Alex Marquez’ manager Emilio Alzamora is manoeuvring for his young Spanish charge to switch to MotoGP alongside Pecco Bagnaia at Pramac Ducati for 2020.
Marquez has seen plenty of riders leapfrog him in the queue for a blue riband ride and should Pramac incumbent Jack Miller get his shot at Danilo Petrucci’s works seat, Marquez would like to join elder brother Marc at the big boys’ table.
“Why not you know. I said that I didn’t make the step because I didn’t feel prepared, this year I feel more prepared and I think and if I have the potential I will take it for sure but I need to do my work which is on track,” said Marquez.
Everybody is now moving, looking to move to go to MotoGP and you need to move fast but it’s work for Emilio, I have a really good relationship with the Pramac guys but it’s Emilio talking so he knows more and better than me.”
Pramac team boss Francesco Guidotti is a little more circumspect, saying he would prefer to keep Miller with Bagnaia for another season but he can’t do anything about the Australian’s ambition for a factory seat.
“We met with Alzamora to see if there was the possibility of having Alex come here. It’s a standard procedure when a rider’s team manager asks to be able to talk to us, we do it. And anyway, we have other meetings scheduled,” said Guidotti.
Jack has no contract for next year and we have to evaluate other solutions if he wanted to go to the official team or another part if we couldn’t meet his needs.
“We need to have an overview of the market and of those who want to switch from Moto2 to MotoGP having the right credentials to do so.
“But we do not focus on a rider in particular and we want, if possible, to stay with the current setup. We and Ducati do not have the situation of the riders in hand, they could decide and choose to leave.
“Alex has no priority over other riders, while our priority is to maintain the current line-up with Pecco and Miller. But Miller does not agree with me, because he aims at the official Ducati team.”
Guidotti has been at the middle of a big rider rumour before when Danny Kent was hotly-tipped for a ride with the team. It was later dismissed as a big publicity stunt cooked up by the pair.