory-spec bike.

Amid the fear of losing Marquez to a rival, Ducati was left with no option but to promote him from Gresini to join Bagnaia next year, creating an all-star line-up.

Unhappy at being overlooked for that coveted seat for a second time in three years, Martin took things in his own hands and inked a deal with Aprilia on Monday after the Italian Grand Prix that will see him spearhead the Noale marque’s factory assault.

Speaking at Assen, Martin admitted that he was “frustrated” with how things unfolded over the course of the…

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