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MotoGP, Agostini: "Marquez is ready to win, but he must contend with the young riders"

"Marc is a great talent. He had some problems, but now he is coming back. He just needs time to get to know Ducati, and dealing with such tough competition doesn't make it easier for him. The crashes? Not always his fault."

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Some gave him up for finished; many, most, were instead convinced of his recovery. Marc Marquez over the course of the last few years has been the focus of media attention no longer for his back-to-back successes to which he had accustomed us, but for his crashes and injuries. Being plunged into a sort of negative vortex forced him to make a clean break with the past, as if to abandon the well-known and beaten path of Honda, in favour of the unknown Ducati, among other things with a satellite team like Gresini that could not guarantee him anything but the 2023 bike and not the updated one.

The Spanish champion's unprecedented arrival at Borgo Panigale was greeted by the paddock as a question mark, to which he - and only the next few rounds will tell us this - may have responded last Sunday in Jerez with a podium that tasted of revenge and relief.

One of his most convinced supporters, certain that the eight-time world champion will still give the competition a run for its money, is Giacomo Agostini, someone who knows a thing or two about two wheels. Speaking to DAZN in the context of the weekend at Angel Nieto, he dedicated this thought to the 31-year-old: "He has a great talent. Although he has had several problems related to accidents I am sure he will come back. Now he just needs some time to get to know the Desmosedici, as he showed in Austin by dictating the pace of the GP for a while. It is true that he ended up on the ground, but that was because of a brake problem. He is there, though; he is ready to resume winning. The fact is that it's not easy, because there are so many young riders who are hungry for success."

Before his second place in Spain, the rider from Cervera had achieved the same finish in the Sprint Races in Portugal and Texas.





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