Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Iker Lecuona delivered a strong second day at the Dutch GP. The Spaniard improved with each session today and went 1.786 seconds quicker in Qualifying than he did in Free Practice yesterday, developing a strong feeling aboard his KTM RC16 at the TT Circuit Assen. He eventually missed out on a possible Q2 spot by just 0.067 seconds and will start the final race ahead of the summer break from the fifth row of the grid.
At the same time, Danilo Petrucci lowered his Friday’s best by more than one second as well in FP3 this morning and was pumped for Qualifying. Unfortunately, he got his fastest lap canceled as he exceeded the track limits on the last corner and finally just missed out on the opportunity to do another quick lap by one second at the flag. The Italian will have to attack from row six tomorrow at 14:00 local time at the Cathedral of Speed.
“I felt quite strong, especially on my fastest lap. On the first run I did a mistake in sector one and without this I think I could have done a 1:32 high again. On this lap, Marc and Johann played a lot, so I lost some time in corner 12, 13 and 14 and I knew it was my lap. The bike was working very well, we have a lot of potential. I’m quite happy, thanks to the team as well, because we all have been working very well this weekend. I can’t wait for tomorrow.”
“Unfortunately, I touched the green out of the last corner on what was a really strong lap. The lap later, I took the chequered flag for a second. Unluckily this means we have another P18 on the grid, which is not a great place to start. Anyway, we know that we have a good pace and will try to recover as many positions as possible tomorrow.”