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    03 June 2023

    Ducati dismisses rumors of Jorge Martin’s potential switch to Yamaha in 2024 MotoGP season

    Martin’s future with Ducati in question

    Spanish MotoGP rider Jorge Martin’s contract with Ducati includes a clause allowing him to leave a year early if he is offered a factory seat, sparking rumors of his departure. Ducati Sporting Director Paolo Ciabatti reacted to the reports by expressing his desire for Martin to stay.

    Inconsistent Yamaha package not enough for Martin?

    Ciabatti also commented on rumors connecting the 2021 Styrian GP winner with Yamaha, stating that “at the moment, it doesn’t look like Yamaha has the bike to win the championship”. The struggling marque’s only podium finish so far this season came from reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo at Americas GP.

    Bagnaia leads standings as Bastianini remains out

    Ducati currently tops the standings behind Francesco Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi of VR46. However, plans have been put on hold due to Enea Bastianini’s absence after suffering an injury at Portuguese GP sprint.

    Ciabatti stated that while no decisions have yet been made regarding next year’s lineup- including Pecco, Johann Zarco and Jorge Martin himself – they are happy with all their current contracted riders: “So, the contract with Pecco, Enea, Johann [Zarco] and Jorge…in principle we’re happy with all of them.”

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