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MotoGP Silly season: Is Alex Marquez set to join Gresini Ducati? | MotoGP

After delivering news earlier in the week that Miguel Oliveira and Alex Rins are close to having their MotoGP futures confirmed, Marquez could also be about to add his name to that list. 

Oliveira looks set to sign a two-year deal at Aprilia with RNF Racing, while Rins is expected to replace Marquez at LCR Honda. 

With the second seat at LCR expected to come down to either Takaaki Nakagami or Ai Ogura – the latter is rumoured to be the favourite – Marquez’s future looks to be away from Honda. 

But that’s perhaps not a bad thing as Honda has endured another disastrous season so far –  highlighted by its inability to score points for the first time in a MotoGP race in 40 years (Sachsenring). 

Yes, a technical issue (Marquez), a rider error (Nakagami) and fitness problems (Pol Espargaro) affected Honda’s performance during last weekend’s German MotoGP, however, a lack of competitive performances and results were on show long before Sachsenring.

With Gresini Ducati seemingly missing out on its #1 target Oliveira, Marquez has since been linked with the Italian team. 

Gresini are resigned to losing Enea Bastianini as the former Moto2 world champion will either join Pramac or the factory team alongside Francesco Bagnaia.  

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Marquez is believed to be a ‘tempting’ option for Gresini now that Oliveira and Rins appear to be going elsewhere, not to mention the Spaniard will bring substantial investment from sponsors.

Fabio Di Giannantonio set for a second year in MotoGP

As previously mentioned, Gresini could announce one of their 2023 rider signings this weekend, with Di Giannantonio set for a second season with the team.

Recent performances, especially in qualifying have been nothing short of brilliant from the Italian, who confirmed that a deal is close on Thursday. 

Pol Espargaro rumoured with KTM return

Another rider who could be close to having his future decided is Espargaro, as a move back to KTM appears likely. 

While it won’t be in the form of a factory seat, Espargaro is likely to remain on factory machinery with Tech 3 KTM. 

Should such a move take place then the Spaniard will either replace Remy Gardner or Raul Fernandez – more likely to be the latter as RNF is rumoured to be looking at the former Moto2 star.

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