Press releases after the second day of practice at Qatar:
MARTIN TOPS TIMESHEETS IN QATAR AS DIGGIA KEEPS IMPROVING
Friday’s sole Moto3 free practice session was successfully contested at the Losail International Circuit today: with the threat of rain turning into a false alarm, Team Del Conca Gresini’s Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to take their NCS250RW machines to the track and, with some good work together, they managed to get some very positive results despite the strong winds blowing across the 5.4km Qatari venue.
It was an extremely solid performance for the young Spanish rider Jorge Martin, who was able to top the timesheets with the so-far quickest Moto3 lap-time of the weekend, a 2’06.817s, almost two tenths faster than his nearest rivals.
Di Giannantonio, on the other hand, was able to significantly better his feeling with the Honda machine #21 with some setup improvements to the front end of the bike. “Diggia” eventually logged a 2’07.976s lap-time which resulted in a 12th position at the end of the day.
The first qualifying of the year will get underway tomorrow at 18:00 local time (GMT +3).
JORGE MARTIN #88
“It’s been a fantastic day, which started with some great feeling with used tyres. Fabio and I helped each other during the session, but I was able to lap quick even when on my own. The time I set with fresh hard tyres was good, but I was starting to experience some problems already from the second lap so we still have to make a decision about whether to go for the medium or hard compound for the race.”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“I’m quite happy with today because I managed to log a 2’08.0 with used tyres, which is really encouraging for me. Even my lap with fresh tyres was great, but it was rightfully deleted as I exceeded the track limits. No harm done, though: we still lack something in corner entry, but we’re definitely in the right direction.”
Guevara holds on to a spot in the Top-10 after the FP3 at Losail
The third Moto3 free practice of the Grand Prix of Qatar was held today at the Losail circuit.
It was a positive day for Guevara: in the first part of the session, the Spaniard improved his time, lap after lap, holding the first position in different occasions. In the second half of the FP3, Juanfran and his technicians tried out some options for the set-up of the KTM machine, in order to finalise their strategy ahead of tomorrow’s QP. Guevara ended the session in eighth position (2’07.425), as he closes the Top-10 in the combined classification.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 10th - 2’07.388 [combined classification FP1 - FP2 - FP3]
“Today we had only one session. Just like yesterday, we proved our competitiveness on hard tyres, which we used during the first half of FP3. We took advantage of the second part of the practice to make some modifications to the setting and also to work with the other tyres that are available here, in order to ensure as much information as possible for tomorrow and especially for the race. For the qualifying, we have to confirm a couple of modifications: what really matters is that we already know on what we have to work. Today we didn’t really focus on completing a perfect lap, we know we have space for improvement and we’ll put in our best effort to prove it in the next two days. We keep the positive bits of this session and we now look forwards to tomorrow’s QP.”
#QATARGP: NAVARRO CLOSES IN ON TOP-10 ON FRIDAY
The learning experience of Jorge Navarro in the Moto2 World Championship continues as the young Spaniard completes the second day of practice at the Losail International Circuit. The standard bearer of the Federal Oil Gresini team was 11th at the end of FP3 courtesy of a 2’02.001s lap-time, which was 0.2s quicker than the one set yesterday at the Qatari venue.
One of the most active riders on track, Navarro completed 17 laps of the 5.4km fast-flowing circuit located outside of Qatar’s capital city Doha as he worked hard with his crew to improve the feeling with the rear-end of his Kalex Honda machine as well as the bike’s behaviour on corner entry.
The first qualifying of the year for the middleweight class will get underway tomorrow at 18:55 local time (GMT +3).
“We made some changes to the bike setup in order to improve my feeling with the bike on corner entry. We somehow solved the problem, but as a result other small issues came up. On our last outing with fresh tyres we were unable to set a competitive time, maybe because we made a step back with the setup, but our race pace is good. We’re still getting to know the bike but I’m confident we’ll be able to improve some more tomorrow and battle for a good spot on the grid.”
Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders continue progress at Qatar
Aron Canet seventh and Enea Bastianini eighteenth on second day of Free Practice at Losail.
After a first night of the Qatar Grand Prix with two sessions for the Moto3 field, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders were back on track at Losail this Friday for FP3 –the only session of the evening for the lower cylinder class. After rainfall during the day, the grip level on the asphalt was not optimal, but the absence of strong wind contributed to both Enea Bastianini and Aron Canet improving their times.
Canet focused on optimising his pace with different types of tyres, and also improving front end feeling to aid his confidence tackling the very rapid corners typical of Losail. His 2:07.373 lap time allowed him to take almost 6 tenths off his best time from Thursday, and ascend to seventh place on the timesheets.
Bastianini took advantage of the step forward with his setup made on Thursday and knocked almost a full second off his first night best time, accelerating his adaptation to the 2017 version of his Honda with every stint on track. After this second night of action, the Italian gained almost ten positions in the standings, finishing eighteenth with a best time of 2:08.139.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders will undertake qualifying on Saturday at 6PM local time, to determine the starting order on the grid for the Moto3 Qatar Grand Prix.
18th, 2:08.139, 12 laps, 64 km
"I’m feeling more and more confident with the bike"
"The goal for today was to improve the feeling we had in practice yesterday, and we succeeded. We have taken another small step forward and although we still have a gap to the frontrunners, I am increasingly confident onboard the bike. Above all, I have improved riding with a new tyre, since I didn’t get the most benefit from it before and there was not that much difference in the time with it compared to a used tyre. Each time we go out on track we are finetuning our work more and more. Today the grip level on the track was not that good, but when I put a new rear tyre on I felt very comfortable; also with the setup I felt the bike was very stable in the front. We must continue working in this way, using each runout on track to better understand the bike. Every day I feel more and more satisfied with the work we are doing."
7th, 2: 07.373, 15 laps, 80 km
"My feeling with the front end has improved"
"Today we worked on keeping a good pace when riding alone, and I think the result has been good. We are fast with both new and used tyres and I think we have taken a good step forward with the new SH tyre, since up to now I had found it a little trickier. There was a lot of traffic on the track and for this reason my best lap was not ideal. However, we have worked not only to be as high up on the timesheets as possible, but also to be well prepared for the race -which is the important thing. As there was not so much wind today, my feeling with the front end has improved. I felt very comfortable because this circuit is also good for my riding style, with its quick cornering.”
Rapid Vierge powers to 6th on day 2 in Qatar
Xavi Vierge showed his potential for the 2017 season by closing the solitary practice session today with a highly positive display aboard the Mistral 610. After pushing non-stop, the young Spaniard finished with a notable time that left him just 0.017 back from the position in front and 8th in the combined standings. Meanwhile, Remy Gardner endured a tricky time, despite his best efforts, as he worked hard to amend a grip issue. Nevertheless, the young Australian produced his quickest time of the weekend, which put him only one second from the top, and in 23rd in the overall times. Vierge and Gardner fully intend to hit the track at full speed tomorrow with Moto2 Qualifying commencing at 18:55 local time.
Position: 8th - Time: 2'00.791 - Laps: 15
“FP3 went positively and I am excited to see what we can do in qualifying. Yesterday, I expected a lot but in the first practice I experienced some issues and I couldn’t find a good feeling or rhythm. Then, I had an issue with the speed in the second session and it was tricky, but I never gave up. However, the team worked hard all evening to amend the situation and the solutions worked very well today. Even with old tyres, I rode a really solid rhythm and then later, with the new rubber, I felt so comfortable on the bike. I know that I need to adjust my riding style a bit, but the big step that we made was with the overall feeling and I am certain that I can go even faster than now. Of course, this is very positive ahead of the qualifying tomorrow, so thanks to the team and I’m looking forward to getting back on the track."
Position: 23rd - Time: 2'01.429 - Laps: 15
“It was tough for us today and I feel like we could have done better, but tomorrow is another day and we will do our best once again. In FP3, the issue was that I wasn’t comfortable with the front of the bike and this obviously limited me. However, we resolved some of the chatter from yesterday and that is a solid positive, and we’ve definitely made steps forward with that. Yet, I was hoping for more, especially with the new tyre at the beginning of the practice. We need to push on now and see what we can do to improve for tomorrow."
Grand Prix of Qatar: FP3
Second time for Romano Fenati in the last free practice session. While waiting for the qualifying tomorrow, the rider of the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team got an excellent second time (2'06.989), unless the poor grip due to the sand on the track. The dirty track today has made Jules session a little bit complicated but the moment of the truth will be tomorrow, in the qualifying, for a good position on the grid.
Romano Fenati: "Today the track was really dirty because of the strong wind of yesterday but, at the same time, it was easier to ride as today it wasn't too much windy. In this session we tried first a 10 laps tyre, then an H at the rear and S at the front and, just at the end, the race tyres. I can say that the pace of this last phase is the one we can keep for the whole race".
Jules Danilo: "Today it was less windy than yesterday but with the dirty track I was not feeling completely comfortable. We absolutely have to find the right way tomorrow the beginning of the qualifying in order to get a good position on the grid".
Morbidelli and Márquez dominate in Doha
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez are favourites to battle for pole position for Sunday’s Qatar Grand Prix.
Morbidelli and Márquez dominated this evening’s final free practice session under floodlights at the Losail International Circuit.
With a lap of 2’00.349 Morbidelli topped the times with Márquez just 0.023s behind with a best lap of 2’00.372 in clear but cool conditions in advance of Saturday’s qualifying session.
Morbidelli and Márquez finished 1-2 on combined times across the three free practice sessions.
Despite an afternoon rain shower cleaning the 5.4km Losail Circuit both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders went quicker than in Thursday’s practice.
Both riders made important set-up changes to fine tune their bikes in readiness for an attack on crucial front row starting positions for Sunday’s 20-lap race.
Franco Morbidelli: 1st - 2’00.349
“It was a good session for me because I was immediately fast and continued to build on my pace to be ready for the race. The team made a couple of good set-up changes, which improved the bike so this added to my confidence. Now I am curious to see how qualifying goes, I want to be fast because this was my weak point last season but I have thought a lot about how to improve this over the winter.”
Álex Márquez: 2nd - 2’00.372
“I’m really happy because we have done a really good job in the three practice sessions especially to have a good rhythm for the race on used tyres. On a new tyre I pushed a little too hard for a fast time so I need to relax a little for the time attack but I am improving in this area. My aim in qualifying is to be on the front row, but anywhere on the front two rows makes it much easier for the race.”
Naoya Kaneko: Crew Chief - Álex Márquez
“Álex now understands a lot more about how to maximise the grip level of a new tyre for a fast lap time, which is always important for qualifying. During practice here and in the winter tests Álex has made some changes to his riding style for a fast lap. If Álex improves his qualifying I feel this will be the platform for much better race results this season.”
McPhee Strikes Back on Day 2
British Talent Team rider leaps up the timesheets in FP3
With only one session under the floodlights on Friday at the Qatar GP, British Talent Team rider John McPhee made the track time count in Free Practice 3 to put in a huge improvement on Thursday.
Ending FP3 in P10, McPhee did a best of 2:07.545 on lap 13 of 14 – his fastest lap of the weekend so far. On combined timesheets, the Brit is now thirteenth going into qualifying.
QP gets underway on Saturday as Moto3™ lead the lineup once again, with the session set for 18:00 local time (GMT +3) and the Scotsman looking to unleash some saved tyres.
John McPhee - 2:07.545: “I’m happy with how today went, especially after yesterday when we struggled a bit. Thanks to HRC because they reacted really quickly and the issues we had yesterday were solved today. That helped massively, I went quicker on my own - and with the hard rear tyre - which gives me good confidence going into tomorrow. At the end of the session we didn’t really have so many good tyres to throw at the job and see what our real lap time is but we’ve got a couple of sets saved up for tomorrow’s session. I’m feeling strong for the rest of the weekend.”
STEPS FORWARD FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AT LOSAIL
In Moto3, Andrea Migno and Nicolo Bulega are close to the Top10 at the end of the FP3 - respectively in the seventh and 14th place in the combined standings.
Losail (Qatar), March 24th, 2017 - On the second day of free practices of the Qatar GP continues the job at the garage of the SKY Racing Team VR46 with Andrea Migno and Nicolò Bulega on their KTM to confirm the good feelings of yesterday. Both under the 2.07, they are in the group of the strongest guys for the qualifying.
With his 2.07.319, Andrea Migno scored the seventh place in the standings with a gap of just half a second from Martin, leader of the day (2.06.817). Four tenths from his team-mate, Nicolò Bulega (2.07.748) on track with used tires, 14th.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
Compared to yesterday, we were able to make another step forward and this is a positive thing. Today we were on the track only for one session, but Nicolò and Andrea were both competitive and we are confident for the qualifying.
BEST TIME > 2.07.319
I'm happy: we have taken another step forward and we achieved the Top10. We have a good setting and we can do something good in qualifying. I struggled a bit with the balancing of the bike, but we were able to find a good compromise. As always in Moto3, it will be important to start in the front rows for fighting in the front group.
BEST TIME > 2.07.748
I was able to do my fastest lap with old tires and I’m satisfied. The feeling with the bike has improved again, and tomorrow I can fight with the strongest guys. After three sessions in the dry, we hope the weather will be good.
Top 5 for Red Bull KTM Ajo in final Free Practice session in Qatar
Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli complete Free Practice for Qatar Grand Prix in fourth and fifth position, respectively.
03/24/2017 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar
The two Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders finished Free Practice for the Qatar Grand Prix on Friday night, improving their lap times and both finishing in the Top 5. Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli were able to make improvements from their Thursday night performances in the solitary Friday session, and finished both fourth and fifth, respectively, for the night and overall.
Bendsneyder again started as one of the fastest riders of the category. He completed the equivalent of race distance on a single set of tyres -over the two nights- and then put on fresh rubber to put in his hot lap of 2:07.162. His pace was strong with both sets of tyres. Antonelli took an important step forward, lowering his time from Thursday by more than half a second to climb into the Top 5 with a 2:07.207 lap.
Tomorrow both riders will try to reflect their good feeling on the bike in qualifying for the first grid of the year, starting at 18.00h local time.
23 NICCOLO ANTONELLI
"Today we have taken another step forward in the only Free Practice session we had, getting only 3 tenths off the top rider and entering the Top 5. The only thing we are missing is being faster on some corners of the circuit where it is important to be quick. It’s not problem that prevents me from riding in a group, but it does affect me keeping up the pace alone. We still have time to improve and we will try to do that. The goal for tomorrow will be to place on one of the front three rows."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"We are quite happy because we have completed the distance equivalent to a race on one set of tyres. We have also done so with a good pace. We then used the new tyre and got a good lap from it, so we are happy with the work we have done in FP3. We will now prepare for Qualifying. Tomorrow we will try to do as well as today, although it is a different scenario. Qualifying is like a lottery, and many people can set a fast lap. We will try to set a very fast lap because this is what you need in that session -you just need one quick lap."
Oliveira and Binder continue setting up KTM bikes in Losail
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder complete final Free Practice sessions for Qatar Grand Prix in eighth and eighteenth position, respectively.
03/24/2017 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders continued the work that they had begun yesterday at the Losail International Circuit in a single 40-minute session on Friday. The third and final Free Practice set the scene for a crucial Qualifying session tomorrow. Miguel Oliveira was eighth and Brad Binder eighteenth, respectfully, whilst on the overall timesheets for Free Practice they were fifth and twenty-second.
Although they were unable to lower their times from yesterday, both riders obtained positive results from the work carried out this Friday. Both worked with used tyres throughout the session, but it was on a single lap with new rubber that the duo set their best times. Oliveira, with a 2:00.913 lap, was within half a second off the fastest time of the night. Binder –setting a 2:01.303– was less than a second off the top.
Oliveira and Binder will face Qualifying for the Qatar GP this Saturday, starting from 6:55pm local time.
41 BRAD BINDER
"Today there were some pretty good things on the one hand, and some complications on the other. From the first session yesterday I have felt strong and fairly fast, and everything indicated that things would continue to come easily. Everything was going great. Yesterday we tried new tyres during a session and I felt that I was losing control –and I did not understand very well why that was. Today I used them throughout the practice session, until we changed the tyre for the last run and improved our time by a second –although I made some mistakes on that lap. That made me see that maybe the strange feeling came from that set of tyres. I'm not sure, but something was not going as it should have. I'm still not where I would like to be, but tomorrow I will give 100% in order to be able to have a good Qualifying session."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"Today we were lucky that the weather held out in the only practice session we had scheduled for today. We were able to ride quite well, and we were able to do laps with the used tyre and always ran the race setup. I’m sure that the wind on previous days meant that we were looking for too stable a bike, and now that the conditions have improved a bit we can adjust these details for tomorrow in Qualifying and try to get on the front few rows.”
BAGNAIA AND MANZI AT WORK AT LOSAIL
In Moto2, in FP3, Bagnaia on track with the used tyres for a race simulation. Manzi, due to the pain in his knee, was not able to improve his lap time. In the combined standings they are in ninth and 32nd place.
Losail (Qatar), March 24th, 2017 - Free practice of the second day of the GP of Qatar fully dedicated at work for the Sky Racing Team VR46 and its riders. Francesco Bagnaia, first in the FP2, uses the today’s session to try a race simulation with used tyres, while Stefano Manzi was unable to improve his lap time because of pain in his left knee.
Pecco, with the 2.00.793 signed yesterday, is in the Top10 of the combined standings, ninth just four tenths from Morbidelli (2.00.349). Also Stefano was not able to improve his 2.03.553 and remains at 32nd place in the standings before the qualifying session.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
Overall, we sacrificed the lap time for working for the race. But there is still something to do for being able to fight with the strongest guys. Pecco tried a race simulation with old tyres and has a really good pace, while Stefano struggled due to the pain in his knee.
BEST TIME > 2.00.793
I'm not very happy about the today’s position, but we preferred to concentrate all our efforts on the pace. I tried a race simulation with used tyres and I was able to keep a good rhythm. I’m not far from the strongest guys, but the weather will be the real unknown for qualifying.
BEST TIME > 2.03.553
It was not an easy session: I had a big pain on the knee and I could not ride as I wanted. I tried to give my best, but I was not able to improve my lap time.
Mir and Loi complete Free Practice with lone Friday session
The second evening in the desert of Losail saw the two Leopard Racing riders engaged in the third and final free practice session for the Grand Prix of Qatar in 2017.
Activities were reduced this Friday for Leopard Racing team, busy as all of the Moto3 class had just a single free practice session because of the usual scheduling in this first event of the 2017 season.
Tonight the Hispanic-Belgian duo hit the track on their Honda NSF250 RW at 18:00 Local Time immediately after their "big brothers", the premier class. In addition, after a brief downpour that affected Qatar in the afternoon, the asphalt of the track was very slippery.
The Palma de Mallorca talent, Joan Mir, immediately began pushing hard, ascending towards the top of the time chart positions. Mir always rode alone and with Hard tyres, showing a good pace in race trim. His teammate Livio Loi was not far behind, always gravitating on the edge of the Top Ten and improving his own reference lap which allowed him to shorten the gap to the riders ahead of him.
Tomorrow, Saturday, March 25, riders will be engaged in 40 minutes of formal qualifications that will decide the starting grid of the grid of the Grand Prix of Qatar in 2017.
#36 Joan MIR:
"It's been a session that was a little complicated and I always rode alone, without taking advantage of the slipstream of the other riders. In essence I am happy with the set-up of the bike, tomorrow we are ready to do my best in qualifying."
#11 Livio LOI:
"We tried something different and we managed to have a good pace. Now we know how the bike reacts. We still need to improve rear grip and cornering, while we are now satisfied with the entrance."
Baldassarri and Marini continue to progress in the desert
After a positive opening yesterday during the first two free practice session, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Luca Marini continued their preparations for the Grand Prix of Qatar in a strong manner. Both Forward Racing Team riders focused mainly on refining their settings for the all-important season debut on Sunday, as today’s FP3 was once again characterised by strong wind gusts, which hampered the young Italian duo to improve their overall lap times.
At the beginning of the session Baldassarri lapped comfortably inside the top 3. However, the winner of the Misano Grand Prix in 2016 concentrated on improving his race pace with used tyres as he put in a best effort of 2’01.054. On the other side of the garage Marini evaluated different modifications of his 2017 Kalex machine in order to collect precious information for the remainder of the weekend. The 19-year old completed the free practice sessions on 13th position overall.
Both riders now fully intend to continue their positive momentum tomorrow with the first qualifying session of the year commencing at 18:55 local time.
Lorenzo Baldassarri – 12th (2’01.054)
“Overall, it has been a positive session today as I felt comfortable straight away. At the midpoint of the practice we tried some modifications, which I liked a lot. Unfortunately, there was a strong wind again which forced me to run wide several times, but altogether I’m very pleased with my rhythm. At the end, I wanted to increase my pace to score a fast lap, yet I did a slight mistake in the first corners, which prevented me from improving my time. However, the most important thing is that I felt physically strong even after pushing hard for several laps, which gives me a lot of confidence for Sunday.”
Luca Marini – 21st (2’01.491)
“Today we concentrated on assessing different settings on used tyres in order to be able to pick the best combination for the race. After all the modifications we have worked through I do feel well prepared and satisfied for Saturday. Yesterday I was truly comfortable on my bike and without taking too much risk, I could do great times. Now, we have to wait and see how the weather conditions will evolve tomorrow. I hope the wind won’t be as strong as today, as it was very difficult on track, but in any case, I’m convinced that we are ready for the first qualifying of the season.”
Difficult test sessions for Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT in Qatar
Press Report Free Practice Qatar GP
Difficult weather conditions in Qatar made it hard for the riders of Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT to set fast lap times during the three Free Practices on Thursday and Friday evening. In the end, Jakub Kornfeil and Patrik Pulkkinen couldn’t really perform how they expected, finishing in 22nd and 31st position, respectively.
The long -awaited start to the opening round of the FIM Moto3TM World Championship is finally here: on Thursday and Friday evening the Free Practices for the lightweight class took place. These two days marked the final opportunity for the riders to do some fine tunings on their bikes.
For the first free practice of the season Qatar presented much better weather conditions compared to the IRTA-test last week. This time the teams were greeted by pleasantly warm temperatures and a dry track. Even tough technical problems made the start into the first session difficult for both the riders of Peugeot MC SAXOPRINT, Jakub Kornfeil managed to set a satisfying lap time at the end of the practice. With a 2:08.279 he ended up in 17th position. His team mate Patrik Pulkkinen posted a lap time of 2:11.242 in his 12th lap out of 14.
Because of the heavy wind that got stronger during the second evening session, both riders (Kornfeil: 2:09.129, Pulkkinen: 2:13.058) weren´t able to improve their lap time any further. On the combined time sheets of day one Kornfeil finished 18th and Pulkkinen 31st.
Having better weather conditions on Friday, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen tried to improve their lap times again, but couldn´t really live up to their expectations. Having no group to follow and therefor no slipstream, Kornfeil (2:08.784 ) didn´t get the opportunity to go faster again. Kornfeils best time from practice one put him 22nd overall, Pulkkinen finished 31st.
Next is the Qualifying, where the boys will be fighting for the best starting position on the grid. It will take place on Saturday at 6pm local time. The race will be held on Sunday at the same time.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil (P22, 2:08.279):
“So on the first practice day here in Qatar there were some positive and some not so positive things. In the first practice, we had some technical problems, but we were able to solve them in the afternoon. So obviously, I wanted to go faster in the second session, but because of the wind this was just impossible. I am not happy about this, but the positive thing is that I am very fast in the corners. Also, we just lost one second to the leader on the first day, but this is not so much. Unfortunately, I couldn´t show a better performance the next day. I only came in 23rd, finishing 1.6 seconds off the fastest lap time. But this was our own mistake and we will be more clever next time and come up with a better strategy. The bike is working very well so I think I can show my potential in the qualifying. I think it will be a good battle and I am ready.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen (P31, 2:11.242):
“To be honest I am not really happy about the first day here in Qatar. It could have been a great opportunity for me to improve again and learn some more stuff from the other riders, but I just couldn´t perform how I wanted to. I did some mistakes when I tried to push harder to set a better lap time and because of this I couldn´t follow the other riders. I was a bit disappointed about this, but on the second day I managed to do better. I did some faster laps and I was able to improve my riding style. This time I was in a group with some other guys so I could watch them race and learn. Seeing them gives me more confidence, because I always think if they can do it, I can do it as well. Now I am looking forward to the qualifying to show my potential. I really like the track and I am happy I can ride here.”