For sure it has been an “up and down” weekend! Unfortunately many riders crashed and both Dani and Jorge were injured. First of all, I hope they both will recover soon! Marc did a perfect job in all sessions and in the race, where for the first time in MotoGP he won showing his ability to manage the gap to his rivals leading the race, as a very experienced rider.
As I said, he did a great job together with his team in every single session. In FP4 he was out since the beginning with used tyres, he kept the same set of tyres for the whole session and still managed to do his best lap time at the end. This showed he had the pace to win the race, but on Sunday he was able to confirm it managing the pressure and this is great!
We knew he was a fast rider since the very first test, but we didn’t expect him to be so constant. It is impressive, not only for a rookie, to be able to finish always on the podium except in Mugello, when he crashed at the end of the race from second place.
Early Sunday morning Dani went to the Medical Centre to do the test to clear him to race. At that time he felt quite good and the Doctors agreed to let him start the warm up. After that, when he was in the Clinica Mobile for the painkiller treatment, he started to feel dizzy and his blood pressure went down again, as it happened on Saturday after the crash. Then the Doctors decided that he was unfit for the race, not for his small collarbone fracture, but for his general body condition. Dani would have liked to have had a test later in the morning, to see if he felt better and race, but Doctors told him that anyway, due to the general condition since the day before, they would not allow him to start the race. He was disappointed, but there was nothing else he could do but accept the Doctors’ decision.
Today (Monday morning after race) Dani is feeling better. He had a good sleep and no more dizzy spells. At the moment the plan is to go to Laguna on Wednesday and I believe he will do it!
It is very difficult to predict Laguna! We will have to see how Dani feels with his left collarbone fracture, and hopefully this won’t be a big issue, even if the circuit has many left corners and this won’t help. For Marc, he has never been to Laguna on a motorcycle so we will see… in Austin he picked up the circuit very quickly, I can imagine it will not take him too long here either!