MotoGP 2019 Marca speaks with his four bosses at the World Cup
The first one was Giampiero Sacchi, of the Piaggio Group, owner of Aprilia and Derby, which led him to the contest with 15 years. "I cry when I quote. A tear came out," the Italian admits to MARCA. "I bet on Jorge Lorenzo, I run a lot of risks. Something in his career also has Dani Amatriain, who was his everything. Dani made me see Jorge and decided to bet on him. I have the photo of when we signed the contract and when he put on the jumpsuit, the spring after, it had grown 13 centimeters. Everyone looked at me in Derbi and said: 'This Italian is crazy'. What I got in 2003, in the first race I won, in Ro, was something unforgettable. The 'X out' came out of there. I thank life because I have had the luck, the honor, to know him, to work with him. The rest is its greatness, nothing more, "he recalls.
Sacchi, already out of the races, lives in Jerez, and he doesn't like this retreat. "In that I am totally against it, but it is of no use. I think the best thing I could have done was that, once it had been done harm, we had to stand up, rest until I was 100% recovered, forget everything , and surely for the Valencia tests he would have been recovered, the body and the desire, to win again and fight, because Jorge Lorenzo, also with Honda, has come to be nothing. In Barcelona he fell, yes, but where was he? Ah, struggling to win again. It was happening to him what the years of Ducati. Everyone: 'Ha ha ha', is dead '. But, no, because nobody knows a pilot like Jorge Lorenzo"he says.
The former transalpine director believes that the Mallorqun was poorly advised in recent months. "I think his environment could have helped him better. Not so much, the team. He arrived and decided: 'I don't want to run.' It is not very smart to say black or white when you do not know all the details, but it is my opinion. Why don't we let all this end? Is young. It is true that his career was very long, because he started very young, everything you want, but he is young. A shame, "he explains.
Although Sacchi ends up giving. "If he is happy; I, too, am happy for him. Nor can you ask for a uselessly long career. Some friends tell me: 'Yes, Platini also left Juventus at the highest moment.' Maybe, these kind of champions already understand that it is not the time and they deserve all the respect, "he concedes.
In 250cc, there was a key guy, who then recruited him for Ducati: Gigi Dall'Igna. The engineer was one of the most affected in Valencia and admits to this newspaper that his way of guiding motorcycles drives him crazy. "What can i say Jorge was an important pilot. With him, we won two world championships. He was a Derbi pilot when I arrived in Derbi in 2004. He was a young man who was still growing, but he was already showing his full potential. Already then he made me fall in love with his driving style. Then, we meet again in Ducati. We also live difficult times, but then, globally, we did a good job and won careers, doing things, anyway, positive, "he says.
The ducatista gur continue to have a great deal with 'Giorgio', as he continues to call him. "For me, he is a good kid, much better kid than he looks for his public image. Actually, he's a good boy. I dislike a little that his public image is a little different from what he really is, "he confesses.
Lin Jarvis I fich for Yamaha, in MotoGP, and despite complex courses with Valentino Rossi Next, the English stays with the good: three crowns together. "Obviously, we had a very special relationship with him because they were nine years together, which is quite extraordinary and unusual for a brand to be nine years of contract with a pilot. He joined us when he was very young, showing us his talent, the promise he was. He arrived and achieved three poles, won in his third race. In the end, I won three World Cups. I think he had a fabulous career. I was very happy with his farewell press conference, in which I was, because there were a lot of people, almost all the pilots, team leaders … There was a lot of respect. I handled the press conference superlatively. Show how you have grown as a person. I remember stories of when I was very young and now I see him sper mature. Apart from the skills I showed as a pilot, I look back at the moments together and remember them with love. He is the type with which we have won our last three titles, "he says.
The last to hire him was Alberto Puig for him Repsol Honda. Interestingly, the guy who had criticized him and had many controversies to be in the past mnager of Dani Pedrosa, with whom the one in Palma had an intense rivalry for several years. "The results have not been there, but Lorenzo has not disappointed me and I have even taken a pleasant surprise with him. I'm not going to find out as a pilot, but as a person. It is a pilot that looks like one thing, but it is another. He is a great person, with a great heart and an authentic gentleman when saying goodbye. I will fool you if I told you that I have no sorrow for his withdrawal, "he said.