GP of Italy: interview with Simone Corsi
Simone, tell us about your feelings coming from 26th position on the grid to 3rd.
A podium in Mugello is always exciting and moreover if it comes from a recovery like that, all the better. The Team managed to give me a very competitive machine that let me recover positions pretty easily. Of course starting from the lower positions is always a limit, we can't race every time like this.
The race at the end went well, what about the whole weekend?
It had been an intense weekend. We arrived on Friday and our times were good, referring mainly to our race pace. Later I went to push harder but I could not exploit the soft tyres at their best, which affected my performance. Therefore we exploited Sunday's warm-up to make some comparisons and get feedback on some technical aspects in order to be able of make some modifications for the race, which happened to be very effective.
How did you approach the race weekend? What were the team's priorities?
As it is a brand-new category we always have as a priority on Friday to get some benchmark references as no-one has any history or data. It is necessary to understand how this kind of machine behaves on different tracks and on my own I need to ride laps to adapt myself in relation to the track. Based on the results we have in this phase, we finalize set-up during qualifying and warm-up. This time I did not succeed in a good qualifying (quite the opposite!) but in the race things went better.
Let's talk about the race: a determined recovery and a close duel until the end. What made the difference?
Well, my pace was good, because my MotoBi was ok, well balanced and all the passes were made in relative safety thank to the opportunities given by Mugello's track.
Third by only 38 thousandths: why did choose to pass Gadea before the Bucine turn and not wait until the straight?
We must recognize that in this case an important role is played also by fortune or chance. In 2008 I came out as first from the last turn and I went to win. This time I did not succeed, Gadea took my line then exploited the length of the straight and the start-finish line is pretty far from the final turn in Mugello.
Let's talk about passes: to arrive third from 26th position you made many of them, and all must have been different!
The two turns called "Arrabiata" are maybe the most exciting and hardest of all in the World Championship. I did not save anything from the side of the tyre and I used all the track and part of the merit goes to the bike. If you don't have a machine you can trust it's unthinkable to attack like I did at the Arrabiata.
After each GP you say you see improvements in you and in your way of riding, how did your riding style evolve?
Really, I'm moving forward quickly in everything because as we don't have any references I need to invest early laps in trying to understand how to exploit the bike in a specific way for each track. The early GPs have been ran on narrow tracks so the turns needed to be approached with more angled lines, this is why we saw much sliding in the entrance to the corners. Mugello instead is faster, rounder and wider, it lets the bike roll into the turns and make cleaner lines, meaning you can keep a higher speed during all the turn.