The starting grid for the Barcelona Grand Prix was defined today, after the qualifying of this afternoon.
In the FP3 of this morning, Guevara and his technicians managed to improve the feeling at the track of Montmeló: the rider from Lorca was competitive during most of the session, setting the fastest lap in various occasions. Despite a crash in the final minutes, Juanfran and his crew could confirm some important data ahead of the QP. In the qualifying, Guevara could complete his fastest lap on his second run: even if there was traffic on track, the Spaniard held the third best time, which is an important result for tomorrow.
Rodrigo took advantage of the FP3 to improve his feeling on track riding his KTM, as he dropped a few tenths lap after lap. Gabriel could reach the Top-10, ending only 0.700 seconds off the fastest guy. In the afternoon, the Argentinian worked hard to ensure a good placement for tomorrow’s starting grid. With the time of 1'54.379, Rodrigo finished the QP in eleventh position.
#58 Juanfran Guevara: 3rd - 1'54.027 [QP]
“It was a positive day. We did a great job: Friday was a complicated day, we didn’t manage to find a competitive set-up to start the weekend. Today we changed quite a bit the setting of my KTM machine and we analysed all the data from yesterday: I had a great feeling on my bike since the beginning of the FP3. After the last change of tyre I had a crash, but we could take part in the qualifying with full strength. On the second run we set a very fast lap, which gave us the chance to stay in the front. At the end of the session there was plenty of traffic out on track and just few guys managed to improve their time. Eventually we scored another first row, an important result for the team in the circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya. We also confirmed that we are in good shape, even though we are aware that tomorrow is the day that actually matters. In the warm-up we’ll focus on the pace and we’ll see what happens in the race: the temperatures are really high and it won’t be easy to stay in the front.”
#19 Gabriel Rodrigo: 11th - 1'54.379 [QP]
“Today I felt a lot more confident, we made a step forward as far as it concerns the setting of the bike and also my riding style. During today’s sessions I felt a lot calmer and we could set the eighth time this morning, quite close to the top guys. In the qualifying it was hotter and we struggled a bit with the grip, it was quite hard to set the same times as in the FP3. On the last run I had a good speed, but in the final sector I got stuck and lost some tenths because of the traffic on track. We weren’t too far from a spot in the second row: in any case I am happy with this result, bearing in mind that I’ve just got back from an injury. We are close to the fastest riders and this is what really matters. Tomorrow in the race we’ll try to do our best.”