No one expected Marco Bezzecchi to take pole position in qualifying for the Thai Grand Prix. The Italian pilot appeared at the last moment to steal the best time from Jorge Martín by just 21 thousandths.
“It’s been a fantastic day,” he declared at the press conference after the qualifying session. “I didn’t expect this pole position, but I managed to set up a good lap. Very good sensations. Yesterday we weren’t doing so well, but we were able to take a step forward,” he commented.
The secret of his record, a new absolute record on the Asian track , was in the last corner, where Bezzecchi was able to win a few decisive thousandths. “This morning I was already doing well in the last sector, but I think I was very fast in the last corner [in Q2], and that’s what gave me pole position. Generally speaking, I was fast the whole lap. When I saw that Miller and Marc stopped a bit, I decided to push forward.”
This is the first pole position for the rookie and for the Mooney VR46 , which comes after the #72 made its debut on the podium at the last Dutch Grand Prix. “I am very pleased to give the team the first pole, because they deserve the best,” he said about it.
However, Marco Bezzecchi still does not consider himself a clear candidate for the fight for victory , and assumes that he will have to work during the afternoon to find those tenths of pace that will allow him to dream of gold. “The rest of the leading drivers are going a little faster than us, so we still have to find something else for tomorrow,” he reflected.
He will be escorted by two of his brand partners, Jorge Martín and Pecco Bagnaia, on a weekend in which Ducati is rising again as the hegemonic motorcycle.
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