Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona will start the opening race of the 2021 season tomorrow at 20.00 local time (19.00 CET) from row seven on the grid.
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s new addition Petrucci made some steps forward throughout Saturday at the Losail International Circuit. With only four days of testing under his belt ahead of the start of the 2021 campaign, the Italian did well to improve his FP1 time from Friday by 1.787 seconds in Qualifying. In Q1 he eventually had to settle for P10.
At the same time, Lecuona refined his feeling back on the KTM RC16 as well. The Spaniard went more than two seconds quicker in Qualifying compared to his Free Practice one time yesterday and is eager to start the first competition of this season from row seven on the grid.
“I had my first Qualifying with the KTM RC16 and I’m happy about the progress we made, especially in terms of pace. For sure, we still need to improve and I don’t understand why I’m quite slow in some parts of the track, mainly in the final sector.”
“Sincerely, I wanted to be more in front, but anyway, I’m positive about the pace. Yet, we have to keep patience and try to upgrade the setup of the bike more and more. I already feel better compared to yesterday, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
“Today has still been difficult, we can confirm that this circuit is not the best track for us. We pushed very hard and tried everything. I also tried to manage my right arm to be fit for Qualifying. Finally, it was quite ok. I improved my lap time and I’m close to the other KTM riders.”
“I have to admit, that I’m obviously not happy about today’s result, but I feel more confident ahead of the first race tomorrow, because I could close the gap to Miguel and Brad a bit. Anyway, we still need to work on some things in order to be ready for round one on Sunday.”