Factory Ducati and Pramac bosses have both hinted at Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin receiving help from teammates in their bid for the MotoGP title.
Bagnaia, the current champion, has a 14-point lead going into the Qatar MotoGP this weekend. Due to the close competition, other riders may be given team orders to influence the final result. Pramac boss Gino Borsoi stated that if needed, teammate Johann Zarco will receive team orders to support the championship bid. Ducati’s Davide Tardozzi mentioned that Enea Bastianini received assistance from his teammate in a previous race and hinted at the possibility of returning the favor. However, Martin, another title contender, rejected the idea of team orders, stating that he doesn’t care about “friends”. Pramac boss Borsoi expressed confidence in the team’s preparations and emphasized that they are ready for the title battle, regardless of the outcome. Borsoi also stated that while they would prefer not to have the 14-point disadvantage, they are racing on tracks where they have historically performed well. The deciding factor, according to Borsoi, will be steady nerves. Tardozzi expressed doubt that Bagnaia will secure the championship in Qatar, believing that increasing the point gap before the final race in Valencia is crucial.