Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira delivered a stunning second day at Red Bull’s and KTM’s home soil in Austria. With the seventh fastest time in the combined practice sessions, the Portuguese secured a direct Q2 spot for the first time in his career. In Qualifying Oliveira squeezed out everything of himself and his KTM RC16 and ended up in 11th of the ultra-competitive field, only 0.489 seconds behind the pole setter.

At the same time, Iker Lecuona was showing a strong performance in Qualifying one. The premier class rookie did a 1:24.405, which was his fastest time of the weekend so far. The Spaniard missed out on Q2 by just half a second and placed himself in P6, which means he equals his best Qualifying performance from last weekend in Brno, starting from row six of the grid again when the red lights go out at 14:00 local time tomorrow.

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Miguel Oliveira

Position: 11th

Time: 1:23.939

Laps: 9


"It was a tough Qualifying, everyone was very close. It was already not easy to do a good lap time in FP4, my feeling was not perfect. We managed to do some changes to the bike, but finally not enough to make me go a little bit faster. Tyre choice is still a question mark for us, but anyway I’m positive for the race. Our pace is quite good and it will be interesting. Hopefully we can get a good start, stay out of trouble in the first laps and do a good race."

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Iker Lecuona

Position: 16th

Time: 1:24.405

Laps: 9


"About today, I’m really happy! In FP3 it was difficult to manage the weather, we started in wet conditions and later it dried up, so it was hard to improve. I tried it, I was very positive and had a great feeling with the bike plus was full of confidence, but eventually I did some mistakes on my fastest lap. But I continued to work in FP4, which was really strong for me. In the first run, I did some very consistent times, changed the base a bit and in the second run, I improved the lap time. Later in Qualifying, I pushed incredibly hard, I didn’t have any more to give. But still, I’m super delighted about my job done today, I was missing out on Q2 by only 0.5 seconds, so it was very close. We will see how the weather will be tomorrow, but about today, I’m truly glad. A huge thank you to my team for their help!"

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