He had said it yesterday and he wasn’t wrong: Michele Pirro knew that he would be consistent and fast in Misano, battling for the important positions and, in the end, he demonstrated that in full, riding his Ducati Desmosedici to a brilliant fifth place finish.
For the Borgo Panigale police officer-tester, today’s result came after a lot of hard work behind the scenes that shows how the Italian deserves a permanent spot in World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing: “It was a fantastic race. It was just a pity that I started from so far back - number 51explains - because from the rear guard you could really not see much with all the water kicked up by the other bikes. From the eighth lap on I was lapping like the leaders, except for Marquez and Petrucci. If I hadn’t lost time battling with Miller, I would have been able to attack Viñales too.”
Today in Misano the Ducatis were really in form…
“Yes, we are really good! Lorenzo crashed while he was in the lead, but he was going well, despite the fact that he told me he wasn’t pushing, but that turn is treacherous. We saw it in Moto3 and Moto2 too. Dovizioso finished on the podium and he is still leading the Championship even if Marquez showed that he is still the man to beat.”
Pirro is very pleased and satisfied with the result his team achieved, but he would like more for himself: “My only regret - he specifies - is that I ride in a MotoGP race every three or four months. Not riding in the races, I can’t take the necessary risks, because I need to take full advantage of every chance I get.”
The next one for you will be Valencia at the end of the season…
“Exactly and I am sorry about that. I think that with some sort of continuity I could battle for the important positions. Today I finished fifth and at Mugello I did the race with Lorenzo. In short, I have shown that the speed is there, despite not riding in the wet for a year and a half and without taking big risks.”
Why don’t you do a few wild cards between now and Valencia?
“You need to ask Gigi Dall’Igna about that.”