Fantastic podium for Luca Marini with 3rd in #QatarGP, Marco Bezzecchi 13th
Luca Marini hits the target and gets on the podium of Qatar GP, thus signing a practically perfect weekend where he also takes the pole position and P3 in the Sprint. The rider of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team climbs to the seventh place overall with 194 points. Thirteenth after a very difficult race from the first laps, Marco Bezzecchi who has secured the third place in the Championship thanks to the points scored yesterday (326 total points).
Starting from the pole position on the Ducati Desmosedici GP and in P2 at the end of the first lap, Luca managed the tyre as well as possible for the entire duration of the race. Very fast and constant at the end, he scores his second podium of the season (P2 at the GP of the Americas).
Uphill race for Marco who was unable to keep up with the pace of the group fighting for the top positions. He also finishes today in the points ready to turn the page next Sunday for the grand finale in Valencia.
I’m happy, a really solid weekend crowned by the double podium, a reward for the whole Team who is doing a great job. The choice of the soft was not random, the objective was to start very strong, maintain the position and open a gap. Unfortunately Pecco (Bagnaia) started very strong and in the slipstream, the first laps, I was struggling. The temperature was very high, I tried to do my best and manage the tyres as best I could. It’s a shame to have wasted so much time fighting with Alex and Brad (Marquez and Binder) because we let Pecco and Fabio (Di Giannantonio) go. At the end I gave it my all and what of the tyres I was able to conserved was the key.
A difficult race, it was really complicated to arrive at the finishing line. After just two laps, the front tyre pressure was very high. Suddenly all the warning lights were on and I was forced to give some positions. I had no feeling, especially on the front. Not the best day of my season, it was impossible to stay in the slipstream. Really a shame, let’s hope for a different fate in Valencia.