MotoGP Catalonia Barcelona J2 Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati / 2): “I don’t know how to beat him (Aleix Espargaro) but the key will be the rear tire”

If Aleix Espargaro has been in the spotlight since the start of this Catalan Grand Prix for having hardly left first place over the sessions, Francesco Bagnaia, a bit like Fabio Quartararo, has come back from further away.

The Ducati official, and now the only one whose name we have for next year, was indeed ranked 14th in FP1, 4th in FP2, 10th in FP4 and second in qualifying, just 31/1000 from Aleix Espargaro. This is what is called a rise in power over the weekend, and this should result tomorrow in a nice pass of arms in the race to repeat in Spain a third victory of the season after those obtained in Jerez and at Mugello last week.

The 25-year-old Turinese displays an obvious serenity: ” I am very happy ! We did a good job all weekend. FP4 gave me the confidence to take a step forward in the hunt for the clock because we changed the set-up a bit for the last run and I felt better. It was very difficult to do a perfect lap in qualifying. It was easy to make small mistakes that immediately cost tenths. Because with these grip conditions, you can lose a lot on this circuit if you lose a little under acceleration. I was very close to a new pole position. But Aleix is ​​very strong this weekend, he was already strong during the other weekends, but he is even stronger here. ”

Between a Alex Espargaro who runs home in full upward spiral and a Francesco Bagnaia which remains on a victory at Mugello and is not left out in terms of a positive dynamic, it is not easy to predict who will take the lead over the other. Moreover, on this subject, the Italian makes the same comments as the Spaniard: “I don’t know how to beat him, but the key will be to be smart about the rear tire throughout the race. Because it’s true that you can be fast in the first laps, but you also have to be consistent until the end. If you push at the start, you can’t be consistent until the end. It will be a survival race because you have to be smart with acceleration. We worked differently from the others in FP4 to see if the tire was going to be good and I’m pretty happy with the result and my pace in FP4. ”

Result of Qualifying 2 of the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya:

Result of Qualifying 1 of the Catalan MotoGP Grand Prix at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit:

Ranking credit: MotoGP.com

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