Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pernat: Dovi the man of the hour

The second Sepang test is now behind us, and the MotoGP circus now heads to Jerez for the final pre-season test.  But before we set our sights on Spain, had the chance to speak with Carlo Pernat, and get his opinion on what happened in Malaysia.

"I will go against the flow and say that Andrea Dovizioso was the protagonist of the second Sepang test - the Italian manager said - We don't talk about him very much, and that doesn't seem right. In spit of his physical problems, he found a good feeling with the Yamaha and recorded some impressive lap times. I think he is getting ready for an excellent season: he is the man of the hour."

And what about the bikes? "Honda continues to have problems with the tires, which don't seem to suit their bike this season. Both Stoner and Pedrosa suffered from chatter, which seems to be their only issue at the moment.  As for Yamaha, in their first outing at Brno they showed that their bike was good from the start.  The riders confirmed this at Sepang, and at the moment it looks to be the most complete package."

And finally a word on Rossi: "It wasn't an easy test for Ducati, but building a new bike in two months, when it usually takes two years, is a tough task for anyone, especially such a small manufacturer.  They need to remain calm, even if the clock is ticking down on them, and we need to rooting for Ducati and Valentino; not just because they are Italian, but because they are crucial for an exciting championship. I hope the Jerez tests go better for them, and that they can learn something more about the bike, but it looks like they are struggling at the moment and the relationship isn't producing the results they had hoped for." 

source: GP One

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