Following an intense test program last weekend at the Losail International Circuit, both Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders continued their plan of evaluations. Yet, Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona are set to prepare the first race weekend of the season during this week’s second IRTA test at the Qatari venue, which got underway today.
Orange family newcomer Petrucci continued working on adapting himself to his KTM RC16 machine. Thereby, the Italian lowered his personal fastest time from Sunday by 0.817 seconds. Likewise, Lecuona went 0.558 seconds quicker this Wednesday than three days ago and is eager to resume his progress tomorrow.
"I’m starting to understand the bike and we are working very well, because today every change we made has worked out. This means that I’m also beginning to really like the bike and manage to understand what is going on. I can let the bike do what I want, which is the most important thing. We reduced the gap to the others. For sure, there is still a long way to go in order to be closer to the top. But we have still two days left and I’m very satisfied about how the bike is working and how the team is working. So, we aim to continue this way tomorrow."
"I have to say sorry to my team, because I crashed. There was no special reason for it, just a classic turn two crash in Losail. But apart from this, I’m quite happy, because I learned a lot, I improved a lot this time, my line and also my lap time. I was a bit unlucky, as during my time attack, I lost the front on the first lap, but managed to save it. On my second lap, I had one of the test riders directly in front of me, I passed him, but lost quite a lot of time. Finally, I know I can do better, so I’m very pleased. Hopefully we can prove that tomorrow."