Despite a crash during the final Free Practice session, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider was able to bounce back for third place in qualifying. Alonso Lopez clocked the fifteenth fastest time, but had it ruled out for exceeding the track limits.
Saturday saw the final Free Practice session and qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix take place at Misano, in preparation for tomorrow’s race. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez undertook the morning session on a wet track, but during the grid-defining session they benefitted from clear skies and a dry surface.
Although Canet had finished the first day of practice among the fastest riders, he still searched for improvements on Saturday. His day began with a crash at Turn 2 in FP3, when he hit a damp patch of the track, but he would go back out on in qualifying determined to clock a fast time. The Spaniard remained in the Top 10 for most of the afternoon session, and his 1:42.270 best lap placed him third on the timesheets -allowing him to start from the front row.
Lopez was one of the first out of the pits in the morning, as he looked to accumulate further experience at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Eleventh in FP3, he was confident of improvement in the afternoon qualifying session. Unfortunately, after he set a 1:42.858 lap for fifteenth place, the time was scrubbed by Race Direction due to the rookie having exceeded the track limits. This meant that his next best lap, a 1:44.556, put him thirtieth on the grid.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will take part in a warmup session on Sunday at 8:40am local time, with the race scheduled for 11am.
“Today was somewhat difficult for us. In FP3 I crashed after just a single lap in mixed conditions. Nevertheless, we went back out motivated for the qualifying session. The track temperature was high and the grip was quite scarce after the rain fell. It was hard for us to set a fast lap, but we finally got one and I think we are ready for the race.”
“I have to focus on keeping within the track limits, because this situation is happening too often and I can’t go on like this. Considering this is my first time at Misano, I had set a very fast time to get into the Top 15. That’s not bad for a difficult track like this one. I was very happy and in the end I was disappointed. At least I hope this helps me to learn for the future. It was a pity that my best lap was disallowed.”
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