Saturday became an eventful day for Miguel Oliveira. After the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider did a stunning second fastest lap in this morning’s FP3 to go straight to Q2, luck was not on his side in FP4. Yet, a technical issue and a crash couldn’t stop him from stepping up in Qualifying. The Portuguese did his fastest lap of the weekend of 1:32.009 in Q2 and missed out on the front row by only 0.335 seconds, ending up in P12.
Following a tough Friday with mixed conditions, MotoGP rookie Iker Lecuona had to learn the French venue all over again today on dry tarmac. Thereby, the Spaniard made some steps in the right direction, improving his lap time throughout the day form FP3 to Q1 and eventually concluded Qualifying one in 10th place, which means he’ll start tomorrow’s ninth round of the 2020 season at 13:00 local time from the seventh row of the grid.
"I’m a bit disappointed about the Qualifying. FP4 was going really well until I had an issue with the engine. I restarted with a new tyre, but crashed on my first lap and the damage was too big to continue. The team did a great job to repair the bike in time for Qualifying session. After this, I had to recover my feeling, was not perfect on the bike and it was not my cleanest riding. Still I improved my lap time from this morning, which is a positive point. Tomorrow is going to be a hard one, we all need to be safe the first laps and then do our race. I think my pace is really good, I just need to keep a strong attitude and stay optimistic for tomorrow."
"It was really difficult to manage the situation today. I felt good, my lap time was also quite string, but finally everybody improved a lot and finally, I’m quite far back in the grid. I think I also have a strong pace to fight for the points tomorrow."