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“Alex’s per­for­mances mean 100% that the Mo­togp pad­dock needs to look at where they get their rid­ers from be­cause they al­ways look to Moto2 - they’re age ob­sessed.

“His­tory has shown that that’s the way they’ve al­ways done it and that that’s the way they’ll con­tinue to. Ben Spies came through the superbike route and did an amaz­ing job and was un­lucky to get in­jured, but he’s been the ex­cep­tion.

“Jonathan Rea should be in this pad­dock, and if he had been he would have had some in­cred­i­ble re­sults. He did get the chance, and did an amaz­ing job, but he had the wrong pass­port.

“Alex has shown how fast he is. There have been no se­cret tests, no few days here or there – he had that 15-lap run at the end of the day in Brno, and that’s it. He’s up against it, but he’s an in­cred­i­bly tal­ented lad, just like his brother.

“I’d like to think that Tech3 are think­ing that they’ve made the wrong de­ci­sion for next year. I think they have for sure – Alex would have been a bet­ter rider than Jonas Fol­ger, no doubt. Jo­han Zarco is a world cham­pion and has proven his tal­ent, but I’m still strug­gling to find out ex­actly what Fol­ger has re­ally done.”

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