His Ducati is the second fastest on the track in Barcelona after Andrea Dovizioso. We're talking about Francesco Bagnaia's Ducati, with his fourth time trial at the end of the FP2, less than four tenths behind the rider from Forlì.
Despite his performance, there's some concern about the rider from Piedmont because of his tires.
I'm satisfied with today," said Pecco. "We had some problems in the first part of the session, until we decided to mount the new soft front and rear tire. In fact, I felt something strange. So we have to understand why and try to make the right decision for tomorrow. This is a track where tires wear out a lot after 6 or 7 laps, so you have to have the right balance."
Pecco's mind is already focused on Saturday.
“Like I said, we'll have to make the right choice with the tires. After having mounted the two soft, I found the Ducati I was used to. My goal tomorrow afternoon will be to hook up the Q2 and try to start in the first three rows."
Yet, there is a slight mystery tied to this problem, if that's what we want to call it.
"I don't know what happened. The first time with the MotoGP is never easy here in Barcelona. In the afternoon, I started with the same choices from the morning, racing half a second-eight tenths from the first riders. It had been a fairly positive round, so much so that I had my good time in the last round after 19 laps. Unfortunately, I lacked grip and need to understand what's causing it, since I didn't have constancy with the tires. When I looked for the time attack, I found the Ducati I'm used to.”
The setback, therefore, complicated Bagnaia's plans.
"It's a bit of a burden, since tomorrow we have to start from scratch. It's too bad not having been able to do many laps with the tires that we thought could be the ones to use in the race. Jack also seems to have done something similar, but he's on the other side of the pit, so we'll have to figure it out."
Jack Miller also talked about wear.
"It was generally a good Friday, even if the tires slipped a lot in the final lap," the Australian explained. "The team worked well , and I managed to get positive feedback on the pace with the tires. The problem is that the tires tend to slip a lot. I used the medium this morning then, in the afternoon, the soft, finding good sensations with the latter one. But unfortunately, I wasn't able to make the time. Tomorrow we'll have to make further assessments regarding the tires."
Audio recorded by Matteo Aglio