Today the riders from the Moto3 class got out on track for the second day of the Misano Grand Prix.
Rodrigo held on to a spot in the Top-10 in the first session of the day, as he and his crew worked on the details of the KTM setting, for a strong performance in the afternoon. In the qualifying, Gabriel set very competitive times since the beginning of the session, fighting for the first row. On his last lap, when he was improving his personal best, the Argentinian had a crash on the last corner which prevented him from staying in the front. However, Rodrigo could finish in sixth position, only 0.338 seconds off the pole, today’s fastest KTM rider.
In the morning, Guevara and his technicians tried different options to improve the feeling with the front of the bike. The initial part of the QP was important in order to keep developing the setting. Eventually the Spaniard couldn’t manage to take advantage of the last few minutes to improve his placement for tomorrow’s starting grid: Juanfran ended the session with the 25th time (1’43.402).
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 6th - 1'42.485 [QP]
“It was once again a positive day. This morning we put in another long run on used tyres and also today we were within the times we had set as objective. Then we changed to new tyres and we checked some other ideas for the setting of the bike, but we didn’t really like them. For the QP, we chose to go back to what we had used yesterday and I had a great feeling straight away. At the beginning of the qualifying I could set a fast lap, which helped to stay calm and to maintain a confident pace throughout the practice. I was competitive both on my own as well as when following other riders. On the last run I gave it all: I was really fast, there was an option to get another pole position. In the last sector I made a mistake and I crashed out. It’s a shame, but at least we had set a competitive lap earlier on and that put us in sixth position, the second row for tomorrow. Now we’ll check the data and we’ll have a look at what happened in the crash. I’d like to send my best wishes to Livio Loi: I hope he is alright, after crashing into my bike.”
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 25th - 1'43.402 [QP]
“It was a difficult day. In the four sessions here at Misano I couldn’t really find a good feeling with the bike. The front is still giving us issues: we worked on many changes, yet we still haven’t found a solution. We still have a couple of options to try and improve the situation, we’ll check them during tomorrow’s warm up. The race will be very difficult, we are starting from the back of the grid and our options are quite limited. In any case we are not giving in, we’ll do our best to make some steps forwards and to figure out some improvements in the bike. We have some work to catch up with, as far as it concerns the pace and the front of our KTM and, on top of that, we had a couple of weird crashes. However, tomorrow we’ll do our best to try and find some different options from the ones that we have already considered in these sessions and we’ll fight to come back.”