07/04/2018, Termas de Rio Hondo

Today the riders from the Moto3 class got out on track for the FP3 and QP of the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina.
After the rain showers of last night, the FP3 turned into the first chance to start to prepare the wet setting on the Termas de Rio Hondo track. Rodrigo worked with his technicians throughout the session, improving his feeling with the KTM and finishing with the 6th time. In the afternoon, Gabriel confirmed his competitiveness as he set fast laps and stayed in the top positions. The Argentinian grabbed a solid spot in the front row, with the time of 1'54.330.
Masaki and his technicians took advantage of the FP3 to prepare the wet set-up of the bike, gathering important data ahead of the qualifying of the afternoon. The mixed conditions made things harder on track, but the Japanese youngster worked hard though the QP in order to score a competitive time. Kazuki finished 17th (1'55.514), only 1.732 seconds off the fastest of the afternoon. 

 
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 3rd - 1'54.330 [QP]

"This was a great day: to achieve a front row in my home Grand Prix is incredible, I'm really happy. We saw that we are competitive in any type of conditions, and this is the most important thing ahead of tomorrow. I was fast on dry track, as well as on the wet and this afternoon in the qualifying in mixed conditions. We are ready for any sort of weather that we might have to face tomorrow in the race. I'd like to thank the team because today the strategy was very important to complete a strong QP."

#22 Kazuki Masaki: 17th - 1'55.514 [QP]
"Today's qualifying in the end turned out alright. However, I think I had the chance to finish in a better position. Unfortunately the weather was bad and the track conditions were quite poor, so it didn't really help. It was quite difficult to get a good feeling because the circuit wasn't wet homogeneously. We were hoping for a better result, but I missed out a faster lap because at the end of the session it started to rain more. In any case this position is better than Qatar, it's a couple of positions better and also one row above. In the end we have a decent setting and I'm happy, tomorrow I'll push hard to come back in the race."