Today the circuit of Ricardo Tormo hosted the FP3 and QP for the last Grand Prix of the 2017 season.
This morning, thanks to a long run, Rodrigo could confirm important details of his KTM set-up and he could also work on the pace for Sunday. Gabriel was determined lap after lap, reaching the second position. In the qualifying, the Argentinian started with strength, moving up to the front immediately and, on his final lap, setting a solid third time (1'38.976).
In the FP3 Guevara completed a long run just like his teammate, confirming a competitive pace and improving his personal best. With his fastest lap of 1'39.224 he grabbed the third spot. In the afternoon, Juanfran was one of the protagonists of the first half of the QP. However, in the second part the traffic on track prevented him from improving his time, which forced him to settle for the 11th spot (1'39.551).
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 3rd - 1'38.976 [QP]
“Today since the FP3 I felt a lot better than yesterday: I must thank my crew because they fixed most of the setting issues that I had during FP1 and FP2. I felt competitive since the beginning, on used tyres we set good times, as well as a consistent pace which is useful for tomorrow’s race. When we changed to the new tyre, even if it wasn’t the one for qualifying, we put in a very fast lap. That made me feel confident ahead of the QP. In the afternoon we started off by completing laps alone. I ensured a decent lap, which was meant to be enough to put us somewhere within the second or third row. We needed something more because here we’re all very fast this week: the track record was broken already in the FP3, so I was flat out in the final run. Even if I ran into a bit of traffic in T3, I could complete a solid lap. For the first time I got under 1’38, a time which was the track record just till yesterday. I’m very happy with the work that the team has done so far. It motivates me to finish the year with a front row, tomorrow we’ll try to wrap it all up with a great ending.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 11th - 1'39.551 [QP]
“The day started off quite well: in the FP3 we worked hard for the race and we put in a solid pace with the tyres that we are going to use tomorrow. I’m happy with the performance of the KTM, especially for the final part: it’s going to be a tough race and we’ll have to push hard. We had a good strategy planned for the qualifying, which was working out, but when I was using the last two tyres we got stuck in plenty of traffic and therefore there was no chance to improve the lap time. I’m quite disappointed with this result, I believe that we didn’t really deserve the 11th position, considering the results from the other sessions. We were within the Top-5 throughout the weekend and we have one of the most competitive paces to fight in the race. Tomorrow the first few laps will be quite tricky starting from the 11th spot on the grid, but we’ll work in the warm-up and in the first couple of laps we’ll try to move up quickly. We’ll do whatever we can to reach the leading group and to fight for a good result.”