Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Iker Lecuona performed strong in today’s opening day of the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Following a rather steady FP1, the premier class rookie improved by impressive 1.878 seconds in the second session of the day to seize a fantastic fifth position in the overall standings of the MotoGP World Championship.
At the same time, Miguel Oliveira likewise started out gradually this morning and went 1.71 seconds quicker in FP2. The recent MotoGP race winner concluded Friday in P9 overall, which secures both, Lecuona and Oliveira a provisional Q2 spot over night, until the action resumes with Free Practice three tomorrow at 9.55 local time at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
"For sure, I’m really happy! In FP1, I was struggling a little bit, but also because I didn’t change the tyres. I went out with a medium in the front and the soft one on the rear, but it didn’t work as planned. Anyway, I was working more on myself and we continued improving the base of the bike. Finally, we had a clean idea for FP2, exiting with a new tyre and a decent base. Already on the first run, I was really fast and consistent, riding alone and also on my fast lap, I was alone and managed to improve. This was my fastest lap time at this circuit and finishing inside the top 5 is a great start to the weekend. We just need to continue like this and we’ll see what happens tomorrow."
"It was not our best Friday morning, but we managed to do a comeback in the second practice. We did stay maybe a little bit conservative in the first practice, we stuck a little bit with the Spielberg setting, but in the afternoon, we came back to a closer base to what we used during the test here. The feeling was immediately better, we tried different tyres, which was ok. Overall, it was positive work, we finished inside the top 10. For sure there is still a gap to improve, but we have that potential. So, tomorrow morning we are going to work hard to be inside the Q2 immediately."