Today was a very special day for Italian motorcycling. On the one hand, MotoGP has definitively said goodbye to Valentino Rossi, also withdrawing his number 46 just over six months after his last race in Valencia. On the other hand, he launched the new tricolor generation, with Fabio Di Giannantonio’s pole position ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini. A historic day also for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team, which placed both of its Ducatis on the front row.
“A beautiful story for Italian motorcycling”, commented Marini, who will start from the front row for the third time in his MotoGP career tomorrow. “You could say that they gave us good tires, but the conditions were mixed, so this theory is not true (laughs). I’m happy with the result I got, because it’s very important for Italian sport in general. Ducati, but especially for our team because today was a special day “.
Once again, the rider from Tavullia was ready in mixed conditions, just like at Misano last year, when for the first time he finished third in qualifying. Although this time the sensations are different.
“Unlike Misano, here even if it was dry I could still do this result. This is the thing I am proud of because we worked well in the last two races. The feeling with the bike has improved a lot, even if I still lack a little something especially in the last part of the insertion, because I can’t stop it like the others “.
“I always feel a bit on the limit at this juncture, while the others less so, so we have to understand why. Tomorrow the Warm-Up will probably be wet, so let’s leave everything like this, because I think I can still have a good race. Three races. We were a second away and now I’m there. This is MotoGP, so it takes time. “
Luca Marini, VR46 Racing Team, Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
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On the eve of the weekend he said he did not feel ready to fight for the podium and at the moment his thoughts do not differ too much. If a good opportunity should come though …
“The answer is always the same, because I’m very realistic. With the race tires I don’t have the pace to fight for the podium right now, even if obviously you never know. You have to be good at being in the right place in the race. right moment: if something happens, you have to be ready to fish. We drive from the first to the last lap always on the limit, so it can happen that someone makes a mistake. “
“So you have to be ready, also making a good start, because this year it’s not just important to start from the front, because many are struggling. It’s not easy to start well with these MotoGP bikes, but if I manage to finish the first lap in the first positions. four, we could have a good race. But there are many who are fast “.
Finally, he also commented on Marc Marquez’s decision to undergo a fourth surgery on his right arm: “I heard it before and it surprised me. If you don’t feel right with your arm anyway, I think it’s the right choice. also because he has been confronted with the best doctors in the world. I wish him to have a recovery as fast as possible, because in any case it is nice to battle with him, with a rider who has made the history of this sport “.