Ducati is in luck. She has scared away the ghosts in the best possible way: by tying up two of the present and future stars of MotoGP. Yes in Barcelona, MARCA reported that the Bolognese had already reached an agreement with Jorge Martín and Enea Bastianini, in Germany,This newspaper can confirm that both have already signed their new contract, for two years, to continue enrolled with the Italian factory.
Honda had been a temptation for the man from Madrid. He sounded him out to find out his situation, but ‘Martinator’ replied that he wanted to continue as a ‘ducatista’… if possible in the official team. Jorge gave some hint at Sachsenring. “In case I didn’t go to a factory team, I would certainly look at other options. I love Pramac, it’s one of the best teams, it wouldn’t be a problem for me to continue, obviously with a factory bike. Now it’s too late. I think my future is at Ducati for next year. I’ll see my options, but I don’t think it’s necessary.” released on the German track, venue this weekend for the tenth race of the season.
Because the one from San Sebastián de los ReyesDucati managed to extend the term to fill the vacancy left by Jack Miller in the official team. It will be at the end of August. In Germany he still arrives convalescing from the operation on the carpal tunnel in his right hand, but he could show his worth, as he did in Barcelona (2nd) against the Rimini rider, who has a motorcycle, the GP21, which did not need any evolution or changes in the set-up.
Martin, be that as it may, will have all the same material as Bagnaia, wherever he is, like ‘The Beast’, but yes, he aspires to wear red and makes one of the reasons clear.
“We test everything, like in the factory team. The difference is that when everything arrives, they try it first and decide, give their opinion and account. In the end, it is Pecco and Jack who decide. PFor me, it is better to choose and decide where the project is going. It is the only difference. It is important to have a voice. I have a voice, but a little more,” said #89.
KTM has already made the signing of Miller official, who leaves without rancor. “I’m 27 years old and I still have a long way to go. It’s just a step aside,” he said. Bagnaia, meanwhile, does not want to get wet about his future partner. “With whoever comes, let us work together to improve, because it is the key,” he assured.
Mir, with less margin
This move reduces Joan Mir’s margin of action, although it also takes away a ‘rival’ for being Marc Márquez’s partner in the Repsol Honda. Martín is very much to Alberto Puig’s liking, but the Balearic believes that other things should be looked at. “There is nothing new. Decisions are not made for two or three races. The trajectory of a driver is analyzed. It is clear that getting good results in the last few races, I suppose it helps a little, but what helps the most is the trajectory. A pilot cannot always win, or always be ahead, the character of the pilot is valued. Or I would value the character of the pilot”, he proclaimed.
The Majorcan does not believe that his value has been diminished by this 2022 complex. “I am exactly the same rider as in 2020, but the bikes change, the championship is different. The rider is the same, but this year we have had to suffer in the first part of the season. We are fighting. Now it is my turn to finish fourth or fifth, but I know that it is not my position and I think no one”, he launched.
And as for a possible adaptation to the Honda, it gives clues. “I suppose that each one has their idea of what they need and they have classified, within their opinion, how the riders are. he first year was difficult because the Suzuki was not my natural style, but then it has gone the best I know a little about my virtues as a driver and the way I like to drive. When I arrived at Suzuki, I was very good, I have adapted and everything has gone very well”, values the 2020 champion.
“This has taught me that when I joined Suzuki I thought it was not the bike that best suited my style, but we have made it work. Anyway, right now, with a little work, we could be fast with other bikes. I don’t know Which one would suit better? For my style, the Yamaha or the Suzuki, when I got to MotoGP, I said: ‘Maybe I crash a little with this’, but it hasn’t been like that. The V4 engines? I do not know. We’ll see,” she analyzed.