Ducati, slate case breaks out: Davide Tardozzi loses patience
Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi on alleged team orders to Bastianini: “We are not tarring anything…”
Ducati team manager Davide Tardozzi has firmly denied any team orders against Enea Bastianini. The case exploded after on lap 12 the pit wall exposed to the Rimini rider, who was first at the time, a blackboard with the name “Bagnaia.”
The two, however, were the protagonists of a beautiful duel on the track, in which the Piedmontese rider prevailed and then sprinted to victory. “As is always the case, the name of the rider who follows is put on the board. We keep telling the Ducatistas not to make daring overtakes, and if there is a Ducati rider behind, it is fair to know. Plus Quartararo was also coming, who finished third but was having a great race,” Tardozzi explained to Sky.
“The key to remove any doubt about team orders is that Enea, who is playing for third place in the championship with Aleix Espargarò, clearly needs points. He had a great race and will be a contender for the title in 2023. Let’s stop saying we tarot, though. What we say to the riders is not to do risky things. You should start believing what they tell the riders and you should see the times, as Enea was slower when he was in front.”