Mugello is another new circuit for Broc Parkes to learn and the rain affected FP2 session cost the Australian valuable track time. Parkes, racing for Paul Bird Motorsport, was over five seconds adrift of Marc Marquez in the dry opening session with arm pump problems proving a problem throughout the session.
When asked by Crash.net about how the rain in the afternoon affected him Parkes said:
“I’m disappointed because I needed time on the track,” said Parkes. “This morning I went out and it was pretty cold so I was trying to learn the track pretty quickly. I struggled a little bit at the end with arm pump and I think that I was just too tense so I was looking forward to FP2 but there was no running in it. Hopefully tomorrow will be wet or dry and I can get some more laps in and be ready for Sunday.
“I’ve had a little bit of pump here and there but nothing like this morning. It came quite quick and early and then I had to put up with but at the end of the session I had quite a bit and I didn’t have the confidence to go. I had a message before FP2 and it was a bit warmer. I think now that I know where I’m going it should be ok.”
Like many tracks on the MotoGP calendar Mugello is a new one for Parkes and while he was able to learn the layout quickly he felt that understanding the nuances of the Italian track to unlock the secrets of fast time will take longer:
“The track is awesome and the layout is really good. It was quite quick for me to learn and I think that to learn to go fast on it will be difficult. i think that it’s one of those tracks that you need a fair few laps to get the confidence under braking because there’s so many blind corners and rises before you brake.”