Rain in Buri Ram Can Change Everything

”Starting from the 13th position is hard. However, tomorrow is very likely to rain. So, I stay positive.” So sure Aleix Espargaro that the rain will give him a chance at the Thailand GP race this afternoon.

The weather forecast does say that it will rain in Buri Ram. That is, the qualifying results will not have much effect.

“If it really rains, I’ll take a bigger risk. Win or nothing. (But) if it’s dry, it’s impossible to get a miracle,” added Espargaro.

The Aprilia driver is now in third place in the standings and 25 points behind Fabio Quartararo as the leader.

Opportunities are very open if it really rains. Of the seven riders who started at the front, Quartararo will start the race from fourth position. The reigning MotoGP champion will be surrounded from all directions.

“It will not be easy for Fabio to face the Ducati group,” said Espargaro.

Quartararo admits that too. He called the engine has weaknesses in various aspects. Especially the engine power that is less qualified to fight Ducati on a straight track.

“We know how weak we are on the straights. Even if I can slipstream from Turn 3-4, or from the last corner, it won’t make much of a difference going into the next lap.”

“But, I will keep fighting,” he explained.

Quartararo continued, his condition was getting worse because the asphalt traction of the Buri Ram Circuit this year was considered weaker when compared to 2019.

That was evident when he failed to match his time when he took pole position at Buri Ram three years ago.

Of the three riders who still have the chance to fight for the world title, Francesco Bagnaia starts at the front, from third position.

That advantage can be used to earn points and shorten the distance with Quartararo. Again, if it rains, all scenarios can change.

Bagnaia said the results he got in this qualifying were quite satisfactory after his motorbike did not work optimally at the Japanese GP last week.

”At the beginning of qualifying, I had difficulty with the rear tire. My lap wasn’t optimal because I was still looking for traction.”

“After stopping and returning to the track, I just felt a lot faster,” said the Italian racer to Motorsport .

At the Thailand Grand Prix qualifying session yesterday, rookie Marco Bezzecchi managed to make a surprise by grabbing pole position .

These results also became the Italian rider ‘s first pole in the class of kings. Also, the first pole for his team, Mooney VR46.

Bezzecchi posted a new lap record of 1 minute 29.671 seconds. Followed by Jorge Martin (Pramac) in second place.

“Honestly, I didn’t know I won pole ,” he said. Now, he is listed as the tenth driver to reach pole position this year.

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