Saturday of the Gran Premio del made in Italy e dell’Emilia-Romagna was marked by mixed weather conditions, which both, Iker Lecuona and Danilo Petrucci managed to use well. Following a wet FP3, Lecuona missed the direct entry to Q2, but delivered a fantastic afternoon, as he topped Free Practice four on drying tarmac and grabbed second position in Qualifying one to progress to Q2 for the first time this year. In the decisive session, the Spaniard did the eight fastest time, although a crash towards the end hindered further progress.
At the same time, Petrucci had a strong Saturday on home soil as well. With the ninth fastest time in this morning’s Free Practice three, he purchased a first direct Q2 ticket aboard his KTM RC16 in 2021. The Italian adapted quickly to the changing conditions as well and did the ninth fastest time of the hard-fought field. Although he went down like his teammate as well, he will start from the third row of the grid in what could be his farewell Grand Prix in Italy tomorrow at 14:00 local time.
"It was finally a very good day. In FP3 this morning, I was struggling a little bit with the rear tyre. I thought I have the speed to be in Q2, but I needed to fight. We worked well in FP4, my feeling with the bike in the mixed conditions was very well. So, I pushed very hard also in Qualifying one, I finished second and went to Q2. I went out with a new rear tyre and a used front tyre on my second run and I had a small crash on my last lap. Nevertheless, I’m happy, I did my maximum. It’s P8 for tomorrow and we will see what we can do from there."
"Today we could take the chance thanks to the weather. This morning we have been quite fast in the wet. Also, this afternoon, I was pretty fast. Unfortunately, I crashed. I was pushing a lot and the front tyre wasn’t really hot enough on the left side, so I lost the front. I’m very sorry for my team! But still, it’s our best result this year. Let’s say, we had a good chance today and we took it. I’m happy about this. Tomorrow will be another day, but we start further in front and can be way more positive about that race."