Luca Marini is “wrong” to go to Repsol Honda despite the pay-rise, insists Jorge Lorenzo.
It is expected that Luca Marini, the VR46 rider, will be announced as Marc Marquez’s replacement at Repsol Honda for the 2024 MotoGP season. Marini will go from being a satellite rider to a factory rider, transitioning from a smaller and newer team to a powerhouse of the sport, but will also be switching to a less competitive bike. Former MotoGP champion, Lorenzo, believes it would be a mistake for Marini to leave Ducati, stating that the bike suits his riding style and his height better. Lorenzo thinks that Marini’s move to Honda, which is a smaller and more delicate motorcycle, would not turn out well and would be a step backward in terms of competitiveness, although it might be economically beneficial. Marquez’s decision to leave Honda and join Ducati was motivated by his desire to challenge for the championship, while Marini’s move to Honda is a more prestigious position, albeit on a potentially less competitive bike.