Over the weekend in Sepang, Luca Marini's arrival at the Repsol Honda team in place of Marc Marquez, seemed certain. But a week later there has still been no announcement and there doesn't seem to be anything new on the horizon, at least for the moment.
"The situation is the same as Sunday after the race, so I can tell you nothing because I don't have nothing to say more than I've already said - commented Marini on Thursday in Qatar – Also, for me it's not an easy situation. I know that for your job it's maybe even worse, but also for me because it's difficult. It would be great to have more time, but Valencia is next week. So, we will see. I'm waiting with all of you, and I think the best thing I can do is just focus on this GP, achieve a great result and try to do a good weekend.”
On a track that is well suited to his riding style and the characteristics of the Desmosedici GP, Luca might have an excellent opportunity to get in amongst the protagonists of the weekend and try to reduce the 29 points that separate him from the Top 5 in the championship standings.
"Here Ducati is very strong and every year it is winning races. So, I think it could be also another good track for us. It won't be easy because everyone is in excellent form and Jorge and Pecco are fighting for the championship and they will fight for victory here too - observed the 26-year-old - I also expect KTM and Aprilia to do well too, because the track has been resurfaced and the situation will be different compared to last year. I believe that FP1 will not be fundamental to understand everyone's potential, but FP2 will be very important, because we will have to test all the tyres brought by Michelin. It seems like it's a bit warmer than in March, so we might also decide not to use the soft front tyre that we normally use."
The rumours about the Marche native's move to Honda do not seem to have undermined the atmosphere within the team or among the guys at the VR46 Riders Academy.
"It's not weird. It's just something that is completely normal in my opinion, because every year there are changes in the teams. So, it's just trying to perform well and do my best because in the end, my job is to race, ride the bike in the best way that I can and work well with my team, with my engineers. And I think this season we did great things - underlined Marini - I always go to the Ranch. I changed my way of training, but nothing has changed with my Academy teammates. The situation is perfect, we go to dinner together every week."
On the other hand, leaving his brother's team to get on the RC213V would not mean Marini splitting from VR46.
“It wouldn't be a 'solo' career. It wouldn't be anything strange or different from what Pecco or Franco did (Morbidelli, ed.). It would just be a matter of putting myself in a position to obtain good results and an incredible and special career in MotoGP" clarified Luca, who then admitted that he had also discussed his possible change of team with his mother Stefania Palma: "I have spoken many times with her and she supports me in every decision, because she wants the best for her son."