Marini: Hard to copy “strange” Miller Ducati MotoGP riding style

Avintia MotoGP rookie Luca Marini says he studied all Ducati riders’ data during the Qatar test, but admits its leading rider Jack Miller’s “strange” style is difficult to copy.

Marini: Hard to copy “strange” Miller Ducati MotoGP riding style

Last year’s Moto2 runner-up, Marini, is one of three rookies signed to Ducati for the 2021 season, alongside reigning Moto2 world champion team-mate Enea Bastianini and Pramac’s Jorge Martin.

Marini ended the Qatar pre-season test 21st overall, five spots clear of slowest rookie Lorenzo Savadori on the Aprilia, and was satisfied with his progress in adapting to the Desmosedici over the five days of running.

Ducati topped the test outright after Miller set an unofficial lap record of a 1m53.183s on his factory team GP21 on the opening day of the second test.

Luca Marini, Esponsorama Racing

Luca Marini, Esponsorama Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

When asked whose Ducati data he has been finding the most interesting to look at, Marini noted Miller’s ability to turn the bike “like the Yamaha” and is keen to learn how.

“I think everybody rides in a similar way,” he said.

“You can see that the bike needs some specific manoeuvres.

“The rider has to do something to make the bike stop and turn better.

“But every rider has his own way to do this. So, it’s interesting for me to look to all the three top guys, the three guys with more experience in Ducati.

“But, also I look at the data of Martin and Enea. But for sure to be faster it’s more important to check with Miller and [Johann] Zarco and Pecco.

“Jack is very strange how he uses the bike, also the set-up. So, it’s not easy to copy, but you can see how the potential of the bike is because it has a very big potential.

“He can make the bike turn in the corners like the Yamaha, he has very good speed. So, I want to improve the corner speed and make the bike turn like he does because it’s very important for the lap time.

“I think every Ducati rider brakes deeper and harder for the lap time, but also Jack is impressive how he can turn the bike in the middle of the corner.

“Pecco looks the most similar to me maybe, so it’s easier to compare the data with him, while Zarco rides in a very singular way.

“So, it’s not very easy to compare with, but he was in Avintia last year, so my crew chief knows him very well and we can check interesting things with him.”

Read Also:

Looking ahead to his debut race next weekend in Qatar, Marini notes he still has a lot of work to do on the front-end having focused almost exclusively on setting up the rear of his bike in testing.

He notes his main weakness on the front end is “the last part of entry” into the corners, as well as managing the bike when the front tyre begins to wear across a race distance.

shares
comments

Related video

Aprilia set for private MotoGP test with Dovizioso at Jerez
Previous article

Aprilia set for private MotoGP test with Dovizioso at Jerez

Next article

Silverstone to give away F1 and MotoGP tickets to key workers

Silverstone to give away F1 and MotoGP tickets to key workers
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022