Scorching heat welcomed the MotoGP World Championship on day one of the new season today in Qatar for the first Free Practice. However, conditions changed completely in FP2 tonight, as the second session of the day traditionally took place in the dark.

After just four days of testing, the team’s new entry Danilo Petrucci was quick to adapt to both circumstances, picking up where he left off during the test over a week ago with steadily getting accustomed to his KTM RC16. The Italian concluded day one 0.873 seconds off the provisional Q2 spots.

On the other side of the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing garage, Iker Lecuona started to prepare himself for what will be his first premier class race at the Losail International Circuit. The Spanish youngster completed Friday just 0.324 seconds behind his teammate of the combined FP1 and FP2 timings.

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Danilo Petrucci

Position: 20th

Time: 1:54.774

Laps: 31


“For sure we are still not in the place where we want to be. We are improving the bike a little bit, but we still have a long way to go. I’m a bit upset, because I lost most of the time in the last two corners. At the same time, we are trying to recover the time we lost during the test here, which is not easy during a race weekend.”

“Maybe we will have some time during FP3 to further adjust the bike. Obviously, we are just at the beginning. We work a lot, we want to improve. Overall, I’m not really satisfied about today, but I’m already focused on tomorrow.”

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Iker Lecuona

Position: 22nd

Time: 1:55.098

Laps: 31


“Today has been a quite difficult. My feeling with the bike is good, but I start to have some issues with my arms. I had two surgeries, so I don’t understand. Maybe it’s because of the long off-time. It’s not easy for me to keep the pace.”

“In my time attack, I gave everything, but apparently there’s still something missing. I try to work a lot with the bike and I already feel more comfortable than during the test. We have a margin, that is clear, but I just have to continue working in order to be ready for tomorrow.”

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