The Michelin Grand Prix of Styria marks the beginning of the second half of the 2021 MotoGP season this weekend and means the first of two very special back to back rounds for Tech3 KTM Factory Racing at the team manufacturers home circuit. Thereby, the Red Bull Ring holds exceptional memories for the French crew, which celebrated a very first win in the premier class one year ago with Miguel Oliveira.
Having a decent feeling aboard his KTM RC16 all weekend long, Danilo Petrucci was unlucky in Qualifying to not be able to show his potential, but came off the line well in today’s Dutch GP. At the end of the first lap, he crossed the line in P17 and steadily made his way towards the front until he arrived in 13th at halfway point. In the second part of the race, he couldn’t keep his strong pace shown earlier, but still managed to see the chequered flag in 13th, bringing home three championship points.
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Iker Lecuona delivered a strong second day at the Dutch GP. The Spaniard improved with each session today and went 1.786 seconds quicker in Qualifying than he did in Free Practice yesterday, developing a strong feeling aboard his KTM RC16 at the TT Circuit Assen. He eventually missed out on a possible Q2 spot by just 0.067 seconds and will start the final race ahead of the summer break from the fifth row of the grid.