Unbelievable  Just now  Marc Marquez’ finally makes  his decision  On Jorge Martin …

Marc Marquez is set to become a factory Ducati MotoGP rider in 2025, following the stunning announcement that championship leader Jorge Martin will join Aprilia.

It represents an incredible u-turn in the MotoGP ’25 rider market, as just several days prior Martin looked a shoo-in for a Ducati factory promotion and the big question was about how Marquez would fit into either Ducati’s satellite team structure or a rival manufacturer’s factory team.

A three-way fight for the Ducati seat alongside Pecco Bagnaia had been narrowed down to just Marquez and Martin, and a report in the lead-up to the Italian Grand Prix by the reputable Gazzetta dello Sport claimed the decision had gone in Martin’s favour – albeit without pen being put to paper.

Martin’s demeanour coming into the weekend suggested the reporting was accurate – yet his factory Ducati dream now appears to have evaporated in the span of three days.

Motorsport.com’s Spanish edition and Sky Sports Italy say that Ducati’s top brass, comprising CEO Claudio Domenicali and general manager Gigi Dall’Igna, have now settled on Marquez as Bagnaia’s future team-mate.

Martin’s Aprilia move corroborates that – and creates the potential scenario of him taking the #1 plate next year from the Bologna factory to its Noale-based counterpart.

Ducati’s ideal solution would’ve been fitting both Martin and Marquez on factory-spec bikes into 2025, and Marquez – currently campaigning a year-old Ducati for Gresini – had sounded amenable to staying in a satellite ride to make that happen.

Yet he stunned the MotoGP paddock during the weekend by insisting he had no plans to go to Pramac, Ducati’s top satellite team – which the manufacturer had been hoping to entice into staying within its ranks (against interest from a potential new partner in Yamaha) by dangling the prospect of a signing of Marquez’s calibre.

Now, Marquez – who is 35 points behind Martin in the standings but also on a bike widely understood as inferior to Martin’s Ducati GP24 – is to suit up in Ducati red.

In the process, it will likely mean he ends his partnership with Red Bull for the time being, given Red Bull’s energy drink arch-rival Monster is a major sponsor of the Ducati works team.

For Martin, any scenario in which he was overlooked for the works seat made a future with Ducati untenable.

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