Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Iker Lecuona concluded the second practice Friday today at the MotorLand Aragón in eighth position, just 0.578 seconds off the top. The premier class rookie took it easy in FP1 to get used to the slightly warmer conditions than one week ago. Even the wind couldn’t stop him from stepping up his pace by 1.141 seconds in FP2 this afternoon, which saw him finishing day one of the Gran Premio de Teruel as the fastest KTM rider.
Likewise, Miguel Oliveira showed some great progress early on following a rather difficult first race weekend at the Spanish venue. Compared to FP1, the Portuguese went 0.915 seconds faster in Free Practice two, that made him nearly beating his Qualifying time from last Saturday. Oliveira ended up 12th overall, only 0.088 seconds behind the top 10, which he aims to reach tomorrow in FP3 at 10.55 local time.
"I’m really satisfied with today. This morning, I was already quite quick, but I knew we need to change something on the bike, because in some places we felt already at the limit. This afternoon, I tried a new base, which felt a bit strange in the beginning, but I was already faster. On my fastest lap, I was alone and I worked a lot with this changed bike to improve and finally I finished eighth, very close to the top guys. I’m really happy. I hope we can continue like this tomorrow and try to make it to Q2."
"Overall it was a good day of work here in Aragón today. We improved the bike. Already since this morning I felt a bit more competitive. Now in the afternoon, it was a bit difficult for me to do the lap time. At the end, we still have a couple of things to improve for tomorrow, but in general I feel a bit more competitive than last weekend here."