Marc Marquez is a rider from whom there are huge expectations from season to season. His departure to Gresini Ducati caused a lot of reactions. Many believe that by going to a new team, Marquez can be reborn and be his old self again.
Gresini's Commercial & Marketing Director Carlo Merlini is delighted that Marc is part of this team. He is aware of how much he will mean to their team. In addition, Merlini thanked his brother, Alex, who also did a lot regarding the arrival of Marc, as well as the promotion of the team.
“It’s a kind of dream come true,” -Carlo Merlini told the MotoGP Guru show, as quoted by crash.net! “But first of all, thanks to Marc for his trust in the team, for believing that we can deliver what he needs: A good technical package and I think most of all also a quite familiar environment.
Thanks to Alex also, he did some good advertising! He promoted and gave us some good publicity! What really made things easier is having Alex in the team and both Marc and Alex share the same manager. So talking was easy, dreaming was easy.
And then when the planets align in a certain way, it started getting a little bit less dreaming, a little bit more reality. And that was a great journey until we announced the signing of Marc [last] Thursday”.
Carlo Merlini on Marc Marquez's debut
Merlini hopes that Marquez could already be making his debut at the Valencia test.
Many within Ducati are eager to see such a star in their team. Although his form at Honda has been disappointing for a long time, we will see if Ducati can give the Spaniard a bike with which he can achieve great results. “There is the last word from HRC.
He is under contract with them and HRC had to release Marc. So not all the details of the release have been finalised, but we really hope to see him on our bike in Valencia,” Merlini said. “That would be good for him to have a first feel with the new bike before the off-season starts, so we really hope the HRC is not going to ban that”.