The Pramac team rider is the first Ducati in the standings but as Bagnaia’s companion in the red team we only talk about Martin and Bastianini: “We agree on the renewal but I haven’t signed yet, we joked with the engineer and Ciabatti .. . ”
June 23, 2022
TOnche Fabio Quartararo he asked himself: “Why doesn’t Zarco go to the factory Ducati?”. The question is legitimate, also because, in the middle of the championship, the French rider born in 1990 is first in the Ducati 8-rider championship.
On the market argument Zarco himself spoke, present at the Thursday press conference in Assen together with Quartararo himself. Only the two of them because Aleix Espargaro arrived in Holland late.
Speaking of the contract renewal imminent Zarco said: “We have a good relationship with Ducati, first of all it is I who speak directly to them, without a manager, I have my history and an age that allows me, they know what I think. Remaining in Ducati is for me the best opportunity to get to victory, they know it. I haven’t signed yet but we agree 100% … jokingly I said a Ciabatti and Dall’Igna if they have an uncertainty between an Italian and a Spanish they can take a Frenchmanand they were almost agree! But there are many factors to consider, including the fact that I get along very well with Campinoti and Pramac, a satellite team with factory bikes. Sometimes when a satellite driver goes to an official team you have to rebuild everything, so it could be good to stay with Pramac, certainly the works team has prestige. “
Who would you choose between Martin and Bastianini as a partner?
“I have known Jorge for two years and the team would already be done, it would be good to continue. With Enea we should get to know each other better, he speaks Italian and so do I, but with Jorge it would be better for the whole team, we are used to working together. Enea did it. 3 victories with his team and changing them is always complicated “
On the first half of the season …
“I’m satisfied, it didn’t start as well as 2021, but I tried to concentrate on every weekend, trying to control the GP22 well which is sometimes a bit difficult to fix, but the results have come in the last few races”
In the last few races you have done fifth, fourth, third and second, according to logic you should win in Assen …
“Much easier to say, it would be great to follow this logic. It could help me if it rains, with treacherous conditions it could be easier for me, I would save energy. You have to go straight to Q2, work for that and start from the front row which gives you great opportunities to go to the podium. The new fairing can help me in the fast chicanes, it gives a positive feeling “
C.What do you think of Fabio and his season?
“The ability he has to carry the weight of being world champion is impressive, when you chase the second title you put pressure on yourself, everyone expects you to win. Fabio shows maturity, he is controlling the championship, I have seen him a lot well in Catalunya and even better at Sachsenring. It seems easier for him to maintain a constant pace in the race. “
On the possible introduction of sprint races as in Superbike…
“It could be spectacular, but I don’t see myself doing a race on Saturday and then another one on Sunday, it’s tiring. The way we do MotoGP races is interesting, they last 40 minutes and not an hour and a half like F1. and that keeps people more awake “
A full house is expected in Assen (here the audience ranking of the top 10 GPs) what do you think?
“The best places for the public are turn 15 and the final chicane but I usually don’t have time to see people while I drive. Today there was already a full campsite 10 km from the track and so there will be a lot of people”
Does Johann feel less pressure on you than Enea and Jorge or do you feel belittled?
“No, no less pressure, every weekend is intense and I am focused on giving my best. I feel good in the Pramac team, even if the works team could be a dream, but I don’t feel any pressure. I hoped the results were good for be taken into consideration, so far I am doing well, I have no negative thoughts “
S.feel that the GP22 is at a very high level now?
“It’s impressive in qualifying and it’s amazing how Pecco manages to ride it, I think it’s the best rider-bike combination”
You said you feel better in the rain because it requires less physical effort, you were tired at the Sachsenring, you always look the most tired, why?
“Ehhhh … we are old! You try to do 30 laps at the Sachsenring! Anyway it’s a bit my style to drive like that, maybe if I relax too much I don’t have speed, I try to train as much as possible and to always be ready. I hope that in the second part of the season, after 5 weeks off, he will be able to manage the fatigue better “
How strong can Aleix Espargaro be here?
“This year Aprilia is very strong in the corners and Aleix is in good shape, I think he will certainly fight for the podium here. I think his Aprilia can be similar to Yamaha in terms of behavior here at Assen.”
THEThe Sachsenring was physically tough, do you think there will soon come a moment when in the direction of the race you will say in advance: “The race is too hard, let’s take some laps away”?
“The heat certainly surprised us but we made no mistakes due to fatigue. For example, Jack recovered a lot in the last laps.”