Ducati riders have already claimed that Marc Marquez will immediately fight for the MotoGP title next season, which he believes is an early start to some mind games.
When Marquez joins Gresini in 2024, he will ride the same bike as Bagnaia and Martin did this season. Bagnaia predicts that the bike will be very good and Marquez will be able to brake hard, similar to what he does with the Honda. While Bagnaia believes Marquez will be in the top five, he’s unsure if he’ll fight for the championship. Bastianini sees Marquez as an incredible talent and expects him to be a problem from the first race. Martin sees it as a big challenge for his team to compare themselves to Marquez, who is considered one of the greatest in history. Marquez dismisses these remarks as psychological games and says he puts pressure on himself rather than feeling pressure from others. He acknowledges that he has had difficult years since 2020, but believes that the doubts will be answered in the upcoming season. Marquez understands that he cannot win every race, but his new motivation is to be competitive and perform well in some races. Despite his three years of injury and a below-par bike, he aims to regain his form and fight for the championship.