The track action at the Gran Primio d’Italia Oakley will begin on Friday morning but, as usual, it was time to chat all things with the Mugello, before the riders had their say on the asphalt. The world Championship leader and 2021 Italian GP race winner Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), Ania Bastiani (Gracini Racing MotoGP), Jacques Miller and his Ducati Lenovo team were among the team. Conference.
Facing Quartararo, Yamaha and Mugello
He may have won in Italy last year, but the question remains: how strong will Quartararo be on top of Yamaha at the temple of top speed? Sector 2 and Sector 3 were directed by the ruling world champions in which they would excel, but the most important thing is to qualify well and get off to a good start.
Quartararo: “It’s hard to say because it’s not a bad track for us (including Catalunya), but it would be bad if we were in a bad situation. I would say that if we get a great start and a great first lap it can change our race, qualifying and first lap. Let’s see how it goes but I think the next two will be difficult.
Aprilia’s home GP, new contract, on the Barcelona horizon – a huge couple of weekends for Alex Espargaro
The breaking news coming on Thursday was Aprilia Racing, announcing that both Alex Espargaro and Maverick Vinyls would be with Noel Factory at least until the end of 2024. Coming to Aprilia’s Home Grand Prix, Espargaro runs in three consecutive P3 finishes. And second in the title race – and next week is the Spaniard’s Home Grand Prix.
A huge couple of weekends face Aspargaro and there is extra pressure where we are going. But the same points are on offer, so the goal remains the same.
Alex Espargaro: “These are two very important races for us. Mugello is very important for Aprilia, I am very happy to ride this way in Italy with good results. We are actually leading the team championship for the first time in Italy for Aprilia, so she is wonderful and will be my home GP next week.
“It’s two very important races, but it’s 50 points, not more than Germany and Essen, for example, so I’m trying to do the same thing as the previous weekend. I have the same feeling that Fabio makes, that the first laps of the race will be very, very important, especially here with a long straight against Fast Ducatis at Mugello. Therefore, it will be very important to try to concentrate with the first lap tomorrow morning.
Mugello – The perfect place to bounce back for Pecco
It was a disappointing ending for the French GP for Bugnia after he crashed in second place, but has learned the lesson and the Italian admits there is no better place to try and put things right than Mugello.
Bagnaiya: “Yes, it’s normal. Sometimes you can make mistakes and mine was a little too big, but that’s fine. I had time at home to learn from them and I think the best place to reunite is Mugello. I’m really looking forward to riding tomorrow, last year was good for me, everything was going well except the race, but Sunday was one of the worst days for us during the season. Let’s think about the championship and try to enjoy tomorrow.
MOTOGP 2022- Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley Qualifying Race will be live on EUROSPORT and EUROSPORT HD on Saturday, May 28, 2022 from 15:45 hrs (03:45 pm IST). The EuroSport channel can now be found on + Stream. Application