Circuit Length: 5.4 km
FP1: P28; 2’10.968 (DRY) – 15 laps
FP2: P26; 2’10.337 (DRY) –15 laps
FP1: P18; 2’10.256 (DRY) – 12 laps
FP2: P19; 2’10.160 (DRY) – 14 laps
Undeterred Kornfeil remained calm and focussed as his crew worked on improving the set-up of the #84 machine. Continuing to adapt bike settings throughout Free Practice Two, Kornfeil worked hard to pick up his pace. Despite a near crash in the final minutes, the Czech rider posted his fastest time of the day on his last lap.
“Today our overall position is not good but I am still feeling positive because I know what I have to do to improve. I struggled to get my rhythm today, so I really need to focus on my riding tomorrow. There are still a few things we are going to try to improve the set-up, but the majority must come from me. Tonight I will study the data and concentrate on how and where I can go faster. I know I can better my time a lot more and am capable of qualifying well here. Tomorrow I will give it my all.”
“It hasn’t been the easiest day; I had expected it to go a lot better. Still I think we have been working very hard to improve the bike. We thought that after Indianapolis our settings would work well here too but unfortunately they haven’t, so today has been more of a test for us to find the right set-up.
I think we were not so good about the tyres because other riders in the end used a softer tyre which was working better for them, where as I used a medium. The softer tyres are gone after two or three laps, so our timing for using them in qualifying tomorrow will be very important.
In the corners I’m very fast but still we need to improve in the entrance of the corners. If we can do this, for sure I will be a lot quicker. Our gearbox is quite good, we just need to find a good setting for the front and find some more grip on the bike.”