It's the first conference of the new year, and not seeing Rossi, Marquez, and Dovizioso in the press room is strange. But there are Moto3 and Moto2 riders who are expected in the first round of the season in Qatar. As for the intermediate class, the top three of the last test are present, namely Jorge Navarro, Jorge Martin, and Remy Gardner.
Everyone is curious about the Australian rider. “I want to start this 2020 with a bang," he said. "We worked hard with the team, and I can't wait for the challenge to begin. I think I put too much pressure on myself last season, but I want to learn from my mistakes to improve."
He's fully aware: "Every race is always important, and this thing goes beyond the market, given that negotiations cannot affect performance."
Jorge Navarro, who can't wait for 2020, then took the floor: “My goal is to move forward, fighting for the victory in all the races and for the World Championship ," he began. "I felt good with the bike in the tests, managing to improve my sensations. We focused mainly on aerodynamics, to improve top speed, meaning the weak point of our 2019. Certainly, it'll be easier to overcome with the new aerodynamics."
The SpeedUP rider seems confident: “I'm focused on improving myself, without thinking too much about the other riders," he added. "I struggled at the starts last year and, as a result, I tried to move forward in this respect." In addition to the track, there are also rumors related to the 2021 market, where negotiations are practically terminated in the MotoGP: "My goal is to win on Sunday, regardless of what the logics of the market are."
Jorge Martin listened closely to him. “I'm coming from a positive 2019 ," the Spanish rider commented. "The fact is that, during these months, it has not been easy to understand the new bike. Among other things, I had a complicated pre-season, due to the surgery I had. Every year, at the beginning of the season, I always hope I don't get injured. The thing is, I had to go through two operations. Unfortunately the knee surgery was very demanding in terms of recovery, later I had ankle ligament surgery."
So Martin tries to bite the bullet in this new adventure with the Kalex: “This year, I'll probably work harder with the bike," he added. "I say so because, in 2019 last year, braking was my strong point, while now I feel less stability below this point. The market? You have to work hard to achieve the goal, without thinking too much about contracts and market rumors."
The Ajo team's rider has, therefore, very clear ideas about how to behave, despite the long pause that awaits the World Championship: "During the championship stop period, I'll try to get stronger to be fit, both physically and mentally, so as to recover my energy and be at my best."