Following his tendon injury on his right shoulder caused by his unfortunate crash during the British GP, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira grit his teeth throughout Friday at the San Marino round to eventually finish the first two practice sessions just 1.587 seconds behind the top, although he was forced to sit out the two days test at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli a few days ago.

On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Hafizh Syahrin used FP1 and FP2 to improve his confidence. Thereby, the Malaysian lowered his lap time significantly by 1.245 seconds from the morning to the afternoon session to conclude day one half a second behind his teammate, ahead of tomorrow’s Free Practice 3, which is set to commence at 9.55 local time.

Miguel Oliveira

Position: 20th

Time: 1:34.362

Laps: 36

"The first day here in Misano for me was a bit of a step back because of my injury, but also the fact that we missed the test here, means we MISS a lot of references. I just have to ride and build my reference on the laps. At the moment, the power in my shoulder and the stability is a bit of an issue, so I will try to recover tonight and try to understand if it gets better tomorrow with exercise. Hopefully we can find a little bit more speed tomorrow in order to be closer to the front."

Hafizh Syahrin

Position: 23rd

Time: 1:34.935

Laps: 37

"This Friday was really difficult for me. I didn’t have the same feeling as during the test and obviously also not the same pace, which left me a bit confused. I hope, that we can improve tomorrow on the second day. We know where we need to go, but we still have to find out, which is the best way to improve the bike and also myself. Sector three is a huge weak point at the moment, so let’s see what we can do."


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