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MotoGP, Marini: “Marc? He doesn’t need to do that to get into the Q2. It’s a strategy.”

“I think he followed Maverick just to bother him. There are no rules to this regard, so it can be done. I prefer to focus on myself, like Quartararo and Bagnaia do.”

MotoGP: Marini: “Marc? He doesn’t need to do that to get into the Q2. It’s a strategy.”

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At the green light, Luca Marini will start from a 17th place on the grid. The Italian rider is disappointed with his qualifying results, after encountering problems managing the tires. His goal tomorrow will be getting as many points as possible in the home GP.

I expected to be a bit faster in the practice session today,” Marini began with a bitter tone. "Yesterday I had very good sensations, but everyone progressed today, and I didn’t progress like they did. I’ll have to work harder for tomorrow. I’m pretty calm. What scares me is the durability of the front tire. With the medium,  I’m a bit at the limit on the right side. I tried the hard in the FP4, but it’s not good.  I think I’ll choose the medium, and there will be some changes to make so that it lasts as long as possible. I’m not satisfied with the position, but I did the lap alone. They were all waiting, and I don’t like that. I focused on myself.

There's been a lot of talk about what happened between Maverick and Marc during qualifying, do you think a solution should be found?
No, I think it’s impossible to find. In the end, it's all strategy. Marc doesn’t need to do that to move into the Q2. I think he did it just to bother him. There are no rules to this regard, so it can be done. If you want to do it, you do it. I don’t know if it’s right or wrong. I prefer to focus on myself and try to improve. If you want to do your best, you have to do it by yourself, like Quartararo or Bagnaia did. They’re working really well this year, and I want to follow this path too.”

When you saw the terrifying images of Dupasquier’s accident, how difficult was it to get back on track after waiting more than half an hour?
It’s not difficult for the wait, it’s difficult for what we see. It was definitely a very unfortunate fall. The high side was quite significant, but the problem came later, when the other rider hit him. The images were powerful. At that moment, you think a lot about the MotoGP world. But then you focus and try to do your best. It’s not easy to get back on track and push like before, but you have to do it. Each rider is prepared for this possibility.

What are your expectations for the race?
It’ll depend on the front tire. I’ll have to improve my riding style to make it last longer. The goal is always to stay within the points. Here, at Mugello, I would have liked to be further ahead.

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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