Jorge Martin Joins Aprilia for MotoGP 2025

Jorge Martin will leave Ducati and join Aprilia for the 2025 MotoGP World Championship season, leaving the Ducati with whom he began his MotoGP World Championship career.

Martin's transfer was confirmed by Aprilia this evening (Monday 3 June), the day after the Italian MotoGP Grand Prix, in which Martin finished third behind Francesco Bagnaia and Egna Bastianini, and ahead of Marc Marquez.

On signing Martin, Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing, said: “Jorge's unstoppable path of growth is a step towards achieving the goal that we all strive for so passionately at Aprilia Racing. Thank you to Dr. Michele Colanino for this opportunity, We spoke last night and without wasting time we made the decision.”

Jorge Martin, Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix 2024. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Martin joined the MotoGP World Championship in 2021 with Pramac Ducati, and has remained with the team since then, competing for the title against Bagnaia in 2023.

Pramac team principal Gino Borsoy has more or less confirmed that Martin will leave the Ducati team at the end of the season as the No. 89 believes he deserves a factory ride.

It is understood that Martin's factory preference is Ducati, which has been the dominant manufacturer in MotoGP over the past two years, the brand that chose him when KTM could not find a place for him, and the brand he has spent all his time on. Top notch career with so far.

Martin was in the frame for Ducati's second factory seat for the 2023 season, but Enea Bastianini has been chosen instead. Despite challenging for the title last season, Ducati decided to leave its riders in good stead, as Bastianini already had a factory contract for the 2024 season.

Martin's attention then turned to a second factory seat in 2025, and Autosport reported today that Martin was told between the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix that he would take the second seat in the Ducati-Lenovo team next year.

However, Ducati's culpability in this decision was dependent on Marc Marquez accepting a deal that would put him at Team Pramac with a factory-spec Desmosedici GP25 for next season. Marquez said before the Italian Grand Prix that Pramac was not an option for him in an interview with Gazzetto dello Sport.

Jorge Martin, 2024 Grand Prix of the Americas. Credit: Gold and Goose.

It was expected that Marquez would either want to take the seat alongside Bagnaia, or remain at his current team at Gresini but with factory-spec machinery which would require a commitment from Ducati to build and run a fifth bike at the factory next year.

Over the weekend, Ducati Corse sporting director Mauro Grasselli told that the Italian brand is not considering a fifth GP25 race.

As a result, according to Autosport, Marquez has told Ducati that he will only accept a seat in the factory team alongside Bagnaia, who has already signed a new two-year contract allowing him until 2026 with Ducati before the start of the season. season, or he will leave for another plant.

So Ducati had to choose between Martin and Marquez. Martin's signing with Aprilia – which will lose Aleix Espargaro at the end of this season as he retires – suggests Ducati has chosen the latter.


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