Team presentations will be over soon – tests in many places
We stand by the fact that we are only marginally interested in the presentations by teams and drivers, especially before the coming season. Basically this time it is all the more old wine in new bottles. In other words, technically almost unchanged bikes are presented with the riders in mostly only slightly changed designs. After all, this time not with a lot of fanfare at specially established press conferences, but well-behaved Corona-compliant on the Internet.
No surprises – shocking irreverence instead
We had predicted that no team or driver would be allowed to announce just to want to compete in the back places. This went completely without a crystal ball and because Fausto Gresini, a long-serving team boss, is no longer with us, we start with the more interesting part of this article with the tests of his team. We noted with regret that even before his funeral, some journalists fell like vultures with rumors and headlines about his team and even questioned the continued existence of Pramac Racing straight away. At this point we would like to emphasize that with such indolence a limit has been exceeded and this must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. By the way, here is the link for the team presentations, if you would like to see this with many pictures in color: www.motogp.com
The first test feedback from Valencia by Gresini Racing
Fabio Di Giannantonio – Number 21 (best lap time 1’35.9, a good second above the best lap so far in Valencia):
„I’m super happy with how we started the on-track work with the team. To be honest, I was expecting a slightly different bike, a more complicated one… while instead the initial feelings are excellent, even though I will have to work on my riding style to get used to it. We haven’t lapped a lot but the work was so important ahead of Portimao. I think getting on track was the best thing also to deal with the different emotions we are currently facing. I feel that to work hard and stay focused on the goals will be the best way to say goodbye to Fausto. Our goal was to win and to a great job, so we’ll try to do that for him.“
Nicolò Bulega – Number 11 (Valencia test best time 1’36.3):
“Unfortunately we haven’t lapped as much as we’d hoped, but the feeling in general is very good, both on the bike and with the team. The team is excellent, and we can improve so much together. About Fausto, I really don’t know what to say… this situation has really hurt us, we have lost him in a matter of few days and the pain is huge. Maybe we still haven’t fully realized what happened, but we took to the track to honor him and pushed to the maximum as he would have liked us to.“
The provisional MotoGP and WSBK calendar for 2021
A replacement for Brno is currently missing and in WorldSBK at least two events are currently still undefined. In addition, there is likely to be a more than big question mark behind San Juan and Indonesia due to the pandemic. This is especially true for the numerous MotoGP events overseas. Even with the questionable test and the start of the season in Qatar, FIM and Dorna are taking an incomprehensible risk. Unfortunately, MotoGP also starts with a ghost race, which at least affects spectators from outside the desert state. Entry for tourists is strictly prohibited due to the pandemic. Incidentally, if you do not install the Covid-19 app in Qatar and move around in the open air, you risk up to 2 years in prison!