A Saturday, therefore, not exactly easy for the World Champion, who was guaranteed direct access to Q2 only after having crossed the stumbling block of Q1.
“It was a positive day anyway – he began – the most important thing is to have achieved access to Q2. The fact is that we need to improve in qualifying and try to take a step forward. Unfortunately, in qualifying, I am unable to drive naturally ”.
Joan therefore does not deny her own limits.
“I am more stressed on Saturday than on Sunday, because on Saturday I push hard, but then we find a Ducati that improves by half a second as soon as it takes a step forward.. From the outside it almost seems that I am going slow, instead I am at the limit. Unfortunately we have to try to do something. To ride the Suzuki you have to try to be sweet and relaxed, but in qualifying I can’t ”.
In addition to the time trial, there is also the weather to get in the way.
“The problem today was the dust, especially in FP3, it almost seems to feel it under the helmet, in the eyes. At the time the conditions were extreme to say the least, even though there was still some grip. But now we need to think about Sunday’s race, where I will have to try to manage the tires, I’m confident that I can be fast.
There is also a joke about Jorge Martin, or the poleman on Saturday.
“I congratulate Jorge, I knew he would be strong in qualifying and in the end he is there in front of everyone. It would be incredible if after the pole he also manages to win the race ”.
Speaking of victory, Vinales thought about winning a week ago.
“Maverick is really strong, but he will have to try to manage the tires as best he can in the race, aware of the fact that there will be a lot of fast Ducatis. I’ll try to do my race and give my best “
The word then passes to Alex Rins, who precedes him on the grid.
“Unfortunately in qualifying I missed the sensations of last weekend – commented the Spaniard – we managed to improve a position on the grid, but now we have to think about the race. In fact, a demanding race awaits us, given that we will have to try to recover the greatest number of positions at the start. Unfortunately, in qualifying we accused, but I want to be confident ”.
It was certainly not an easy Saturday for the riders, especially during FP3.
“I’ve never raced in such complicated conditions, they were really tough. After FP3, my eyes were full of dust. We hope that this situation will not be repeated tomorrow ”.
Speaking of tomorrow, the mind is already focused on the race.
“It’s difficult to make a strategy for Sunday, because a lot will depend on the riders we have ahead. As mentioned, I will try to make a good start, but trying to manage the tires as best as possible ”.
Finally a joke about the poleman.
“Martin did a great qualifying today, improving incredibly with the new tire. He is certainly making a great growth path and we also saw him in qualifying last Sunday ”.
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