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MotoGP, Marc Marquez, one step closer to a red dream: Ducati chose him

The Mugello GP seems to have cleared up Dall'Igna's and Domenicali's doubts. They want to bet on him as Bagnaia's next teammate.

MotoGP: Marc Marquez, one step closer to a red dream: Ducati chose him

The decision on who's going to be Bagnaia's teammate for the upcoming two years won't be long in coming, and the details will soon be finalized. Gigi Dall'Igna and Claudio Domenicali not only celebrated Pecco and Enea's double-whammy at Mugello, but they also clarified the future of the factory team. All the clues point to Marc Marquez, who looks like he won't be needing any plan B or C.

They were at a junction at Borgo Panigale: either put together a top-level team with Martin or a dream team with Marquez. They chose the second option, which wasn't necessarily the most expected one. The appeal of this pair is great, with two champions under one roof. Like Senna and Prost during McLaren days but, with Marc, it's probably more like Ayrton and, with Pecco, more like Alain.

The concentration of talent in that garage will be extremely high and, probably, the coexistence won't be easy. The two champions, however, will probably know how to push themselves even higher than what they're doing now. Since the beginning of the year, both the Italian and Spanish riders have been studying each other's data to understand their opponent's secrets and improve.

Martin, however, will be getting the short end of the stick. He was suffering about this uncertainty regarding his future, even during the Mugello GP, as he himself declared. Paddock rumors claim that his manager, Albert Valera, wasn't even able to talk to Ducati's top management this weekend. For Jorge, the future could be in Aprilia, replacing his great friend Aleix Espargarò who has often championed him. The alternative would be KTM, which is planning a 2025 "unified network", as a single official team with four bikes.

The fact is that the tables were turned on what was Ducati's option "A" - Martin in the official team and Marquez in Pramac - by the eight-time world champion's announcement that he wasn't available for that solution. At this point, we'll have to see what Pramac's decision will be, with Paolo Campinoti strongly tempted by Yamaha.

As mentioned, there's nothing official yet, and probably dotting all the "i"s on the contract will take time, but the red dream team is taking shape.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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