Marco Bezzecchi is forced to grit his teeth. The after-effects of the operation are being felt, but for him there is no respite, because after Mandalika it is already time to get back on track. The test to be taken is Phillip Island, an event that promises to be highly difficult.
The Mooney VR46 rider is aware of this, but at the same time he doesn't intend to throw in the towel.
“The Mandalika round was tough, especially the week after the race – he said – luckily last weekend went in the right direction, even if Monday was a shitty day due to all the pain. I have had several physiotherapy sessions in recent days and my condition seems to be improving. For sure this weekend I expect to suffer, but it will be better compared to Indonesia."
Marco then spoke about his problems.
“The problem last weekend was the pain in my shoulder due to the pressure on it. In addition to my shoulder, I also suffered pain in my arms and neck. Braking is certainly the most critical aspect for me in these conditions."
The Phillip Island round now awaits him.
“To tell the truth, I don't know what to expect from this weekend. This track has many fast corners and several changes of direction, which put a strain on the rider’s body. We'll see what happens."
However, the first rival Bezzecchi will have to deal with is his physical condition.
“We will have to be a little more careful than usual if we have a group race, trying to make as few concessions as possible. Here at Phillip Island, however, it is difficult to make a difference, either due to the slipstreaming or the tyre drop. It becomes complicated to push more than the others. Rins won last year, perhaps he had more of a margin, but in the end he managed."
In all of this, the opposition is ready to test Ducati's excessive supremacy.
“This is a track without too many braking points and restarts, which are two of Ducati's strong points. The softer bikes, such as the Yamaha and Suzuki last year, had more of a margin available. In the end I am of the opinion that Ducati can do well here in Australia too. Having said that, the only thing that matters to me is winning and trying to win."
Finally a consideration about Stoner, the King of Phillip Island.
“Casey is fantastically talented and incredible to watch on the bike. His style is nothing short of impressive."