Luca Marini looks on the verge of being officially confirmed as Marc Marquez’s replacement at Repsol Honda next season.
Luca Marini, an Italian rider, is set to leave his current team, Ducati, and join Repsol Honda, where he will replace the departing Marc Marquez. Marini has always had a desire to become a factory MotoGP rider and sees this move to Honda as an opportunity to achieve that goal. The salary and the chance to step out of his brother Valentino Rossi’s shadow are also motivating factors. With Marquez leaving, Marini will have a better chance to establish himself within the team and influence bike development. The impact of Honda’s reshuffle of senior management and potential technical concessions may also benefit Marini. There are still unanswered questions about whether he will work with Marquez’s crew or bring some staff members from VR46.