Marco Bezzecchi’s Sprint Race in Thailandia was a race in which he suffered. Still struggling with his recovery from his accident a few weeks ago in training, the Mooney VR46 team rider ended Saturday’s race in sixth place, four tenths from Aleix Espargaró’s Aprilia. A result that doesn’t satisfy the rider from Romagna, who had very different expectations for these races.
“I think I could’ve gotten on the podium in all the races, also because these are tracks that I like quite a lot. But, to get on the podium today, I would definitely have needed my shoulder to be better,” Marco said at the end of the Sprint. Speaking about the difficulties suffered in the race, the Bez added: “I was hoping to do a little better today, but I struggled physically. I’m giving it everything I have, but I can’t do better. I started in fourth place, the KTMs started very fast, and Binder overtook me immediately, sending me a bit wide, as is normal. I would’ve done the same in his place,” he admitted. “Then I lost the position with Marc, and recovering was difficult, because my front tire quickly overheated. I started to struggle, and I’m already lacking something from a physical viewpoint. My shoulder started giving me problems after five laps, especially in braking, which is crucial in the MotoGP. Recuperating was difficult, and today’s battles weren’t good because I lost them all, but hopefully it’ll be a bit better tomorrow.”
Regardiless of the extra laps in the long race, the Ducati rider looked quite confident for the Grand Prix in Buriram.
“Tomorrow will be a little different, because the long race has to be managed differently. In fact, I was more worried about the sprint than the actual race. It won’t be easy because there are going to be twenty-seven laps. But I’ll give it my all and try to do my best. I hope to be able to manage the situation better and have a little more time to recuperate,” Marco, explained, as he was already focused on the strategy to be adopted to avoid overheating the front tire again: “Trying to overtake immediately could be a way, as well as not stay in the slipstream, even if preventing the tire from overheating isn’t easy when you’re behind someone else. That’s why the ideal is always to immediately overtake those in front of you. Even though we’re in Thailand, and it’s very hot, the tire never overheats when you ride alone.”
Despite his shoulder hindering him in the set-up of his Desmosedici, Bezzecchi managed to progress compared to the first day of practice, which he hopes can help him end this trip to Thailand with a good result.
“The bike wasn’t bad. I felt good this morning, and the setting improved a lot compared to yesterday, because my head coach, Matteo Flamigni, did a great job this morning. I was doing very well, and I managed to fix the bike quite well even with a few laps. I was surprised by the feeling with the soft on the rear, but then, in the race, I couldn’t find the same sensations. I didn’t have the same grip. That’s normal because it gets hotter in the afternoon, but I struggled more than I expected,” the Bez admitted. “It’s a shame, but I’s not easy to fix the bike when you have to try to manage energy and pain. There’s still one day to go, so we have to grit our teeth, try to do our best tomorrow, bring home everything we can, and then go to Malaysia a bit more prepared.”