Pecco Bagnaia: “We shouldn’t have run, out of respect for Jason and his family”

The pilots went to sleep on Saturday with a bad body. One of them was in the hospital fighting for his life. Their social media accounts were filled with messages of hope as their heads tried to disconnect from the retina, where the image of Dupasquier surrounded by doctors, sheets and ambulances was recorded. Another Sunday of racing had arrived and it was time to give the callus. This is how the Moto3 riders assumed it, the first to hit the track when the curtain opened. Until they collapsed before the cameras as soon as they finished the race and the news broke. He had died. In the middle of the hubbub, the Moto2 grid, however, was formed without anyone notifying those riders of what happened. Everyone – with the exception of the Swiss Thomas Luthi, who was a friend of Dupasquier, knew what had happened and did not run: he wanted to accompany the family, who had traveled to Florence – went out to compete as if nothing had happened.

The same did not happen with those of MotoGP. Once the news was known, a minute of silence was called for 1:30 p.m. It was only half an hour before they reached 340 kilometers per hour. But no one asked for their opinion. “We shouldn’t have run, out of respect for Jason and his family. Decisions are made lightly and it doesn’t seem right to me, ”said Pecco Bagnaia, Ducati rider already in the afternoon. The Italian was very critical of the organization of the World Championship, who did not consult the pilots or discuss the suitability of holding a race immediately after news of such caliber.

“I told the team that I preferred not to race, that it was disrespectful and wrong, but they told me that this is our job. I tried to think about the race, but it was impossible; I couldn’t concentrate. It’s one of the hardest days of my life, ”explained Bagnaia, who fell in the second round when he was first. His was one of the few critical voices, although not the only one. “What would have happened if a MotoGP rider had died?” Asked Petrucci. “We would be talking about him, not about the race, because we would not have run,” Bagnaia said.

The majority of riders on the grid, however, did not judge the decision of the World Cup organization and assumed that their duty was to race and that there was no better way than to pay tribute to Dupasquier. They competed, however, with their heads elsewhere. It was also assumed by Fabio Quartararo, World Cup leader and winner at Mugello: “When you start to have a certain margin over your rivals you start thinking about things and today I was thinking about Jason. He was a kid, he was one of us ”. “They don’t prepare you for anything like that,” acknowledged Oliveira, second in the race. “This is a dangerous sport. It was a difficult day at the office ”, added Joan Mir, third and current world champion. It was also a hard day for Marc Márquez, another of those who ended up on the floor at the first change, like Bagnaia: “It was a disastrous weekend. When a partner leaves it is always difficult. We have lost a young promise ”.

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