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Fast By Prosecco, Pernat: “A round of applause for Marquez, the MotoGP needs him”

VIDEO - Our Carletto comments the  Motegi Grand Prix: “It was a Sunday that left its mark. Aprilia’s mistake was absurd. It was a great opportunity. A negative and positive day for Ducati. Quartararo with an 8th place limited the damage.”

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Carlo Pernat comments the Motegi Grand Prix, which left its mark on this World Championship, with only four stages left. From the error in the Aprilia garage that prevented Aleix Espargarò from getting in the game, to Bagnaia’s fall with his zero that doesn’t weigh excessively on the ranking, but only because of Quartararo’s mediocre race. The real stars in Japan were Miller, KTM with Binder, and Marc Marquez, who finally got to see the checkered flag again and also offer a show when he overtook Oliveira at the end of the race. With a glass of Prosecco Doc, Carletto tells it like it is, as always.  

It was a Sunday in which everything happened. It was a bad weekend because, for the first time, they didn’t practice on Friday morning. Then, the rain the day after made it difficult to work on the bikes. This made the situation completely different for everyone. In fact, incredible things happened. Meanwhile, the second and third of the ranking got zero points, while the first came in eighth and got a few. 

I say it was a Sunday that definitely left its mark, a different mark. What happened with Aprilia with Aleix Espargarò was incredible, with the bike that didn’t start, due to a technical problem. I’m speechless in front of these things, because we’re in a world championship, and throwing away the races this way seems, at the least, not very professional. 

You could tell Bagnaia was having problems, both on dry and wet asphalt. He obviously had some problems with the front tire but, at some point, he could have made do with the last lap. It’s a big mistake. Another zero is not decisive at the moment, but it’s important. Fortunately  for him, Quartararo came in eighth,  so the damage is limited. However, eighteen points are a lot to recuperate, even if there are still four Grand Prixs. 

It’ll be a world championship also dictated by nervousness. They’re gambling on the world championship with just a few points. Bastianini gained something. He inched his way back up with points for a third place in the world championship, and there are still other races coming up. Of course, right now, Quartararo and Bagnaia remain the two accredited for the title. If Aleix Espargarò had scored points today, he would probably still be in the game. Now it’s tough.  

On a positive note for KTM, they could have taken the podium today with both riders. Binder is a great  rider, and I’ve always said that. One that, when his bike is in good condition, he’s always among the first five. But it was also clearly a bad day for Ducati, and a good one for Miller, who was better than all of them today. He would have won both on dry and wet

We have to applaud Marquez, because he had a great race on the dry asphalt. He made it clear that he has a crazy desire to return to what he was before, even if it’ll be very difficult, both because of his physical condition and also because how the others have developed. But he’ll battle it out in next year’s world championship. And a round of applause to him because the MotoGP needs someone like him.” 


Translated by Leila Myftija

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