Today’s hot tarmac at the TT Circuit didn’t restrain Miguel Oliveira from improving throughout day two in order to eventually crack the 1:34 mark already in this mornings’ FP3 and miss out on Q2 by just half a second. With a fastest lap of 1:33.706, the Portuguese MotoGP rookie arrived in P7 during the first Qualifying session and therefore will start his eighth premier class race from the sixth row of the grid.
On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin equally showed some great steps into the right direction on Saturday. He finished Q1 just 0.163 seconds behind his teammate and got his best Qualifying position to date this year with P9. The Malaysian is set to launch off the seventh row when the lights turn off tomorrow at 14.00 local time for the Dutch Grand Prix.
"I think we had a decent Qualifying today. In the last run, I felt I had a bit more potential to improve the lap time, but this is what we did. So finally, the sixth row on the grid is not so bad overall. We really want to finish in the points again, so starting already close to these positions, is an important step. I’m confident for tomorrow, aim to do a good start and bring home the most points possible."
"I felt quite well and overall, the Qualifying times were really tight. For sure, it will be interesting for tomorrow’s race. I try to make a good start, which is very important and of course give my best to stay on the bike. It should be a bit colder on Sunday, so I hope we did the right choice regarding the tyre. After two DNF’s, I really just wish to finish the race and come back with a smile."