Pecco Bagnaia is up front, but Marco Bezzecchi is right behind him. In fact, the rider from Romagna ended his Friday in second position behind the world champion. It was an encouraging start for the Mooney rider, who aims to obtain an important result on the Mugello track after the success he achieved at Le Mans.
“In this MotoGP race, Friday counts quite a bit,” he began. “It was important to get a discreet time, and I’m happy. Compared to Marini, I felt I had more margin in the Q3, but maybe he recuperated more in the other sectors. I still have to fix something on the pace, but I can’t complain. In the end, this is a Friday like any other because, if you consider it different, it could go in another direction.”
As a matter of fact, Bezz got off on the right foot.
“In the previous races, I struggled on Friday, while it’s certainly going better here. Compared to Le Mans, Mugello is different. Both are great tracks, but this one has something more. This morning, I really enjoyed riding the corners and opening the throttle, because this circuit is fantastic.”
At the moment, Marco is second in the World Championship, and he’s showing his stuff.
“This year, compared to 2022, I think I’m physically stronger, and I have the bike in my hand. In fact, I can ride and manage these situations better. Beyond that, I think that Mugello is an old-school track, but it fits the new school with changes of direction, hard braking, and long corners. In the end, it has everything, both positive and negative.”
Bagnaia dictated the pace.
“I caught up with Pecco twice, and he was fast in various sectors of the track. In some, even more than I was. In the end, there’s always something to learn from each rider, and I try to imitate him.”
There was also talk about tires.
“The soft tire might be the best choice, because there’s good grip. But it could be difficult doing the entire race. Enea tried last year, he was fast, even if he failed to finish the race. A lot depends on how much you want to wear it out,” he said smiling.
Finally, the puzzling weather.
“If it rains, it’s the same for everyone,” he grinned. “With the rain, of course, everything changes. Honestly, I hope it’s dry. We’ll see how the situation evolves.”