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MotoGP, Pecco and his Brothers (of Italy): The avalanche of Azzurri overwhelms Misano

In the first San Marino GP without Valentino and with Dovizioso's farewell, the new generation is ready to dominate: Bagnaia and Bastianini, but also Bezzecchi, Marini and Di Giannantonio are ready to surprise and Morbidelli is not finished

MotoGP: Pecco and his Brothers (of Italy): The avalanche of Azzurri overwhelms Misano

The Misano Grand Prix will be the last one for Andrea Dovizioso and his farewell to MotoGP will mark the end of the older generation of riders. After Valentino's retirement, only Dovi had remained to hold the flag of the old guard high, but he will be able to retire knowing that the future of the Italian national team is very rosy.

In the San Marino GP there will be 8 Italians on the track, with the 7 regulars joined by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, but it won’t be just a question of quantity, but of quality. Our riders have all the right conditions to dominate in their home race.

Starting with Pecco Bagnaia who comes from a streak of 3 consecutive wins and aims for his 4th, something that no one else has ever achieved on the Rossa of Borgo Panigale. The Piedmont rider is more than fit, he is chasing after Quartararo in the general classification and he loves Misano. Last year there were two GPs on the Romagna track, Pecco won the first and crashed in the second (due to a risky choice of tyres) when he was in the lead. He has made that circuit a second home and it is his favourite training ground, there is no need to add anything else to understand how good the cards are in his hand.

But the same can also be said of his future teammate. Enea Bastianini was born a few kilometres from Misano and he also really likes that track. So much so that last year he climbed onto the podium twice in front of his home crowd, in his debut year in the premier class and with a lower spec bike. Now that the news of his entry into the factory team has arrived for the Beast starting from next year, the desire to celebrate on the track is only higher.

Luca Marini has not yet scored a podium in MotoGP, but he came close to it ten days ago in Austria. The VR46 rider is a diesel, he is taking his steps one after the other, without getting caught up in a rush, and his growth is constant. He is missing the last step to break the ice and there would be no better place than Misano to do it.

Then there are the two enfants terribles Bezzecchi and Di Giannantonio. Both are cutting their teeth in the top category and both have already shown good things. Marco got on the podium at Assen, Fabio started from pole position at Mugello, a sign that the speed is there and only a little experience is missing. The home factor will be important for these two, who could be the surprise of the weekend.

Everything will be more difficult for Franco Morbidelli. The Brazilian from Tavullia is going through a difficult moment, trying to rebuild that heavy confidence with his M1. He is not lacking a desire to work, a friendly circuit could give him a hand, because a good result would be as useful as water in the desert. At the Red Bull Ring he showed flashes of light, he will now have to keep it on for three days.

Dovizioso, as mentioned, will bid farewell to the paddock. This GP he wants to live as a big party, but this does not mean that he will hold back on the track. Whatever way the race goes, for him the most precious prize will be the affection of the fans.

Let's not forget the guest star Pirro, who always knows how to show his worth at home and who has often surprised.

We can't really complain about our two-wheeled national team.


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