Three rounds in a row are always a very demanding time of the season, and this year has been even worse especially because the last two races have been very “strange” with different problems to manage and very peculiar situations. I honestly think that in normal situations Marc would have kept his advantage. Anyway, to go into the final round still with a good margin is very good especially if you keep in mind that Marc is a rookie!
Difficult to say, as for sure the extra soft seems to be perfect for Jorge, but we had no time to properly test it during practice and both Dani and Marc felt more comfortable with the harder rear compound. Jorge had nothing to lose and he took a gamble that paid off. Marc did the best he can do and brought home another podium even if he had only 45 minutes in dry conditions to get used to Motegi on a MotoGP machine. For sure not the best situation for a rookie!
Unfortunately Dani had an issue with rear grip and was never able to attack. Again, with only 45 minutes on Sunday morning of dry conditions it was very difficult to get the best set up and check all possible alternatives. Nevertheless we were very proud to have both riders again on the podium and winning the Team Championship is always very good!
We missed the first spot but… sure, 4 bikes in the top 5 is good! Honestly, with Dani winning the last two races in Motegi our expectations were higher but the weather condition and the very short time on track has played a key part in this weekend. Valencia will be a super exciting weekend, with Riders and Manufacturer Titles still to be awarded… we will do our best until the last lap!