After the five weeks of summer break, the time has come for the MotoGP riders to throw themselves headlong into the second part of the season, which will start this weekend at the Silverstone track. It’s an appointment awaited with enthusiasm by Luca Marini, ready to get back on the Desmosedici GP of the Mooney VR46 team, after celebrating his wedding with Marta.
“My life hasn't changed much, it's just a beautiful time. There's a fantastic atmosphere, but now I'm focused on this weekend - Luca underlined - This is a fantastic track and one of those that best suits the characteristics of the MotoGP bikes. It's much better to ride here with a MotoGP bike than a Moto2, and that's not always the case. It's great to be here and in this new paddock, which is even better than before. The new layout won't make a big difference, it will just be a little different at the start, for the first 3 or 4 corners".
The serenity experienced on and off the track could provide an extra gear for the Italian, who has made a lot of progress during the first part of the season. “I don't know. We'll see. If it were to help me on the track, I think it will help everyone else too - he said laughing - Nothing is certain, but I'm certainly having some wonderful moments now and I'm really relaxed ”.
However, one of the unknown factors that the 25-year-old will certainly have to face in this comeback weekend is relating to the introduction of penalties for tyre pressure, which will result in a loss of seconds at the end of the race in the event of a violation of the parameters.
“I don't know how many races we've had over or under the right pressure, because these are data that I honestly don't ask for. It's an aspect that the team will have to pay attention to in order to try to stay within the right parameters, but I think it won't be easy because now the pressure varies considerably whether you're having a tow or not, so it becomes impossible for the team as well - commented Luca - We'll see what happens, but the most important thing of all is the safety of the riders, so I hope we won't have any problems with this change, since we haven't had any so far".
Ducati didn't wait long and has already started to move to avoid incurring fines, studying a system to communicate information on tyre pressure to its riders, through signals on the dashboard.
“We're talking about it with Ducati and we'll do it again in the afternoon, to try to have something during the race that allows us to understand if we're ok with the pressure or not. For the moment we have nothing, because I understand from the tyres when the pressure is higher than 2.0 bar, given that they start to lose performance, causing me to lock up more at the front and close in mid-corner - explained Marini - In my opinion, the target is a bit too high, but we talked about it with Piero (Taramasso, ed.) but he insists on this line, so we'll see. Maybe we can change something for next year”.
Among the innovations introduced this weekend in Great Britain is the change made to the championship format to make the first Friday practice session free.
"It was something all the teams wanted, but in my opinion it won't change much for us riders, because we can already wait to make the time attack, if we know that we'll find better conditions in FP2 - commented the Ducati rider - It's a strategy which I have already adopted during the season and I remember that Pecco did it several times too. In my opinion, it would have been better if it had been like this since the beginning of the season or if things change things directly next year, but if everyone is in agreement it's not a problem. In fact, it's good to know that in the future we can actually change things if we all agree."