The Silverstone track kept teams and riders in check on Saturday afternoon. Danilo Petrucci was also frightened at the sight of Franco Morbidelli’s bike running over the injured Tito Rabat. A scene described as bloody by the Pramac rider, who watched everything from just a few metres away. Once back on the track, the Italian rider filed the Q2 session away with the sixth best time behind Márquez.
However, his time takes a back burner to safety.
“I think that Sunday there is a risk of not racing – Petrucci began – It is the first thing I thought when we went into the sand in FP4. In that section we had cold brakes and no less than four fingers of water, like 10 centimetres. There were puddles hundreds of metres long and it was dangerous. I saw Tito Rabat lying in the gravel and then hit by Morbidelli’s bike. It was a bloody scene to see a MotoGP bike hitting a body at 200 km/h.”
Petrucci analysed the situation in detail.
“The problem is that the track floods and racing in these conditions is not possible. Even you journalists saw that we were dropping like flies at that spot. On turn seven it was me, Rabat, Espargaró, Rins, Morbidelli and Lorenzo.”
The Silverstone race on Sunday therefore remains a big question mark.
“Looking at the forecast, it would be better to race on Monday – Danilo commented with a smile – On paper, we Ducati riders have a lot of opportunities with the water, especially me compared to the dry, where Marc and Dovi have proven to be fast. The problem is that in the wet there is no data.”
Attention then shifted to the qualifiers.
“It was a complicated afternoon – Petrucci continued – The mixed conditions didn’t help us, since in some points the track was wet and in others it was dry. In these conditions, Lorenzo and Zarco have a style that adapts well, so they proved to be fast.”
There is also a bit of disappointment on the Italian’s face.
“I am half satisfied. Unfortunately, a mistake on the last two corners kept me from being on the front row. Tomorrow it will rain and consequently it will be a race where we will not have any data, so we’ll be starting blind.”
Three positions farther back, on the other hand, Jack Miller will be starting.
“After one lap I thought 99% that I would be able to take pole position – Jack said – But unfortunately it wasn’t easy to find the right confidence on this asphalt. I would have needed an extra lap. In some sections, the track was very wet and in others it was dry, so it was hard to find the right line.”
Jack then talked about track conditions.
“During FP4 I stayed in the garage and I saw a lot of riders end up in the gravel. Unfortunately, with these new types of asphalt it is easy to find problems, like sudden puddles of water that knock you to the ground.”