After he managed to improve his fastest lap time from Friday in FP3 this morning, Iker Lecuona had a difficult FP4 and Qualifying. In both sessions, he was pushing hard and managed to jump up the order, but went down two times. Yet, the Spaniard concluded Qualifying one in P6, which means he’ll start the seventh Grand Prix of the 2021 season from the sixth row of the grid.
On the other side of the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing garage, Danilo Petrucci raised his pace as well in Free Practice three to a 1:39.689, but struggled to match his personal best in warmer Qualifying one. He ended up in eighth with half a second to a possible Q2 entry and will line up in the sixth row as well when the red lights turn off at 13:00 local time tomorrow at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
"Overall, I’m happy about today, because I could improve my pace and my fastest lap, riding alone. I feel really strong with the bike, but I had two pretty heavy crashes. I didn’t find out where the limit is with the hard front tyre, so I didn’t have any warning before my crashes. At the same time, I was always pushing. I’m sorry to the team, because I know they need to work very hard now to repair both bikes, but I also have to say thank you for the great job, because I know now it’s possible to fight in the top group."
"As quite often this year, we have been struggling with the new tyre and couldn’t make the best use of it on one single fast lap and just couldn’t make the difference. Our pace is pretty good, but Qualifying was again very difficult for us. Tomorrow, we will try our best to make up for it in the race."