In the course of a windy and intense Saturday, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira improved with every session. The premier class rookie showed a good performance in his very first Qualifying as well and ended up in sixth, which means he will start his first ever MotoGP race from the sixth row of the grid tomorrow.

On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin lowered his lap time too. In Qualifying he kept on adapting more to the KTM RC16 and eventually finished in P12, 0.815 seconds behind his teammate. Yet, the Malaysian will line up in row eight when the lights turn off for round one tomorrow at 20.00 local time (18.00 CET).

Miguel Oliveira

Position: 7th

Time: 1:55.122

Laps: 7

"I thought I could do a little bit better lap time, than I did in Qualifying, I don’t know about the position, but at the last exit there was quite a bit of confusion with the riders in front and I could not really push to make a clean lap. I’m a bit disappointed for that, but at the other hand happy for the sixth row. I think it’s a good place to start our first race and to get near our target, which is to finish in the points. We will see."

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: 12th

Time: 1:55.937

Laps: 7

"I was able to improve my time, but not my position. We made a small step, but we need to find a good rhythm for the race pace. At the moment we are not sure about which tyre to use for the race, I tried to find out, but it was not easy and I will keep on working hard with the team and speak for the Warm Up and the race tomorrow. Let’s see what we can do and how we can maybe further improve on the bike and myself. I want to enjoy the race and try to learn as much as possible."


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