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Pirro: “At the back in MotoGP it seems like Fast and Furious!"

“It's a 'Far West'. On Sunday I was scared of the moves that some riders were making. Experience and race management will help Dovizioso"

MotoGP: Pirro: “At the back in MotoGP it seems like Fast and Furious!"


During the weekend Michele Pirro will be back on the Pramac team's Ducati again. It will be his second and final appearance, since in September the team will get back Pecco Bagnaia, injured during the Brno weekend.

The Italian rider is ready for the challenge after last Sunday’s performance that saw him finish twelfth behind Aleix Espargarò’s Aprilia.

“The Ducati was very competitive last weekend - he said - we start among the favourites and I hope to be able to compete in practice under normal conditions, without being penalized by qualifying. In this MotoGP, if you start from behind, it becomes really difficult to recover, as all the riders are fast. Personally, if I managed to shave off those three tenths, I could have what it takes to fight for the top ten. This is not one of my favourite tracks, since I'm not a late braker, but the goal is certainly to improve. "

In Austria everyone starts again after the success of Andrea Dovizioso last Sunday…

"On this track Dovizioso's performance and experience allow him to have the situation under control and manage the race. It's true that Suzuki and Rins were fast, but I think Andrea is the favourite for Sunday. Obviously, I expect Pol Espargarò to be there and the KTMs to be fast”.

In last Sunday's race, the Ducati test rider was certainly put to the test…

"At the back it is a Far West, if you look at what happens in the positions behind there’s a lot to be scared about, in fact I was a bit in the early laps. In those moments everyone is struggling to see how to overtake instead of being fast as perhaps happens in the top positions. It looks like Fast and Furious or Moto3, that is a race that is not fast, but made up of overtaking ".

Finally, there was a comment about last Sunday's accident…

“Anyone who has never ridden a MotoGP bike finds it hard to understand. In that stretch, if you come from the left, due to the speed you have, you are forced to widen your trajectory. It's a matter of physics. In seeing Zarco's move again, it is difficult to think that he did it on purpose, also because Johann also got injured. To line up for the corner he had to lean more, but certainly not brake aggressively, because otherwise he risked ending up on the ground. Unfortunately, Franco was behind him, but I don't think Johann's was an intentional move, even if I consider it wrong from the start. But that is a dangerous point, also because you come from the left and find yourself at 50 km/h making a curve. The fact is that if they had just touched each other, it would still have been risky”.


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