Cal Crutchlow replaces Morbidelli in three Grand Prix / MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli is likely to be out of four other Grand Prix at Petronas-Yamaha. Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow is available as a replacement rider.

Franco Morbidelli had to be replaced by the Yamaha Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff at Petronas-Yamaha SRT because of his knee operation in Assen. His anterior cruciate ligament needed repairing. Team principal Razlan Razali suspects that he will therefore be canceled for four more races (2x Spielberg, Silverstone and Aragón). Since Spielberg-1 coincides with the Superbike World Championship run on August 8th in Most / Czech Republic, Yamaha cannot rely on any SBK riders.

Therefore, the new Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow will climb onto the Petronas Yamaha, who this year tested first in Doha, then in Jerez and Aragón, but has not ridden the M1 Yamaha for almost three months. The three-time MotoGP winner from England is the third different Yamaha test driver in the last three years after Jonas Folger and Jorge Lorenzo.

Despite the five-week summer break, there were already clear doubts at the Dutch-TT whether “Morbido” could be operational again before the two Grand Prix in Styria.

«Franco is recovering well. But we want to make sure that he is 100 percent fit when he returns, ”says Razali of the MotoGP runner-up in 2020, who didn’t have a real 2020 factory machine last year, but still had three wins with the“ A-spec ”Yamaha celebrated.

Morbidelli will then fight for points again for the first time on September 19 in Misano, where a two-day MotoGP IRTA test will take place after the Grand Prix on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Misano is a slope that Franco loves and knows very well,” says Razali. “That would be a good setting for his comeback.”

Cal Crutchlow has been provisionally designated by Yamaha as a Morbidelli replacement for the next three races. Whether he will also be in Aragón on September 11th depends on Morbidelli’s recovery progress.

Crutchlow contested the 2011, 2012 and 2013 MotoGP World Championships with Tech3-Yamaha. The ex-Supersport world champion contested his last Grand Prix with the M1 in Valencia in 2013. He then moved to Ducati Corse for a year before fighting for points for LCR-Honda for six years.

Cal Crutchlow’s appearances at Petronas-Yamaha will also boost ticket sales for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Silverstone GP (August 29) and the ratings for British pay-TV broadcaster BT Sports. Because after the departures of Redding, Smith and Crutchlow there is no longer a MotoGP regular driver in the field.

Cal, an avid racing cyclist, has recently followed the Tour de France closely because his friend Mark Cavendish made a brilliant comeback as a sprinter at the age of 36 and set the record of 34 stage wins (previously held by Eddy Merckx).

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Marco Lucchinelli: "Valentino Rossi by not retiring makes donkeys look like champions" – GPOne

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The motorcycle family mourns the loss of Aurelio Longoni / MotoGP

Sad news from Italy: On Sunday, Aurelio Longoni, who was popular in the MotoGP paddock and beyond, who had been Race Manager for the chain manufacturer Regina for decades, died at the age of 71.

Aurelio Longoni, who came from Dolzago near Lecco in Lombardy, has worked for “Regina Chain” on the world’s race tracks since 1974, from the Tourist Trophy to the motorcycle world championship to motocross. He worked closely with teams and stars such as Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi for almost five decades.

Last Sunday, July 4th, Longoni passed away at the age of 71. The sympathy in the MotoGP paddock is great. Teams like Sky VR46 and Gresini Racing remembered Aurelio with short posts on social networks and expressed their condolences to his relatives. The same goes for the president of the Italian motorcycle association FMI, Giovanni Copioli.

The motorcycle racing manager Carlo Pernat found emotional farewell words: “Ciao Aurelio. You just left us without saying anything. You will always stay with me, with your natural friendliness and professionalism. The paddock will be empty without you. “

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MotoGP, Aleix Espargarò: “Dovizioso was not competitive with the RS-GP”

Aleix Espargaro is black or white. Usually he doesn’t measure too much words and is less smiling and cheerful than his brother, Pol to whom he attributes more talent than his. He is a good rider, however, fast even if at times erratic but this year he is doing well riding the Aprilia RS-GP enough to occupy the eighth position in the championship.

Currently though there is more talk of looking for a teammate in Aprilia for 2021 than anything else. And we went from Dovizioso’s ‘almost yes’ as a test driver to the breezy arrival of Maverick Vinales, after his divorce from Yamaha. Aleix, of course, has his own opinions and talked about them with Marca.

“It’s difficult to evolve the bike because when something new comes you have to try it. They wanted me to do a couple of tests in the summer break and go into the wind tunnel. It would be useful to have a stronger teammate or a satellite team. Dovizioso has done a couple of tests with us, but he hasn’t been very competitive so far and doesn’t seem to want to race. I’m a big fan of his, but it’s hard to see him as my teammate ”.

The eldest of the Espargaròs is no longer young.

“I am the second oldest driver in the championship, the first is more than 10 years old than me. Valentino’s passion for motorcycles is brutal. He knows he is not competitive, unfortunately we see every weekend that does not have the freshness it had before. It makes me angry because I would like to see Valentino in front, I say it from the bottom of my heart, but it is very difficult. I have a good couple of years left. Physically I have nothing to envy to young people. But I won’t come close to Valentino’s age in the championship ”.

For Aleix there is no doubt who is the best rider of all time.

Marc is the best driver in history. My idol has been Valentino since I was a child and Agostini and Nieto have more titles, but if you are cold and analyze the rivals that Marquez had to beat is another story. Valentino had Sete, which put him in some difficulty, and some other Italians (Max Biaggi and Loris Capirossi Ed.). Marc is fighting with the best drivers in history. If we now make a list of the 15 best riders in history, Marc had to beat eight and Valentino didn’t ”.

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Valentino Rossi: High time to retire / MotoGP

In the past twelve months, Valentino Rossi has rarely shown any skill. He was World Cup 15 in 2020. and is now World Cup 19. That’s why he’s doing himself a disservice by continuing to drive in 2022.

The 42-year-old Valentino Rossi does not look into the cards. In the last few weeks and months he has also avoided his fellow racing drivers. On Friday he almost never showed up at the Grand Prix at 6.30 p.m. at the meetings of the Safety Commission, which he has only visited in the past has waived in the rarest cases.

He wanted to avoid annoying questions, including those from old companions like Franco Uncini and Loris Capirossi, who hold functions and offices there. World Cup marketer Dorna was even suspected in April that Rossi would throw the stuff up during the season if his performance and results at Petronas-Yamaha do not improve. But the Italian does not want to be seen as a contract breaker, and now after the return of the spectators he wants to say goodbye to his loyal fans on as many racetracks as possible.

Of course, he imagined the circumstances differently.

You can twist and turn it however you want. The most popular motorcycle racer today has clearly missed the right time to retire, and not by a few weeks or months.

The facts are known. The last victory is now four years ago (Assen 2017), the last podium was achieved by VR46 in July 2020 in Jerez, the last top ten result in September 2020 in Misano.

Numerous other superstars in the two-wheeler scene also failed to quit at the height of their careers. But to still appear in the Grand Prix World Championship twelve years after winning the last title, no exceptional talent has achieved that.

Casey Stoner even drew a radical line. He won the World Championship for Repsol-Honda in 2011, then cashed in again and announced his retirement at the end of the year about six months after winning the title at Le Mans in May 2012.

Graziano Rossi: “Vale drives until he’s 46”

After returning to Yamaha in 2013, Valentino Rossi repeatedly indicated that he would now sign the last contract. At some point his dad Graziano joked about the starting number: “Valentino will drive until he is 46 years old.”

The Yamaha factory rider finished the 2019 season in seventh place overall, when he achieved two strong second places in Argentina and Texas in April. But in 2020 he fell to 15th place in the World Cup. After 4th place in Misano, there were six straight zeros (three times due to corona infection).

The negotiations about the contract with Petronas-Yamaha dragged on for many months.

In 2021 Rossi was deported to a MotoGP customer team for the first time in his career. His place in the works team was needed for Fabio Quartararo.

But the misery began before that when he was humiliated in the MotoGP World Championship by his VR46 pupils Morbidelli and Bagnaia. In 2021 he was joined by his brother Luca Marini, who as a 2021 rookie and Yamaha privateer has only collected three points less than the famous number 46.

“It wasn’t the academy’s actual goal that my own riders would defeat me in the MotoGP class,” joked Rossi in 2019.

The talents had marched up through the classes too quickly – and Rossi had missed the appropriate time to quit.
Rossi has had the worst starting positions of his GP career this year (it started in Shah Alam in 1996) and the worst racing results. It is no longer uncommon for him to arrive outside of the points or fall.

The fame is crumbling, the splendor is falling off the statue of the great master who survives generations of racing drivers. Vale has already fought against Jorge Martinez, against Capirossi, Biaggi, Gibernau, Melandri, Biaggi, Stoner, Lorenzo, Márquez and now against Viñales and Quartararo, Miller, Zarco or Morbidelli.

We have been happy to forgive Rossi for the past two years

I never made a secret of my admiration for Valentino Rossi. The charismatic 115-time GP winner and nine-time world champion was and is a gift for every reporter. Fans all over the world adored him – and they still do.

For years I had hoped that Rossi would stay in the GP world as a racing driver.

Because he has fought his way to the top again and again after setbacks (even after the two Ducati years).

I don’t believe in it now. And he can no longer beat Agostini’s all-time record with 122 GP victories.

Valentino has lived in the racing saddle all his life. We are happy to forgive him for the past two years.

But the good guy shouldn’t do a third year with such achievements.

Rossi’s record in the premier class

2000: WM-2. on a Honda 500, 209 points, two GP-Sege
2001: WM-1. on a Honda 500, 325 points, eleven wins
2002: WM-1. on a Honda 990, 355 points, eleven wins
2003: WM-1. on a Honda 990, 357 points, nine wins
2004: WM-1. on a Yamaha 990, 304 points, nine wins
2005: WM-1. on a Yamaha 990, 367 points, eleven wins
2006: World Cup 2nd on a Yamaha 990, 247 points, five wins
2007: World Cup 3. on a Yamaha 800, 271 points, four wins
2008: WM-1. on a Yamaha 800, 373 points, nine wins
2009: WM-1. on a Yamaha 800, 306 points, six wins
2010: World Cup 3rd on a Yamaha 800, 233 points, two wins
2011: World Cup 7. on a Ducati 800, 139 points, no victory
2012: World Cup 8. on a Ducati 1000, 163 points, no victory
2013: World Cup 4th on a Yamaha 1000, 237 points, one win
2014: World Cup 2. on a Yamaha 1000, 295 points, two wins
2015: WM-2. on a Yamaha 1000, 325 points, four wins
2016: WM-2. on a Yamaha 1000, 249 points, two wins
2017: World Cup 5. on a Yamaha 1000, 208 points, a win
2018: World Cup 3. on a Yamaha 1000, 198 points, no victory
2019: World Cup 7. on a Yamaha 1000, 174 points, no victory
2020: WM-15. on a Yamaha 1000, 66 points, no win
2021: World Cup 19. on a Yamaha 1000, 17 points, no win

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MotoGP. Marco Melandri: “Marquez would go twice as fast with Ducati – MotoGP

In the 24th episode of #atuttogas, online Sunday 4th July from 9 am, we take stock of the first part of the season, with the world championship on hiatus for 5 weeks. Marco Melandri, 250 world champion, today an appreciated technical commentator from Dazn, analyzes in detail the themes that emerged in the first nine races of the championship.

“The level has risen a lot: even if he were fit, Marquez would not win as before”. Melandri has his say on many protagonists: here are some previews of what you will be able to hear from Sunday.

“I had indicated Quartararo as the favorite on the eve: he has always been very fast and has further matured – says Marco, who sees teammate Maverick Vinales adapted to Aprilia –. “It could be a great stimulus for him and the Aprilia is a much better bike than it seems.” Melandri appreciates Mir (“He’s a very strong driver”) and, above all, Oliveira: “He is not charismatic, but he is very, very concrete. He goes strong and is intelligent “, while Petrucci expected these difficulties, also because, according to Marco, “The team and the bike are not up to par”.

This instead the opinion on Marquez: “I said he would come back after Mugello: maybe he is a bit behind expectations, but in Germany and Holland he went very fast. And the Honda, I’ve been saying this for years, is the most difficult bike: with a Ducati, it would go double… ”.

Another #atuttogas episode not to be missed, also to be listened to on the main podcast platforms.

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Maverick Vinales’ dad: the Yamaha M1 is a butter bike as Fabio Quartararo likes it – MotoGP

“Maverick was no longer happy and the birth of his daughter Nina made him find a paradox: having joy in his heart when he is at home and sadness in his soul when he is in the garage” – Angel Vinales, Maverick’s father , explained the decision to terminate the contract between the Spanish rider and Yamaha at the end of this season, one year earlier than the scheduled deadline. “The money – added the parent – has already made it, his dream is another and with Yamaha it would have been impossible to achieve it., because Maverick wants a rigid bike that complies with his aggressive riding style similar to that of Marc Marquez, while the M1 is today a butter bike, as Fabio Quartararo likes it and as Jorge Lorenzo would have liked it ”.

Angel Vinales also explained that Lin Jarvis and Yamaha, especially after the Assen podium, tried to make the rider retrace his steps, but it wasn’t possible. “The decision was made – continued Vinales’ father – Lin Jarvis also cried and certainly it was a very painful choice for everyone, but when you are not happy you have to change scenery and Maverick had the courage to do it“. The problem is one of perspective, not so much technical and Angel Vinales says it clearly: “That bike has a limit and from there he won’t let you go. Mechanical handling was not done well. They haven’t been able to give him what he wants and he hasn’t been able to ride that bike one hundred percent. It is an accumulation of things and he was no longer happy or serene. The media attacked him, saying it was him, that it was him, that it was him, and there comes a time when you explode and say enough. Maverick doesn’t leave because the bike is bad, mind you, but because Yamaha didn’t give him the bike that suits him and he didn’t know how to adapt to the bike that Yamaha had ”.

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Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia): Muzzle because of Viñales / MotoGP

Aprilia MotoGP team leader Aleix Espargaró was very cautious about the rumors about Maverick Viñales and his possible move from Yamaha to Aprilia after the Assen GP.

Aleix Espargaro (31) finished the Dutch TT in eighth after a tough fight against Marc Márquez and also went into the summer break as eighth in the World Cup. So far, he has scored 61 points in nine races with the Aprilia-RSGP 21. This means Aprilia is doing better than ever in the MotoGP class.

Because the former Ducati hero Andrea Dovizioso (35) will probably not agree with Aprilia, the Spaniard Maverick Viñales (26) will apparently move to the Italians after the separation from Yamaha, which was confirmed on Monday. These speculative actions were nurtured by Aprilia race director Massimo Rivola even before the first Assen practice session.

Aleix Espargaró was very cautious about this after finishing 8th on the TT circuit. “I won’t say anything about Viñales,” he anticipated with a smile. “Just this much: I hurt when some Moto2 riders said they didn’t want to join Aprilia. I especially wanted to prove to them that they were wrong. “

The Andorran-by-choice has been saying in the last few months that Andea Dovizioso is his favorite teammate for 2022 because of his immense experience. Aleix continues: “I hope that my team-mate will be a very strong driver at Aprilia next year. We really deserve it. “

“It also hurt me when Massimo Rivola told me that in 2022 we won’t have two more Aprilia MotoGP bikes on a customer team on the slopes. I like Aprilia a lot, it feels like my own project. We work very hard and we are not far from the top people. “

MotoGP results, Assen, June 27th:

1. Quartararo, Yamaha, 26 laps
2. Viñales, Yamaha, + 2,757 sec
3. Mir, Suzuki, + 5,760
4. Zarco, Ducati, + 6,130
5. Oliveira, KTM, + 8.402
6. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 10.035
7. Marc Marquez, Honda, + 10,110
8. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 10,346
9. Nakagami, Honda, +12,225
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 18,565
11. Rins, Suzuki, + 21,372
12. Binder, KTM, + 21,676
13. Petrucci, KTM, + 27.783
14. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 29,772
15. Bastianini, Ducati, + 32,785
16. Savadori, Aprilia, + 37,573
17. Gerloff, Yamaha, +53,213
18. Marini, Ducati, + 1: 06.791

Status of the drivers championship after 9 races out of 19 races

1. Quartararo, 156 Punkte. 2. Zarco 122. 3. Bagnaia 109. 4. Mir 101. 5. Miller 100. 6. Viñales 95. 7. Oliveira 85. 8. Aleix Espargaró 61. 9. Binder 60. 10. Marc Márquez 50. 11. Nakagami 41. 12. Pol Espargaró 41. 13. Morbidelli 40. 14. Rins 33. 15. Alex Márquez 27. 16. Bastianini 27. 17. Petrucci 26. 18. Martin 23. 19. Rossi 17. 20. Marini 14. 21 .Lecuona 13. 22. Bradl 11. 23. Savadori 4. 24. Pirro 3. 25. Rabat 1.

Status of the constructors’ championship:

1. Yamaha, 184 Punkte. 2. Ducati 167. 3. KTM 114. 4. Suzuki 105. 5. Honda 86. 6. Aprilia 62.

Stand Team-WM:

1. Monster Energy Yamaha, 251 Punkte. 2. Ducati Lenovo 209. 3. Pramac Racing 149. 4. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 145. 5. Suzuki Ecstar 134. 6. Repsol Honda 98. 7. LCR Honda 68. 8. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 65. 9. Petronas Yamaha SRT 57. 10. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 41. 11. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 39.

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MotoGP 2021. Dutch GP in Assen. Ideas, considerations, questions after the GP – MotoGP

SHAFTS – Ideas, questions e considerations after the 2021 Dutch GP.

What were the keys to the GP?

  1. The departure of Vinales. To win, Maverick didn’t have to miss the start. Instead, at the first corner he was fifth;
  2. The seventh round. He had tried it on the third and fifth laps, but was immediately passed over by Bagnaia, but on the sixth lap, Fabio Quartararo passed by force at turn 12 of the sixth lap, managing to keep the lead. In the seventh lap he took a 0 ”648 margin and was able to break away: it was the key moment of the GP;
  3. “Long lap penalty” a Bagnaia. Without the penalty, the podium would have been within the Ducati rider’s reach;
  4. Mir’s qualifications. The problem is always the same, but every time it is decisive: if Mir had started further ahead, he would have been able to play at least second place;
  5. The difficulties of overtaking Vinales. Maverick struggles much more than Fabio to pass the riders in front of him: decisive for the GP;
  6. The contact Zarco / Rins on the second lap. Decisive for Rins, he could finish on the podium.

Fast laps in the race (the lap in which it was made in brackets).

Quarter 1’32”869 (8); Vinales 1’33″045 (18); M. Marquez 1’33”172 (14); Bagnaia 1’33”173 (12); Mir 1’33”213 (17); Zarco 1’33″234 (16); Miller 1’33”316 (12); Oliveira 1’33”377 (17); Nakagami (1’33″378 (12); A.espargaro 1’33″385 (12).

Was it right to inflict a “long lap penalty” on Bagnaia?

Yes. The rule is clear: after four times you put the wheels on the green, you get a “warning”, an event; on the fifth you are penalized. Bagnaia, as he explained, put his wheels on the green at turn 12 in an attempt to resist first Quartararo and then the other drivers.

What happened to Takaaki Nakagami, second on lap 13, fifth on 14th, then ninth at the finish?

The Japanese of the LCR team explained that he made a mistake at the last chicane that cost him three positions. Then he made another straight and was passed by other drivers, losing concentration.

What happened between Zarco and Rins on the second lap?

The Suzuki rider replies: “Zarco passed me very close and the only thing I could do was raise the bike: if I hadn’t done it, we would both have crashed. I think Johann has a too aggressive style ”. The contact was judged as “a normal race incident” by the Steward Panel.

Rins’ comeback.

2nd round: 22nd; 5 turn: 21eism; 6 lap: 20th; 8 lap: 18th; 10 lap: 17th; 14th lap: 16th; 15th lap: 15th; 18th round: 14th; 19th round: 12th; 20th lap 11th; Lap 26: 11th.

Why was Jack Miller stopped with the black flag with an orange stamp on lap 18?

Miller crashed on lap 15 while he was eighth. He managed to restart in 18th position, but his bike was smoking and for this reason the flag indicating a technical problem was displayed. According to team manager Davide Tardozzi it was a bad decision, because the DesmosediciGP didn’t really have any problems. In any case, little would have changed.

Why did Jorge Martin retire on lap 15, while he was 19th?

After being 13th for a long time, the Spaniard from the Pramac team began to lose positions, until he retired because he could no longer physically take it.

Confrontation between teammates (in brackets in qualification).

Bagnaia/Miller 5/4 (3/6); Fourthraro/Vinales 6/3 (7/2); Mir/Kidney 6/1 (1/7); Marquez/P.Espargaro 4/2 (4/3); Binder/Olive 3/6 (3/6); Morbidelli/Rossi 4/4 (6/2); Zarco/Martin 5/0 (4/1).

2021/2020 comparison after eight races

Quartararo 156/108 (+48); Zarco 122/36 (+86); Bagnaia 109/39 (+70); Mir 101/100 (+1); Miller 100/75 (+25); Vinales 95/90 (+5); Oliveira 85/59 (+26); A.Espargaro 61/22 (+39); Binder 60/58 (+2); M.Marquez 50/0 (+50); Morbidelli 40/77 (-37); Petrucci 26/39 (-13); Rossi 17/58 (-41).

Three reasons to remember the GP

  1. The victory of Quartararo;
  2. Marquez’s statements on Friday;
  3. The indiscretion / news on Vinales / Yamaha / Aprilia

Three phrases from the GP

  1. Vinales: “I’m very far from my potential”
  2. Bagnaia: “To fight for the title I have to improve myself, but also the bike”
  3. Rossi: “Aramco? I hope it’s true and that the prince told the truth “

I said so

Silvano Galbusera (Vinales’ technical chief): “Maverick has tried many starts, there shouldn’t be any problems”. Vinales, who started from pole, was fifth in the first corner.

– Maverick Vinales and Yamaha do not deny the farewell

– Bagnaia: “Just penalty”; Marquez: “I’m not the real Marc yet”

– Valentino Rossi: “The results certainly don’t help me”

– Joan Mir: “We didn’t expect more”

– Fabio Quartararo: “25 fundamental points”

Moto3 and Moto2, victories for Dennis Foggia and Raul Fernandez

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MotoGP 2021. Dutch GP in Assen. Valentino Rossi: The results certainly don’t help me – MotoGP

ASSEN – As has happened other times this season, Valentino Rossi thought he could achieve a very different result.

Not victory, not even a podium, but, to put it in his words, “have a decent race“. Instead it was another disastrous GP, which ended with a crash while he was 17th, after a bad start.

“It was a great pity: our pace wasn’t bad, I had good potential. Unfortunately I got a bad start and when you are behind other riders, you suffer a little with the front tire, you have less grip. I did some overtaking (Valentino was 21st at the end of the first lap, NDA), I passed Bastianini and I crashed in the 7th. We don’t really understand what happened, the reason for the crash: there you go fast, luckily I didn’t get hurt ”.

Now is the time to make a decision, assuming it hasn’t already been made.

“I have always said that 2021 would be difficult, as I have been repeating for some time that everything depends on results. And the results, in the first part of the season, were below expectations, these performances certainly do not help me… It is not yet the time to decide, I will do it in the next few weeks: when I do, I will tell you ”.

The answer to the next question is very clear, at least for me. If Vinales really went to Aprilia, a place in Yamaha would be freed up: could this change your decision?

“It seems that something could change in the coming weeks, but I don’t know… In any case, this doesn’t change my decision, which, I repeat, is linked to my results, not to what the other riders are doing. I don’t know what will happen in Yamaha, but I don’t care ”.

What do you think about the penalties for green wheels? Had there been these rules in 2008, you couldn’t have done that legendary overtaking on Stoner at Laguna Seca…

“The rules are useful because now everything is more extreme than in 2008 at Laguna Seca, the situations are not comparable. The tracks have changed just to improve safety, the asphalt outside the curves is much safer than the grass. Green must be considered as grass, if you don’t put a limit it’s a mess, that’s right. And before being penalized, you have to go out four times (on the fourth time you take the “warming”, on the fifth you get penalized, NDA). I think Pecco was having a hard time getting it to run at 12: it’s a shame he could have finished third, but the rule is right ”.

Let’s talk about the team: there are always rumors and rumors that question the agreement with “Aramco”: can you explain how the situation is?

“I did not follow the matter well, what I can say is that we do everything in very good faith, we talk to the prince. I personally spoke to him at least eight times, the last Thursday evening: he is very happy and repeats that everything is fine. This is what I know. It is clear that when it comes to such an important sponsorship there is a bit of envy, many would have wanted that money. As for me, I just hope that the prince told the truth ”.

– Joan Mir: “We didn’t expect more”

– Fabio Quartararo: “25 fundamental points”

Moto3 and Moto2, victories for Dennis Foggia and Raul Fernandez

Follow the commentary of the Assen races with Zam and Livio Suppo LIVE TODAY AT 8.45pm

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