Circuit Length: 5.1 km
FP1: P14; 2’00.915 – 15 laps
FP2: P10; 1’59.774 – 13 laps
FP1: P16; 2’01.217 – 16 laps
FP2: P24; 2’00.939 –13 laps
“Free Practice one went quite well today and I was feeling good by the end of the session but we knew we would have to make a big step in the afternoon and a big improvement with the bike. In FP2 we worked very hard and we were always near the top. We made a good plan and the mechanics did a great job, which I’m very happy and positive about. Before the end of the practice I was always in the top five. I was able to set a good lap time because I felt good on the bike; I was also able to take advantage of the slip-stream, so everything went to plan. In the last few minutes of FP2 we put new tyres in [soft in the rear and medium in the front], but unfortunately this caused a bit of chatter and pushing at the front, so not the best feeling. Regardless I was able to get into a group and I was going fast, but then we got stuck behind a lot of slower riders and couldn’t improve any further. Nevertheless I’m confident that if this hadn’t have happened I would have been able to do a low 1m59s lap time and be in the top three very easily. Our bike is working well and I feel very positive about tomorrow.”
“I’ve been looking forward to riding at Aragon all week! In FP1 this morning we did a really good job from the start. Our pace was good and I felt I could push a lot quicker than normal because I didn’t have to learn the track. At the end we were not so far away from the top, so I was very happy.
For most of FP2 we were using used tyres. Unfortunately from the start of the afternoon session we had a slight issue with the handlebars, so I didn’t feel as comfortable pushing. My mechanics worked very hard to fix this but then at the end we encountered another issue with the bike which caused us to lose some time. I had one lap towards the end of practice with new tyres and it was at this point that I was able to improve. We didn’t make as big of a step as we would have liked but we have collected a lot of valuable information today, so we know what we have to do to be better for tomorrow. For sure in FP3 we will go faster.”
-SIC Racing Team facebook.
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