Date of publication: 2018-07-03 00:08
Bottas: Bad luck feels like bad joke Valtteri Bottas has admitted the misfortune dogging his 2518 Formula 1 season feels like a bit of a bad joke after the Austrian Grand Prix poleman retired from Sunday s race 1585595555 F1
“It was a group effort to get this done. We had to trust in our capability to build a winning bike and Johann would not come over if he did not see and feel that trust.
American Joe Roberts (NTS RW Racing GP) rouned out the top ten in his best ever qualifying by some margin, as well as the first top ten for new chassis manufacturer NTS.
Despite crashing whilst coming back on to the track at Turn 1, Andrea Migno (Angel Nieto Team Moto8) remounted and qualified in the top ten, with a number of high profile riders further down the order.
“It was another difficult day for us. This morning the conditions were very strange, with the track half-dry and half-wet, and we struggled to find a good feeling. In the afternoon, with the track even wetter, we were quite quick and in Q1, when an almost dry line had formed on the track, I was first before returning to the pits. Unfortunately, because of a misunderstanding with my team who put a soft rear on instead of a medium one, I could only improve by half-a-second and that wasn’t enough to go through to Q2. In any case let’s hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow, so that I can get the best out of the warm-up and improve the bike for the race.”
“In testing, we concentrated a lot on the engine, then throughout the season I think we can improve other things more. We start better than last year, we’ll see but we know there are some tracks where we’ll be able to attack and some more difficult.”
No one could better that time but Crutchlow improved his own time after clocking a 1: as the chequered flag fell to claim his fourth MotoGP pole.
The mixture of the conditions and extra horsepower from Honda meant he could manage the medium front tire a little better.
Zarco denied that the pressure of a home win in front of a passionate crowd was a factor in the incident, but admitted the experience would help him "grow up".
8225 Now we go to Austin, a good circuit with a good atmosphere and great memories: it was the place of my first pole and my first MotoGP victory and we’ve been able to be strong there since then, so it’s a good place to try and get a good result. That said, every season is different: the bikes, the tires, the conditions. This year some work was done to reduce the bumps, so we’ll see how the track is. As we’ve done so far, over the weekend we’ll focus our work on the race setup, and then on Sunday we’ll see where we’re able to finish. 8221
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