MotoGP, Pernat: “Honda desperately runs after Mir, Marquez will not be in the Sepang tests”

2022 has only just begun and the countdown is on before we can see the MotoGP bikes on track at Sepang in February for the first tests of the year. However, the paddock managers are working on the future and, as most drivers’ contracts are expiring, are already looking forward to 2023. Carlo Pernat (in a dedicated barsports program you can watch above) takes a good look at the driver movement market.

“Honda is desperate to sign a winning driver and it’s the right thing – he explained – There are two names: Quartararo and Mir, Joan is more likely to end up there because he costs less and he’s the right man. It’s going to be a pretty quick thing, I think by the time the World Cup starts, the operation can be done or almost.”

Honda cannot afford to rely solely on Marquez, whose physical condition is still a mystery.

“Marc wants to know if he can race, nothing is known about the recovery time – underlined Pernat – If nothing is said, it means that there is no positive news, I don’t expect Marquez to be present at the February tests.”

The manager also expects some changes at Ducati.

“Zarco and Miller, 99 percent, will likely go, barring any surprises – was his opinion – you will come to the market, jack is a good bet but he comes with a lot of ups and downs. Yamaha, on the other hand, is the top-placed manufacturer, they have three strong riders: Quartararo, Morbidelli and Toprak.”

Then there is the subject of Rossi with his team in MotoGP, which just a few days ago announced its new sponsor.

“Valentino will come to two or three races, the VR46 team will break away from him and lose his visibility – noted Carlo – I don’t even think Vale will test the Ducati, it wouldn’t be worth it”.

In the World Cup, the Doctor’s absence will certainly be felt.

“Dorna has lived on Valentino Rossi’s wings for a very long time, riding his wave to the end as she did, albeit to a lesser extent, with Marquez. Now it has to open up, it mustn’t make the mistake of staying what it is. Formula 1 is already a few laps ahead of MotoGP, they’re running a great marketing campaign. The doors must be opened.” was the suggestion of the Italian manager.