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MotoGP, Suppo agrees with Pernat that Marquez might return to Honda in 2025

"The market will start soon. Ducati will first try and sign Pecco, who will have no say in the choice of the other rider, then there will only be one place available in the factory team and in the meantime Honda, Yamaha and KTM will have grown "

MotoGP: Suppo agrees with Pernat that Marquez might return to Honda in 2025

Livio Suppo is in agreement with Carlo Pernat on the possibility that Marc Marquez might return to Honda at the end of 2024. This was declared in an interview with MotoGP.com by the great ex of Ducati, Honda and Suzuki, who was without any shadow of a doubt one of the best Team Principals of the 2000s.

"Don’t rule out the possibility of Marc returning to Honda. Just look at the way the split happened: it was all done in a very friendly way. Not only on the PR side but also Marc and Honda tried to find the best solution for both. It’s a moment for Marc to find his strength again and, on the other side, it takes the pressure off Honda to now develop the bike without Marc on it, as Marc wants to win and I don’t think the bike will be ready to do that at the start of the season. In the end, all his team remained at Honda except one and we know how strong his relationship is with them. So, who knows?", Suppo said.

According to the Turin manager, the rider transfer market will start very soon this year.

"All Ducati riders have their contract finishing this year, so I assume the market will start soon – explained Suppo - Their bike is the best, so all riders on a Ducati, at this moment, will want to stay on a Ducati. But KTM and Aprilia will continue their growth, and Yamaha and Honda having concessions should give them greater potential. Already we saw in Valencia that Honda has taken a step. If they use the concessions wisely, they could close the gap a lot by mid-season. Then, the market will be totally different.”

As you will remember, one of the riders who could be leaving Ducati is the world championship runner-up Jorge Martin, who has already announced that he wants an official seat in 2025.

Suppo added that Ducati's first move will be to confirm Pecco Bagnaia, and the consequence will be that, with only one free place in the official team, it will have to make a choice between Bastianini, Bezzecchi and Marquez. But to add more we will have to wait for the start of the championship which will reveal their form factor.

"I don’t think Pecco will have a say in who his teammate is – explained Suppo – because, at least in my time, unless there’s a really bad relationship between two riders then there's no reason not to sign them. If there isn’t a character problem, a rider cannot complain about who the team signs just because he thinks they might be faster than them. Each factory must try and have the strongest team they can."

 

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