Malaysian MotoGP: Luca Marini: 8 Ducatis? Runners learn from each other | MotoGP
The obvious advantage over factories such as Aprilia and Suzuki, which have only two entrances, is the increase in technical data.
But VR46’s Luca Marini thinks it’s not just the number of bikes that’s important, but also the number of competitive riders, which means even the fastest Ducati rider can always learn something from others.
Title leader Francesco Bagnaia (6), factory teammate Jack Miller (1) and Gresini’s Enea Bastianini (4) have won races this season, with a Ducati finishing first or second in 16 of 18 rounds so far. present (and third in the other two).
Six different Ducati riders made the podium – Marini and Gresini rookie Fabio di Giannantonio finished fourth and eighth respectively – with all eight qualifying first.
” No, no problem ! smiled Marini, when asked about Aleix Espargaro calling Ducati’s current strength “ridiculous”.
“It’s racing. For example, Honda dominated for 10 years and no one complained about it. [The others should] simply spend more money or do a better job, to improve.
“I think Aprilia has taken a big step forward and Aleix must be proud and happy with what he has now, because behind the bike it’s amazing, really strong – like all the bikes in MotoGP right now. .
“It’s having so many fast riders and strong riders at Ducati that makes the difference, in my opinion. Because on each track, each driver has a strong point, a strong corner and when you see the data of each driver, you can improve a lot.
“So you can improve your bike, but you can [also] improve your style and we push ourselves a lot every weekend.
“I think that’s just why Ducati is also stronger. For sure, they did an amazing job; their engineers are the best, the bike is the strongest, the fastest. But they also have, in my opinion, the best pilot currently.
“Aprilia they are only two. They have less data. Maybe sometimes Aleix is faster than Maverick [and] he can’t understand how he can improve [more].
“While every time I can check a corner from Pecco, Jorge, Bez, Enea, Miller, Zarco because everyone is strong. Also di Giannantonio is sometimes very strong. So you can check the data and the driver can take two tenths or three tenths more pace which makes the difference in winning or not winning a race.
After scoring 41 points in the first nine rounds of the season, Marini claimed 70 in the last nine.
“I think from Sachsenring, maybe also from Mugello, I was often in the top positions,” said the young Italian. “It’s first of all the setting of the bike. We started the season with a whole new team, a whole new team, a new bike.
“We needed time because the tests [opportunities] are very low and when you are in FP1, FP2, you have a lot of rush because you want to be in Q2, because if you are not in Q2, the race is over.
“I think I’ve improved as a driver as well. Of course I’ve improved my riding style, for example tire management. Now I’m much better compared to the start of the season and I’m braking too louder later.
“But it’s something that goes hand in hand with the feeling on the bike, so with the set-up and the electronic side of the bike that helped me express myself better on the track.”
Marini, who has finished in the top six in seven of the last eleven races, is currently 12th in the world championship behind Bagnaia (1st), Bastianini (4th), Miller (5th), Zarco (7th) and Martin (8th). ) ahead of rookies Bezzecchi (14th) and di Giannantonio (20th).
Ducati will continue to support four teams in MotoGP next season, although only the works team and Pramac will have the latest Desmosedicis, with VR46 and Gresini on year-old bikes.
Meanwhile, with Suzuki’s departure, Yamaha will become the only manufacturer with just two bikes on the grid, due to RNF’s move to Aprilia.