Circuit Length: 5.5 km
FP1: P10; 2’18.826 – 14 laps
FP2: P10; 2’17.256 – 12 laps
FP1: P29; 2’21.574 – 13 laps
FP2: P24; 2’18.681 –12 laps
Under blue skies at the stunning Circuit of The Americas, the duo worked hard to find the right set-up on board their Honda NSF250RW machines.
“I’ve enjoyed our first day of practice here in Austin. The beginning of FP1 was quite difficult but in the end we finished in the top ten, which was always my target for the start of the weekend, so I’m happy for this. We were not so far away with the bike in session one; I did my best time on my own, so I felt quite positive for the afternoon and that it would be better. In FP2 we made some big changes but I didn’t like them so much; I found the bike quite difficult to ride and I didn’t feel confident. To go all the way back to the original set-up during the session was not possible, so we tried more or less half way and it worked well. I’m very happy for the job we did; we worked through a lot and we improved. After today, overall in the top ten is a good start for us. For sure we are not at the maximum potential yet and I still have more to give, so I feel very positive for tomorrow.”
“This is the first time that I have ridden at COTA and I found it a little bit difficult. Yesterday when I was checking out the track I thought it would be really good for me, but as soon as I got out there in FP1 it was completely different to what I had expected and to what I have ridden around before; it’s quite a technical track and you need to change direction fast. Today it was very important for me to use the sessions to familiarise myself with the layout and learn the best way to ride it. In FP1 we finished quite far behind the pole time but in FP2 I was able to take three seconds off my time, which I’m happy for. We made a couple of small changes but overall it is down to me to adapt to this track. I struggled a little today with my energy levels too after the long trip from Argentina [over 3 days of travelling], so with a good rest tonight, I’m confident that tomorrow I will have full energy. We will work hard to see where I lost the time today and fix everything for qualifying. I think Saturday will be good for us to make a bigger step forward.”
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