Ducati factory rider Pecco Bagnaia spoke in Le Mans about the main topic of conversation in the last few days. MotoGP colleagues from Quartararo to Márquez agreed, but also expressed concern.
Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia celebrated her first victory on the new GP22 in Spain’s GP 11 days ago after a difficult start to the season. Earlier this week, however, he was the subject of a hotly debated tire pressure question: Bagnaia was below the minimum value recommended by Michelin during 25 of 25 running cycles during his victory at Jerez.
Ducati immediately defended himself against fraud allegations. Of course, Bagnaia herself was asked about the sensitive issue in Le Mans on Thursday. “That is a very clear matter,” the World Chancellor said. “You determine the pressure of the tire and consider that there is a chance of not reaching this value if you start at the front. But if you are behind, it is certain that the pressure will increase.
“I read that my condition was not legal. But that would mean that 18 drivers have been driving illegally since the start of this season. But no one has been punished. So we are not talking about anything,” insisted the 25-year-old Italian. The reporter also referred to his fellow campaigners: “If you ask the boys, they are sure I agree. Because it is very difficult. It is easier with the rear tire and more difficult with the front tire. Michelin gives you advice, advice on tire pressure. But it is not necessary. “
This minimum tire pressure for the front wheel slopes is 1.9 bars. “And I ran in Jerez between 1.85 and 1.89 bar. So it’s not a big difference,” Pecco calculated.
But what about Fabio Quartararo and Co. Do the Bagnaia really accept it?
“I agree,” confirmed the defending champion and World Cup leader. The rider of the Yamaha factory also revealed: “The same thing happened to me in Portimão. I think I was under that for the whole race. It’s terrible. Because if you start with very high tire pressure, your race can be very bad or very good. The rear tire is easier to control, but the front tire is harder. We have to find the right middle ground with Michelin so that there are not too many problems depending on whether you follow him or you are alone. “
Aprilia ace Aleix Espargaró said: “I think it’s a very important thing. In my view, it has a very big impact. When I was behind Jack and Marc in Jerez, I was struggling with the conversation and turning around. As soon as I had a clear path, I had the second half, even if I was pushing half more.
“But it’s very difficult – for the team and for Michelin,” says the Termas winner. “Because as Pecco and Fabio said:” What are you doing? How do you get started? How do you know if you have three bikes in front of you or a free ride? It’s a difficult thing. “
Repsol Honda star Marc Márquez took a clear stance: “I totally agree with Pecco. Low pressure on the front tire does not mean better performance. Sometimes it is worse.”
“What I see: With these new aerodynamics and philosophy that MotoGP is now moving towards, it is more difficult to cross and more difficult to drive behind others – and more importantly the air pressure on the front tires,” the world said. The champion brought extra elements into the play. “When you are alone, you use your aero equipment for physical training and do not put too much pressure on the front tire. If you are behind another rider, you will lose strength, which means you will put more load on the tires and the temperature will increase. That ‘s something we should look forward to in the future – but not just tire pressure, it depends on a lot of things. “
Pramac Ducati driver Johann Zarco also agreed with his colleague Bagnaia brand. “It makes a big difference whether you’re in front or behind. I didn’t feel good in Jerez either. I was very close behind Bezzecchi – then collapsed. If you set a limit, then the ranks need to be a little bigger. I think we have some role in security issues. We would have to go down a lot too far to get into trouble. I don’t think we will ever get to that point.
MotoGP Jerez results (May 1):
1. Pecco Bagnaia (I), Ducati, 25 rounds in 41 minutes: 00.554
2. Fabio Quartararo (F), Yamaha, + 0.285s
3. Aleix Espargaró (E), Aprilia, +10.977
4. Marc Marquez (E), Honda, +12.676
5. Jack Miller (AUS), Ducati, +12.957
6. Joan Mir (E), Suzuki, +13,934
7. Takaaki Nakagami (J), Honda, +14.929
8. Enea Bastianini (I), Ducati, +18.436
9. Marco Bezzecchi (I), Ducati, +18.830
10. Brad Binder (ZA), KTM, +20.056
11. Pol Espargaró (E), Honda, +20.856
12.Miguel Oliveira (P), KTM, +23.131
13. Alex Marquez (E), Honda, +25.306
14. Maverick Vinales (E), Aprilia, +27.358
15. Franco Morbidelli (I), Yamaha, +27.519
16. Luca Marini (I), Ducati, +29.278
17. Andrea Dovizioso (I), Yamaha, +35.204
18. Fabio Di Giannantonio (I), Ducati, +35.361
19. Alex Rins (E), Suzuki, +38.922
20. Remy Gardner (AUS), KTM, +43.378
21. Lorenzo Savadori (I), Aprilia, +44.299
22. Jorge Martin (E), Ducati, +1: 07.681 minutes
– Stefan Bradl (D), Honda, 15 laps back
– Johann Zarco (F), Ducati, 16 rounds back
– Darryn Binder (ZA), Yamaha, 20 rounds back
Championship status after 6 out of 21 Grand Prix:
1. Quartararo points 89. 2 Aleix Espargaó 82 3 Bastianini 69 4 Rins 69 5 Bagnaia 56 6 Mir 56 7 Zarco 51 8 Brad Binder 48 9 Marc Marquez 44 10 Oliveira 43 11 Miller 42nd 12 6 Binder 2518 1 Martin 2518 13 Pol 258 13 Pol 258 13 Pol 2518 13 Pol Espar 18 13 25 8 8 Alex Marquez 16 18 Bezzecchi 15 19 Marini 14 20 Dovizioso 8 21 Darryn Binder 6th 22nd Gardner 3rd
1. Ducati 131 points. 2. Yamaha 89. 3. Aprilia 83. 4. Suzuki 80. 5. KTM 76. 6. Honda 57.
World Cup Team:
1. Suzuki Ecstar 125 points. Second April April 109 Third Monster Energy Yamaha 107 4th 4 Ducati Lenovo 98th 5th Red Bull KTM Factory 91st 6th Pramac Race 79 Repsol 7th Honda Race 79 of 8 Greens MotoGP Tournament 69th 9th 10 LCR4 R416 Race Honda 10/37 Moonda 10/37 Honda 10/37 Honda 2 Ha Tech3 KTM Factory 3