During today’s Free practice sessions, the weather played a major role for Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona. While FP1 this morning took place in wet conditions, the Le Mans circuit was drying out in the course of FP2, which made the lap times tumble quite significantly for the entire MotoGP field.
Oliveira was well in the mix, concluding the difficult opening day in 14th overall after adapting to the respective conditions. Yet, Lecuona showed a strong pace in the opening stages of the second practice and eventually ended up just 0.353 seconds behind his teammate in 16th. Both Red Bull KTM Tech3 riders aim to improve in FP3 tomorrow morning at 9.55 local time in order to make the jump to Q2.
"Today has been a strange day with not much dry time, but we did our plan in the afternoon to adapt quickly to the situation and managed to do a couple of laps in the dry. I felt well with the bike, so we just hope that we can have a dry session tomorrow and qualify directly for Q2."
"In FP1, I struggled a little bit, as it was my first time in MotoGP with these tyres and everything in the wet. After the Barcelona GP, I also lost quite a lot of confidence to the front, so it was not easy, but on the second run, I changed something on the base of the bike and I improved. I was closer to the top guys, so I was happy. This afternoon, there were some wet parts on the track, the conditions overall were far from perfect, so I tried to ride a lot. My first run was really good and when I tried to improve I had two times yellow flags on my last two laps, so it was impossible to go faster. In the end, I’m quite happy about my comeback and about improving my feeling on the bike. We will see how the weather is going to be tomorrow."