MotoGP Christmas gossip, rumour and intrigue part one

After engineering the departure of Dani Pedrosa, HRC team boss Alberto Puig has gone on to tell the world why he thinks the little Spaniard just couldn’t make it as MotoGP champion.

His opinions have sparked some handbags between the two with Pedrosa wondering why Puig was so resentful now and wondering why he didn’t say anything at the time.

Puig also went on to slate Valentino Rossi for not knowing when to give up while heaping praise upon two current riders.

Despite cheeky little nods and winks by Puig, it would seem Casey Stoner would not be top of the list of new employees at Honda as it would appear he is surplus to requirements.

The two-time MotoGP king, and arguably the fastest guy to ride a GP bike, had been heavily linked to a HRC berth following his acrimonious departure from Ducati.

But Marc Marquez, for a start, has said he is happy with the work Stefan Bradl is undertaking while Cal Crutchlow’s crew chief Christophe Bourguignon, who used to be Bradl’s crew chief, believes it is better to have a rider based in Europe than one who lives in the arse end of nowhere (probably not his exact words).

Despite being Rossi’s very own Terry McCann, Danilo Petrucci wants to avoid any kind of aggro with Andrea Dovizioso in 2019 and instead focus on keeping his job into 2020. Dovizioso and outgoing team-mate Jorge Lorenzo would have happily filled each other in if they could have got away with it but Petrucci wants it to all be roses and scented arse paper as they are mates and training partners. We will see…

Alex Rins isn’t scared that Suzuki’s engineers will make the same engine mistake they did two years ago. The team’s 2017 campaign was derailed by a bad engine decision, but the team bounced back for 2018, collecting eight podiums as it regained its technical concessions. “I’m not afraid, because with both engines and both chassis I’ve been fast,” said Rins, while studying every available Hamamatsu factory CCTV camera…

More Pernod than usual has been ordered for the Poncharal Christmas party after the the two Tech3 KTM riders struggled with their new motorbicycles at Valencia and Jerez. Team boss Herve made the best of it, saying laptimes don’t matter at this stage, it was all about getting comfortable, ra ra ra, only for Hafizh Syahrin to tell the world that it did matter and they need something big to fix their corner exit problem.

“The speed entering the corner is very similar, but we lose on the exit. It’s not about engine power, but we lose something big. We need more grip to push us and give us good traction,” said the Malaysian.

Gigi Dall’Igna believes that Ducati should still have a bash at the Moto3 class in the near future but they need to wrap up a MotoGP title first. Moto3 is the most important class to develop the rider and to understand the potential of the rider,” he said before going on to say ‘you know’ 15 times a second.

Neither Suzuki nor Aprilia will field a satellite team next season and only the Japanese manufacturer is expressing an interest in the following year. Not surprising as the last thing Aprilia need is two more bikes rolling around out of the points.

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