Lhe other 23 drivers who will start the race in Assen have only one slogan: to prevent the victory of fabio quartararo. The Frenchman is the outstanding leader of the World Cup with an advantage of 34 points already with Aleix Espargaró when half of the events are going and the rest is already more than two grand prix away -or almost four as Bagnaia, at 91 points-. Also, after winning at Barcelona and the Sachsenring, his form is optimal. On those dates he ran away first and managed last. Therefore, everyone is clear: they must cut short the initial escape attempt of ‘El Diablo’.
The first, the Aprilia. “We have to stop Fabio, we can’t let him leave at the beginning of the race, otherwise the race is lost. Of course he’s going to try, but our job, that of Pecco and me, who I think are the two with the most rhythm, has to be to try to stop him from the start because then you don’t catch him anymore. Even if you have a very good rhythm… if he has already put two seconds on you, you don’t catch him, it’s impossible “, he launched.
But, of course, that is easier said than done. That’s why, Bagnaia, who achieved pole position with a record included – like the other three he did before – is more cautious. “For sure in this circuit, Fabio is very competitive. I want to fight with him, but not only at the beginning, but also at the end. In Assen it is more difficult to open a gap, although he does it anyway“, He said.
The problem for the Italian is that he will have to be careful not to repeat another fall like the one in Germany, at the beginning. “I hope I have learned my lesson, the first objective is to finish“, he warned.
The ‘Devil’s’ plan
The aforementioned, logically, did not give clues. “Getting away is always difficult. Here it’s different to Barcelona or Germany. There it’s more important to save tires, but here you know you can go fast at the end. At the moment, my goal is not to escape, but if there is an opportunity I will try to take it“, he affirmed. For now, he starts second. Again, in the front row, and he has already won in the Netherlands in 2021, a good track for the Yamaha and its great chassis. His pace is already very good.
Martin is not ruled out
The Ducati, always quick to turn, have a test for their ability to turn and go through fast curves. That’s why, George Martin It’s not discarded. “We can fight for the podium, let’s see if I can hold out with Fabio and Pecco. They have a little more than me, but not much more, “she indicated.
Because there could be other candidates, but they were ruled out in the qualifying session, with Álex Rins or Joan Mir. The same happens with Maverick Vinales, with a great lap to lap. “I can have a great race, I can reach the ‘top 5′”, assured the man from Roses, pole position and second in the race in 2021 and who is beginning to show his face with the Aprilia. The problem is that he starts eleventh.
If he has pressure, there is even more for Aleix, who, himself, is self-imposed, to see the Nice one closer in the general classification. “Of course I want to win, but at this point in the World Cup, it is very important to be in front of Fabio and cut him off. I would very much like to go on vacation less than a grand prize apart, very“, he released. Morale also counts.