With the sixth fastest time in this morning’s first practice session, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira initiated the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía where he left off last week. The Portuguese star managed to hold onto his fantastic provisional Q2 position after Free Practice two, which was a lot hotter than FP1, concluding Friday just 0.429 seconds behind the top.
At the same time, Iker Lecuona had a great beginning to the second weekend of his rookie campaign as well. He eventually ended the day just 0.340 seconds behind his teammate, missing out on the top 10 by only 0.093 seconds, although he had a minor crash in FP2. Now, the Red Bull KTM Tech3 pair eagerly awaits the third Free Practice tomorrow at 9:55 local time.
"Overall, we had a positive start. We did a few changes to the bike this morning and I really enjoyed it. Finally, I was able to go fast on one lap, at least faster than the Qualifying last week. For sure, we still need to improve a little bit for tomorrow if we want to be in Q2, but I feel like we’ve done a good job. This afternoon, we kept the same tyres, working on our race pace and so far, I just have positive feelings."
"This morning, I finished in P12, so I was quite happy, especially because I managed to improve the base of the bike, so I could ride more relaxed and faster. In FP2 this afternoon, we were trying some things for the race, so we didn’t focus on the lap time. Unfortunately, I had a small crash in turn two, after we changed something on the bike and I didn’t have a good feeling with the front. I went back out with the number two bike, so it was ok. Anyway, we know where we can work on from here, so I hope I can improve my lap time tomorrow and stay closer to the front."