Fenati Eying Fast Start From Seventh Row

Romano Fenati - Photo Credit: Team Italia FMI
Romano Fenati - Photo Credit: Team Italia FMI


Romano Fenati knows he will have to make up ground immediately when tomorrow's French Grand Prix gets underway after qualifying down in 21st. The Italian teenager failed to replicate his wet-weather heroics from Jerez and blamed a poor set-up for his struggles.

“The qualifying session didn’t go well, unfortunately. I couldn’t find the right setup and feeling with the bike, and struggled to lap fast. Tomorrow it’ll be crucial to start well, as I’m far behind on the grid, and show everyone what I’m capable of. The warm-up will be very important.”

Team Italia FMI teammate Alessandro Tonucci will start two places further back and also complained that he couldn't find the right set-up. Tonucci is hoping that the predicted rain stays away as he looks to score points for the second time this year.

“The rain made it difficult for us. We used a setup similar to what we tried in the past in similar conditions on different tracks, but it didn’t work here in Le Mans. I hope it stays dry tomorrow, so that I can have a good race.”

Technical Co-ordinator Roberto Locatelli paid tribute to polesitter Maverick Vinales and hopes his riders can be a little closer to him in the race.

“It was tough this afternoon. A wet track is our toughest opponent. Viñales is our frame of reference, and he was fast both in dry and wet conditions. In the warm-up, we will try different setups both with weight distribution and suspensions. We’ll try our best tomorrow.”