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Carlo Pernat analyses De Angelis and fellow MotoGP rookies

Carlo Pernat analyses De Angelis and fellow MotoGP rookies

Better known for his role as Loris Capirossis manager, paddock veteran Carlo Pernat had a busy 2007 season as he negotiated a ride not only for his long-time associate but for former 250cc rider Alex de Angelis.

Better known for his role as Loris Capirossis manager, paddock veteran Carlo Pernat had a busy 2007 season as he negotiated a ride not only for his long-time associate but for former 250cc rider Alex de Angelis. The Italian mentor was a key player in the MotoGP rookies arrival in the premier class, and was overseeing the San Marino riders second test of the preseason today in Jerez.

´I think Alex is adapting well to the MotoGP class, eulogised Pernat after having seen the Gresini Honda rider sixth in the first day timesheets. It takes a lot of work to get up to speed, as it may seem easy when you think the riders have roughly similar riding styles in 250cc and MotoGP, but you need to build up a lot of experience before being at ease. Also, there´s a lot more work on the technical side, as you have to get used to working with electronics.´

De Angelis had been linked with a move to MotoGP throughout the season, with a spot in Luis dAntins satellite Ducati outfit also rumoured to have been on the table. He eventually plumped for a move to Fausto Gresinis team after the Grand Prix of Portugal, something which Pernat feels was for the best.

´The Gresini Honda team is the best fit for Alex as they are from Romagna, so it´s easier when you work with people who share the same languages and culture. Working with people like Chief Mechanic Fabrizio Cecchini can only be good for him as they have previously worked with young riders such as Marco Melandri and Toni Elias.´

´This week Alex is back on track after his first MotoGP test at Valencia, so he has to get back into it, but he should progress throughout winter testing.

Aside from De Angelis, an additional 250cc influx comes in the form of World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and runner-up Andrea Dovizioso. Pernat has seen a similar talent arrivals in his time managing in MotoGP, and believes that all three have a tough task ahead.

´In general I don´t think it will be easy for the young riders coming up from the 250cc class - I can´t see them fighting at the top. Getting in the top five will be hard because you know there are riders who will be really hard to beat, beginning with Stoner who´s as impressive as usual. For the rookies, getting a sixth or a seventh should be seen as a great result. Of course, some might spring a surprise here and there!´

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MotoGP, 2007

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