Despite having done only a few laps on the track, Marc Marquez was once again the undisputed star of this second weekend in Jerez. The Honda champion wanted to get back on his bike just a few days after he underwent surgery for a fractured arm on Sunday. He tried, then decided to stop because of the pain.
Yesterday we spoke about the Saturday GP in Andalusia with Carlo Pernat (see full video above) and, logically, the champion from Cervera was the topic.
"I give Marquez a gold medal. When a rider does these things, he must be applauded," he affirmed. "I think Marc also did it for a psychological question. After last Sunday's comeback and the final fall, to be seen again on the track was like saying to all the other riders: 'Guys, you can't even shoot me down with a bazooka'. I'm convinced that the other riders have suffered from it."
From this point of view, it was a double showdown.
"Marc didn't make it, but I appreciate his gesture," Carlo continued. "He made his opponents understand that, after tearing them apart on the track last Sunday, even after an accident like,this, he's still there."
Pernat also recalled many riders' feats in the past.
“Certainly, Marquez had a bad accident and, returning after four days is phenomenal. But, in the past, I've seen similar or greater feats. For example, like Jorge Lorenzo when he broke his collarbone in Assen. He underwent surgery in Barcelona and finished 5th in the race."
The manager from Genoa also spoke of Dovizioso's (inconvenient) situation in Ducati, Valentino's return to the noble levels of the standings, Bagnaia's growth, and Italy's hopes in the Moto2 and Moto3. So, get comfortable and enjoy the video above.