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Ducati MotoGP riders give their verdict to Marc Marquez debut, wary of pace

Marc Marquez left an impression with more than just the public and the media upon making his debut aboard Ducati machinery during testing with the manufacturer’s other riders offering a positive appraisal of their new stablemate.

The Spaniard’s much discussed switch from Repsol Honda after nine years in favour of a move to Ducati and the Gresini Racing squad alongside his brother Alex got officially underway during post-season testing at Valencia.

Immediately up to speed around on the Ducati GP23 he will race in MotoGP next season, Marquez spent most of the one-day test towards the summit of the timesheets, eventually going on to be classified fourth quickest at the flag.


It’s a showing that has whipped anticipation further ahead of his Ducati race debut in Qatar next year, not to mention leave his fellow Desmosedici counterparts coloured impressed.

Alex Marquez [Gresini Racing]

“I cannot speak too much because of contracts, but he was fast, which is something I know where he is coming from because he came the same way as me. He will be fast, it was what I expected from him.

Pecco Bagnaia [Ducati Lenovo Team]

“I said a few races ago that he would be first in the first test. I missed it by a few positions but I think he can be very happy with the bike. We did a wonderful job this season with the bike, so he can enjoy.”

Jorge Martin [Prima Pramac Racing]

“Well, it was what we expected, it’s not a big surprise, he will be very competitive.

Enea Bastianini [Ducati Lenovo Team]

“Good to see Marc at Ducati to check his data, Marc has a fantastic riding style, it will be not easy for him because all ducati riders are fast. 

Franco Morbidelli [Prima Pramac Racing]

“It was a good debut with the Ducati, it was strange to see him on another bike but he did good.

Marco Bezzecchi [VR46 Racing]

“We expected him to be fast of course, everyone expected this, so no surprise. I saw him a couple of times on track and he was already riding very well. With Marc we don’t need explanations.”

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