2022 has just begun and the countdown is underway before we can see the MotoGP bikes on track at Sepang in February, for the first tests of the year. The paddock managers, however, are working for the future, and with the contracts of most of the riders expiring, they are already looking to 2023. Carlo Pernat (in a special Bar Sport programme that you can see above) takes a good look at the rider movement market.
"Honda is desperately trying to sign a winning rider and it's the right thing to do - he explained - There are two names: Quartararo and Mir, it's more likely that Joan will end up there, because he costs less and he's the right man. It will be quite a quick thing, I believe that by the start of the World Championship the operation may have already been completed, or almost".
Honda cannot afford to rely solely on Marquez, whose physical condition is still shrouded in mystery.
"Marc wants to know if he will be able to race, nothing is known about recovery time - Pernat underlined - When nothing is said it means that there is no positive news, I reckon that Marquez won’t be at the February tests".
In Ducati too, the manager expects some changes.
“Zarco and Miller, 99 percent, will probably leave, barring any surprises – was his opinion – They will be on the market, Jack is a good bet, but he comes with a lot of ups and downs. Yamaha, on the other hand, is the best-placed manufacturer, it has three strong riders: Quartararo, Morbidelli and Toprak”.
Then there is the subject of Rossi, with his team in MotoGP which announced its new sponsor just a few days ago.
"Valentino will come to two or three races, the VR46 team will be broken away from him and is losing its visibility - observed Carlo - I don't even think Vale will test the Ducati, it wouldn't be worth while".
In the world championship the absence of the Doctor will surely be felt.
“Dorna has lived on the wings of Valentino Rossi for a very long time, it rode his wave to the very end, as it has also done, but to a lesser extent, with Marquez. Now it must open up, it must not make the mistake of remaining what it is. Formula 1 is already a couple of laps ahead of MotoGP, they are doing a great marketing operation. The doors must be opened ”, was the Italian manager's suggestion.