The formidable comeback that the Ducati rider is making since he achieved victory in Assen, just before the summer break, until now, compared to the leader of the championship, Fabio Quartararo, from whom he has cut 61 points in four grand prix, had this Saturday a new chapter in the classification of the Aragon Grand Prix, where no points were distributed, but Pecco Bagnaia gave a new blow on the table with pole position and the record for the fastest lap on this circuit, beating his own mark achieved last year.
“I’m very happy with the lap, it’s one of the best I’ve done, everything went perfectly, I was just scared at turn 2, we knew we had only one chance, the first time, and there the right side of the tire was a bit cold. But on that lap I squared everything, it was my best lap ever, I’ve never done anything like it,” the Italian reiterated.
On Friday the pilots complained about the grip of the Aragonese track, all except Pecco who considered it good, as was shown by lowering the record.
“Honestly I think we thought the grip here wouldn’t be as good, compared to Misano, but we’ve been faster than last year so I think the grip level has been better than last year, it hasn’t rained and that’s allowed it to get better with each session,” he said.
“It is difficult to estimate how the track will be tomorrow in the race after Moto2, but it will be important to be able to push from the first corners and get the tires up to temperature as soon as possible to be able to attack at the beginning,” he said, making it clear that his strategy will be to get ahead and try to escape.
With the two official factory Ducatis making the difference, Bagnaia pointed out the differences between the red bike and the satellites.
“The new fairing has helped us a lot to close the lines in the tight corners, that allows us to close better and have a faster cornering,” he observed.
This Saturday the new weekend format that will govern from 2023 in MotoGP was announced, in which the Warm Up session on Sunday morning disappears in Moto3 and Moto2 and is reduced, from 20 to 10 minutes, in MotoGP .
“Ten minutes of warm up is good, you do the work before Sunday, we ask for those ten minutes in case you have a crash on Saturday to be able to make sure that the bike is fine. In ten minutes you can do three or four laps which I think is enough as the last session to see that everything is in its place”, fit the Ducati rider.
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