Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona launch off from row six and eight in Jerez
Following some decent work for the first race of the MotoGP World Championship 2020, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira and Iker Lecuona faced a tough Qualifying session in the scorching heat of Andalusia this afternoon.
Although Oliveira managed to up his pace by more than half a second compared to Friday, he ended up seventh in Q1, which means he will start the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at 14:00 local time tomorrow from the sixth row of the grid. At the same time, MotoGP rookie Lecuona struggled to do a fast lap in the short hot Qualifying. The youngest rider of the field will have to start the opening GP of his first premier class year from row eight on the grid.
“This morning it was quite hard to find the pace for one fast lap. We struggled again to find grip. In FP4 this afternoon we finally managed to do a step forward and planned to make the best possible in Qualifying. I think I would need a bit more time with the configuration of this bike. But in the end, we made a step forward, so this is important. Our pace is quite strong. Tomorrow it’s going to be a long and hard race, so we keep our minds positive and hopefully on a good strategy for Sunday.”
“For sure it wasn’t an easy day for me. All throughout the day, I was struggling with the bike and couldn’t find my good feeling from yesterday. In the morning, I tried to improve my lap time, but it didn’t work out, so it wasn’t very positive. FP4 was not bad, I worked a little bit more for the race, changed something on the bike, although I’m not completely sure, if I like it or not. The first run of the Qualifying was a disaster, so I came back to the garage quite quickly, but still, I couldn’t find that great sensations I had on Friday. I’m obviously not happy, but we will see what we can change for tomorrow.”