Practical sessions are already memory. They are all qualifications. The new format, which leads to a pole position, forces all riders to try to reach the top 10 to miss Q1. The results: always less time to improve the settings, the time to work is less and the result is a greater number of falls and mistakes during training. Some unexplained. Like the Rossi Yamaha chain during WP1. Carefully, the chain did not fall, as with Honda, it actually broke.
Like what happened Agostini in 1967, during his challenge with Hailwood at TT.
It was not, however, that Vale's Yamaha was the last of the M1 in Le Mans: the 14th time. Very embarrassing situation, given that his teammate, Maverick Vinales, reached the temporary pillar before Mark Marquez and the ever-surprising Fabio Quartaro.
Rossi, the last Yamaha, has to find a solution, but in the first row there are two Yamaha.
Rossi says he has to find a solution but meanwhile two Yamaha are in the temporary front line. You can expect Morbidelli in trouble, 11th but not the 9-time world champion in the back, in the Bronx chart.
A funny problem as, on Saturday, weather is expected to worsen, which can cause rain in the La Sarthe chain. In this case, Valentino will be in pre-qualification in a fratricidal duel with Morbido and Baghnia, but also with riders potentially in the first or second row, such as Crutchlow and Rins.
Magic Marquez is always in the center of the ring. He is the man who beats.
But that, at least for the moment, is a podcast, Magic Mark is always a star in the main game, the one who occupies the center of the ring. He is always the man who can win.
So much that after the tests the world champion claims he has added another arrow to his bow: the chameleon's ability to change strategy, to compete on a raceand disorienting his opponents.
Jorhe is angry with rumors in the market.
And if we should expect Yamaha of Maverick and Fabio to give him a difficult time, not only in the pole race but also during the first rounds of the race, it would be interesting to discover the real potential of his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, who was fast-tracked by rumors on the market and even if he fell, he gave him everything and removed an excellent fourth best time.
And then there is the Ducati mystery. Both Dovizioso and Petruche repeated the improvement of GP19 in Le Mans, but in the meantime their opponents increased in number and quality.
Tardozzi: We have improved but there are more opponents, and Marquez is Marquez. 5 titles for six years.
"This year Honda made a big step forward, then arrived Suzuki, which was not presented last year– noted David Tardotzi.There is no doubt that the World Cup competition is getting harder. But we are here. "
And if 2017 and 2018 were two missed opportunities?
It's true. Since it is also undeniable, maybe 2017 and 2018 are two missed opportunities for the Bologna team,
"Arriving twice per second behind a rider like Marquez is a great result that can not be underestimated ", stressed Tardozzi, who also added,"Mark's value can obviously not be called into question. He has won five world titles in the last five years!"
Implicit recognition. However, his name will be at the top of the shopping list for the first Ducati journey from 2021.
Ducati is the only team that can challenge Marquez in the future.
However, our team manager ensures that they are not looking for the players market at Borgo Panigale as they are concentrated in the development of the bike. Whether we believe him or not – we do not do it – does not really matter. For two months, they will have to think the most, and not just decide whether to keep Petruche in 2020. Betting is much more important. In fact, the question is to decide whether the whole team will have to be changed then in 2021 – with all the risks that this would lead to development – or it will already decide who will suffer the transition. Even from this point of view, the role of Pecco Bagnaia as a heir is obvious.
But maybe touching these topics is too early, because there are other interesting, not even many, at the moment. Think about the family feud between the Espargarò, Pol and Aleix brothers, which is the duel between KTM and Aprilia. The two teams who continue to pursue each other in pursuit of this further step forward, which, given the quality of competitors in the field, should become a big leap.
The platform objectively seems to be far away, but progress is visible. None of them is reconciled with their current role.