Sepang.- This weekend, the Italian can give Ducati the second title in the heavy bike category, after the one that Casey Stoner held in 2007. To achieve this, Pecco Bagnaia must take the difference of 14 points that currently separates him by Fabio Quartararo, until he was 25.
Joan Mir, who in 2020 won the crown of the queen class in Valencia, bases his feeling on the inertia of the Turinese, who has been able to add four wins and get on the podium seven times, in the last eight stops on the calendar .
In a layout that, moreover, on paper should favor the tremendous power hidden by the Demosedici, everything seems to be in favor of Bagnaia and the Borgo Panigale company; either to finish the World Cup or to leave it practically sentenced for the appointment that will close the course, in Valencia, in two weeks.
“ I think the World Cup will be decided here. Pecco just has to do what he has been doing in recent times,” Mir acknowledged this Thursday, already from Malaysia.
The Spaniard, who this weekend will face his penultimate race in the Suzuki suit, in turn points out that, in the situation Bagnaia finds himself in, the most difficult element to control is the mind, which can play tricks on him. one some bad past: “What happens is that when you’re in his situation, you only think about what can go wrong”. For Mir, Quartararo is on the other side in that aspect, since he has much more to gain than to lose, so he can only go out and attack: “Fabio is in a complicated situation, but he has to try to forget about the demons, something very easy to say but very difficult to do.
Last Sunday, in Australia, Mir went through one of those delicate situations when he was the victim of a problem with the pressure gauge that caused the pressure of the tires to line up, until making the GSX-RR undrivable – he finished 18th. As if that were not enough, Alex Rins, his neighbor at the Hamamatsu brand workshop, took the win at Phillip Island. “They have already put batteries in the device,” the man from Palma joked.