The second day of the official MotoGP tests on the Losail track also cloncluded with excellent sensations. Once again Johann Zarco finished in sixth position about four tenths of a second from the top, continuing his non-stop work on the Ducati of the Pramac Racing Team. Together with the Tuscany-based team, the Frenchman opted to complete various steps in the very first phase of the session, both from a race and development point of view, to then leave room for a qualifying simulation in the final part.
"Today we adopted a different strategy, doing a lot of laps during the afternoon - he revealed - and we managed to find good results in both conditions. Once the evening fell, we concentrated on the time attack front, but I am not satisfied with the time I obtained. I made some mistakes, but the potential to do well is there and Miller showed it. "
The two-time Moto2 world champion carried out several back-to-back tests in an attempt to fine-tune his feeling with the Desmosedici. At the same time, he also focussed on the type of compounds brought to Qatar by Michelin, a step harder than in the past.
"We are trying to understand how to best adapt the bike to my riding style. Overall they were two positive sessions, I think we will improve more in the next few outings. We still have to find the right compromise on the tyres, the grip was poor and for this reason we mainly used the soft solution. Without a doubt the conditions will be better in three weeks, so I am not worried about the range of tyres at our disposal. "
From a technical point of view, Johann Zarco had the opportunity to try out the functioning of the new 'holeshot' system of the Borgo Panigale company (which also lowers the front) on the starting grid.
"I find it really interesting. Clearly, by lowering the bike you have the opportunity to put down more power on the ground. In addition, we have laid the foundations for the direction that we will adopt during the season, I have changed my training and I feel an integral part of the development project".
Martin: "Nothing to worry about despite the crash"
On the other side of the Pramac Racing Team box, rookie Jorge Martin experienced a day with two faces. A positive step forward on the chronometric side was contrasted by another crash, the second over the three test sessions. Despite this setback, the Spaniard continued his process of adapting to the Ducati.
"I started confidently, after making some steps forward the previous day. Unfortunately for me, towards the middle of the session I crashed again, but there’s nothing to worry about. In any case I'm happy, we did a lot of laps with used tyres, I improved every time and this is really important ".
Jorge Martin's only regret was that he was unable to make any direct comparisons with any of his rivals. In the end he was in 19th place almost two seconds behind Jack Miller.
"As happened yesterday, unfortunately I could not find any fast rider on the track. In the end we put on the soft tyre, which allowed me to set my personal best by another second. I can’t wait to get out on track for the next tests, I am sure we will make further progress.”