‘At Yamaha and Honda there is the impression that the strategists have deserted; Hiring Valentino Rossi was a mistake’

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Many have been the voices in the paddock that have criticised some decisions by some team managers, where the clash of generations and the break with the past have been complicated, but it can also be said that some are not afraid of words to say how things are and what can happen in the future.

While there are currently several young Moto2 riders entering MotoGP, there are teams that do not necessarily choose riders with this profile – for example, Repsol Honda, who in 2021 relegated Álex Márquez to satellite LCR Honda for his second season, hiring Pol Espargaró for his place. Something that leads Carlo Pernat to criticize the responsible Alberto Puig.

Quoted in Motosan.es, the businessman questioned Yamaha’s hiring policy, especially the Razlan Razali structure that is moving away from the youngest: ‘Both at Yamaha and Honda, there is the impression that the strategists have deserted. In 2019, the new SRT team played very well at the start by hiring [Fabio] Quartararo and [Franco] Morbidelli. Betting on [Valentino] Rossi was one mistake and getting [Andrea] Dovizioso back is another. Why can’t a manufacturer with the most attractive bike for a rookie attract the young riders?

Moreover, Pernat openly criticized Honda and its team director, Puig: ‘On the HRC side, the missteps add up. Betting on Pol Espargaró, breaking Álex Márquez’ legs by sending him to [Lucio] Cecchinello after one season with the official team… Puig’s decisions are beyond me.’

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