Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Danilo Petrucci had a decent start to the Algarve Grand Prix in sunny Portugal today. After the Italian found an acceptable feeling aboard his KTM RC16 in FP1 early, he lowered his fastest lap by nearly one full second to conclude Friday in 13th position overall, just 0.055 seconds off a provisional direct Q2 spot and the top 10.

At the same time, Iker Lecuona kicked off the weekend solidly with a P14 in this morning’s Free Practice one. Yet he couldn’t find a greater step in FP2, where he still slightly improved his lap time from this morning. He eventually landed 0.8 seconds behind his teammate in P20, but is already waiting impatiently to get closer to the front come FP3 on Saturday morning at 9.55 local time (10.55 CET).

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Danilo Petrucci

Position: 13th

Time: 1:40.231

Laps: 38


“It was a good day. Since this morning I have a good feeling with the bike and I’m having fun, which is just the most important thing. I enjoy riding the bike around this circuit. We made a few steps that have been working. I’m happy about that. For sure, we are still not in the top 10, so we still need to improve some areas. In general, I’m happy and I think tomorrow we can have a decent Qualifying."

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Iker Lecuona

Position: 20th  

Time: 1:41.097

Laps: 40


"“In general, it would have been a good day for us. I had a great feeling on the bike in FP1. I was riding alone, worked on myself and on the bike to improve and feel more confident and it worked out. In FP2, we kept the same direction and I felt ok again. My pace was very consistent and we are not very far. On my fast lap I did some mistakes and nearly crashed in the last corner, so it was a little bit crazy. But I want to keep this way, I think we did a very good job today. Now we just focus on tomorrow."

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