Also this Saturday Carlo Pernat was a guest and protagonist of our Live session, commenting on the latest rider market news and answering the many questions of readers/viewers connected on our Facebook and YouTube channels (see the full video above).
The Italian manager once again had grist for the mill and, as usual, expressed his outspoken views. In particular, his words were addressed to Borgo Panigale.
"I don’t like the way these negotiations between Ducati and Dovizioso are going, it is a demonstration that they don’t have great confidence in Andrea - he said - First they contacted everyone, from Marquez, to Vinales, to Quartararo, and now they don’t want to renew on his terms. This story is leaving a bitter taste in my mouth. "
Pernat would have behaved differently…
"I would have locked him in a room and would not have let him out until he signed - he explained - The contract with Dovi was the priority, yet, as far as I know, they haven’t even signed the reduction of his fee for 2020 and the negotiations for 2021 have yet to begin. "
But what are the alternatives for Dovizioso?
"It seems as if he’s on a roller coaster - continued the Italian manager - Now for Andrea there is no longer the possibility to go to KTM and Lorenzo has come forward".
Jorge could be the alternative for Ducati…
“A valid alternative, he would not need to adapt to the Desmosedici, but I don't think he will agree to a downsized contract, around 2 million euros just to be clear - observed Pernat - Lorenzo looked in the mirror, decided to get back into the game and Dall'Igna can't wait to win his gamble. "
There are no other riders for Ducati…
"I'm honest, I don't like Ducati's policy – was Carlo's opinion - It seems that they are just shooting in the pack, instead they should close a deal with Dovizioso, who is a certainty, and focus on young guys for the Pramac team. Andrea is an ice-cold rider, a calculator, I don't think he will suffer even if he started the championship without a contract and not doing it immediately could prove to be a double-edged sword for Ducati. If he does well in the first few races, he will then be holding the sharp edge of the knife ".
Pernat had harsh words also for KTM after its decision to put Petrucci on the Tech3 satellite team.
“They seem to me to be in a lot of confusion, they have also lost Pol Espargarò. They have made a lot of incorrect choices from a managerial point of view. "
Speaking of Pol's arrival in Honda, Carlo is convinced that it will have consequences.
"In my opinion, not everyone will enter the Honda garage in Jerez, and I am not just talking about riders or technicians – on this point he became cryptic - I am convinced that the decision to do without Alex Marquez in the official team will have consequences, Marc won’t stay there for another 4 years. "
Pernat also spoke of Aprilia in the event that Iannone's disqualification is confirmed…
"They have three paths: take Crutchlow, help Lorenzo Savadori grow to promote him into the team, or wait for some more races, in the latter case they could focus on some Moto2 riders. But Bagnaia is also free, I would have already tried out that path, indeed I would have made him a pre-contract in his favour ".
As for the delay in signing Rossi, Pernat had no doubts…
“They just need to sort out the technical team issues. Valentino still wants to race, he could go on for a few more years," he declared.