Gresini Racing has just announced that Alex Marquez will replace Enea Bastianini in the Ducati satellite team for 2023, for Alex Marquez it is for the first time in his MotoGP career that he will be racing without a Honda.
Marquez will join 2022 rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio, who has renewed with the team for next year.
"I am really happy to announce that I will be joining Team Gresini MotoGP, and I am also very excited to be starting this new adventure: it was crucial for me this change to regain the same kind of motivation I had when I joined this class."
"This was the best option for me, with a team that helped write the history of this championship. I would like to thank Nadia [Padovani, team owner], Carlo [Merlini, commercial head of the team] and all the GR staff for believing in me. I still have half a season to give my best before I start 2023 with maximum motivation."
The move, announced ahead of Sunday’s Dutch TT at Assen, is the latest piece in a somewhat convoluted 2023 silly season that has been dramatically affected by the sudden announcement that Suzuki would walk away from the championship at the end of 2022.
That news put both Alex Rins and Joan Mir onto the rider market while simultaneously meaning that two fewer bikes were available – and in turn has helped to push not just Marquez but also Pol Espargaro out of Honda, as Mir heads to factory Repsol colours and Rins takes over from Marquez at satellite team LCR.