Circuit Length: 4.2 km
FP1: P18; 1’49.043 (DRY) – 15 laps
FP2: P31; 1’45.177 (DRY) –19 laps
FP1: P8; 1’47.754 (DRY) – 9 laps
FP2: P14; 1’43.914 (DRY) – 18 laps
Focussing on his dry set up teammate Jakub Kornfeil was quick to get up to speed in morning practice finishing the session in eighth place after only nine laps.
Despite struggling with the set-up of their KTM machines, Jakub and Fahmi are confident that they can find a solution for tomorrows qualifying.
“For the first free practice this morning I initially went out on rain tyres as the track was still very wet in places and I felt quite good on the bike. Towards the end of the session we were able to use slicks, but there was not so much time to really get a good feeling. In the afternoon the track was completely dry. I was quite strong in the first sector but it was not easy to put in a quick lap. We tried the softer tyre and I didn’t have a good feeling on the bike. It was difficult to stop because the grip was not there, so I could not push. There are a lot of hard braking points on this track so we need to make some adjustments to our set up to be able to improve. We know what the problem is and we will now work to find a solution. I am keeping focussed and I will stay positive and I hope tomorrow will be a better day for us.”
“This morning we had a very strange practice with the mixed track conditions. I first went out on slick tyres thinking it would be dry but the track was too wet in many places, so I made one lap then went back to the box. We were waiting for around thirty minutes for it to improve and then finally we were able to get out for the last fifteen minutes in the dry. I was able to pick up the pace and we finished the session in eighth position, which was good. However it didn’t give us the time to really understand the bike. In the afternoon we had no real data to go off, so it wasn’t until then that I could really test our settings. We received some upgrades from KTM here which worked well and I think the bike is a little bit faster, but we were not so happy with the set-up. The suspension is not working so well and we are looking for the grip, especially in the front tyre. In FP2 I nearly crashed many times and every lap I had some moments but luckily I could save it. I was trying to push but it was very difficult to ride the bike, so we must improve this. Despite these things I am happy that we have lost only three tenths to the fastest KTM, so we can see we are not so far away but tomorrow we must be better.”