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"Rossi asks us to be home and sends virtual hugs"


Pablo Nieto, team manager of Valentino's Moto2 and Moto3 teams, tells how his riders in Italy are confined.

From his home on the outskirts of Madrid, Pablo Nieto continues to exercise the duties of team manager for the Sky VR46 team, present in Moto2 with Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi and in Moto3 with Celestino Vietti and Andrea Migno. In Italy they have been confined for a longer time than in Spain due to the coronavirus, and the son of the long-awaited Master is in permanent contact with the people on his team and with his boss, Valentino Rossi, who asks them to stay home and sends them "hugs virtual, as he says. "

Asked how his pilots are running the bull run, Pablete says: “They are at home, not doing much. Those with a garden can train a little more and they all pull an exercise bike or roller. We have asked them to try to be as active as possible, but it is very difficult to achieve this in these circumstances. We are talking on chats and video calls. We have a group that includes all the members of the team and we count how things are going, but every day it seems that we are getting worse instead of getting better ... It is complicated. The good thing is that the pilots are very animated, within the situation that exists. Many times they are the ones who send messages raising the morale of the troops ”.

And when asked if The Doctor also participates in these group conversations, he says: “He is also in those chats and is one of the group. He tells us to be very careful not to leave the house and he gives us virtual hugs, as he says. Valentino is the first to set an example by staying at home. ”

Thinking that one day everything will return to normal, the championship final that awaits the World Cup caravan is a success, with 8 races in 10 weeks between September 27 and November 29. Namely: Alcañiz, Thailand, rest, Japan, Australia, Malaysia, rest, Texas, Argentina and Valencia. Pablo Nieto has it in mind: “It will be very difficult, but hopefully it can be done. If we start racing, I do not care being away from home every weekend, because the important thing is that this happens as soon as possible and the championship can be held. It is clear that we will all end up very tired, but it is something acceptable and doing what we like. And the pilots are young. Much better beating yourself up than standing. I sign right now that the alternative calendar can be made due to the postponements that Dorna has created ”. We would all sign.

Source: elparis

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