Starting the 10th race of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship season from P15, premier class rookie Iker Lecuona lost a bit of ground on the first lap, which he concluded in 19th. Step by step the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider found his rhythm at the MotorLand Aragón circuit to climb up to 17th by the end of the third lap. While gaining confidence, he moved even further ahead to eventually clinch 14th on the line.
In the meantime, Miguel Oliveira was unable to find his usual great feeling aboard the KTM RC16 throughout all the weekend. He commenced the race well, making up several places at the start, but was fighting with blunt weapons for 23 exhausting laps at the Spanish venue to finally cross the line in 16th. Yet, the Portuguese still sits inside the top 10 of the overall standings.
"I’m honestly really happy. This morning in the Warm Up I felt good and had a decent pace, so I knew it would be possible to fight close to the top 10. Finally, I lost some positions in the first laps of the race and it was very difficult to manage. Later I was behind Miguel for many laps and tried so save my tyres for the end of the race. It was a good idea, as Miguel pushed a lot and we could reduce the gap to the front race. Finally, I passed Miguel and pushed with this extra grip. I’m very satisfied with my race, as it was very consistent and strong."
"It was a tough race. At least, I felt competitive in the first half of the race, later it was quite difficult for me to manage the tyre. I finished it quite quick and started to lose time. It was quite hard for me just to finish the race. For sure, I think our potential to improve is quite high. So we will try to focus on that and just do our best for next weekend."
"We knew it was going to be a tough race for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 MotoGP team and it was a difficult one. On the grid, we decided to switch for a medium front and keep the soft rear. The grid positions were far from ideal, the start was average, so of course we were quite far back after the first laps. The four KTM’s were following each other and the pace was very similar in between the four guys, but we could never really close the gap to the guys in front, so we just managed to stay in between 11, 12 and 15. At the end of the race, Iker was 14th and Miguel 16th. This is not the result, we were hoping for, although Iker had a steady race. I think he was quite strong, the pace was interesting and he was following Miguel until Miguel’s rear tyre completely dropped. He was on the back of Aleix Espargaro and the two factory KTM’s, but he didn’t want to do anything stupid the last five, six laps and just brought the bike home in 14th position. But I think today he showed again, that he’s got the pace of a proper MotoGP rider. He learned a lot and I’m quite proud of Iker today. On the other side of the garage, it’s a shame, because Miguel is fast, he is working hard and is very focused and then we just couldn’t do anything the last 10 laps, because our rear tyre was completely gone. There was nothing he could do, just stay on track and see the chequered flag. It’s a weekend to forget, but I’m quite sure as we saw in Misano, KTM was quite far back and in the second round we were much more competitive and I’m pretty sure next week is going to be a different story. Let’s have a rest tonight, a steady Monday and Tuesday, thinking about what to do for the next weekend. I’m pretty sure, the race release of Aragon two will be happier and more positive than this current one."