Sachsenring Circuit welcomed the MotoGP World Championship with hot conditions for the eighth round of the 2021 season. Thereby, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci delivered a good performance aboard his KTM RC16, improving though the increased temperatures from FP1 to FP2 by 1.364 seconds and finishing Friday just 0.054 seconds off the provisional direct Q2 spots while moving up from P18 to 11th.

At the same time, Iker Lecuona had his first attempt at the shortest track of the calendar on a MotoGP machine. He lowered his lap time from this morning by 1.16 seconds in the afternoon to eventually conclude the opening day in 17th position. The young Spaniard was missing out on his teammate by only 0.286 seconds.

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Danilo Petrucci

Position: 11th

Time: 1:21.282

Laps: 45


“I’m really happy about the feeling I have with the bike here. It was maybe the first session, in which I felt strong and I was always very confident. We did some steps and it works, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I think if we do everything in a perfect way, we can make it to the top 10, which would be a very good target for us.”

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Iker Lecuona

Position: 17th

Time: 1:21.568

Laps: 43


“Finally, it was a quite ok day. We have been working well with the team and improved from FP1 to FP2. We are still far from the top, but in some places of the track I feel really good. We need to check the data now and we are aware of the way we need to follow, so I feel we have the potential to recover the gap tomorrow morning and to fight for the Q2.”

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