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Bagnaia “fortunate” to drop into Q1 in Assen MotoGP qualifying

Bagnaia was one of many excessive profile names unable to make it immediately into Q2 from FP3 on Saturday morning, forcing him into a good battle to flee Q1.

The Ducati rider efficiently navigated his method out of the session and into the pole shootout section, the place he managed to tug a 1m32.116s out of his Ducati to finish the entrance row in third behind the manufacturing facility Yamahas of poleman Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo.

The quick and flowing Assen observe has by no means usually favoured the Ducati, with its solely win coming again in 2008.

Bagnaia admits the struggles he confronted earlier than qualifying had been sudden, however going by way of Q1 allowed him to seek out an enchancment in nook entry on the observe’s quick turns, which helped propel him to 3rd in Q2.

“We weren’t anticipating to have this kind of wrestle this weekend,” Bagnaia mentioned.

“Our bike may be very troublesome to handle within the quick corners as a result of it is shaking so much and it’s totally troublesome to enter into quick corners.

“However we did a reset this morning and I began making an attempt to do one thing totally different on the bike, and from this morning to the Q2 I did some enhancements on the using and step-by-step and we had been nearer.

“In FP4 my tempo was not so unhealthy however wanting on the tempo of the Yamahas, it is 5 tenths, six tenths slower. So, we have to do one other step for tomorrow.

“I do know that my crew is working to seek out one thing and I had the luck at present to do the Q1 as a result of within the Q1 I had the luck to seek out one thing that helped me in Q2.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

“So, for the primary time I believe that was an excellent factor – to begin with as a result of I handed by way of Q1, and second as a result of I discovered one thing to assist me within the quick corners.”

After a robust run of three podium within the first 5 races, Bagnaia’s type has dipped since crashing out of the lead in Italy – with the Italian seventh in Barcelona and fifth in Germany after common qualifying performances.

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Bagnaia is assured of a robust consequence on Sunday at Assen however concedes his seek for a maiden win will probably proceed because the Yamahas are a step forward on race tempo.

“Each time we’re lacking one thing as a result of in Sachsenring I had the tempo to battle for the rostrum or to battle for the win, however beginning in P10, after which for the primary six laps my rear tyre wasn’t working and it is one thing that typically can occur,” he added.

“We do not know why, nevertheless it’s the identical factor for all of the riders in MotoGP.

“Generally you’ve got a tyre that begins to work after or would not begin to work.

“After six laps I began to have my tempo and ultimately I had tempo like Marc and Miguel, however I used to be too far.

“So, typically you’re very quick like in Portimao and Mugello. In Mugello I made a mistake, however in Portimao a yellow flag cancelled my risk to win.

“This time it is a totally different story as a result of my tempo is sweet however not because the Yamaha.

“I’ll attempt to cease them at first of the race however it is going to be troublesome to stick with all of them the race.”

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