It's a Saturday that leaves a bad taste. Yes, because Danilo Petrucci was aiming for the first two rows. He instead has to deal with a fall that complicated his plans. The Ducati rider will, in fact, start from the fourth row with a 12th time in preparation for tomorrow's race at 2pm.
"It's really too bad," began Danilo. "I arrived a bit too fast in that stretch. I lost the front, and I ended up falling. I got on the track with a medium tire, and I didn't have enough support in the corners. In fact, when I braked, I immediately ended up on the ground."
An episode that marked Petrucci's day.
"I'm sorry because you end up paying a lot for such a mistake on a track like this. I had also found a good set-up this morning and, in the FP4, I also had a good pace. At this point, all I have to do is think about the race, knowing that it'll be difficult to aim for the podium, even if that remains my objective."
So the Ducati rider can expect a GP that will be an uphill run.
"In view of the Championship, Vinales and Rins will start ahead of me, but my pace is good. I'll indeed have to attack in the first few laps and try to gain as many positions as possible. Like I said, both Andrea and I were fast in the FP3s and then again in the FP4s, where I got about a 1'24"5 , and this pace gives me confidence for the race."
However, there is one aspect that leaves Danilo somewhat perplexed.
"We're strong in braking, but we're not fast in corners. In fact, I lose so much time, so we have to work in that area. This aspect clearly emerges when you find yourself following someone like Marquez."
That's right, Marc Marquez, the one who tomorrow will sprint in front of everyone.
"He was about 3-4 tenths faster than me on the pace. Marc is definitely doing a great job, and his pace is the best we've seen so far. Unfortunately, given how the rankings went, tomorrow Marc will not be my problem.”
Audio recorded by Matteo Aglio