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MotoGP, Tardozzi: "Ducati wasn't prepared for Valentino Rossi, they are for Marquez"

"With Valentino, we got the timing wrong. With Marc, it's a completely different gamble, both from a technical and management viewpoint. Marc very well knows that he'll be tiptoeing into Bagnaia's garden."

MotoGP, Tardozzi: "Ducati wasn't prepared for Valentino Rossi, they are for Marquez"
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Davide Tardozzi was guest on our Bar Sport dedicated to the SBK, but the occasion was also perfect to talk about the MotoGP, especially after what happened in the week following the Mugello GP. Marc Marquez was chosen as Bagnaia's future teammate, while Martìn and Bastianini will be heading to Aprilia and KTM, respectively.

Marc Marquez can be considered Ducati's third gamble with high-profile riders, after Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. A bet, however, that Tardozzi judges to be completely different.

"It's a completely different gamble," Tardozzi said, "because of the preparation we have today as manufacturer, bike, management, and technical management. This was the real mistake when we brought Valentino to Ducati. We weren't prepared. Ducati wasn't prepared to manage Valentino Rossi. Today, we're very prepared. LEt me remind you also that  we now have the two-time world champion. The moment you manage Francesco Bagnaia, I don't see why we can't also manage Marc Marquez. It's not that Pecco is anything less than Marc. He's a rider who's proving that he wants to win, and he does it in the most gentlemanly way possible. I'm talking about what happens off the track."

It's going to be a good confrontation with Pecco.
"Pecco knows what he's worth. He believes in himself, and has extreme confidence with the bike, and also with the team. All you have to do is look at some of his races to see that. That's also performance."

In fact, for Marc, it's going to be like entering someone else's house, at first.
"Marc is entering Pecco Bagnaia's garden. He's made statements about Pecco that are flattering and not ad hoc. When Marc speaks, he always knows exactly what he's saying, he never speaks out of turn. I've never heard him do that. When he makes a statement, it's the truth and, often, those statements also have a specific purpose. He's a very smart guy, and he'll be very careful when he comes to us. I'm sure he's going to come in walking on eggshells, trying to understand how we operate because, in the garage, it's Ducati that manages everything, not the riders."

Maybe this third gamble with a top rider will work out.
"With Valentino, it was completely the wrong timing. With Jorge Lorenzo, in my opinion, he made a mistake signing too early with Honda. If he had waited even a few days, things could've been different. Jorge did a 30.9 lap at Misano, which was mind-blowing, and he had done it in 2017. Too bad."

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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