The Circuit of the Americas in Texas, Austin, hosted the fourth round of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship on Sunday, in front of American fans eager to see the action return for the first time with full capacity since the COVID-19 outbreak. After two challenging days for Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s rookies who discovered the 5.513km layout with their MotoGP engines, Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner were set to start their fourth race of the season from the 21st and 22nd positions. They were getting ready to go for 13:00 local time (GMT-5), for 20 laps.
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez were both looking forward to their first MotoGP qualifying day at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas. With three qualifying sessions in the bag already, strengths and weaknesses have become clearer, and one of the most obvious points to improve for both riders has been to be able to focus on one time attack to get a decent lap time done to start races from higher grid positions. However, the job was never going to be easy for our two rookies, who were also experiencing the Circuit of the Americas, very demanding physically, for the first time with a MotoGP engine. It was not the Saturday hoped for, as Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner will start from the 21st and 22nd positions.
Only a couple of months after our last visit, the Circuit of the Americas welcomed back the MotoGP action on Friday for the first day of the weekend, combining FP1 and FP2. Following the resurfacing work done over the last couple of months to try to get rid of the numerous bumps on the track, both Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez were able to witness the evolution, at the same time as discovering the American rodeo on their KTM RC16. It was a positive Day 1 overall for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing after both riders were able to register progress as the day went by. Tomorrow, the target will be set on qualifying, a session that both rookies are looking to improve in order to start from better positions.