The MotoGP riders in India might have found a technical and difficult circuit, but also extreme weather conditions. It's not just the heat that is putting them to the test, but also the humidity in the air. "It's worse than in Malaysia - explained world champion Pecco Bagnaia - With the Ducati we usually don't have certain problems, but on the back straight I feel my neck and legs burning". The 1,000 cc engines pump out a lot of heat and on the Buddh Circuit they give... their best.
Nearly all the riders complained about this problem and highlighted it in the Safety Commission after free practice. Davide Tardozzi, Ducati team manager, in our Bar Sport (you can see it in full HERE) confirmed to us that Dorna and FIM have acted and decided to reduce the distance of the two races. The Sprint Race, which will take place tomorrow, will have one less lap: from 12 it will go to 11. The cut to the long race on Sunday is even more: the 24 laps planned will become 21.
A very special measure, but necessary for the riders. "After 4 or 5 laps they struggle to breathe" explained Tardozzi.