Marc Marquez finally revealed in Gresini Ducati MotoGP …

Marc Marquez finally revealed in Gresini Ducati MotoGP …


January means two issues: it’s virtually time for preseason testing, and it’s completely time for launch season to kick off. Gresini Racing has gone first, with its new MotoGP line-up of Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez revealed within the crew’s blue and purple colors.

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Gresini Ducati has grow to be the primary MotoGP crew to launch its 2024 squad and livery forward of the upcoming season, which would be the first within the crew for Marc Marquez.

Marc joins his brother, Alex Marquez, within the satellite tv for pc Ducati squad for this season. The #73 made his debut with Gresini in 2023, and proved the capability of the crew to be aggressive. Marquez proved particularly aggressive in moist circumstances, taking a primary MotoGP pole place in Argentina and a podium within the race, too. Then, in Silverstone, he took his first MotoGP race win within the Dash, earlier than managing his first dry climate win within the Malaysian Dash, a consequence he backed up with a podium within the Grand Prix.

Like his brother, Marc Marquez is becoming a member of the Gresini crew from Honda, for whom he famously gained six premier class world titles. HRC’s lack of ability to offer him with a motorcycle with which he can win one other championship – and even one other race in newer years – has been the explanation for Marquez’ change, and he’ll enter the 2024 season as a championship favorite.

As for the crew, Gresini is about to enter its third season since splitting from Aprilia, for which it ran the manufacturing unit race crew between 2015 and 2021. Since then, it has gained 5 Grands Prix – 4 with Enea Bastianini in 2022 and one with Fabio Di Giannantonio in 2023  – and two Sprints – each with Alex Marquez final yr. In 2024, it instantly turns into a title contender from the outset of the championship.

Whether or not it is going to be in a position to rise to the event will solely be decided as soon as the season will get underway, however we all know that, with Ducati GP23s, it has the equipment to do it.

These GP23s might be painted within the acquainted mild blue and purple paint scheme that has grow to be customary for Gresini since its aforementioned cut up from Gresini. It’s not an outright stunner, nevertheless it’s hardly disgusting, both. The absence of a title sponsor for the MotoGP class stays for 2024 – stunning contemplating its rider roster – however that at the very least permits Gresini to proceed to construct its identification across the blue and purple.

Under are the dates for the remaining 2024 MotoGP crew launches.

Ducati Lenovo Workforce – 22 January

Second up, and persevering with the ‘get one of the best out the way in which’ theme, is Ducati Lenovo. The manufacturing unit Ducati effort has gained each groups’ title since 2020 and every of the final two riders’ titles with Francesco Bagnaia, whereas Ducati is unbeaten within the final 4 seasons within the Producers’ World Championship. The latter title is virtually nailed on for Bologna this yr, such is their energy in numbers throughout eight bikes (together with the 2 aforementioned Marquez’), however the different two are far much less sure. 

What can also be unsure is whether or not Ducati’s 2024 line-up can even be its 2025 line-up. Enea Bastianini gained a race final yr, however he in any other case wasn’t on the rostrum. Sure, he was injured from the primary Dash of the season, however that justification solely retains that qualification for a sure period of time earlier than it turns into an excuse. With Marc Marquez, Jorge Martin, and Marco Bezzecchi all looking out for some form of manufacturing unit experience for 2025, the strain is definitely on Bastianini this yr. Bagnaia will virtually definitely re-sign.

Ducati can even launch its WorldSBK crew – which has had comparable success to the MotoGP effort in recent times principally because of Alvaro Bautista – on the Campioni in Pista occasion at Madonna di Campiglio, in addition to its Italian Championship motocross crew. It is going to all happen over the course of the upcoming weekend, however the launches themselves will occur on 22 January.

Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Workforce – 24 January

Shortly following the manufacturing unit Ducati crew, the VR46 Ducati squad launches into a brand new period, and presumably the tip of 1, too, in 2024. Mooney is out this yr, and changing the Italian finance firm as title sponsor on Valentino Rossi’s crew is Pertamina Enduro, which is a specific model of oil from the state-owned Indonesian oil agency. How precisely VR46 will handle to marry fluro yellow, black, and purple collectively on one paint job is definitely a curious query and one which might be answered on 24 January. 

As with Gresini, it’s a 46+4 per cent refresh for VR46 this yr within the rider division, as Fabio Di Giannantonio arrives alongside Marco Bezzecchi instead of Luca Marini, who has moved to Repsol Honda. Subsequent yr guarantees to be an even bigger change for VR46, although, because it’s rumoured they’ll ditch the Ducati Desmosedici for Yamaha’s presently ailing YZR-M1.

Trackhouse Racing – 26 January

One other two days separate VR46’s launch from Trackhouse Racing’s on 26 January. The American crew is MotoGP’s first new squad since VR46 grew to become a full effort in 2021, as they change the mis-financed CryptoData RNF crew. Not solely has Trackhouse changed RNF, however they’ve supplied a extra steady footing for Aprilia’s satellite tv for pc programme, and have been in a position to safe a 2024 RS-GP for Miguel Oliveira from the primary race in Qatar. 

The Trackhouse crew’s announcement on the finish of final yr noticed them exhibit a Nicky Hayden-inspired US flag design on an RS-GP, however we should wait and see whether or not that finally ends up being the ultimate product. Trackhouse has not too long ago introduced a partnership with the quick meals chain Wendy’s for a number of the races within the upcoming NASCAR season – it could be a shot within the arm of MotoGP if the American squad had been in a position to convey a title sponsor with a fraction of the mainstream attraction of Wendy’s to the premier two-wheel championship.

Tech3 GasGas Manufacturing unit Racing – 29 January

Marc Marquez’ transfer from Repsol Honda to Gresini Ducati additionally noticed Crimson Bull depart the manufacturing unit Honda crew. It was considerably anticipated that the Austrian advertising and vitality drink large would comply with Marquez to Gresini, however newer studies from Speedweek counsel that, actually, they’ll rejoin the Tech3 crew that they sponsored in 2019 and 2020. So, we’d count on one thing like ‘Crimson Bull Tech3 GasGas Manufacturing unit Racing’ to launch with its riders 2022 Moto2 World Champion Augusto Fernandez and 2023 Moto2 World Champion Pedro Acosta on 29 January.

Monster Vitality Yamaha MotoGP – 5 February

Yamaha’s subsequent up on 5 February, which is the day after the tip of the Sepang Shakedown check. Which means it is going to be a Malaysia launch for Yamaha, as each Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins will have the ability to experience within the Shakedown because of MotoGP’s new concession guidelines. What Yamaha brings to Malaysia might be vital, way more vital than its crew launch occasion, as a result of it wants to point out Quartararo that it’s value remaining with Yamaha, and never shifting to Ducati or Aprilia or Honda as an alternative.

Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing – 12 February

What about KTM? Nicely, Quartararo gained’t transfer there, and neither will Marc Marquez in 2025. KTM will promote Pedro Acosta to the manufacturing unit crew subsequent yr, in all probability, and Brad Binder is tied up in orange till 2026. The Crimson Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing crew launch on 12 February, after the conclusion of the Sepang check, will most likely be the start of Jack Miller’s last season in orange, then. Nicely, nothing is for certain in sports activities, particularly bike sports activities, however for saying a wheel hasn’t but turned in 2024, it appears about as certain a factor as a factor might be.

Repsol Honda Workforce – 13 February

Honda will have a good time the thirtieth anniversary of the partnership between its manufacturing unit premier class Grand Prix crew (the partnership predates the MotoGP period) and the Spanish oil firm Repsol this yr. A change of livery conference has been teased by the crew. We hope {that a} Valencia 2008 type might be in use all season, however that appears unlikely. 

Sadly, so does a return to Doohan-era navy instead of the white background that has been used on Repsol Hondas since 2013. However there does appear to be extra blue coming, so let’s see.

Both means, Repsol Honda will launch on 13 February with its new rider line-up of Joan Mir and Luca Marini, who’s the primary non-Spaniard to experience for the crew on a full-time foundation since Casey Stoner in 2012, as a lot as Stefan Bradl’s substitute of Marc Marquez grew to become a full-time effort in 2020.

LCR Honda – 15 February

LCR Honda is subsequent up, with its half-refreshed roster of Takaaki Nakagami and Johann Zarco. LCR retains the excellence of being the one MotoGP crew to have two completely different liveries throughout its aspect of the storage, so that you’ll get double the worth when it launches on 15 February.

Aprilia Racing – 18 February

The manufacturing unit Aprilia crew will go subsequent on 18 February, for what is going to certainly be the final season of the Aleix Espargaro-Maverick Vinales partnership, until certainly one of them goes on a title tilt. The RS-GP is a superb bike, however to this point neither Vinales nor Espargaro has confirmed able to mounting a championship cost aboard it.

Pramac Racing – 28 February

That leaves one crew: Pramac, so perhaps we had been saving one of the best for final in spite of everything.

Actually, you may argue that Pramac has the quickest MotoGP rider in Jorge Martin, and there’s little to counsel the #89 gained’t have the ability to repeat his title problem of 2023 within the upcoming season. He can have the identical equipment as reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia, as he has since he joined MotoGP in 2021, and the motivation of feeling like no person desires him, as a result of Ducati has most likely made clear by now that it doesn’t actually need him within the manufacturing unit crew having turned him away twice in two years. 

Franco Morbidelli joins Martin in 2024, hoping to return to the race-winning type he confirmed in 2020 when he gained three races and completed second within the championship.

The Italo-Spanish line-up will conclude the 2024 MotoGP launch season on 28 February. We’ll name that fashionably late. 

Two weeks will then go by earlier than the primary Grand Prix weekend of the season on 8-10 March in Qatar.

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