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Exclusive: Martin to leave Ducati, paving way for Marquez factory MotoGP seat

Ducati has made the decision to bet on Marc Marquez at all costs for its factory MotoGP team, which will force Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini to leave the manufacturer, Motorsport.com understands.

Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Between the Barcelona and Mugello races, Ducati informed Jorge Martin that he was the chosen one to be Francesco Bagnaia's team-mate in 2025 in the official Ducati team.

On the eve of the Italian Grand Prix, a senior factory executive welcomed the rider and they shook hands, thanking the championship leader for his patience and perseverance over the last few years to get here.

At Borgo Panigale they were convinced that, with this manoeuvre, they could convince Marquez to ride for Pramac with identical material and support as the official riders.

But everything took a radical turn on Thursday when La Gazzetta dello Sport reported the news and Marquez closed the door to Ducati's wishes: “Pramac is not an option for me,” he said with an extremely serious look on his face.

This reaction was not expected by Ducati bosses who had been in contact with the rider during the weekend to look for alternatives.

Marquez told them that either he would go to the official team or to another factory.

Ducati panicked when it saw that it was losing the rider with the highest profile of the paddock and gave in to his demands: in 2025 he will be Bagnaia's team-mate.

After Marquez's harsh reaction on Thursday, Martin tried to maintain contact with Ducati officials, who gave him a long time to wait until this week.

The rider has understood that they are not going to present him with a contract to go to the official team, he is taking charge of the situation,as  he is tired of the non-compliance of the Bologna executives and has decided to accept, in the short term, one of the various offers he has on the table, from KTM, Aprilia, Honda and even Pramac, if finally - as everything suggests - it separates from Ducati and becomes a partner of Yamaha.

There will also be no place for Bastianini at Ducati, the Italian rider, second on Sunday in the Italian Grand Prix, has also taken the decision not to wait any longer and hopes to close the negotiations he has open with KTM, Aprilia and also Yamaha to ride with Pramac.

Update: Aprilia has since announced that Martin will join the Noale-based marque in 2025, with the news all but confirming that Marquez will step up to the factory Ducati team.

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