Considering the penultimate place from which he will start tomorrow on the grid at Aragon, perhaps with Valentino Rossi it is better to start by talking about the race of someone else he knows well and who has very different goals. Pecco Bagnaia, who is part of his Academy and who today took pole with a stratospheric lap. The Piedmontese has been fast several times this season, but today he seems to have outdone himself. Now all that remains is to take that last step that is still missing: to win a MotoGP race.
“In my opinion, the time has come for him to win, to break the taboo – said his mentor – He’s going really fast, he’s riding awesome, the factory Ducatis are very fast and they’re doing a great job with the team. Pecco has had various vicissitudes this season, especially with the tires, otherwise he would have more points in the championship. I sincerely hope that tomorrow is the right time for him”.
He will probably have to contend with Quartararo, also in a state of impeccable form.
“Fabio manages to make the most of Yamaha’s strong points: braking and corner entry – the Doctor’s comment – He worked well with the team and managed to find grip out of corners, where I suffer instead. He’s driving fearfully and has figured out how to go fast with the M1 “.
Unlike Valentino this weekend, even if his mood is better than his position on the grid suggested.
“Today went better than yesterday, since the morning – revealed – In FP3 I was 6 tenths from the best, but here too we are all attacked, it’s incredible: practically the top 4 had the same time. In qualifying, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to express my full potential because I always found myself in the middle of traffic, I could have done a little better “.
Rossi does not want to give up.
“It is difficult to say what will happen in the race, also because the choice of tires is very open – has continued – It will not be easy to choose, especially the rear one, soft and hard are in the ballot, but some riders could run with the average, it will depend so much on the temperatures. I’m not as fast as I was at Silverstone, but we will try to improve the life of the tires again and to score points”.
The last answer is for those who ask him where the situation is with the sponsors for his MotoGP team.
“Honestly, I don’t know, I don’t understand it well – He admitted – I’m not informed about the latest news, I thought everything was fine but there seem to be some critical issues. Fortunately, that’s not really my problem. In any case we will be in MotoGP next year, that I can assure you”.