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Friday, 12 February 2016
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Pernat: Hayden now the lead Ducati rider

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Il manager Carlo Pernat - GPOne.comThanks in part to the crazy weather, the Jerez race weekend provided quite a few surprises.  Reconstructing the MotoGP puzzle for us is Carlo Pernat, as observant and outspoken as ever.

"First off, I would say that Jerez was one of the best races Stoner has ridden - the Italian manager commented - It was also more of a psychological victory than a practical one, because it came at Lorenzo's house, where Jorge was almost sure he would win.  I think this victory will be very helpful for Casey, because it's the perfect response to what Lorenzo did at Qatar, but the other way around."

"That said, I don't think that Jorge took it too hard.  He probably made the wrong tire choice, but he took the defeat like the fighter that he is.  But it also looked to me like Pedrosa threw the race away.  You could see he was very afraid of the wet spots on the track, which shows that he isn't a complete rider. He lost five seconds because of that, and then made a great comeback when the track dried completely, finishing just two seconds behind the winner.  Aside from being on the podium, he was probably the big loser on the day."

Decidedly far from the Jerez podium were the factory Ducati riders.

"Hayden is now the lead rider at Ducati, as is Crutchlow at Tech3.  Listening to Valentino's comments, it is pretty clear that he has given in.  All his jokes aside, he has understood that the Ducati can be ridden only one way. He confirmed that, from now on, he will start from a base setup and work from there, meaning there won't be anymore major changes."

And of course he had to comment on Moto3 race winner, and championship leader, Romano Fenati.

"Fenati deserves some special applause.  As a rider, he seems much older than the age written on his ID card. He is very mature and cool headed with his racecraft, two useful characteristics for becoming a champion.  The Italian Federation has also done a good job with their program."

The full Italian audio interview is below: