Already yesterday the Ducati riders had warned that the new rear tyre brought by Michelin would have been a problem for the Desmosedici. The facts, or rather, the times of the second day unfortunately proved them right. Only Miller managed to take advantage of the soft tyre on his one-lap sprint, while Dovizioso, Bagnaia and Petrucci made their best time with the medium tyre. A sign that the Ducati still have to adapt to the Michelins.
“Overall, I'm happy, it went better than yesterday, but I'm not satisfied with my fast lap - said Danilo Petrucci - I don't like the soft tyre in the rear, I'm faster with the medium. This aspect worries me a little."
Petrucci then went into more detail to explain the difficulties he encountered.
"It is a tyre that gives a lot of confidence in the middle of the corner, so to make the most of it you have to focus on the cornering but our strong point is acceleration and in that area it does not give support – was how he described it - So it's as if it has highlighted our weakness, but Miller managed to get the best out of it and managed to make a big difference with the soft tyres. It means that you can do it, I just have to understand how”.
There were also some positive aspects on this day.
"Today I didn't touch the set-up, but I tried some new material that allowed me to improve, so I'm happy - he underlined - Tomorrow we'll work on the set-up and try to be faster. In my opinion, I’m missing three-tenths in my race pace, it won’t be easy to find it and the problem is that many others are faster than me".
Danilo has already managed to get an idea of the how well his rivals are going.
“The Yamaha and Suzuki bikes are looking good, both over one lap and in race pace. Even Marquez didn't go slow, in my opinion he is hiding” was his comment.