Luca Marini finishes #SpanishGP in 6th, DNF for Marco Bezzecchi
Luca Marini crossed the finishing line of the Spanish GP in sixth place and collected another important placement in the top 10 after yesterday’s Sprint. Instead, Marco Bezzecchi was forced to retire due to a crash.
Starting from the ninth box on the grid and after a good start on the Ducati Desmosedici GP, Luca was immediately close to the strongest guys at the limits of the top 5. Sixth at lap 17, he defended his position up to the chequered flag and is P7 in the general standings too with 48 points (P1 among the Teams with 113 points).
A race to forget and already thinking about tomorrow’s test session for Marco starting from the 13th box on the grid. In an attempt to recover, he crashed at lap 16 when he was in tenth place. He is second in the general standings with 65 points.
I’m happy with today’s race and P6, I think the best possible result. Yesterday I struggled while today we managed to do a good job. I wasn’t feeling well on the bike after the warm up, we made some changes and I brought home a good race result. It was tough, I wasn’t 100%, but it was easy to make mistakes. I suffered in the long corners: turns 4, 5 and especially 7 and 8. I couldn’t get the bike turn, get it up and then open the gas. I tried to brake as hard as I could and not give up. We remain focused on the testing day, some work on the setting awaits us.
I have to say not my weekend! Today at the first start I just felt a big hit, but I didn’t crash. I didn’t quite understand what happened and I didn’t even have time to watch the video images yet. I’m more disappointed than anything else because I didn’t feel bad on the bike, but I wasn’t fast and losing the access into the Q2 yesterday really complicated things. The start in the middle of the group is always difficult because the tyre heats up a lot and is then difficult to manage. Today the temperature had risen a lot and then I made the mistake. It’s a shame, but let’s move on to tomorrow’s test and Le Mans race.