“I think Ducati is scared”

Jorge Lorenzo has pondered what happened this week in MotoGP. Everything was unleashed at the Italian Grand Prix held in Mugello. Initially, the one chosen by Ducati to be Pecco Bagnaia’s teammate in 2025 was Jorge Martin. But the refusal of Marc Márquez to go to First Pramac caused the signing of Borgo Panigale rethink what was planned.

In the end, they did not want to lose the eight-time champion and that led to Martinator to register for Aprilia. And let’s not forget that the third candidate for the position (Enea Bastianini) had assumed his defeat by compromising with the GasGas Tech3, where he will race with the KTM that Pedro Acosta and Brad Binder will also ride. Therefore, the Ilerdense competitor’s scheme had an effect. In the end, ’93’ will be in the team that has been dominating the premier class of the motorcycle World Championship in recent years. He fulfilled his wish.

Lorenzo has talked about all this in the program Open Paddock of DAZN. “I’m surprised. First, of that news about Jorge Martín signing for Aprilia. Then it was already clear that Ducati was going for Marc Márquez. I thought that Marc would be good to be in the Prima Pramac, with a GP25, but it is clear that his plan was much more ambitious. He himself asked Gigi Dall’Igna if he was going to continue in 2025/26. That was his plan, now we have discovered it. He has played his cards in the best way“, analyzed the five-time world champion.


The scheme worked

Immediately afterwards, the Spaniard added: “Gigi and Ducati’s plan was to keep the three, keep Jorge in red and if possible, Marc in the Prima Pramac. But Marc did not have that plan, and he played those letters saying that he was not going to Pramac, that he wanted red. I think Ducati has gotten scared, and I think their only option to keep Marc was to put him in red. Esa threat of ‘If you don’t put me in red, I’m leaving’well It has also had an effect in the offices“.

Marc’s assets

Besides, Marc has gained strength since racing at Gresini. “When Márquez has returned to fighting for victories, the MotoGP audience, also with Pedro Acosta in the category, has increased. I won’t tell you that it is at the level of Valentino Rossi’s good times; but it is true that he is by far the most media-friendly. That plays an important role. Ducati is seeing that he is 32 years old; that he probably has between two and four good years left. And you can retire in red, being a Ducati rider. That has influenced. Without counting, obviously, the results it can give them,” he continued.


Pecco’s wish

About the desire Pecco Bagnaia, Lorenzo has not been shy when it comes to exposing his theories. “Pecco doesn’t want the boxing environment to be harmed. Translated: he doesn’t want a driver like Marc, he doesn’t want a fast driver who can beat him. He doesn’t want to say that Bastianini can’t do it. But At the level of sensations, it’s scarier, at this moment, Marc Márquez“he emphasized.

Will Marc reign in 2025?

Finally, Lorenzo believes that in 2025 it will be seen if Marc can reign again as he did before the serious injury suffered in Jerez. “Now there are no excuses as Marc himself says. Although he has publicly made them. Many times he has denied obvious things such as that the GP24 ran faster than the GP23. Marc is 32 years old and has suffered a major injury. He is on his roof and the only thing he can do is hold on. While his young rivals can do better. That’s the only thing that works against you.. That equalizes the forces a bit. The 2019 Pecco with the 2019 Márquez, it was evident that Marc was three steps above. Now, with the same bike, I am not sure that Marc will beat him in all the races“, he detailed.


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