Honda introduced on the Monday after the 2023 season ended that it had signed Marini from VR46 – with whom he already had a 2024 contract in place – on a two-year deal to exchange Gresini-bound Marquez.
It ended weeks of hypothesis as to who would get the seat, with Miguel Oliveira initially its favoured possibility earlier than it finally settled on Marini after quite a few names appeared as potential replacements.
Marini being given a two-year deal breaks with Honda’s preliminary strategy of solely providing a one-year contract, one thing that saved Oliveira on the Aprilia satellite tv for pc group to be taken over by Trackhouse Racing in 2024 following RNF’s collapse.
Talking after the announcement, Puig advised motogp.com that Marini was the primary rider to investigate about becoming a member of Honda when Marquez’s exit was confirmed.
“Effectively, he was the primary man and his group who approached us when the information of Marc [leaving] went out,” Puig mentioned.
“So, we have been approached from them and it sounded fascinating. Actually, there weren’t so many choices as a result of the riders have been all kind of settled in their very own groups.
“He had the chance to do it, so we have been pondering and his development has been good within the final years. We studied his development and eventually determined he could be a superb possibility.”
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Luca Marini, Repsol Honda Crew
Marini’s expertise of the Ducati proved an interesting issue for Honda because it seems to be to engineer its approach again to the entrance of the grid, having completed final within the constructors’ desk in 2023.
“Our precedence at this second is to create the right improvement for our bike,” he added.
“We’re removed from the place we have now to be. And that is our precedence, to make a transparent step within the improvement of our bikes for subsequent season and past.
“For that, we try to make a brand new group, a brand new construction, a brand new organisation that may assist the event be sooner, faster and within the right path.
“Relating to riders, as I mentioned earlier than, we did not have many choices because of the circumstances with all riders on contracts, we thought with Luca along with his expertise and different years on different bikes we may get a superb revenue from this.
“We’ve to make improvement on our bike and we needed to carry a man with expertise on one other bike. That is the most effective we may do.”
Puig says Honda is implementing a brand new construction “from the bottom” to assist overturn its kind, which features a recruitment drive.
“We try to restructure the group, however from the bottom,” he mentioned. “From the bottom basis of the group means [in] Japan and in addition the core of the group in Europe. So, the vital factor is to vary the system.
“For that, we try to recruit new individuals within the subsequent following months and years, as a result of we imagine we are able to get good expertise.
“There may be additionally excellent know-how in Europe and we are actually making an attempt to implement and use it inside our group.”
He additionally confirmed that Marini is not going to carry anybody with him from VR46 and can inherit Joan Mir’s crew, who has taken over Marc Marquez’s former group.