Honda man Marquez placed himself to get a tow by the Ducati of both Petrucci in both conducts during Saturday night’s pole position shoot out , and so were able to grab a location in front row along side Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso.
Petrucci in comparison might only manage , 0.654s slower than pole-sitter Vinales.
Speaking later, Petrucci declared he had dropped into Marquez’s trap – however said the Spaniard failed to violate some rules by slowing on track.
“Marc was that the cat and also me the mouse, also he won for today,” admitted Petrucci. “He left a plan and it worked, and I allow it operate.
“[At the first series ] I pushed but I say, ok, I do you lap at 90 percentage because I know Marc is behind and I can give him a fantastic tow. However, I know I’ve yet another chance.
“From the next run it was the exact same, however I had no moment at the ending. I waited yet another lap but then there was one minute left, I made a decision to push.
“He used 100% of the plan. I gave him a tow and it was useful for him. Unfortunately for me personally he hasn’t done any [illegal] moves. For sure he appeared alot, however it’so rushing.
And that time I was one of the weapons, regrettably!”
For his part, Marquez was open about the need to use another rider to help out him in qualifying at a track where he has regularly fought previously.
He discovered that Petrucci should get used to being followed today he’s a factory Ducati rider.
“This really is Qatar, one of those circuits which is most challenging for people,” said the reigning winner. “I knew that the qualifying was going to be difficult, and at such conditions you must become smart.
“Occasionally you’ve got to follow some one, but other times that they follow . So welcome into the mill riders’ club”
Petrucci also admitted Marquez’s speed at one of Honda’s least favourable paths was a worry for Ducati’s title prospects.
“we all know Marc is fast and the Honda keeps growing up, notably the engine is very powerful,” said the Italian. “Here really is the worst trail for these and he’so front.
“This is I believe that the worst thing [around ] today.”
Danilo Petrucci, Ducati Team
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