“A driver who comes from another manufacturer sometimes starts at less than zero” – Ramon Forcada
Throughout the history of MotoGP, several riders have changed manufacturers during their careers, but few have managed to achieve success with two or more different motorcycles. Adapting can always be a big challenge, especially spending many years in the same factory.
Ramon Forcada, Andrea Dovizioso’s chief mechanic, told the official MotoGP website that it’s normal to have these difficulties: “For everyone, I think changing bikes is not easy. Checking the past, some riders changed bikes and they were better, but some good riders also had a lot of trouble when changing bikes.
In the opinion of the engineer, it may even be easier for a beginner to adapt to MotoGP than a rider from the same category, but from another manufacturer:
– The best is to have a rider who comes from another class, there he has no experience in MotoGP and can adapt directly to the MotoGP bike. We see the example of Fabio [Quartararo]: he came from Moto2, immediately jumped to Yamaha without any experience in any other MotoGP and started from scratch. A runner who comes from another manufacturer does not start from scratch; sometimes it starts at less than zero because if his riding style and what the bike needs are the opposite, that’s a big deal.