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Six-time MotoGP champion Marquez to ride for Ducati from 2025

Spanish rider Marc Marquez. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Spaniard Marc Marquez, the six-time MotoGP world champion, will join the Ducati factory team in 2025 and team up with reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia, the Italian manufacturer announced on Wednesday. 

Marquez, who currently rides for Gresini, Ducati’s satellite team which he joined at the start of 2024 after 11 seasons at Honda, will replace the Italian Enea Bastianini on a two-year contract.

Marquez has not won a race since October 2021 and lies third in the standings at the midway point of this season.

“I am very happy to be able to wear the red colours of the factory Ducati team in MotoGP next season,” Marquez said.

“I am happy to be able to take this big step in 2025 and grateful for the trust Ducati has placed in me.”

Marquez’s arrival at the reigning world champions was widely expected after the announcement on Monday that rising star Jorge Martin was joining Aprilia from Ducati-Pramac, another of Ducati’s satellite teams.

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