Marco Bezzecchi concluded the day of practice at Sachsenring with a smile and first place. However, it wasn't a foregone conclusion, because the VR46 team rider was in trouble for both sessions, before his team correctly made a change on his Ducati right when time was almost up. All's well that ends well.
“Nothing was clear - admitted Bez with a smile - I struggled throughout the session, as already happened this morning. In the afternoon I felt slightly better, but I continued to struggle and, in fact, in the first time attack I didn’t go very fast. I couldn't get the bike to turn, especially in the second sector, I was always going wide".
Luckily, at the last attempt everything wrapped up nice and neatly.
“We made a change that helped me quite a bit - explained Marco - I was also lucky to have Pecco in front, I was able to follow him, and I set up a good lap. It's very important to be in the top 10 because you didn't know if it would rain or not and with all those yellow flags it wasn't easy to find the right lap. Luckily everything went smoothly."
The hope, now, is that that change can help him solve his problems with pace too.
“I don't know yet because I only tested it for two laps. It must be said that it was much better, so I think it can also work over distance" he crossed his fingers.
Of the 10 bikes that went directly to Q2, 6 are Ducatis, while Marc is not in that small group. A surprise on a track where the Reds didn't shine in the past, while the Spaniard dominated.
“I couldn't follow Marc, so I don’t know if he was struggling or if he was doing well. I don't know what to say - Marco commented - It seems to me that we are all close, the Aprilias are strong, the KTMs the same. Everything is more balanced than it has been for a few years, this season Ducati doesn't have the superiority it had before, but it has 8 riders and it's normal to see many of them in front. In any case, our bike is fine here”.
Bezzecchi also commented on Marquez's crash which involved Zarco.
“I saw it in the garage, it was a big crash. It seems to me that a similar incident happened a few years ago at Aragon, they took down Petrucci, it's the problem with certain exits from the pits. I don't think Marc wanted that to happen,” he said.
However, there were a lot of crashes in the two sessions, and this was nothing new for the German track: “It's cold and there are only 3 right-hand corners and all the others on the left. The first one you come across is full fifth gear and you must always be careful” concluded the rider from Romagna.