Following the fourth round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship season at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto, Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci have been straight back to work today at the same venue for the official test under a cloudy Andalusian sky.
Thereby, they both tried several settings and some new parts in order to improve the base of their KTM RC16 machine in order to improve at the team’s home Grand Prix in Le Mans in less than a fortnight. While less focusing on times, but more on their feeling, Lecuona did 64 laps in the course of the day, Petrucci completed 63 laps and both welcomed the test as a great possibility after preseason was cut short in 2021.
The plan for today was to work with the soft front, because we know we will have this tyre for many races and I don’t feel fast, so the target was to improve and trying to adapt myself and also the bike to the tyre. During today I struggled a bit, as I was using only the soft front and I didn’t have any feedback.”
“But finally, with the team we tried many things on the base and I managed to be quicker. Also, our pace was better than during the race. In general, I think we were working very well today. We will see what happens in Le Mans, but for the moment I’m fairly satisfied.”
“We tried mainly a different balance of the bike to make the rear tyre work a bit better. Especially in the latter part of the race we feel good, when the tyre is already worn a bit, also on braking. But we can’t really use the rear tyre when we have some extra traction in the beginning, which means that in Qualifying we struggle quite a bit and also the first part of the race yesterday has been pretty difficult.”
“Overall today I understood the bike more, although I didn’t find what I was looking for. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to Le Mans, which is a track that I was on the podium the last three years. I hope there, we can find a good way.”