Starting the seventh round of the season from the 16th position on the grid, Iker Lecuona came off the line well to finish lap one in 11th. Gradually he was making his way to the top 10 and even managed to snatch ninth position, which he defended with a steady pace. Yet, the Spanish youngster was unlucky to crash out of the Catalan Grand Prix with just seven laps to go.
On the other side, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci concluded lap one of the 24 laps encounter in 18th, which matched his starting position. Just four laps later, he already found himself in P16, fighting for the points scoring positions, but went down in turn nine on the sixth lap, which concluded his chase for points prematurely.
“I think the end of the weekend is not reflecting our potential. Before the crash, I did a very good race. I kept the gap to Morbidelli and I tried not to lose too much time to the front guys. I felt quite good, but I did a mistake in turn 13 and lost the front. I didn’t do anything special, so we still have to find out what happened and check the data.”
“We have been working very hard, I also need to say thanks to my crew and also the guys from Danilo, who helped to fix my both bikes from yesterday. Thanks to the team and sorry for the crash. For sure, we learned a lot, we are very competitive and on the way to the top. Tomorrow in the test, we will continue to work in order to improve.”
“We knew this could be a difficult race, but mainly for the straight, which is the trickiest part for us. The first laps, I was not holding the slipstream of the others there, so I really struggled to stay in contact. On the rest of the track, I felt quite ok. I overtook Valentino in turn four and tried to catch Marc, but I lost the front without any warning and crashed. I didn’t expect this at all, as there was nothing different compared to the lap before. I’m disappointed and very sorry for the team.”
“This is a very disappointing result for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing team. We were having a relatively good feeling before the start of the race, but unfortunately, Danilo left the race early crashing out. The good news is, that he is absolutely fine. Therefore, the whole interest of the team was focused on Iker, who did a brilliant race until he also crashed. I think he was keeping Morbidelli at bae, who wasn’t getting any ground on him. We were just counting down the laps and praying that he was going to bring the bike home in ninth position, which would have been a great result for us and of course for KTM.”
“Unfortunately, he crashed also, which is a big shame. This is not the way to go. We can see that Miguel and Brad are definitely turning their fortune in a much better way than the start of the championship. We were there, we were close. A top 9 would have been a great reward for the end of the weekend, but nobody finished the race, which is a shame. I can’t say I’m happy, but unfortunately, this is part of racing.”
“Before finishing, I would like to pass my warmest congratulations to KTM, to the whole group working so hard and of course to Miguel, who did a brilliant race and demonstration of his talent. I think Brad did also a great race. It’s good to see KTM where they are and we would like and we should be also close to them. So, we are not doing what we should do and sometimes it’s important to see the glass half full and not always half empty.”
“Hopefully, we can turn our luck around for the next round, but for the moment, we are just leaving Catalunya with a sad feeling. The good news is, there is a test tomorrow, where they can find a few interesting things, but the race is gone and we leave with zero points.”