Rain ruins plans for Bezzecchi and Marini – 16th and 23rd in the #ThaiGP
A complicated Sunday for the Mooney VR46 Racing Team at the Thai GP, the last of three consecutive races. After an excellent start, in the pouring rain, Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini cross the finishing line, riding the Ducati Desmosedici GP, respectively in P16 and P23.
Starting from the pole position and forced to give up a position immediately after the start due to a penalty, Marco struggled to keep the contact with the group in the wet, to find the right confidence with the front and was forced to give up positions. He is in P14 in the standings, with 80 points (Marini, P12, 101 points) first among the rookies ahead of the Australian GP, at Phillip Island, in two weeks.
An unlucky ending also for Luca, ninth at the start and capable of a truly impressive pace during the first laps. Sixth at the start of the fourth lap, he was the victim of a crash that forced him in the last place.
It wasn’t the race I was hoping for, the weather played a bad joke on us and I never really managed to find the right feeling. I got a good start, then the penalty and in the slipstream I started to struggle. I had to pick up the pace and I lost positions. I’m very sorry, so far it was a great weekend.
In this type of conditions a mistake can happen and I had really made a great start and I managed to keep a good pace in the first laps. I wasn’t perfect, we have never rode here in the wet, but I can say that I was able to keep an incredible pace even after the crash. It was important to finish the race, collect info, because this is a type of weather that we could also find in Malaysia or Australia in the upcoming weeks.