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MotoGP, Checa: "Having Marquez as an adversary would have been a danger to Ducati"

"I don't know if it was a forced decision, but the feeling is that Ducati didn't want to lose Marc. What is surprising is that contracts don't conclude overnight - I think Martin and Aprilia were already negotiating."

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It was the Monday after the Mugello GP that dissolved some of the big questions of the MotoGP market, unveiling the future of Marc Marquez and Jorge Martin. With the Madrid-born rider surprisingly announced as Aleix Espargaró's heir in Aprilia Racing, Ducati removed all concerns about Francesco Bagnaia's teammate in 2025, announcing the eight-time world champion's arrival in Borgo Panigale's factory team for the next two years. A chain reaction on which former rider and DAZN commentator Carlos Checa also gave his view, speaking on the Spanish broadcaster's "Paddock Abierto" program.

"I don't know if it was a forced decision," said the 51-year-old speaking about the marriage between the eldest of the Marquez brothers and the Lenovo Ducati team. "They didn't want to lose Marc, that's the feeling I had. I think they have already seen Marc's potential, they know that he has recovered perfectly from his injury and that he has an incredible hunger for victory. They know his potential and what he can generate. They would not have liked to have him as an adversary at all, in conditions that could have put them in danger from a sporting point of view," continued Carlos, convinced that Marc's words had much more weight for his move to red than Martin's departure: "They wanted to have him in the Ducati ranks and I think that the fact that he said he would not go to Pramac and that he had other options, tipped the scales on the side of the winner."

It was a winning strategy adopted by the rider from Cervera who, as he is already 31 years old, wanted to get to ride the most competitive bike in the lineup as soon as possible.

"He knows that Ducati will probably dominate until 2027, " the 2011 Suberbike World Champion noted , "The Ducati will always be a competitive bike as long as Gigi is behind it, with this ability to organize, to understand the competition and draw a very clear line of what he needs to do to have the most competitive bike on the grid."

While it is not all that surprising that the choice of Ducati has fallen on Marc Marquez, what is puzzling for Checa is the speed with which the agreement between Martin and the Noale-based manufacturer has been finalized.

"What surprises me is that when you negotiate a contract or when you close a contract it doesn't happen overnight, so clearly there was more than just words between Martin and Aprilia. I think they were already negotiating and the negotiations were quite advanced pending Ducati's decision," commented the Spaniard, who on the Borgo Panigale manufacturer's choice added, "I think in Ducati they were discussing who was better, whether Martin or Marc, and they wanted a little more time. Which is not feasible, because you can't wait: if you do that, you get to the end of the season and you end up with nothing."

 

Translated by Julian Thomas

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