Carlo Pernat commented on the Dutch Grand Prix, on the legendary Assen track, while drinking a lovely bottle of Prosecco DOC. A race that offered many ideas and where Fabio Quartararo made his first big mistake of a season that had been practically perfect, until now. With his fall, the French rider has reopened the World Championship, favoring a monumental Aleix Espargarò and giving a boost to Pecco Bagnaia, who probably won the most important race of his career.
"In this Grand Prix, we have one loser and many winners. The loser is obviously Quartararo. We didn’t expect such a mistake from him. We defined him an experienced rider who knew how to manage the world championship. But today he made a huge mistake that reopened the world championship. It’s a shame about Fabio. A really bad mistake.
So many moral winners. Two, in particular. Aprilia and Aleix Espargarò. Aprilia, because they were really good today. Fast. Aleix, who had been thrown out by Quartararo, made a comeback like a once-upon-a-time Marc Marquez and, in the last moments, he passed two riders before the finish line. He had a pace that, if he had started well, he would have won, because he was really going strong. Aprilia also put Vinales on the podium, so let's not forget this excellent result. Now we can say that Aprilia is a pretender to the title, honestly.
The other winner is definitely Bagnaia, with Ducati. Pecco probably had the most important GP of his career. If he had muffed up falling, his future would have been very hazy. Instead, this victory has repaved the way for him and has proven that he’s a very fast rider. Another moral winner is Marco Bezzecchi. Nothing to say. He had a non-rookie GP. A truly deserved podium. He had already made it clear that he was the best rookie. This podium has to be a starting point and not an end point. Well done, Marco!
Bastianini had many problems over the weekend and a lot of bad luck. He brought home some important points that keep him in the top five of the standings. The usual Honda disaster that we still, frankly, don't understand. A KTM that’s progressing, at least with Binder who, with the right bike, would always be in the top five. Oliveira may have his head elsewhere in Aprilia. A good thing for the world championship is Gresini signing with both Fabio Di Giannantonio and Alex Marquez, a rider who was also ruined by Honda. This year, Honda has made a mess of both the motorcycle and the riders. Why are they waiting to say that Mir will be going with them? I haven't figured that out yet."