Fourth consecutive pole for Pecco Bagnaia in the Emilia Romagna GP. But Ducati is celebrating with Miller and an anthology Marini. “A weekend full of emotions for me”
Bagnaia does not give up and Ducati relaunches at Misano: the first three places in the Qualifying at the Emilia Romagna GP are all made in Borgo Panigale. And with Quartararo still at the stake, there are new hopes for Pecco. The sensations for the Turin driver were excellent from the very beginning, as confirmed by Claudio Domenicali, CEO of the Red team: “This morning Pecco told me ‘Don’t worry Claudio, this afternoon I’ll think about it’ and here we are”. No sooner said than done.
Bagnaia on pole
Pecco is radiant when he introduces himself to the microphones after the fourth consecutive pole, even if he has to stop several times while speaking, thanks to the choirs dedicated to him. “It’s beautiful! A wonderful day, I have almost nothing to say. Today there are even more people here than last time and taking pole at Misano is fantastic. I’m very happy because it wasn’t easy, it was hard; when I put on the new tire I struggled but it happens. In these conditions you have to try to do as many laps as possible, we have improved. We deserved the pole, we are very fast and tomorrow we will be ready. The car goes to God here in Misano ”. The paradox of having to do Q1 was fundamental for the Ducati rider. “It helped me a lot, I was lucky in bad luck. It was very difficult to pass it, then I didn’t think my time was enough for pole. Team work was also good to keep Quartararo out. For tomorrow it will be necessary to see the conditions of the track. In the dry we play with everyone, less in the wet ”. Finally, two words on Sic: “I must say that I didn’t meet Marco, but it’s always nice to hear about him. Everyone has only good words for him, I really would have liked to meet him ”.
in the front row
The other protagonist of the day is undoubtedly Luca Marini, Valentino’s brother who takes third place on the grid and the front row, for the first time in his career. “What a great result, a great lap. I took the opportunity, the conditions were difficult and in these cases the differences are thinning and it is the rider who can make a real difference. I knew it would be possible to get into the top, I made no mistakes and it went well. I’m happy even if it didn’t take much to do even more, the pole was only 85 thousandths. But that’s okay, I enjoy it, I’m happy. We worked hard and well, the season was complicated. There is still a lot to do, first of all I want to finish well this year and then be even more competitive for the next one. This result is incredible, I am proud of it. He is certainly already on the podium of my best in career. Finally, a thought about tomorrow and the special context. “For tomorrow a lot will depend on the weather, with the rain I can stay in front and stay with the best riders in the world, for sure I will learn something more. This is a weekend full of emotions, you have to use it in the right way and give the best of yourself to get results. It’s a particular context, there are many touching and important things but I have to concentrate on doing my job well ”.
Jack Miller joined the two Italians, a splendid second on the other factory Ducati. “I had a lot of fun, it wasn’t easy, just look at the riders who stayed out. It was spectacular, you had to push a lot without risking falling. Nice feeling to see three Ducatis in front here but it’s not enough for me, I want it to end like this tomorrow too. Today we were all close, pole was one step away but I’m happy with that. The track conditions were not perfect, it was difficult to understand the wet line. Tomorrow we will go a little with our eyes closed, instinctively. We raced here a short while ago but now it’s a whole other story so it will be worth seeing, ”Miller said.
October 23, 2021 (change October 23, 2021 | 16:04)
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