Very shortly after the European opening of the 2021 season in Portugal, the entire MotoGP World Championship paddock is heading over to the South of Spain, where the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto is set to host the Gran Premio Red Bull de España this weekend, which will commence with FP1 for the premier class this Friday at 9.55 local time.
After he could do some significant steps forward in Portimao and conclude the first race of this season inside the points, Danilo Petrucci is eager to restart at the Spanish venue in order to resume his work aboard the KTM RC16 machine. At the same time, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Iker Lecuona returns to home soil and aims to likewise improve his performance following his first World Championship point just a bit more than a week ago.
“I’m very happy to ride my bike again at a different track. Jerez is a quite difficult, but very interesting circuit. Normally, we always test there a lot and due to the nature of the track with many slow and many fast corners and also hard braking areas, it’s the ideal place to work on the bike.”
“Therefore, I hope we can continue to improve our setup there in order to be faster. I’m really looking forward to ride in Jerez and I will do everything to improve our position and the bike in general. Most of the time, you can state that, when you are ok in Jerez, you are fast at most of the other circuits as well, so I can’t wait to be there and back on my KTM.”
“This weekend in Jerez, I know that I need to continue to work hard and I need to improve a lot. I hope I can regain my good feeling with the bike from last year finally. There’s not very much to say but I need to improve the level of my performance this weekend at the Jerez circuit.”
“The Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez is always very special race. It used to be first European round of season. This year it will be the second one, but it’s anyway always a very special race on a special track and of course I believe the whole paddock as well as the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team is very much looking forward to this event.”
“Concerning Tech3 KTM Factory Racing, we obviously hope that we can do another step forward after the better result in Portugal we had compared to Qatar. Yet, we still haven’t been competitive enough in Portimao.”
“We had two races back to back in Jerez last year and we have some interesting data from 2020. Hopefully, both Danilo and Iker will feel more at ease on the bike. We got to work with the package we have, with the tyre allocation we have and clearly, we could see especially with Brad Binder in the last race, that our package with the current tyre allocation can work well.”
“Hopefully we can see a clear improvement for Danilo and Iker. I also know that we have a test on Monday following the GP, which will be very important as we could only test in Qatar prior to the season. I know that KTM, Michelin and Tech3 have quite few things to try. Finally, we hope it will be the real start of MotoGP season for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team.”