MotoGP, Bagnaia admits making a mistake but is convinced he has the right pace for the race

"14th position is my fault; I wasn’t fast enough in the fourth sector. In 2019 in Australia I finished 4th starting from 15th, so I’m convinced I can get into the top six positions"

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Pecco Bagnaia was looking to make amends today after a difficult first day at Barcelona, ​​but that was not the case. In fact, qualifying did not go particularly well for the rider from Chivasso, who was forced to settle for 14th place. "I made a mistake - admitted Pecco - I wasn't fast enough in the last sector to go to Q2. That sector is my weak point, so I have to work on it, maybe looking at the data of Jack and Zarco, who are much faster ”.

Despite this, Pecco is optimistic about tomorrow, seeing as his race pace seems to be the right one to achieve a good result.

“In FP4 I kept a good pace, which I believe will allow me to fight for the top six positions tomorrow. Obviously starting 14th will not help, but it will be an atypical race in my opinion: I think I am OK for the first 15 laps, like many others, while the second part of the race remains a mystery. I hope to make up positions at the start, also thanks to the engine. If I can be in the top eight after a few corners it would be perfect. Last year I finished 4th in Australia starting 15th, so I'm not giving up. "

Tyres continue to be a key variable, especially this Catalan weekend…

“On this track, the tyres wear out a lot, which makes things difficult. We have the wrong tyres for the period, but it is no one's fault, not even Michelin, who expected higher temperatures. Tomorrow I'll have to push from the start without exaggerating, especially under braking: I'm usually good at managing the tyres, but tomorrow it will be interesting to see how everyone will do it. "

Amidst this sea of ​​doubts, one thing is certain, and it is that no tear-offs will be torn off on the starting grid…

“We talked yesterday about the tear-offs in the Safety Commission, and Dorna asked us not to tear off the tear-offs on the grid. I've never done it, but now, even more so I won't do it ".

 

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