There could have been three Italians celebrating on the top step of the podium on Sunday at Misano, but Bagnaia's crash a few laps from the finish unfortunately brought an end to this dream for the Italian fans. GPOne’s Carlo Pernat would have been happy to celebrate all of our talents on the podium with a good Prosecco DOC, but he only did so after watching a series of spectacular races, obviously enjoying the success of his protégé Enea Bastianini in Moto2.
"Guys, we were close to a hat-trick! It would have gone down in history. In Moto3 with Fenati, in Moto2 with Bastianini and Pecco Bagnaia just about won a race that he largely dominated. Too bad, but we had some great confirmations. One of these was definitely Pecco Bagnaia, who rides the Ducati as it should be ridden and probably Gigi Dall'Igna was right to want to make this change with young riders, bringing in a new generation".
In addition to the great race by Bagnaia, there were obviously several matters to talk about after the Grand Prix, first of all the return of MotoGP’s ‘Top Gun’.
"Finally, we saw the return of Vinales. This is important, important for Grands Prix, for the rest of the world championship because Yamaha won two races on a track where the bike is strong, they made hay while the sun was shining which is really important because then maybe there will be tracks where the M1 doesn't necessarily go well. Too bad for Rossi, I wouldn't have expected him to make such a mistake. Morbidelli, on the other hand, was unlucky because Espargarò hit him, but he made a comeback like a champion.
All smiles at Yamaha, but grim faces in Ducati after the second race at Misano, for what could have been…but wasn’t.
"The negative notes come from the other side of the Ducati coin, that is Dovizioso and Petrucci. I want to say one thing to Andrea and I do it because I am his friend. Wake up Andrea, because a rider like you, even if he is left without a ride for next year, must proudly demonstrate that the Ducati’s decision was wrong. And this also applies to Petrucci, who has entered a tunnel that in my opinion sees very little light at the end. Perhaps his light has also gone out. "
The world title battle remains very uncertain according to Pernat, who is still unable to see clear favourite…
"The championship is great because there are four riders in the space of three points. I haven't seen anything like this for forty years. Making a bet today, putting 100 euros on the winner, is like pulling a number out of the bag for bingo, you never know what comes out. But we have already seen that six or seven riders can fight for the world championship. When we said before that ‘when the cat’s away, the mice will play’, it’s true but now there are a lot of mice. They have won 5 different grands prix, with different manufacturers, so we are in the midst of a fantastic championship from the point of view of our sport. Too bad that Marquez is missing, but let’s hope he will come back soon because it’s always nice to see phenomena".