Maverick Viñales, Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins at the press conference. Their words towards the Doha GP.
With the Qatar GP closed, we will restart from the Doha Grand Prix. The circuit is always the same, that of Losail, but everyone agrees that it is always another story. It officially begins with the inaugural press conference on Thursday, with the top 6 of the last race protagonist in view of the new MotoGP event. Present the winner Maverick Viñales, Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia, Joan Mir, Fabio Quartararo ed Alex Rins.
Viñales: “All very fast in the top ten”
It starts from Maverick Viñales, author of a great first race of the season. “Of course we can still improve, every weekend is a story in itself” he pointed out. “In the meantime, we are ready to face any situation, we have excellent potential and we can aim for the maximum. However, I think that everyone will make some progress and we will certainly try too, since everyone present, indeed in the top ten, is all very fast. From the first race I learned that you need to manage the tires well. Of course we can’t talk after a race and on just one track: we are confident, but we mustn’t express too much enthusiasm too soon. “ Where would he like to see the test driver as a wild card? “In Catalunya. I’ve always been in trouble and it would help me to hear an opinion from Cal Crutchlow. “
Zarco: “Creating an opportunity to win”
He follows Johann Zarco, second in the first race with the Pramac Racing colors and certainly author of a very solid GP. But it aims much higher, starting with a change of strategy for this second consecutive event in Losail. “As Maverick said, it will be important to better manage tire wear. In the race I tried to follow him, but I wasn’t able to be competitive until the end. Then I imagine that Pecco will not want to dominate the race again to preserve the tires … “ Clear objectives for this Doha GP. “Of course the target will be trying to be faster at the end of the race and thus be able to fight for victory.” The whole Ducati troop is aiming for the top step of the podium, but “If we don’t win here it’s certainly not a problem. We can aim for the top 3 in every race and it is a good sign for the future. Of course, however, we are aiming for victory and we must try to create the opportunity. “
Bagnaia and race tactics
Third classified in the Qatar GP is Francesco Bagnaia, author of a record pole and long in command. Before tire degradation. “If I started the same this weekend maybe I would try to do the same, but these days I have been wondering if it was right … Maybe I can adopt a slower pace, letting someone pass me by.” Pecco re-evaluates the race tactics, aiming for something more than a third place. “The race pace is competitive, but with some difficulties as regards the management of the rear. We checked the data and we know where to work, then following Yamaha and Suzuki we understood something that will come in handy. We will be more prepared. “ It also points out that “Here Yamaha and Suzuki are very very competitive, while we lost some time in acceleration and this cost us the race. But that’s not a problem, we have the chance to win both here and on other tracks: the package is competitive and we are top 3 or win on each track. We will have to be consistent in every situation. “ Where would the tester look good for a wild card? “I would say Portimao and Aragón, I had some difficulties on those circuits.”
Mir: “Improving in qualifying and at the start of the race”
Here then comes the reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir. The podium went right at the end, ‘sucked’ by the Ducati of Zarco and Bagnaia, but there were steps forward. “It was a difficult weekend” stressed the Majorcan. “Above all we had problems finding the feeling with the front and this complicated things for us. In the warm up, however, we found something interesting and the feeling improved, so we managed to have a good race. Of course it wasn’t a great start, but I started to recover towards the end. Then I managed to overtake Pecco, then it was Zarco’s turn in the last sector, but I think I was a bit too optimistic. “ We are working now for this new GP. “I expect to improve in qualifying or in the first laps, since only at the end I managed to close the gap from the leaders. It will be important to start immediately with the leading group, perhaps conquering the front rows on the grid, to then see where we are at the end. “ Also for him the question about wild cards for the test driver. “Portimao” is the answer. “But I would also say about the new circuits. For example the one in Finland, of which we have no information. “
Quartararo: “Too aggressive for no reason”
Fabio Quartararo he wasn’t going too badly and he long turned out to be one of the protagonists. But 5th place does not entirely satisfy him, as it was again a tire problem. “The race was difficult” admitted the French from Monster Energy Yamaha. “Just passed Jack [Miller] I was able to set a great pace, but I also felt a significant drop in the rear tire and so I had to lower the pace. Normally I would have lost a lot of positions, but I managed to manage quite well. Of course it is good news to have the data of the winner of the last race available. Above all, we know that we were aggressive from the start for no reason and we must learn to manage the situation better. ” Finally, “Here are some corners where we can be more competitive and where we can exploit our strengths. But of course we will have to see how the bike behaves on other circuits as well. “
Rins: “Second positive races for us”
Finally, the word also ad Alex Rins. His race was not a bad one, but certainly the ‘problems’ at the start affected him, especially as regards tire wear. The Suzuki rider is not satisfied and wants to make up for it this weekend. “We had a good race, but 6th place was not enough” in fact he pointed out. “We have to improve some small things. Our goal is pretty clear: like Joan said, we have a good pace and a good bike. Of course we will have to improve from the start as we made a disaster on Sunday… We will have to try to fight for the top positions from the start. A second race here a disadvantage? Of course not: we have a good starting point, even if we will have to work to take some steps forward and it will not be easy. But last year we saw that the second races on the same track have always been quite positive for us. “
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