Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez says Jorge Lorenzo's decision to join Ducati 'is good for MotoGP'.
The world championship leader, who leads Lorenzo by 21 points heading into this weekend's fourth round at Jerez in Spain, says the development will create major interest next season when he lines up on the Desmosedici for the first time.
“I think it's important and it's good for the championship because one of the top riders moves to another manufacturer and is always for sure a big opportunity,” said Marquez.
“Also a new challenge for him and we will see but still remain one year, so it is a long time, but anyway it will be interesting for everybody, the fans the other riders, to see how Lorenzo/Ducati can do.”
Meanwhile, Marquez is eager to discover how his RC213V performs at Jerez this weekend as the championship enters a long run of European rounds after the first three fly-away races in Qatar, Argentina and Austin.
“It's a race in Spain so it's a special weekend for me and we will try to continue in the same way but we have to understand because we come to Europe now and the tracks are different, more narrow, compared to America, Argentina and Qatar,” he said.
“We will see how we can manage this, how is the set-up of the bike in these kind of tracks. Anyway we are happy because it looks like this time we are better and the feeling with the bike is better.”
Marquez, though, expects last year's winner Lorenzo to prove a tough nut to crack on Sunday and admits Jerez is likely to play to the strengths of the Yamaha.
“Here is a track where Jorge is normally pretty strong so we will see, also it is more a flowing track so for Yamaha it looks better,” he said.
“We did a test in November but from then to now you can imagine how many changes on the bike, so we start from zero and we will see how the tyres are working on the track on this kind of tarmac and I look forward to starting FP1 tomorrow in a good way.”