Sunday, December 3, 2023

Gresini recognizes that his main objective is to “give Márquez a smile back”

He Catalan pilot Marc Márquez (Sling)which today has qualified directly for the ‘quali’ of the Indonesian Grand Prixwhich is celebrated in Mandalika circuitby achieving a brilliant sixth position, very close to the impressive times of Aleix Espargaró and Maverick Viñales, pilots of Aprilia who have dominated the first day of the grand prix, will undoubtedly find an ideal and very familiar atmosphere in the Gresini Ducati teamwhich is what he intended when leaving the team of his entire life.

“The first thing we want to do, the first thing we want to try, our priority objective the first day we work with Marc (Márquez), which I hope! It may be in the Cheste test after the Valencia GP, it will bring back his smile. We all know, and this is what Marc has also stated, that smiling under the helmet, feeling comfortable and happy on the bike, is what gives you the option to be fast and win,” the Italian commented today. Michele MasiniSports Director of the team Nadia Padovaniwidow of the champion Fausto Gresinito the DAZN microphones.

“Marc’s arrival to our team shows that we have done a great job over the last few years.” Michele Masini, Sports Director of the Gresini Racing Team

Masini, like the rest of the members of Ducati’s fourth ‘satellite’ team, has shown his satisfaction and pride for having achieved the signing of the eight-time world champion and for the fact that a champion like MM93 looked at them to try to re-emerge. , in 2024, in the highest category of world motorcycling. Masini also believes that Márquez’s arrival is one more achievement, one more award, to the magnificent career of his team.

Marc Márquez will have Frankie Carchedi as coach, who made Joan Mir champion on Suzuki

“I think we are doing things very well and the arrival of Marc is a demonstration of this,” commented Masini, “since since we created the team, since we got Ducati motorcycles, since the triumphs of Enea (Bastianini) and the excellent arrival of Àlex (Márquez), the signing of Márquez reinforces everything I say. And, in that sense, we are totally open to helping Marc re-emerge in this category and, above all, to make him feel how comfortable he was on his team.”

a single mechanic

In that sense, it seems to be confirmed that Márquez will only be able to bring one of his mechanics, Xavi Ortiz, to the Gresini team, and, therefore, his technician will be Frankie Carchedicurrent chief mechanic of the Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio and, previously, the technician who helped the Mallorcan Joan Mir to conquer the MotoGP world title, with Suzuki.

“It is evident and logical that Marc would want to take his entire technical team, headed by Santi Hernández, but, sometimes, that is not possible,” champion Jorge Lorenzo commented on DAZN. “Having Carchedi instead of Santi has its advantages and disadvantages for Marc, that is evident, but what he loses in friendship, in familiarity, Marc gains in the technical aspect because, from the beginning, it is evident that Carchedi knows him like no one else. the Ducati and will be able to help Marc adapt to it from the Valencia test.”

Bagnaia, deranged

On the first day of the Indonesian GP he experienced the surprise, the tremendous surprise (“he’s crazy or so it seems to me,” said Lorenzo), of the terrible classification of the champion and leader of the World Championship, Pecco’ Bagnaiawhich, as already happened in Jerez (and he surpassed it), will have to go through Q1 tomorrow to aspire, in Q2, to one of the first positions on the grid. Jorge Martin (Ducati)the man chasing Bagnaia, qualified very easily and will be able to continue harassing the Italian, whom he has reduced by 49 points in the last three races, now finding himself only 3 points behind the Ducati leader.

Although it is not known whether they will dare to take part in the ‘sprint’ race tomorrow, the truth is that, since the World Championship started in Portugal, Indonesia has all the MotoGP riders on the track because in Mandalika they return after their injuries Àlex Márquez, Enea Bastianini, Àlex Rins and Marco Bezzecchi, who after undergoing surgery on his right clavicle just five days ago, arriving in Indonesia this morning and falling once, has incomprehensibly achieved the third best time of the day after the two Aprilia riders.


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