Jorge Martin Likely to Stay with Ducati as Rumored Yamaha Switch Unlikely
Spanish MotoGP rider, Jorge Martin is unlikely to make a switch from his current team, Ducati to join Yamaha next season. According to reports, there were rumors of the young rider making a move from one factory team to another due to a contract clause that allows him an early exit if offered a factory seat.
Martin made his debut in 2021 with Pramac Racing and won the Styrian GP in his rookie year. However, he was beaten by four-time race winner Enea Bastianini for a place at the factory Ducati squad last season. Despite this setback, Martin remained on a factory contract for 2023 and has been linked with several teams this year.
Ducati’s Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti thinks that Jorge Martin will most likely stay with them because they have a bike capable of winning championships whereas Yamaha does not look like it currently has what it takes – “He’s one of the fastest young riders and, at the moment, it doesn’t look like Yamaha has the bike to win the championship.”
The start of this year’s MotoGP season had seen many shocks such as reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo struggling despite racing for Yamaha. The marque suffered its only podium finish through Quartararo after five rounds leading them far behind their competitors such as Francesco Bagnaia who is currently ahead in points on board his Ducati.
Ciabatti also stated that there are no plans yet regarding future contracts or changes among their riders since they are happy with the riders currently contracted to them. “It’s a bit too early for us to say [what will happen in 2024], the problem with Enea and the crash is obviously delaying everything.”
So, it looks like Martin will remain at Pramac Ducati despite reports of a potential move from his team.