“People say I favour Valentino. I say: of course I do”, these are the words of Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna number, in an interview he gave to Spanish daily Marca. Before there's an outcry, perhaps we should hear what else the manager had to say.
“I don't favour him from a sporting standpoint- he clarifies - on track he's like everyone else and is treated as such. He is penalised like anyone else, just as we saw at Sepang in 2015. From a championship organiser's standpoint, if there is one person I must thank, it is Valentino. Even his fiercest rivals have to admit he's special”.
And Dorna doesn't want to lose the Doctor, not even when his days as a rider are over. There has been talk of a Rossi team in MotoGP for a while already.
“We haven't yet spoken to him - explains Ezpeleta - He's played a fundamental role in developing the championship. He's been here longer than anyone else. I always say that the most important thing is that he is an exceptional rider, he loves what he does and it's the same for me with my work. He is happy to stay and is competitive, both he and his team know this. When the time comes and he's had enough, then we'll consider what he might continue to do in the championship”.
Having talked at length about Valentino, the Dorna CEO moved on to the future of the championship, and particularly the number of races. As he's said on several occasions, the limit is 20, a number that might already be reached in 2019, with the arrival of Finland.
If other countries start to knock on MotoGP's door, it could be Spain that pays the price, considering it currently boasts four rounds.
“In the future, with Spain, we might consider a rotation between the tracks with 2 races instead of 4” he muses.