MotoGP Thailand J1: When Ducati declares hybrid war on Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha / 5)... - Paddock GP

MotoGP Thailand J1: When Ducati declares hybrid war on Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha / 5)… – Paddock GP

Unfortunately, hybrid warfare is an expression currently used particularly to describe the dramatic global context, but could also be used to describe Luca Marini’s maneuver against Fabio Quartararo during FP1 and FP2 of the Thai Grand Prix in Buriram.

Usually the Yamaha rider always starts last to benefit from a free track, which suits his Yamaha better. Lately, Franco Morbidelli whoever used the opposite strategy, i.e. starting first, wisely waits with his teammate to benefit from the latter’s speed.

But today, Luca Marina He deliberately waited for the French driver to take off to take his wheel, then clearly refused to go ahead, despite the niçois’s gesticulations.

Officially there are no team instructions to ascend francesco bagnaia at Ducati, but we learn little by little that there is nevertheless a distribution of work during the sessions, a self-prohibition for some to go and try to bend the spearhead of Borgo Panigale, and now an obvious attempt to destabilize the French.

Faced with this last maneuver, which really has no place when Ducati has eight competitive machines, The devil relativize and concentrate on your work.

This day, fabio quartararo finished at 32/1000 of Marc Márquez in FP1 before setting the eighth fastest time in FP2, having failed to improve his best time due to yellow flags. It is therefore his morning reference that is taken into account and places him in fifth position, 0.274 seconds behind his compatriot johann zarco.

fabio quartararo : “It was a good day. In the morning I was strong, I was also fast in FP2, but unfortunately I ended up with two yellow flags in the time trial attack. Then I made a mistake on my last lap. Other than that, our pace was fine. When I put the medium rear tire on, we left a worn front tire on the bike, which was really good. But I didn’t feel perfectly good on the bike. I was a bit on edge. Conditions are likely to change relatively drastically. Somehow Anyway, the same bikes were in the top 5, but if it wasn’t for the yellow flags and the mistakes, we would also be in the front. I also think they didn’t make any mistakes and didn’t bring out the yellow flag.”

about the strategy of Luca MarinaFrench relativizes.

“He waited for me in the garage for a minute. I understand in qualifying but you don’t do that in free practice. These are games I don’t care about. I mean he’s not fighting for the championship. If it had been Pecco or Aleix, and maybe Enea, but with Lucas… it’s a bit weird. But you know, I do my job and hit the track. He followed me, but I don’t care. I was a bit angry during the first lap, but then it wasn’t a problem. There are eight, so they can play! »

As for the calendar planned for 2023, the disappearance of Aragon, his favorite mania, stands out especially…

“Okay! I’m happy! I hope we never go back to that (laughs)! But now that we’ll have a little more engine next year, it’ll be fine. But it’s good for sure. I think it’ll be pretty good: new countries, new circuits. I really want to go to India as it is a track that I have seen before in a Formula 1 on board, and it looks very fast and fun. Hopefully we can have fun on this wonderful circuit. »

FP1-FP2 results of the Thai MotoGP Grand Prix in Buriram:

Qualifying Credit: MotoGP.com


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