The Italian MotoGP rider, Andrea Dovizioso. . / EPA / PASQUALE BOVE / Archive
Madrid, Sep 16 . .- The seventh appointment of the season of the coronavirus pandemic, the so-called Emilia Romagna MotoGP Grand Prix, again at the « Marco Simoncelli » circuit in Misano Adriatico, may represent a new opportunity, perhaps with a new candidate for victory.
Although it is true that the dispute of the San Marino Grand Prix, last weekend, made several things clear: the first one that the Italian drivers want to be the main attractions in their « home » races and the second that the Misano Adriatic Coast layout « suits » the Yamaha very well, although now the world leader is a Ducati rider, also Italian, Andrea Dovizioso.
Dovizioso will not have much hope in this second race on the same stage as « Marco Simoncelli » as things were in the first, so the work in his case should focus on improving the performance of the Desmosedici GP20. He wants to maintain the top position, where he now has a slim six-point lead over Frenchman Fabio Quartararo on his Yamaha YZR M 1.
And he should be one of his main rivals in the fight for victory, although neither the French nor the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), the true dominator of both the San Marino Grand Prix training sessions and the training sessions that were carried out after it, they seem to be correct in their choices when it comes to outlining the race strategy.
Viñales returned to dominate the training sessions that took place last Tuesday at the Misano Adriatico circuit and that should serve as a trigger for the unfortunate opening weekend in this scenario and a sixth position that left a bad taste in the mouth of the Spanish after having achieved the « pole position ».
In addition to Viñales and Quartararo, we will obviously have to take into account the Italians Franco Morbidelli, who won the race with authority, and Valentino Rossi, his « teacher » and « mentor » at Rancho VR46, who although he does not want to hear about This, as the championship is developing, surely in his heart he thinks that his tenth world title might not be that far away.
All Yamaha riders, Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli and Valentino Rossi, as well as Andrea Dovizioso and his Ducati Desmosedici GP20, are mentioned, it is fair to take into consideration in this list of candidates another Italian who stood out last weekend being second and sure that he will try to improve that classification, Francesco « Pecco » Bagnaia and his Ducati Desmosedici GP20.
« Pecco » was close to fighting for victory and, at least due to the speed and power of his motorcycle, he has all the ingredients to try to take that step forward that will give him his first MotoGP victory, which would be the sixth for a rider of the category in seven races, in which only Quartararo has repeated.
But neither can we forget the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), in a season that seems to be that of the satellite team drivers, as well as the official Suzuki representatives, the Spanish Joan Mir and Alex Rins.
Mir had a very complete race last weekend and with a team strategy that was very successful in the last third of it, which he arrived much fresher than his rivals and that was what allowed him to recover ground in marches forced and star in a spectacular interior on the last lap, nothing less than a Valentino Rossi that, apparently on the track, was not expected to « out there » anyone would sneak in.
Things continue to be more complicated for the Honda riders, among whom the only one capable of running at a good pace, among the top ten, is the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami, while Alex Márquez continues with his phase of adaptation to the category and the Repsol Honda RC 213 V, which seems to be costing considerably more than expected.
The KTM riders were the protagonists in both the Czech Republic and Austria, but the first meeting in Misano Adriatico was « choked » and the best of them ended up being the Spanish Pol Espargaró -10-, who still has an outstanding debt with the victory, which does not happen with the debutants Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, although neither of them rose to the occasion in the « first call » at the Marco Simoncelli in Misano Adriatico.
Juan Antonio Lladós