This Saturday, June 18, 2022, Francesco Bagnaia answered questions from journalists from the Sachsenring circuit after the second day of the German Grand Prix.
Although conceding 66 points in the championship and very unlucky in Barcelona, the Ducati rider who broke the circuit record is currently posting very good performances and knows that there is still a long way to go…
Pecco, you said yesterday that it was your best Friday of the season.. We assume that it is also your best Saturday…
Francesco Bagnaia “Yes, I’m very happy. Since the beginning of the weekend, in FP1, I feel really good with my bike and everything was already there, so I haven’t changed anything in the settings. Normally when it’s like that it’s just easy to focus more on the tires and what to do in the race with the worn tyres. So it was really good to start like that. Today, qualifying was not easy. In FP4, the conditions were very hot and there was a bit of wind which bothered me a bit, but whatever the case, I’m very, very happy with this pole position on a circuit where last year I struggled more. »
Tomorrow it will probably be even hotter and the 30 laps will be long: what kind of race do you expect?
“Maybe we can ask the other MotoGP riders to reduce the number of laps a bit, and they would all agree (laughs). Either way, it won’t be an easy race as we have to choose between two tyres: one has more potential but degrades more, and the other has less potential but degrades less. So it’s very difficult to choose one and it’s also difficult to establish a really strong rhythm in these conditions without destroying the rear tire. But I think the three riders here, with Aleix, have a very good pace and it won’t be easy to create a gap. It will be absolutely crucial to be in the lead positions from the first lap without overheating the front tire. This will be the main objective tomorrow. »
Do you see anyone who could escape with you and Fabio Quartararo tomorrow?
“It’s hard to know now because looking at FP4 you can see that a lot of riders have tried different front tyres. It is also difficult to predict because of the conditions. I think Johann and Aleix also have a good rhythm. Maybe a little slower, but when you have someone ahead of you racing, it helps you be a little faster. It’s hard to know. I also don’t know how hard I can push at the start of the race, because I tried today but the tire wear was a little more than yesterday. So it’s hard to know now. »
What will be the biggest challenge tomorrow?
“The fact that we will have 30 laps and that we will have to stay focused during all these laps. It’s never easy but it’s something we can do! Last year, it was easy for me because I was very behind: I was 16th and I had to move up a lot of positions. So it was a fast race for me. But when you’re in front and you have to lead all the laps, it’s always more difficult, as well as with regard to the wear of the rear tire and the front tire as well. There are a lot of things that are not easy on this circuit. »
Can you tell us what subject was discussed in the safety committee?
“We talked about the fall in Barcelona and the fact that there were no red flags or penalties for Taka. We just asked why. The reason. If they decided that, it was the correct thing, but we were between 15 and 20 pilots on the safety committee, and obviously not everyone can have the same opinion. »
Results of Qualifying 2 of the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring:
Results of Qualifying 1 of the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring:
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