Danilo Petrucci delivered a decent Friday to kick off the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship season at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today. Following the 14th fastest time in FP1, he improved to P12 in Free Practice two, while going 1.194 quicker compared to this morning. Yet he missed out on a top 10 spot by just 0.077 seconds.
On the other side of the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing garage, Iker Lecuona likewise obtained a better Friday result with P17 overall. The Spanish youngster went 1.106 seconds quicker in the second session compared to Free Practice one and ended up only 0.191 seconds behind his teammate. Both, Petrucci and Lecuona are ready to fight for what would be a first Q2 spot this year tomorrow, starting with FP3 at 9.55 local time.
“This track is always very tricky, because the asphalt is pretty hot. But today, we have been working well, improving our setup. Thanks also to the help of more people. We are still not in the position, we want to be, but we are getting closer and closer. Tomorrow morning, it would be very important to do a good lap time in order to reach the top 10, which is the big target for Saturday.”
“I’m quite happy. This morning, we did a very good job. I had a decent pace, although I knew I still had to improve it a bit. Anyway, I felt really good with the bike. This afternoon I went alone on the first exit, improved a lot and was very close to the top guys. Overall, I feel strong. Just for the time attack, I did a small mistake on the last lap, but it’s still Friday, so we are happy, the pace is there. We need to continue to work for Qualifying tomorrow, but for the moment, we feel like we are on the way.”