Row 2, with the fifth fastest time, is an acceptable result for Enea Bastianini who was forced to park his GP21 in the morning due to an engine problem.
“In the end it's a great result for me, because I wasn't fast in the morning. I was a bit unlucky, I couldn't put one lap together. Then we had a problem with the bike and it wasn’t easy to know that both in FP4 and in qualifying I would have only one bike. I'll have two tomorrow anyway. Everything is OK, it’s just that there was no time in qualifying. "
Usually Bastianini improves in the race
“I think the second row allows me to have a good race. Of course, starting from the front row would have been better – he joked – For the Grand Prix the pace is not bad, I will have to work in the warm-up but I think I will be competitive in the race. In the morning I will only work on my pace. I'm only happy with one front tyre, and in the morning the medium is a bit too hard, but I'll use that. I think we're in good shape, I'd like to aim for the podium, but a top five would be fine too ”.
Enea has clear ideas about who is the fastest at the moment.
"The fastest was Fabio, there were ups and downs for everyone ... even Pecco and Jack have a good pace, and we will also see Rins, and Aleix Espargarò who is always up there. I have to see if I am happy with the tyre. The weather can compromise everything, but even if it rains I will start confident in the wet unlike what happened at Mandalika ".
Will there be a chance to do some team play, like Bagnaia and Miller did in qualifying?
"In the race, playing team games doesn't pay, I've seen too many disasters. We Ducati riders find it harder to pass each other, but less to pass the others."
A bit of uncertainty surrounds the weather…
“We don't know what to expect, it might rain or it might not: we know Le Mans well. We are ready for the dry, like everyone else we haven’t tried in the wet. If Fabio gets in front he has the pace to get away, but the race is always something else. "
Audio compiled by Matteo Aglio