Ducati had front pace but expects difficult race


Nicky-Hayden-Barcelona-MotoGP-FP2-2013Ducati had a promising day with Nicky Hayden saying after qualifying that a front row start was possible for the former world champion.

Hayden, who qualified fifth, felt that he had lost time in the final sector of the lap and that it was the difference between the second row and a top three qualifying effort:

“I think that I left a couple of tenths out there; the front row was possible today,” said the America. “I’m not thrilled with my lap but on new tyres the bike is working good. But it’s the same problem as yesterday and as soon as we do two laps the grip goes away on the edge. It’s not just the actual spinning but getting a lot of pumping. It’s going to be a very tough race tomorrow so we’ll see what we do in the morning to try and make the tyre last longer.”

Andrea Dovizioso Le Mans Qualifying 2013 (2)It was a similar story on the other side of the Ducati garage with Andrea Dovizioso also making a mistake on his fastest lap en route to setting the ninth fastest time. The Italian tried to regroup for a second attempt on the softer tyre but was already losing grip and was unable to improve.

“I am not 100% happy with my laptime because I did not make a perfect lap,” said the 2004 125cc world champion. “In turn four I made a mistake on my first lap and I eased off for the next lap but the characteristics of this track for tyres means that the potential of the first lap you don’t have on the second lap. I think that with the grip in the second lap I did well but maybe a 41.6 was maybe possible.”

Tyres will be crucial tomorrow with Dovizioso going as far as to say that he felt that “no one can run the harder tyre” in the race. With Hayden also suffering from a lack of grip after only a handful of laps it will be very difficult race for Ducati with track temperatures once again expected to be very high.

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