With the 13th fastest time, Iker Lecuona initiated this weekend’s Gran Premio Michelin de Aragón with a strong pace, although the morning temperatures have been low during FP1. The Spanish premier class rookie managed to exploit the slightly improved conditions this afternoon to go more than two seconds faster in FP2, which made him end up in P16 of the combined standings, just 0.326 seconds off the top 10 pace.
At the same time, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira took it slowly in the cold first Free Practice and likewise stepped up by 2.149 seconds in the afternoon. The Portuguese star concluded FP2 0.043 seconds behind his teammate, eager to make the jump to Q2 on Saturday, while the action starts a bit later than usual at 10.25 local time with FP3 tomorrow.
"Finally, I’m really happy. I went down this morning with used tyres in the cold temperatures. It was very difficult and I’m sorry for my team. At the same time, I have to say a huge thank you to them because they managed to repair the bike amazingly. This afternoon, I used the medium front and felt comfortable, but I found out that I prefer the soft. This is quite impressive, because it was the first time, I felt truly good on them, I liked the feeling, improved a lot. The top 5 are really fast, but behind everyone is within half a second, so the gap is very small. Thanks to the team for their fantastic job! I’m really happy and can’t wait for tomorrow."
"The conditions have been tough today. In the morning, we rode, but with some difficulties to warm up the front tyre – I think as everyone else. In the afternoon, we knew it could be very close to Qualifying session, because we don’t know the conditions for tomorrow morning’s FP3. At the end, we made two time attacks and still, I think we have a lot to improve on the bike. Hopefully we can still have some time to work on it tomorrow morning and then we still have the chance to go directly to Q2 in FP3. We continue to work, see where we can improve and do our best."