Day one of the Styrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring saw some mixed weather conditions. While FP1 was dry and sunny, the MotoGP World Championship faced some rain in the second session this afternoon. Thereby, Danilo Petrucci concluded Friday in P19 with his fastest time from the first session, missing out on the top 10 by just half a second.
At the same time, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Iker Lecuona landed in P20 this morning, just 0.09 seconds behind his teammate. Yet, the Spanish youngster shone with a decent eighth position in FP2, where the track was wet at the start of the practice, but slowly dried out towards the final minutes.
“Today has been half a day for our work in the rain. We had the chance to ride in the wet and we were quite fast, so I’m happy about this, especially as Sunday’s weather forecast says rain as well. In FP1, I felt good as well, but we lost a lot of time on the straight, which is obvious in the standings of the top speed, where I am last. Therefore, our mission is to manage this loss of pace, because here you are on full throttle quite a lot of time. Let’s wait and see what happens tomorrow. Hopefully, we can improve.”
“In general, it was a difficult day. This morning in dry conditions, I struggled quite a lot with the bike, as I couldn’t stop it properly. We are there, but we also need to continue to work. This afternoon, we couldn’t try our new base for the dry, so we need to wait for tomorrow. The good news is, that we have been able to try the bike in the wet here, as on Sunday it looks like a wet race. I feel very good in the rain. I feel very fast, very good, thanks to the team. Plus, I’m happy to be back again.”