The MotoGP season is finally starting from Jerez with the Spanish GP, eight months after the last Valencia Grand Prix. Everything is ready for a start that comes almost five months after the last Qatar test for the top class and after a lockdown in which the market has literally gone mad with many rider changes and even some unknown factors. The biggest, which seems to be in the process of being resolved, is the one concerning Valentino Rossi, who will be out of the factory Yamaha team from the end of January, and who will be replaced by Fabio Quartararo, whose place he will inherit in Petronas.
“I hope to see Valentino on the track for a long time - Loris Capirossi told Sky - his presence is good for this sport. At 41 years of age it is not easy to ride these bikes but he is very keen and trains with young riders who convey enthusiasm to him. I am happy that he will also be with us for the next two years ".
Another thorny issue is the one concerning Dovizioso and Ducati who still seem far from an agreement, with the shadow of Jorge Lorenzo looming over the man from Forli’s seat in Ducati.
“Dovizioso has been lucky for the Borgo Panigale manufacturer - continued Capirossi – The fact that Ducati came second in the last championships, is also thanks to Andrea's performance. Right now, Dovi is the last important pawn on the market, reading what everyone is saying it seems to me that it would not be a problem for him to stop for a year but I hope he will continue with Ducati. This championship needs him."
How do you think the MotoGP season will pan out? Will the fewer races affect the drivers?
“In a tight season like this one everyone will have to ride at 90 to 95 percent to make as few mistakes as possible. Many years ago, there were few races just like this year, it's not something totally new."
The championship resumes with a lot of checks and safety rules. How complicated was it to organize everything?
“From the outside everything seems easy but we have been working since March. We have a very tight medical protocol; the people in the paddock have to be careful because the fans want to see the action on track. With the precautions put in place, we are all controlled and the tests will continue even after Sunday's race, we want to be 100% sure ".