The first home Grand Prix in the MotoGP didn’t go exactly as Luca Marini would have expected. The Italian Sky VR46 rider crossed the finish line 17th, in last place. The GP in Barcelona will be the right opportunity to redeem himself, but we’ll have to keep an eye on the variable weather.
“The weather is fluctuating. Yesterday they said rain for Saturday, and now it’s only expected in the late afternoon on Sunday,” were Marini’s first words on the eve of the Catalan Grand Prix. “There could also be all three days with good weather. No one knows here in Barcelona. I expect another weekend in line with the others. I’m working in the same direction as always. I won’t change much. I’ll wait for information from the official team. We’ll have to work a lot on the tires and especially on the rear. It won’t be easy, but it’ll certainly be interesting. I’ll try to be fast both with my race pace and in the race itself.”
There will be tests this week, but you won’t have any new parts to try. Could it be useful to get on the track just to improve your times?
“Yes, it’ll be very important to me on Monday. I don’t have new things to try out on the bike, but it doesn’t matter. I’ll have to make some changes on the bike to improve my position and to be more comfortable. I have to learn to use my body better when cornering and to try to save the tires as much as possible. I have a few things to work on, and I’m glad there are tests.”
They’re talking about unstable weather conditions for this weekend. Do you still prefer a dry race?
“Yes, definitely. I’d do a round in wet conditions. I have a lot of fun and, that way, I’d have experience even in that case. It could also always be dry. I expect that here in Barcelona. Dry riding on a new track with the MotoGP is always handy. And I also think the Ducati is a bike that adapts well to even the most critical situations. The only time it’s more complicated is when it’s windy, but I wouldn’t worry here.”
Audio recorded by: Andrea Scalera