The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana kicked off today, the final round of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship.
Guevara started the day with a solid FP1: the Spaniard proved a consistent pace throughout the session, finishing in the Top-5. In the afternoon, Juanfran continued working with race tyres, in order to check their durability. The time of 1'39.876 placed him in third position in today’s FP2.
Despite a small crash, Rodrigo managed to set the tenth time in the first practice of the day. In the FP2, thanks to the data that was collected in the morning, Gabriel and his technicians made up for the lost time promptly, completing a long run and improving the time of the morning by 0.519 seconds.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 4th - 1'39.876 [combined classification FP1 & FP2]
“It was a positive first day. The weather helped us in this occasion and it let us complete plenty of work. Mainly we focused on looking for a competitive setting and on riding using the race tyres. We maintained the plan that we prepared yesterday and we could make some progress. In the afternoon the track conditions changed: it seemed like there was going to be a massive difference, but eventually for us the improvement was not too big. In any case we stayed in the front, and we kept working towards Sunday. We were fighting for the top positions, even though today our main objective wasn’t to set the fastest time. Tomorrow we’ll need to start the FP3 with strength, the lap times will improve a lot by the qualifying. We must be ready to face the afternoon.”
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 9th - 1'40.060 [combined classification FP1 & FP2]
“It was a positive Friday. We finished both sessions in the Top-10 and in the end a ninth spot in the combined classification is quite alright for the first day, which is our weakness sometimes. We must also take into account that this morning, right after completing a couple of laps, I crashed out, which meant we lost quite some time because we couldn’t finalise our initial work plan. In spite of it all, we could come back in the second session, by putting in many laps, as well as a long run, in order to work on the race rhythm. We set competitive times, which makes me happy. I believe we have plenty of margin to improve our bike setting, as well as my riding style. Tomorrow we must make another big step forwards and for sure we can be in the top.”