Fantastic 5th for Bezzecchi at #IndonesianGP, DNF for Marini
Marco Bezzecchi didn’t give in to the pain in his collarbone and crossed the finishing line of the Indonesian GP in fifth place after a beautiful recovery from P9. Luca Marini who started from the pole position was forced to retire after a crash, the consequence of an accident with another rider.
On the Ducati Desmosedici GP and not perfect at the start, Marco was in P13 at the end of the first lap. Able to impose an excellent pace, he climbed up the rankings to the top 5 and achieved another solid result after yesterday’s third place in the Sprint. With today’s points he confirms the third place in the general standings (283 points. P2 in the Team classification with 427 points).
Unlucky Sunday for Luca, who is also returning to competition after surgery. Yesterday he achieved the pole position and P2 in the Sprint. Fourth at the first corner, he was the victim of a crash during the second lap and was then forced to retire on lap 4. He remains eighth in the Championship with 144 points.
I’m very happy with the weekend, I wasn’t expecting it: yesterday the podium and today the P5. My shoulder hurts, so do my muscles and especially my neck, but I gave it all. Every lap, I saw the guys from my Team on the wall cheering me on, before the start I asked for all their positive energy and they were fantastic. Now we have to stay calm, make the most of these days between here and Australia to work with our physiotherapist. Today the podium wasn’t far, but this placement is still amazing. Overtaking Brad (Binder) on the last lap really gave me such a pleasure. I was very conservative at the beginning, perhaps too conservative, and I had a couple of contacts into the group. Then in the final I wasn’t always able to be consistent, I did a very fast lap, then maybe two slower ones to catch a breath. The Phillip Island track is much less physical, there are no challenging braking sections, the point where I suffer the most, and I will certainly be able to manage the weekend better.
I’m very sorry for the crash, very similar to the one in Le Mans. I have the same pain in my thumb, I couldn’t do anything to avoid the contact, I just felt a big blow from behind. In any case the collarbone is safe and this must also be considered. Brad (Binder) came to my office, we talked, he explained to me what happened on his bike. At this point, I would say that what leaves the most bitter taste in my mouth is the start. I lost a lot and, when Jorge overtook me, I found myself not in the best position and had to close the throttle. I lost positions, but I knew I was fast. Overall a good weekend, let’s see what my physical condition will be at Phillip Island, a track that I love.