Red Bull KTM Tech3’s MotoGP rookie Miguel Oliveira kicked off the fourth round of the 2019 World Championship, the Gran Premio Red Bull de España with some improvements throughout the day. Following an uphill morning session, the Portuguese rider lowered his lap time by 0.539 seconds this afternoon and started to get a better feeling at the Andalusian track.

On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin started the weekend fighting with sickness but was able to lower his lap time by 0.199 seconds from FP1 to FP2, although his second session was unfortunately cut short due to a crash after just the third timed lap. Luckily the Malaysian escaped with a head contusion and will be able to ride again from Free Practice 3 tomorrow at 9.55 local time.

Miguel Oliveira

Position: 23rd

Time: 1:39.774

Laps: 39

"To be honest, today has not been the best Friday for us, but during the seconds Free Practice we found a much better feeling with the bike and I could go faster. This was positive. Unfortunately, at the end of my fastest lap it was red flagged, so it was cancelled, but at least we know, we are a bit faster. We have some ideas to try tomorrow and I’m really looking forward to increase my pace a bit."

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: 24th

Time: 1:40.894

Laps: 21

"It was an unlucky day for me. I had a good feeling with the bike setup in FP2. In the morning, I didn’t feel really well regarding the condition of my body, but I tried to give my best in order to be ready 100 percent for the race day. This afternoon, I had a truly good feeling, but suddenly after just a few laps I went down and I couldn’t continue, because I had to stay in the medical center with a bit of headache. But tomorrow I try to come back stronger and try to be there fully for the rest of the weekend."


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