Our first guest in the GPOnecar could only be Carlo Pernat.
The manager has a lot on his plate in this period and is not often seen in the press room, as he's knee deep in the madness of the springtime market, which also involves one of his own riders, Andrea Iannone.
For this reason we went to collect him at his hotel this morning and accompanied him to the track, asking in return for his views on Jorge Lorenzo's much talked about contract situation.
"I spoke with Lorenzo yesterday, and there's no signature as yet. But I saw a light in his eyes and he was saying good things about both Gigi Dall'Igna and the bike - revealed Pernat, adding - But there's the issue of his team. Jorge is very attached to Forcada and would want to bring him along. The same request that Marquez made, though he asked for the entire team. For Ducati it's important to get him on board, and for Audi too I think.
The plus for him is that if he were to win with the Italian manufacturer he'd have done something that Valentino was unable to do. This goes beyond the economic side of things, which is nevertheless important. Having said that, Lorenzo has until Le Mans to sign with Yamaha that, in this moment, is something of a slave to Rossi. In a positive sense, because Valentino Rossi is a symbol for them. I am also convinced that he has included a clause in the contract that allows him to stop whenever he wants.
Anyway, as soon as the official announcement is made regarding Lorenzo, the other agreements will then fall into place. The two most interesting riders are obviously Iannone e Vinales because both could be on a Yamaha but then Movistar is pushing for Maverick because it wants a Spaniard.
For this reason, we're talking with Suzuki about having Iannone as first rider. They have a great bike and I worked very well with them for three years with Loris Capirossi.
We're moving forward with this even if Ducati wants to tempt Andrea into forming the Lorenzo-Iannone line-up. At this point, Dovizioso could go to KTM with Bradley Smith.
Then there's also a new team coming into MotoGP, in the shape of Sito Pons' outfit. They could sign Pol Espargarò, though Rins is also a possibility. In terms of the jeering and whether Valentino can put a stop to it, I don't believe he'll ever do that. He's not one to forget. From a sporting point of view, Vale, Lorenzo and Marquez will do things correctly on track, but from a personal point of view their relationship is over."