Lex Crivillethe new ambassador WOONKLY and the only Spanish 500cc world champion analyzes the current situation of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the f
Lex Crivillethe new ambassador WOONKLY and the only Spanish 500cc world champion analyzes the current situation of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the fifth round of the season that takes place this weekend at the Portimao circuit
After eight years of absence, the World Championship of MotoGP He returned to Portugal in 2020 to compete in the last round at the Autodromo Internacional del Algarve (AIA), which debuted on the World Cup calendar. The circuit is located 23 kilometers from the city of Portimao and was inaugurated on November 2, 2008, coinciding with the WorldSBK final round. The layout measures 4,658 meters and has 15 curves, of which nine are right-handers and six are left-handers. The finish line is 969 meters long and the width of the track is 18 meters. The layout is a real roller coaster due to its spectacular level changes, which reach up to 12%. With capacity for 100,000 spectators, the Algarve Motorsports Park forms a complex that also houses a race track and a go-kart track, an off-road park, a hotel, an apartment complex, a technology park and a sports complex. Lex Crivill, new ambassador WOONKLY, analyzes the current situation of the Portuguese Grand Prix, the fifth round of the season that takes place this weekend at the circuit of Portimao.
Q. How do you think the MotoGP season will change with the arrival on the European circuits?
R. There will be a change both at the level of results and of drivers, since so far no Japanese brand has won. He has won Ducati, Aprilia and KTM. Portimao and Jerez are circuits that everyone knows best. The results that until now have not arrived, will arrive. We will see new candidates to win races and not just those we have seen win so far.
Q. Enea Bastianini already has two victories in four races, leads the general MotoGP classification with a five-point advantage over Lex Rins and has 30 points more than Jack Miller, the first official Ducati rider. Where lies the secret of Italian?
R. Enea Bastianini has started the season without pressure. They counted on him as a satellite pilot and not as a pilot who aspires to win the MotoGP title. He has found the best bike and the Fausto Gresini team, which is supporting him and cheering him on 100%. The combination makes his performance explosive. This makes Enea Bastianini go out on the track motivated, loose and without any pressure, so the results come out. Apart from all this, I believe that the best Ducati is the one he is riding; the GP21. Enea Bastianini is a rider who knows how to study and manage the race very well. He knows when to attack and when not to; he reserves and reserves tires to give everything at the end of the race. He has a gift and ease to go loose on the bike. He knows how to read his rivals perfectly and, despite how young he is, it seems that he has many more races than he has run.
Q. What can we expect from Enea Bastianini in Portimao, where they were crowned Moto2 world champion in 2020?
R. Portimao is not a new circuit for him, but it is a very delicate and difficult track. It has some rough terrain and changes of direction that are not easy for MotoGP. You have to work a lot with your body and this makes a MotoGP bike very difficult to manage from the first to the last corner.
P. Lex Rins won his second consecutive podium finish in Austin. How do you think the mental work she has done this winter has influenced her regularity?
R. lex Rins has worked very well. Last year he had many unexplained falls. He was ahead, he had a good cornering and then he failed because he fell. This year he has made an important click because he looks much more confident on the bike without having changed his riding style. Something has changed and he is seen wanting to try to go for the title. He knows that it is feasible because Joan Mir, his teammate, got it in 2020 and the Suzuki is a competitive bike. In the mind of lex Rins is the goal of being the MotoGP world champion.
Q. Marc Márquez’s comeback in Austin was colossal, coming back 18 positions and finishing sixth. How do you think this result has influenced his state of mind?
R. If Marc Márquez hadn’t had the electronic problem he suffered at the start and that took him to last position in Austin, he would have fought for at least the podium or to win the race. Marc Márquez is ready to face the Portuguese Grand Prix as a great candidate to fight for victory because he is already fit, as we saw in Austin. The problem of diplopia is practically overcome and the shoulder injury is no longer spoken of. He probably has some limitations, but he manages fine. He is a crack. Marc is Marc. We must not forget that he has had some incredible races and now is the time to start the comeback. You don’t have to think about the title, because there are still 17 races left and a lot of points at stake. Portimao is going to be an important race to start closing the gap. Marc Márquez can come back and give us great joy.
P. Fabio Quartararo is having a more discreet start to the season than expected. Do you think you can win again in Portimao?
A. Fabio Quartararo is not among the best because the Yamaha lacks a bit of engine and top speed. The Yamaha is missing an evolution that Fabio Quartararo asked for and it has not arrived. There are circuits in which he is clearly weighed down because he lacks those horses at the end of the straight, that top speed and that traction. So that we understand each other, it is an old motorcycle and it has not evolved like the other brands. This does not mean that making a new bike will go better, but the rider is satisfied to be able to ride a bike for the first time. We will see what happens from now on in the races in Europe. Fabio Quartararo has already won in Portimao and then comes Jerez, which is a circuit that he loves and where he is one of the fastest drivers. If he wins on these circuits, he’s going to calm down a bit. If he doesn’t, Fabio Quartararo may have to rethink his future at Yamaha.
Q. What is your forecast for the MotoGP podium at the Portuguese Grand Prix?
R. The weather forecasts indicate that it will rain a lot throughout the Portuguese Grand Prix, so my bet is Miguel Oliveira because he is one of the water specialists and also races at home. The Ducatis worked very well last year, so I’m going to put Pecco Bagnaia. I am also going to put Lex Rins on the podium, because he is willing to fight for victory.
Q. After his first Moto2 win, will Tony Arbolino become a threat to the Moto2 favourites?
A. Tony Arbolino is a new guest to fight for victory in Moto2, although Celestino Vietti is really very solid. We all trust that Pedro Acosta will start fighting in the lead. Just like Fermn Aldeguer, who is a very young pilot but has an ease that will give him the option of being among the best.
Q. After his victory in Austin, will Jaume Masi get into the fight for the Moto3 title?
R. Jaume Masi had a smart race in Austin. He did not show himself until the last lap and won the race with authority. Obviously, Dennis Foggia is the reference but we have a good number of young Spanish riders with the ability and drive to go for victory, such as Izan Guevara, Carlos Tatay or Sergio García Dols.