Red Bull KTM Tech3’s MotoGP rookie Miguel Oliveira delivered a stunning performance on Friday at Red Bull’s and KTM’s home track.

 The Portuguese initiated the first day of the Austrian GP as tenth fastest of the highly-competitive MotoGP field and even topped this result with a perfect 1:24.326 to grab P7 overall on Friday and with it, a provisional Q2 entry and the best KTM spot, missing out on the top by just 0.410 seconds.

Meanwhile Hafizh Syahrin showed some great potential as well this morning, but had to conclude FP1 early with a crash. Luckily, the Malaysian could return to the Red Bull Ring for the second Free Practice and did some clear steps into the right direction. The Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider went half a second faster in the afternoon, to conclude the first day just 0.943 seconds behind his teammate.

Miguel Oliveira

Position: 7th

Time: 1:24.326

Laps: 44

"Overall, it has been a quite positive day. We managed to do a really good FP2 with a strong pace and finally on the last run with a very fast lap to get us inside the provisional Q2, which is a first time for us on a Friday. We still have tomorrow to improve, which I hope we do. Getting this nice result for the team, I think is a huge boost for everyone."

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: 21st

Time: 1:25.269

Laps: 35

"At the end of the day, it was quite decent. Our gap to the top is just at 1.3 seconds, so it’s really good, although the position doesn’t reflect this. This morning I had a very big crash and I’m still in pain, I’m still not feeling 100 percent comfortable on the bike, but at least we showed our speed is there. Tomorrow we try to find a something to stop the machine a little bit better, as on this track we have many stop-and-go sections, so I hope on Saturday we can improve and for sure we will try to do well."


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