Several riders complained that the temperature at the Mandalika Circuit was very hot. The first is Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso said the temperature conditions were a big challenge for the riders to make adjustments.
“The temperature is difficult to explain. Today it was almost impossible to race. It was very hot, hotter than Malaysia,” said Dovizioso as quoted by Crash, Friday (18/3/2022).
The WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP racer also highlighted the new asphalt at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit. According to the Italian, the grip in each lap will be different because there are several tracks that are re-paved.
“How clean is the track? I think if they have the right engine like in Qatar, it will be clean. Besides that there is also a casing for the old tires,” added Dovi.
“That is, many things that affect the performance of the riders. We will see later,” he continued again.
The hot temperature at the Mandalika Circuit also complained of Monster Yamaha racer Franco Morbidelli. According to him, even though a fit body condition is not necessarily strong enough to face the heat of the track in Mandalika. Aleix Espargaro also said the same thing. The heat in Mandalika said Aleix had exceeded the limit.
Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro raced his motorbike on the last day of the 2022 MotoGP pre-season test at Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit, Central Lombok, NTB, Sunday (13/2/2022). BETWEEN PHOTOS/Andika Wahyu/foc. Photo: ANDIKA WAHYU/ANTARA FOTO
The physical condition of the drivers is not the only challenge in the heat. The motorbike will also feel the effects of the extreme temperatures in Mandalika.
“I’ve never felt this hot in Mandalika. It’s crazy, it will drain the energy of the riders and also the bike,” said Aleix.
“The motorbike is also very hot. Not to mention we are wearing leather racing suits. For me the color is black, it’s perfect (it makes it hot). I can’t train anymore and I’ve done my best. We’ll see if that’s enough or not. But will be very tricky for the bike,” he said.
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