After running a good pace in FP1 and finishing 25th in FP2 in Argentina due to a mistake on his hot lap, Alonso Lopez went out for FP3 determined to make his way directly into Q2. His time of 1:49.630 allowed him to do so, as he went 10th fastest.
He set fast times from the start in Q2, but his 1:49.975 lap would only earn him 17th on the grid.
The Spaniard will be in the middle of the sixth row when the lights go out. He placed sixth last year, and would like another great performance tomorrow.
“I think we did a good job today, because I have a good pace riding alone, but in the qualifying session in the afternoon, when I had the chance to do a fast lap, there was a lot of traffic on the track, other riders got in my way and I lost concentration. That was the key to us not improving. If it rains, the race could require a different approach, but in the dry I think there will be a big group at the front, with lots of overtaking.”
Twentieth on Friday, Sergio García Dols suffered a crash in the early stages of FP3 after colliding with another rider at Turn 5. Heavy damage to his bike, hit by a third rider’s machine, prevented him from going back out in FP3.
He would have to go through Q1, in which the debutant struggled due to a lack of track time. He clocked a 1:51.210 to go 14th on the timesheets.
His position in Q1 will force him to start from row 10, in 28th.
“I’m very sorry about the fall with Yurchenko and how this hindered the work plan for the rest of the day. I think it was a bit my fault. It seemed that he was going to go a little wide at Turn 5, so I went inside because he thought he was going to abort the lap. At that moment he got back onto the line. Aleix Viu ran into my bike afterwards. It was a mistake, and it’s a pity that this prevented us from riding more during FP3. What we need most is to put in more laps and gain experience. The positive thing is that on the few laps I did in Q1, we improved. The warmup tomorrow will be important for us and in the race we will have to make a fightback. We will face it with a positive mindset.”
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