Alex Marquez will be joining Fabio Di Giannantonio in Gresini Racing for the 2023 season.
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Alex Marquez will reportedly leave LCR Honda at the end of the season. The former Moto2 world champion is alleged to have decided to join Ducati’s satellite team, Gresini Racing for the 2023 season and will team up with Fabio Di Giannantonio.
Marquez will fill the vacancy left by Enea Bastianini who will move to either the Ducati factory or Pramac Racing (Ducati).
“I’m really happy to announce that I’ll be joining Team Gresini MotoGP, and I’m also very excited to be starting this new adventure: it was crucial for me to change in order to recover the same type of motivation I had when I first joined this class. This was the best option for me, with a team that helped write the history of this championship. I would like to thank Nadia, Carlo and all the GR staff for believing in me. I still have half a season left to do my best before starting 2023 with top motivation,” says Alex Marquez.
Marquez’s move to Gresini indirectly confirms that KTM rider Miguel Oliveira will join April’s new satellite team, RNF Racing next season.
Oliveira had previously tried to lure Gresini but the Portuguese rider chose to join Razlan Razali’s new Aprilia project. At the same time, Marquez’s transfer also opens the door for Alex Rins to join LCR.
“I’m really happy to extend my partnership with this team, which is like a family to me. It’s great because we’ll continue on this learning curve, and we’ll be doing so with a Ducati – and that makes me very happy. Continuity is key in MotoGP in order to be able to work on me to be the best possible. We have been working on this contract extension for a little while, and now we can finally announce it. Obviously, the goals will be higher: we’ll be using this second part of the season to improve our results and then next year I really want to make that step up,” says Fabio Di Gianntonio.
“I’m really happy with this new project. First of all, we’re confirming our continuation with Fabio Di Giannantonio. He has already shown his talent this year, as he has been improving race after race, and I’m sure that he’ll keep getting more competitive. We were looking to put a more experienced rider alongside him, and I think Alex Marquez is the perfect one for our team. His CV speaks for itself: we think he has great potential and that the Desmosedici machine may be the perfect companion on his new journey. Welcome to the family, Alex!” adds Team Owner Nadia Padovani Gresini.