After Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona have been arriving in Malaysia last week already and completed three days of a very positive shakedown test, they started the official Sepang test today side by side with the entire 2020 MotoGP grid. Thereby, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Oliveira did a fastest lap of 2:00.131 minutes, doing 49 laps in total.

Meanwhile premier class rookie Lecuona managed to live up to his progress of the first days at the hot and humid Sepang International Circuit and improved by impressive 1.148 seconds compared to his fastest lap from Tuesday, which made him concluding day one just 0.380 seconds behind his teammate.

Miguel Oliveira

Position: 16th

Time: 2:00.131

Laps: 49

"Today started a bit up and down with quite a lot of test duties regarding the engine, but we were able to find a good feeling before the lunch break. For sure, we lost some time, but at this moment it’s not important for us to do the fastest lap time. We finished the day with good feelings about a change that we made on the electronic side. I’m quite happy with that and above all, my pace was pretty strong with used tyres, so I think we have much more room to improve there. Anyway, it was a positive day."

Iker Lecuona

Position: 20th

Time: 2:00.511

Laps: 44

"Today has been quite difficult due to the conditions. After lunch it started to rain and when it stopped, it took quite long to dry up, so we lost a lot of time and the track surface wasn’t as good as before anymore. But in the morning, I managed to continue to learn and lower my lap time. I was working a lot together with the team, also with the setting of the bike. Overall, I feel good, I improved a lot, so I’m happy. Although the track conditions have not been ideal this afternoon, I could try something, which I liked, so we continue from there tomorrow."


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