Di Giannantonio Expects Decision on MotoGP Future in Next Two Weeks
Published: 26th October 2023
Fabio Di Giannantonio is more and more becoming the favorite to replace Marc Marquez at Honda. The Italian believes a decision will be made within the next two weeks.
After clinching his first MotoGP podium at Phillip Island, Fabio Di Giannantonio, in his excitement, declared he would watch the race 50 times. He later admitted it was 49 times, laughing about it in Buriram.
“Honestly, as soon as we got back to the apartment with the team, I said, ‘Guys, let’s watch the race now.’ And they were like, ‘Come on, the weekend just ended.’ But no, I insisted.”
Even days later, Di Giannantonio expressed his enjoyment, finding pride in seeing himself on the podium. He saw it as an opportunity to assess their performance and identify areas for improvement.
“We are professionals; we always have to analyze and try to do better for the future. But it was certainly a beautiful moment for us.”
Reflecting on the experience, the 25-year-old rider learned valuable lessons from the top riders, especially admiring Zarco’s calm demeanor and exceptional rear tire management. He considered Zarco one of the best Ducati riders in terms of traction and cornering.
Di Giannantonio acknowledged pushing hard initially but falling slightly behind later. Observing the top riders’ techniques and strategies provided him with valuable insights.
Although a new chapter began at the Thailand GP, the relief after Zarco’s first MotoGP class victory was tangible. Di Giannantonio didn’t see his podium as a burden lifted but rather as a goal achieved.
Looking ahead to 2024, discussions about his future team were underway. Although he jokingly mentioned receiving an offer from a bar, rumors suggested his chances with Repsol Honda were rising.
When asked about the developments since his podium finish, Di Giannantonio affirmed progress, stating, “There is progress at the moment, honestly. I believe we will know more in the next two weeks.”
He hoped his third-place finish would assist his manager, Diego Tavano, in securing a favorable position for the next year.
“If your manager has to introduce you somewhere, then it’s definitely better with a podium finish. So, I’m trying to help him as much as possible so that he helps me find a good spot for next year.”