As every Saturday, Carlo Pernat was the protagonist of our Live broadcast after qualifying for the Valencia GP (you can see the video above). This time, in addition to what happened on the track, it was the rider market movements concerning Aprilia that took centre stage in our evening chat, now that Iannone is out of the game.
There are a lot of names flying around at the moment: from those of Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio (who have already refused), to Canet, Davies and Rabat.
Pernat, however, has another idea: “I want to give Aprilia some advice, they must go and get Pirro, because he wants to race. I know they would be discourteous to Ducati, but it would be a big coup for them. I would go after Michele ”.
There are certainly not many options right now…
"I believe that the managers must always anticipate what happens, they were too tied to Iannone - was Carlo's opinion - They should have put an option on a young rider before"
In recent days there has also been a lot of talk of the tension between Ducati and Dovizioso, with the possibility of the latter taking legal action.
"I don't think Battistella and Dovizioso want to do what they said, it just seems like a bit of showboating - Pernat minimised - I am convinced that Andrea is empty at the moment and doesn't want to race anymore, but he is right to wait to see what will happen in Honda. I don’t think that Marquez will do the first races of 2021, so it could be a solution. However, it is bad to see Dovi and Ducati washing their dirty linen in public when it was a more than a positive collaboration between them ”.
Another hot topic is Yamaha, with practically all the riders criticizing the M1…
"Yamaha's problems must be solved by the engineers in Japan - said the Italian manager - I take the side of the riders, because they no longer know what to do, they've got the bike wrong, it's not well balanced: either they win or they are into difficulty. ".