With just one race to go and with Dovizioso having fought tooth and nail to keep the championship open, our Carlo Pernat applaudes the Italian miracle. Andrea said it yesterday and the Italian manager says it again: however it ends up, it's been a success.
“However it goes, Ducati has won the championship - challenges Pernat - Not mathematically but for what they've done this year, the 3 Ds have worked, by this I mean Dovizioso, Ducati and Dall’Igna, this is the Italian alphabet. Andrea confessed to me that he's made a step up in his head and I think this is due to the mental coach who has been with him for more than a year and who has helped him take down walls. Beating Marquez as he has done means he has taken a big step forward”.
A rider, a team and a company that have made the difference.
“Dall’Igna went to Ducati at the right time, he took full responsibility and comes from the Witteveen school - he recalls - Lastly, there is Ducati, which has demonstrated great perseverance in terms of its racing”.
Pernat also acknowledges Marquez, Honda's saviour.
“I noted that Marc was happy with his 4th place finish, despite it being one of his worst races. I will say it again - without him, Honda would have won few titles, perhaps none at all, in recent years“.
There are other Japanese who are navigating choppy waters.
“Yamaha has big problems in the wet and it's no coincidence that Ducati has overtaken them in the manufacturer's championship, something unthinkable - he points out - This confirms the fact that Ducati is the bike of reference this year”.
But will it succeed in the final race, with everything to play for?
“It will be tough at Valencia. Dovi would have to win at what is a complicated track, Lorenzo might be able to give him a hand. It will be difficult, but 2006 saw Valentino lose the title at the very last race due to a defective tyre. Who knows whether Rossi and Marquez's destinies will see them cross paths in the final race of the year…” he concludes, enigmatically.