After the usual Thursday press conference with the first three in the championship Fabio Quartararo, Aleix Espargarò and Pecco Bagnaia, another press conference took place with the drivers who renewed their contract for 2023, including Johann Zarco . They are five to have thus expressed themselves on their now assured future. The sixth was missing in the person of Joan Mir who was made official at Repsol Honda, but the future ex-Suzuki rider and 2020 World Champion is at home, recovering from a fractured ankle after a violent fall at the last Grand Prix from Austria.
Presents and just as valid, it is Johann Zarco, soccer team scorer the day before, who started the comments: “ we had to wait for everything to be confirmed. Continuing with Pramac is very important to me because it’s a Factory motorcycle, that means being able to work well, having first-class materials. I have the impression that things are going well with Ducati, being in a top team is always a pleasure. Obviously, when a pilot manages to give good results, it is also an advantage for the sponsors of the satellite team. “.
” The relationship has always gone well with the managers of Ducati and when they wondered whether to take an Italian and a Spaniard, jokingly I said to take a Frenchman but they told me they’d rather take a young man. Keeping someone in a satellite team that works well is very difficult “.
Since we are talking about Ducati, Enea Bastianini continued on his now assured place within the factory team: “ for me it’s a dream come true, I’m very motivated but I also know that it will be a big challenge, the pressure will be even greater. I’m happy to be on the team with Pecco, a friend I’ve raced with since I was a kid and for the first time we’ll be on the team together. I’m ready and we’ll see how it goes. It was not easy for Ducati to make this decision because Jorge Martin is also a very fast rider. It will be important for me to work well for the next races. I know the first part of the season has not been consistent and I want to change to be able to fight for the title. I think I can learn a lot from Pecco, he is very fast and can handle the weekends very well, I have to learn from him too because I hope he too can get something out of what I wear “.
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The sequel comes with the educt jorge martin which has therefore been renewed at Ducati Pramac with Johann Zarco : “ clearly, I’m a little disappointed, obviously not because they chose Enea because he deserves it. I tried to do my best, I have a great contract, I’m very happy and I know that Ducati will push for the best and we also hope to make history with Pramac. Next year I will try to win the world championship and in this case I could fight with Pecco and Enea, I hope we will have the same support to fight on equal terms.
The war the media waged between me and Aeneas did us no good, I tried to work. I’ve been suffering since the start of the season and I don’t think it’s good for a driver, it’s hard to give 100%. At first I felt a lot of confidence from Ducatiwe were talking about the future but then at a certain point I started having difficulties”.
Miguel Oliveira then opened up about signing with Aprilia RNF: “ many factors convinced me, the timing first. It was the moment when I thought I should try a new motorcycle. Massimo Rivola welcomed me very warmly and this is the additional element that convinced me, it is a pleasure to work together for the next two years. We know that the bike can be constant for the next seasons “.
” After a long relationship, we didn’t want things to end badly, KTM tried to keep me in the family and I am happy with the relationship built over the years. It’s hard to analyze other bikes, it always feels like the others are faster in the heat of battle. Aleix knows the bike very well, Viñales comes from a career with inline engines and that made the transition to another bike interesting and perhaps convinced me more of Aleix’s results “.
He’s the youngest of the gang, Raul Fernandez which ends on its future MotoGP with Aprilia RNF: “ I am very happy with this possibility, Massimo and Razlan Razali gave me the opportunity to continue in MotoGP. The season was quite difficult for me, we didn’t get the results we wanted. I will try to close the season in the best possible way giving my best as always and then from Valencia I will focus on the new project, which is extremely interesting. I am the youngest pilot of the Aprilia project “.