The training day turned out to be not as successful for the Ducati army as everyone expected: Bastianini, Miller, Bezzecchi, Bagnaia, Martin, and Marini were placed from 9th to 13th positions in the combined protocol according to the results of FP2 BritishGP, and now the factory pilots are looking for a solution to consolidate in the TOP 10 for qualification. Francesco Bagnaia sees a clear threat to his prospects, but not from Fabio Quartararo!
For the Bagnaia, FP1 started with an offensive fall a few minutes after the start. The track turned out to be more treacherous than the Ducati Lenovo Team pilot had expected.
“It was my mistake: after exiting the turn, I ran into a white line, which turned out to be very slippery, and the tire did not catch on the asphalt after the breakdown – the wheel immediately tore off,” explained Bagnaia. – But in general, at the end of the day, the feelings were not bad. A year ago, we had a continuous problem here, not a training day. But this time we started better. We have to accelerate on Saturday. We have to decide which tires to choose for the race, in particular, the rear one.”
The threat to prototypes with V-shaped engines on Silverstone is traditionally represented by Japanese rowers, and this year Banyaya considers Team mates Suzuki Ecstar to be the most dangerous rival.:
“At the moment, analyzing the data, we see that Suzuki is very strong. But Ales Espargaro [Aprilia Racing] is the man we have to beat. He is definitely the fastest of all according to the results of the time attack and simulation. He will have an excellent pace on Saturday and Sunday. Then Alex Rins, and only then Fabio Quartararo. I think we have a good potential for the TOP 5, at least. And then we’ll see what we can do.”