Jack Miller is expecting a French doctor in Le Mans. In Ducati, at least on Thursday, the focus is still on controversy over the low tire pressure of Jerez winner Pecco Bagnaia.
Last year, Jack Miller celebrated his third and final MotoGP victory in Le Mans. Ahead of the upcoming fight at Circuit Bugatti, he said on Thursday: “I am happy to be back in the hot France. It is always good to return to Le Mans, especially after last year’s victory. I love the song and I’ve been good here in the past, you know that. I really look forward to this race every year, even if not everyone can believe it, ”he hinted at the weather which was often bad for the French GP.
In preparation for the seventh weekend of this season’s race, the story of tire pressure about Miller’s teammate and Jerez winner Pecco Bagnaia was a big topic. Ducati race boss Gigi Dall’Igna had already made his comments Tuesday evening in an online round called immediately by the selected media.
But what about the topics in the pits and between the drivers themselves? “We will not take a test and measure the tire pressure,” Miller said. “The pressure of a tire can be so severe that if you run all the races and you do not have hot air in the tires, you will not get where you want to go. If you hit the ground running and lead, but then fall behind another rider, the tire pressure will suddenly pass through the roof. Then you can’t stop or ride a motorcycle. It is a difficult subject, “admitted JackAss.
To remind you: The Michelin Table, which was not intended for the general public, showed that Bagnaia dropped under a special tire pressure in all 25 cycles at the beginning and end.
Did the trip length devices make the problem even bigger? “No,” Miller said. “It’s always been this way. Based on my limited experience, it became more of an issue when we changed manufacturers. I don’t think equipment affects printing. Bicycles still provide hot air, that’s the thing.”
How fast is the effect seen in wind power? “In the first round, maybe half… The cycle behind another rider would put you in the right place right away. There is no doubt about that,” insisted the 27-year-old Australian.
Will the applicable and tougher law and the following penalties come into effect in 2023 (such as the unqualified Quartararo Moto2 victory in 2018), will that also affect motorists’ racing strategy? Should the driver consider whether to drive better or not?
Last year’s Le Mans winner thought for a moment and then explained: “It will definitely give us extra space at work, which I don’t think we really need. In the Moto2 class I feel the law was important to the class. Because they had to drive with 1.5 bar and instead there were 0.6 or 0.8 bar people who damaged tires. It’s not like we’re trying to make a profit. We are just trying to drive in the right place. Whether you reach the target value or not depends on how fast the race progresses. It’s as simple as that. We certainly do it for the benefit of performance, but more than to prevent performance losses. Because the difference of 0.1 to 0.2 bar in tire pressure can be as day or night.
Has Miller had any problems with it this season? “No, but in general I am not a person to give up and lead a race either,” he added with a laugh. But he felt an impact in the slippery stream. ‘Yes, in Portimão, for example, although there was no heat there. But you see and clearly, even in Qatar. You hold the brakes in place where you would normally do, but the bike will not stop. Tire pressure is certainly the biggest problem in Thailand or in other hot songs. ”
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 rounds 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