‘We are the bike to beat’

Italy’s Ducati rider only ten points behind Frenchman, after crash in Spain: ‘But I feel good’

The fight to seize MotoGP. In Japan, the fifth to final race of the season with an unknown amount of rain, there are three riders within just 17 points. Leader my quartera hadith from the fall of Aragon, reassures: “I am fine and will do my best.” Bajnaya Chasing 10 points: “Love this track, we have the best bike.” in third place espargaro: “Everything can happen.” The appointment is on Sunday at 8 am Italian time.

Five races at the end of the World Championships and a title still to be decided with three riders surrounded by just 17 points at the top of the standings: Quartararo, Banja and Espargaro. In Japan, at the Motegi circuit, classification leader Fabio Quartararo is trying to maintain leadership: “I resumed training after the accident in Aragon, I feel better physically and I am sure I can compete to the best of my ability,” these words from the French at the usual press conference before the weekend the week. “We’ve managed to be competitive in all the races and it will be here at Motegi as well, I think I’ll be fast, it’s a track that I love and I can’t wait to get back on the bike.”

The only unknown is the weather, with the risk of rain: “But the track holds up well and there’s a lot of control, you don’t have to worry about a rainy or rainy race.” Finally, the challenge to win the World Championship: “We are three riders surrounded by 17 points, we are all pushing to the limit and we will all give our best. It will be a good conclusion to the season, as always I will give 100% for all the next five races.”

Just Bagnaia, 10 points from Quartararo in the general classification (211 points to 201), is confident about this race: “It’s one of my favorite tracks, I always feel good at Motegi, I think the weekend can be very positive. The track fits Our bike does well, we are the bike to beat.” For the Ducati rider as well, consider the rain that can affect the race and the title race: “I don’t think much about winning the championship, there are still five races left and there is a lot. Bad weather doesn’t particularly concern me.”

Third in the rider standings is Alex Espargaro, 17 points from Quartararo and seven points from Bagnaya: “Our bike is getting better, I haven’t been riding here in Japan for a long time but it is a track that I like. We will have to be good at adapting to the wet situation and quick to change Strategy if needed,” says the Aprilia rider, then concludes: “There is obviously a little pressure in the title fight, but I can manage it better and I am proud to be at the top of the rankings. I will try to enjoy it as much as I can and do my best to the end, Anything can happen. The race is still very open, and there are many points to grab.”

Even Ina Bastianini, after Aragon’s victory after winning 163 points in fourth place overall, is still in contention for the world championship: “I am very happy with last weekend, and it gives me a lot of confidence even if it is difficult here. In Motegi, I did not I never ride motorcycles on this track,” the words of Blue, who is thinking about the title race: “It will be very difficult to win, I have very few chances but in the meantime it is important to make good races and grow from time to time. I must always give 100 %, then let’s see if I will take the team’s orders to help Bagnaia but at the moment I don’t have any.”

Marc Marquez (Honda) also present at the press conference: “I am very disappointed after Aragon so I would like to make up for myself in Japan, but it will not be easy. It is a difficult year for us but we need to focus on Motegi, the race at home that we care about. Its too much. The time is unknown and it certainly doesn’t help.” The race is scheduled for Sunday morning at 8 am Italian time.