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MotoGP, Marini: “Critical conditions, relieved to no longer race in the Moto2”

“In certain cases, it’s good to prefer safety, so cancelling the sprint was the right choice. When there’s so much wind, it’s difficult even with bikes with less aerodynamics.”

MotoGP: Marini: “Critical conditions, relieved to no longer race in the Moto2”

At the end of the MotoGP weekend in Australia, Luca Marini agreed with Dorna’s decision to cancel the Sprint Race, which had already been postponed to Sunday, after having moved the long race to Saturday, due to the risk of bad weather that had already been expected on the eve of the race.

It’s always difficult to make these choices but, in certain cases, it’s good to prefer safety,” he said. “If you look at the wind, how the flags and trees move, it would’ve been dangerous to race on a fast track like this. At the first corner, where the grandstands end, the gusts are very violent and tend to throw you out and make you fall over 330 km/h. So, it was the right choice. Everyone knew from the beginning that the weather would be inclement. The hope was that the conditions would improve, but that didn’t happen. We’ve tried everything, even anticipating the start time, in order to race, but you can’t control nature.”

Analyzing the stages prior to the cancellation of the mini Grand Prix, the 26-year-old rider explained: “I prepared as if I had to be normally at the start, also because the track was still viable. Were there visibility issues? I don’t know, because I rode alone in the warm up. You should ask other riders if it was manageable. The wind and the amount of water weren’t an impediment during the warm up. The trouble is that the low temperatures don’t make the tires work properly, here especially on the right side. The rain compound is very soft and, since it bends to the right only in two changes of direction, it becomes difficult to warm them. Actually, every lap is worse. When you’re not confident, you give less gas, and this leads to further cooling. I noticed the most difficulties at turns one, four, and eight.”

Returning to the weather, the Mooney VR46 rider reflected on the Moto2, the category he left at the end of 2020. “When there’s that much wind, it’s always dangerous, even on less elaborate bikes, when it comes to aerodynamics. I remember that once, in the MotoGP, they had cancelled qualifcations, while we had to do them in the Moto2. It was really impossible to ride and be on the track. Watching their race today, I was relieved I wasn’t there. Now I understand what they feel from the garage when they see us in critical conditions. Among other things, you struggle with tires there. Dunlop is progressing, but the tires still slip too much and, even without doing anything, you risk falling. Obviously, they still have work to do in this sense because, in the Moto3, they don’t have these problems,” he emphasized. But, soon, this will no longer be a problem of the British tire manufacturer, since it's going to be replaced by Pirelli in both the Moto2 and the Moto3 beginning next year.

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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