The tracks change, but he’s always there: Fabio Quartararo also in Assen, where last season he managed to prevail in front of his then brand-mate Maverick Vinales, he made his appearance in the very first positions of the rankings as early as Friday. After a morning characterized by bad weather, in the afternoon the world leader took advantage of the slow improvement in weather conditions and on the track to set the third time of the day, behind Bagnaia and Aleix Espargarò. However, the Aprilia home rider was backed into last position for using a particular rear wing in the dry, only intended for wet track conditions. So El Diablo moved into second place, just behind Ducati # 63.
“The wet conditions this morning were difficult – recognized Quartararo at the end of the day on the track – and I didn’t want to take big risks. Of course, our position was very far from the first for this reason. We know our potential is better in the wet, but it’s still not as good as it is in the dry. This afternoon I had an excellent feeling even in the difficult ‘mixed’ track conditions, with the asphalt gradually drying out. I usually struggle when those conditions arise. Overall I feel quite happy and confident “.
Definitely less good than the day Franco Morbidelli. The Roman centaur, in fact, only set the 17th time in the combined classification and also received a penalty for Sunday’s race. In fact, he will have to serve a long lap penalty for hindering the bikes of Bezzacchi and Bastianini in a fast lap. “I feel good in conditions where the grip is not that high. I am able to show my potential, but we need to improve in the other conditions. I have to use the bike better to extract all the potential. Right now it’s hard for me to do it when there’s grip, but the potential is there and I’ll keep trying. I’m sorry for the mistake made in PL2 – concluded Morbido – I went off the track and accidentally thwarted Enea“.
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