Marc Marquez was also finally able to enjoy some Prosecco DOC in Germany. An appointment with the podium that was missing since the end of 2019 for the Spanish champion, who has finally taken his rightful place on the podium… or the first step. Carlo Pernat commented on the Sachsenring race weekend for us, talking about Marc, but also about all the scenarios that are rapidly changing in this 2021 World Championship.
The growth that KTM is experiencing is there for all of us to see, and we now have to understand what Oliveira’s chances are to really get back into the fight for the title. After all, there’s a Yamaha in the dumps, which only saved itself thanks to the phenomenon that’s Quartararo. Without Fabio, where would the M1s be with Vinales, Rossi, and Morbidelli?
“The German GP was resurrection day for Marquez, a great rider. He still has physical problems. The circuit gave him a hand, but he did the rest. Marc’s tears were a smile for sports fans who love motorcycling. He gritted his teeth when Oliveira got close. Let’s see where he’ll have more problems in Assen. How it’ll go. We also saw a great KTM, after the introduction of the new frame, and the new petrol, which gave the championship a twist. Oliveira is a great, determined rider. He’s going to fight for the championship. And Binder’s fourth place is important for the team.
Yamaha, once again, proved to be Quartararo-dependent, like Honda with Marquez. Without Fabio, it seems like a back-of-the pack bike, as demonstrated by Vinales, Rossi, and Morbidelli. Ducati, on the other hand, between ups and downs, remained without a podium. Bagnaia made a good recovery. He rode with Bastianini and Marini, then he started to accelerate and set the times of the leaders. If he had started later, he would have fought for the podium. Miller, on the other hand, often accuses tire problems, while Zarco is always there but...
Ithink, on the line for the world championship, is Quartararo, Oliveira, and maybe Bagnaia, but he’s losing many points. Aprilia built a competitive bike, since the days of the twin-cylinder with McWilliams, who didn't ride like that. They have the bike, now they need the right team and the development team with Dovizioso. Marquez is far behind, so we can’t say that he’ll fight for the championship, but the other riders will suffer his return. Psychologically, it’ll affect them.”