“We could have done very well in Barcelona but the race finished too early,” said Meregalli. “The speed we showed during the practices, and all the sessions, gave us a lot of confidence that we could do quite well. I cannot say Assen was a surprise because of the way that we started, before the season, we knew it was possible. As a team manager, for me, it was incredible. It had been a long time since I saw Maverick so aggressive. In Barcelona, he really stepped up his confidence, after Jerez. Now he reminds me of the beginning of 2017 when he first jumped on our bike.