Double MotoGP podium finisher Marquez will move from Honda after three seasons – one in the factory squad in 2020 and two in LCR in 2021/2022 – to Ducati after signing a deal with Gresini to ride a year-old Desmosedici in 2023.
Marquez was released by Honda to test Ducati in the first pre-season test of 2023 on Tuesday following the Valencia Grand Prix.
Having had a difficult year with Honda, it finished 17th with 50 points and a best finish of seventh, Marquez shined after his first ride on the Ducati – even though contractually not allowed to do any comparison between his new bike and the RC213V .
“It was a very positive day, from the first run I felt at home on this bike,” Marquez said at the end of the test in Valencia after finishing 15th on the day.
“We were immediately fast and competitive. That’s very important. We didn’t actually make any adjustments to the bike all day, we just adjusted ourselves.
“That went really well. Winter has been too long for me! I need one more day to use the potential of this bike.
“We know this bike definitely has potential. In the qualifying run I haven’t been able to ask for everything [from the bike]but I’m happy that on the first day on this bike we’re only six tenths from first.
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
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“Above all, I was able to be consistent in terms of speed.”
Marquez said he could “use the natural style better” on the Ducati but “we still have to discover a little more from this machine”.
He also said he noticed a “huge difference” in the Ducati compared to the Honda.
Despite his enthusiasm for Ducati, Marquez admitted it was still “too early” to comment on what he might think about the goals of the 2023 season at the moment.
“It’s too early to say, I can’t say I will fight for the championship,” he added.
“We need to make a very strong base in the winter that we can start well in Portimao.
“We have this 2022 version of the Ducati, so we don’t have to try much new. We need to build confidence and see where we have potential.”