First points of 2022 for Marini with 13th in #QatarGP, Bezzecchi DNF
Luca Marini scores the first points in the history of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team at the Qatar GP thanks to the P13 under the checkered flag. Retirement instead for Marco Bezzecchi after a crash at his debut in the top class.
On the fairing of his Ducati Desmosedici GP with the word PEACE and started from the 17th box on the grid, Luca immediately picked up the pace of the group battling for the top 15 and climbed up the rankings and hit the first two points of the season.
In the gravel during the seventh lap, when he was in P13, first among the rookies with a good pace up to that moment, Marco who had hit the 15th place in qualifying.
For both of them next appointment is scheduled on Sunday 20 March at the Indonesian GP, a new entry in the MotoGP calendar for the 2022 season.
I couldn’t expect much from today’s race considering how the weekend went. I can only say that I am satisfied because we solved the problem we had since and I found the usual feelings I had in the pre-season. We have to keep working, especially on the electronics, something is missing in terms of performance to be there with the group. Today it was important to finish the race, collect info and test all the maps to do well in Indonesia. This is a new bike, we have a lot to do, the Championship is long and we need to stay calm. Finally, congratulations to Andrea (Migno) and Celestino (Vietti) for their wonderful victories for the Academy and the team! Well done!
A good race until the crash: not perfect start, but I managed to be fast from the first laps. Unfortunately I had never done so many laps behind someone in the slipstream, I made a mistake when braking at the last corner with the brake lever and I used too much rear brake. I’m not completely familiar with the bike yet, a real pity, it is still part of our apprenticeship path. I am happy with the work done with the team and with Ducati: we will back on track in Indonesia to score the points there.