The final round of the season is officially on after both Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner completed the first day of action at the Ricardo Tormo circuit for the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana. The sun was out all day, but the wind made the conditions tricky for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders. Despite both knowing this track very well, it was still a first on a MotoGP machine, and corners suddenly became much faster, for their own enjoyment of course.

Both looking to finish their 2022 campaign on a high note, they set off in FP1 this morning in a really good form. Raul Fernandez was twelfth this morning with a personal best of 1’31.881 and teammate Remy Gardner was not far in P15 with a best lap in 1’31.977. In the afternoon, the wind continued to be part of the Spanish party, but it did not stop the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing riders from improving their lap times. Fernandez completed the day in P20 and Gardner in P21, but both are confident that there will be margin to improve when the action resumes on Saturday morning, at 9:55 (GMT+1).


Raul Fernandez

Position: 20th

Time: 1'31.598

Laps: 38

"FP1 was a nice surprise this morning as we finished in P12. This track in Valencia really looks like a karting track: very small, fast and enjoyable. All the riders are quite close here so we can follow the Ducati bikes, the Yamaha bikes, and it is a very positive point for me. We did not get a good position in FP2, but we have margin to improve, especially in the fast corners, and we will try closing the gap in the morning tomorrow. It is important for the team and for myself to try finishing 2022 in the best way possible."


Remy Gardner

Position: 21st

Time: 1'31.621

Laps: 39

"We did a good FP1 in the morning and we were able to do a good lap with a new medium tyre towards the end of the session. In the afternoon, we worked with used mediums, before putting a hard front toward the end, but I did not feel comfortable with it and the set up I had. It was also quite windy, but with a MotoGP bike you don't feel it that much because it has so many wings, so it was manageable. We will look to improve tomorrow for qualifying day."


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