The MotoGP is getting ready to start again, and another complicated season awaits it due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The two races in Qatar that will open the championship have recently been made official, as have the two days of testing (plus one for rookies) also in Losail.
It was one of the topics discussed by Carlo Pernat during a live broadcast with Paolo Scalera and Matteo Aglio (see the full video above).
The manager from Genoa warned that the tire supplier could be the one affected by these changes.
“Ttwo extra days for the riders didn’t go over well on Michelin. They weren’t planned,” Carlo revealed. “The number of tires is limited. You’ll see. During those two days, the riders will race very little. Everything makes me think that Michelin was already aware of the two races in Qatar, but the tires will continue to be a problem also this season.”
Thee 2021 championship won’t be any more normal than last year’s, even if Dorna is working towards hosting a number of guests in the paddock.
“The idea is to give four VIP passes to each team. It would be a big hit, since it would mean that the sponsors could get back into the paddock, and that’s important for the teams,” Carlo explained.
Pernat is also convinced that we won’t be seeing Marquez in the beginning.
“I don’t think Marc will be there at the start of the championship. It would already be a great result if he returned mid-championship. Marquez needs time to train. He hasn’t been racing for a year, and he won’t want to risk it, He’ll be back only when he’s one hundred percent,” is Carlo’s opinion.
The manager from Genoa is also convinced that there won’t be room for Dovi in Honda.
“It’s now practically official that Stefan Bradl will replace Marc, and this really eliminates the chance of seeing Dovizioso on the track,” he said. “As of today, I say that we won’t be seeing Andrea on track this year. Even Santi Hernandez, Marc’s chief technician, said he was very happy with Stefan. This also makes you realized what will be happening."