With P19 in Qualifying Tech3 KTM factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci launched off the Gran Premio Red Bull de España from row seven of the grid. With a decent start the Italian saw the line in P17 after lap one. Keeping a consistent rhythm throughout the 25 laps competition, he made up a few positions and eventually took home two more Championship points with 14th.
Yet, Iker Lecuona lined up in P21 on the grid and passed three riders at the start to finish lap one in 18th. Like his teammate he managed to hold onto his pace and went even quicker during the final laps of the race. The Spaniard saw the chequered flag in 15th and scored the final point of the MotoGP World Championship field.
“It was a difficult race, but we managed to take some points. We are still trying to find a good setup on the bike. We have to manage to use this tyre, as we are quite slow at the beginning of the race and able to do a good pace later. For sure, it was hard, because we were already far from the front guys quite early on. Anyway, it was one more race to gain experience.”
“Tomorrow there’s the test here and we can try something new. For sure, this is not the position we want, but we are working very hard to improve the bike and to fight closer to the front. I would like to thank all my team for their hard work. We have to continue like this and I’m sure the results will come.”
“Honestly, I’m quite happy. I worked very hard during the race and also the team worked very hard to improve during this weekend and to help me. I’m satisfied, because I finished inside the points and I did a lot to achieve this.”
“I also learned a lot during the race, because I lost contact to Danilo and I managed to recover and nearly pass him on the last lap, but he was braking very late. Finally, I finished in P15, but I’m quite delighted I think I regained the confidence to go fast. Finally, I want to dedicate this race to my mum, because today is Mother’s Day in Spain.”
“It’s been a tough weekend, but an interesting one for Tech3 KTM Factory Racing. Clearly, this has been the best weekend so far of the 2021 season. Both, Danilo and Iker were a lot closer to the front runners and I think we are not going to be in front from just one race to another, but we need to catch back and this is what we did this weekend.”
“I think both riders and their crews worked very hard, very well. The grid positions where of course far from ideal, but we could see that we were very close to Miguel in the first 70% of the race, which is the benchmark at the moment and we could stay with him. Not only Danilo, but also Iker, they never slowed down, they kept their heads down, the lap times were very, very consistent, which is nice. We still have a lot of work to do, which is what we are going to start tomorrow, because we have a very important test.”
“For some people it will be difficult to understand, but we are reasonably happy with 14th and 15th position. We have the feeling, that we’ve done the job. This is almost the best result we could have reached this weekend. Again, both of them are in the points. We had the Rossi family behind us and we kept them at bay without cracking under any pressure.”
“I would like to thank both, Danilo and Iker. This is their best weekend since the beginning of this season and I just hope we can keep this positive frame of mind, work hard tomorrow and I think in Le Mans we can make another step. Now the target is to try to eventually finish in the top 10, which is not easy. We know there is a lot of water under the bridge before we can be higher up, but this is our mission.”
“I am very happy to have announced the next five years together with KTM and I think this is showing how much both parties, Tech3 and KTM are committed. We believe in each other and there will be better days for sure.”