MotoGP, Petrucci concerned about turn 1 chaos in tomorrow’s race

“This track is like Monza. If Masia had done what he did in MotoGP, they would have disqualified him for a race. Something like that hasn't been seen since the 1970s".


Danilo Petrucci started from afar, first getting over the stumbling block of Q1 and then arriving in Q2. In the end he had to settle for the 12th time in qualifying, which will see him start tomorrow alongside Franco Morbidelli's Yamaha.

"Unfortunately, in Q2, I lost two tenths in Turn 3 and Turn 4 because I braked five meters earlier than necessary - explained the Ducati rider - in the end I found myself with only one soft tyre to use and I had no other solutions. I’m disappointed because after my Q1 form I thought I was doing something better, but in the end, it didn't go like that ”.

Petrucci, however, tries to see the glass half full…

“We certainly found something more than yesterday in terms of set-up and speed, but it's still not enough. In fact, in FP4 I realized that the bike is not yet as fast as I hoped and this risks being a key aspect for the race. I don't know if the aerodynamics affects it or not, but I certainly lose too much on the straight. Fortunately, a decrease in temperature is expected on Sunday and this aspect could be important for us ”.

Danilo then tried to enter into the details of the problem...

“For sure my weight has a big impact, since I lose about two and a half tenths between Turn 1 and Turn 3. I'm trying to get the best out of the rear tyre above all to be effective in braking and have a better exit from the corner, but the problem is that I don't have that rear support that I need ”.

For him it promises to be a full race playing catch-up…

“It is always difficult to start from behind here since the track is a single trajectory and it is difficult to overtake under braking with a MotoGP bike. Plus, as far as I'm concerned, there are 11 riders in front and you have to control everything, so much so that it becomes difficult to gain positions. This situation happened to me last year, as well as seven days ago. There is for example turn 1, it is a monumental clusterfuck, since everyone goes wide, but it is allowed. The track is narrow and there are a lot of hard braking points, it seems like you’re at Monza. For sure I don't have the pace to win, I'm three tenths behind Dovi, but starting this way back you have to cross your fingers ”.

Fortunately, the problems faced yesterday seem to belong to the past…

“Unfortunately, yesterday I had to deal with some mechanical problems, the first due to overheating of the brakes, then to some sensors. Luckily today we were able to follow the whole program, without having to deal with further difficulties, even if Friday was a lost day ”.

Finally, a comment about the episode that saw Masia as protagonist in Moto2…

"If it had happened in MotoGP, he would have missed at least one race, something like that hasn't been seen since the 1970s".




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