MotoGP has taken a weekend off this time, leaving room for SBK. However, a triple-header will get underway from next Sunday, with a Grand Prix in Brno and two at the Red Bull Ring. It will be a key moment for the championship, with Marquez on his way back and 50 points to make up on Quartararo, Rossi looking for confirmation after his good performance in Jerez and Dovizioso grappling with a Ducati that does not give him confidence (in all senses).
We talked about this, and much more, in our Bar Sport with Carlo Pernat, who already has his suitcase packed for the Czech Republic. Above you can see the full video of our live broadcast, below the thoughts of the manager from Genoa on the hottest topics.
"Marc Marquez is sure to take risks, he wants to fight for the championship"
“Marc Marquez in Brno will try and win; he is a phenomenon and he is sure to take risks because he wants to fight for this championship. Everything is still wide-open, Ezpeleta had the right idea to put in another Grand Prix, in Portugal, because he wants a comeback from Marc. I am convinced that Marquez will not be satisfied, he will definitely be on the podium in Brno and I would not be surprised if he won ”.
“Andrea Dovizioso’s future? I’d say a 50-50 chance of him saying goodbye to Ducati"
“Ducati will decide on the riders of the two teams for next year, the official one and Pramac, by mid-August. I want to be honest, today I have the impression that there is a 50-50 chance that Dovizioso remains and another 50% that there is no renewal and that Andrea retires, and it would be really bad. The reality is that Ducati has no confidence in Dovizioso. Last Sunday Andrea did one of his worst races, but he rode with a collarbone that was hurting him - even if he is a gentleman and does not say it - and he does not feel confidence around himself. His statements were clear, he said that you don’t use the GPs for testing, this means that there is a bit of a battle with Dall'Igna. Today I would say it is a relationship destined to end, but I hope to be wrong. There is a lot of silence on both sides and that is never a good sign, it means there are problems. "
"Brno a key race for Valentino Rossi, he still has to decide his future"
“Brno will be a key race for Valentino. After the first race in Jerez I saw that he was tired, he also thought about retiring, in the Czech Republic we will see what Vale’s true worth. If he finishes in the top 5, then he will put the signature on the contract for next year. He is waiting to clarify his ideas; he is still 41 years old and what’s the point for him continuing for 8th or 9th place? I want to be a bit provocative here; if I had been in Yamaha I would have left Rossi in the factory team and Quartararo in Petronas, so they wouldn’t have had the problem of the technical teams for the two riders ".
"Suzuki has a problem and it's its riders"
“Suzuki has a rider problem; I think if he had a machine gun in his hands Davide Brivio would shoot them. Rins is not physically in shape, while Mir has shown he is not the rider Davide wanted. Joan must learn to ride the way Alex does, more is expected of him, the bike is capable of the podium. It has been disappointing and it’s all the riders’ fault. "
"Luca Marini in MotoGP? There are still open doors in Pramac, even for Bastianini "
“Three years ago, at Misano, I went to dinner with Marini's dad because he wanted me to be his manager. I thought about it a bit and I said no reluctantly, because Luca is a nice rider, fast and consistent. Might there be a place for him in Pramac? If I were Ducati, I would still wait 3 Grands Prix to see what happens in Moto2, there would also be Bastianini, the door is still open for him. I know they were talking about Zarco, but now this option seems to have cooled down a little. "