It is not a country for old people was the title of a film that had met with great success several years ago, which could perfectly fit the qualifications of the Italian Grand Prix. In extreme conditions, with a drizzle that in any case required the use of slick tires, it was two rookies who competed for pole position.
In the end it was Fabio Di Giannantonio who won, but Marco Bezzecchi was not far behind, because he missed his first start at the post by just 88 thousandths. But above all he managed to place himself on the front row for the first time in a weekend in which he gave the feeling of being able to be quite competitive also in the race.
“I’m happy. I’m satisfied with how it went today, both this morning and this afternoon. It was a great day. There were some particular conditions, so let’s say this qualification is worth a lot”, said the driver of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team right after the conclusion of its first top 3 conference.
The fight with “Diggia” led him to retrace his career a bit, given that with the Roman from Gresini Racing they challenged each other in the CIV and then also competed for the Moto3 title in 2018.
“I didn’t even know what position I was in. I crossed the finish line and saw it once turned red on the big screen, but I didn’t have time to figure out if it was mine. Anyway I was happy, because I had a good time and I was thinking of to be able to be in good shape, even if I didn’t know how much. On the second big screen I saw that I was second and it didn’t seem possible. Then Diggia is on pole and it’s nice because we have been racing against it from an early age and we have reached the MotoGP “.
Luca Marini, VR46 Racing Team, Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Despite starting from the front, he does not expect an easy race, because there are some riders who probably have an above average pace, but then the others are all very close to each other. With the hope then that the rain will not get a hand again.
“Tomorrow will be tough, but let’s hope for at least normal weather. Whether it’s dry or wet, but not mixed. I’d like to be able to do a good race and the fastest in my opinion are Pecco (Bagnaia), Aleix (Espargaro) and Enea (Bastianini) I’m not in bad shape, in the end I manage to lap at 1’46 “high-1’47” low pace, but then in the race it always goes a little slower, so I think there will be many all attacked “.
His technical boss Matteo Flamigni is already thinking big, but “Bez” prefers to remain cautious for the moment: “A victory I don’t know, but a podium is what I want more than anything else and I will try to work as hard as possible to get it.”
Today there was also the withdrawal of number 46 of his mentor Valentino Rossi, who seems to have impressed him a lot: “The ceremony for Vale gave me happiness, but it is also a bit sad to see 46 disappear. It’s his number. , so that’s right, but now it’s really over. “
What is certain is that he seems to have benefited from the presence of the “Doctor” in his box: “I would very much like to have him more often, but rightly he also has his commitments. home”.
Finally, the news of the day, the fourth operation that Marc Marquez will undergo next week, also said: “I’m sorry, because it’s not nice when a rider gets hurt. he had been going for a few races. Today’s crash certainly didn’t help him, but he had been struggling for a while. Let’s hope he can recover, because he’s a very good rider. “
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