Following his breathtaking third position on Friday, Miguel Oliveira was off a decent start today as well, but lost the front of his KTM RC16 on the way to another strong lap time. Nevertheless, the Portuguese managed to regain his confidence this afternoon and missed out on a Q2 spot by just 0.037 seconds, ready to tackle the field tomorrow from the fifth row of the grid.
Yet, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Iker Lecuona showed some steady progress throughout the weekend so far. He lowered his Friday’s personal best by impressive 1.614 seconds in Qualifying and concluded Q1 in P6, which means the MotoGP rookie secured his best grid position ever in the premier class, having to launch off from row six at 14:00 local time on Sunday.
"Overall, it was a positive day. We started with high hopes this morning. I had a crash on my fast lap, which could have been a good time to be inside the top 10. We knew that going through Q1, it’s going to be difficult. Anyway, I gave my all, but it was not enough, very tight. But I am very positive and confident for the race tomorrow. I feel like it’s going to be a lot different. We are in a good position, we worked well, so we should be relaxed and focused for tomorrow."
"Today I’m really happy, because this morning I managed to improve with the bike and also regarding my pace. I feel better overall. I continued to improve. I knew it was possible to have a really good Qualifying and finally, I improved my lap time a lot and I ended up just around one second to the top. So, the gap is very small compared to yesterday and this morning. I’m really happy and want to thank my team for all the hard work. I’m curious to see what we can do in the race."