The 11th time of the day doesn't deceive. Pecco Bagnaia could not be happier with the first two free practice sessions on the Misano circuit. The Pramac rider didn’t even remotely think about the time trial today, preferring to concentrate on working for the race.
“I’m half a second from the best time with worn tires. I’d say I can be happy,” Pecco smiled. “And my leg bothers me less than it did a week ago.”
Everything’s running according to plan.
“Since the first race of this year, I’ve never tried the flying lap on Fridays,” he explained. “When we're sure that Saturday it won’t rain, it’s a useful strategy. Today I worked on the medium rear tire, the one that Morbidelli and Mir used in the race, managing to be very fast. I had to try it, and I think it’ll be a good option for Sunday, but we’ll decide after tomorrow’s FP4s."
What’s new this year are the two races on the same circuit. In Jerez, the numbers on the field had, all in all, been respected. In Austria there were more surprises. What will happen at Misano?
“There will certainly be more riders who can fight for the top positions,” Bagnaia answered. "Many were already competitive last Sunday. Tthe difference will be who will be able to work better on the tires for the race, being able to take advantage of them when they’re worn. I still see the Yamahas have most of an advantage, but I’m on them.”
So after a weekend of work and a day of tests, it makes you wonder how they’ll still be able to improve.
“At a certain point, you reach the limit of the tires, because I don’t think a MotoGP has a limit. There’s a point after which you can no longer progress, and I think that you’ll already reach your maximum with a double race,” he said.
Same thing for teammate Jack Miller, 16th in the combined times. The Australian rider also didn’t mount a new tire, neither in the morning nor in the afternoon.
“ I respected the schedule, and we worked well. I feel more comfortable with the medium tire and haven’t had any graining problems like other riders,” he concluded.