Alex Rins & Alex Marquez make cautious start to Mugello weekend
After rain yesterday and last night, during the morning the Moto3 riders ride on a wet track under low temperatures, in an unusual development for Mugello. With a cautious approach to the conditions, Alex Rins set the fourth fastest time and Marquez the thirteenth in the session –in which Jonas Folger was the quickest rider.
In the afternoon, rain and clouds gave way for the sun and, on a completely dry track, times dropped rapidly. During the first half of the session, Rins remained in the top three, behind Salom and Folger, while teammate Alex Marquez –on his first visit to the circuit– was further back, with around the 24th fastest time.
Finally, after the first adjustments to his setup, Rins stopped the clock at 2’01.133, 01.527s off fastest man Luis Salom. Alex Marquez finally occupied nineteenth position on the timesheets, with a best lap of 2’01.792.
“Today was not too positive a day, we still have to finish to adapt to the track. I’ve had a little trouble with the setup, but above all, it is I who needs to improve. This circuit is quite complicated and technical, and it was difficult for me to ride by myself. Last year I quickly got used to the track and I went pretty well, but this year it’s taking us a little more time. Either way, this was the first day, we have to take it easy because we still have room to improve. We’ll take things day by day and hope that tomorrow we can do better.”
“I’m happy with how the day went. We started with a wet track, and from the start I felt comfortable on the bike and with the circuit. The feeling, in general, is good, because we have a good setup in the wet. Under these conditions the differences are not so big and it is easier to be near the top. In the afternoon we had a runout in the dry and I knew it would be a little tough, because it is a difficult circuit. We are two seconds down and we still plenty of room for improvement tomorrow. But, with it being the first day and with us riding solo laps, I can be happy. It is clear that we must continue in this way and see if we can get closer to the fastest riders. We’ll see if the weather favours us tomorrow.”
Source: Repsol Media