Salom tops the timesheets in Qatar rain
In the final session of practice for the Qatar Grand Prix, the weather complicated conditions more than expected. Gusts of wind reaching some 30km/h, sand covering the Qatari circuit and a light spot of rain late on impeded the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders and the rest of the Moto3 field. Luis Salom clocked the fastest time of the night ─as he did yesterday─ with a 2’08.167. Arthur Sissis’ 2’10.524 lap put him seventeenth, and Zulfahmi Khairuddin placed eighteenth with a 2’10.861.
Weather and track conditions did not allow the three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to improve at the same pace as yesterday. Only two riders from the lower cylinder class were able to go faster than they had done on night 1. Arthur Sissis was the closest of the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to do so, ending the night just 4 tenths of a second off his previous best. Luis Salom’s twelfth lap saw him back on flying form, leading the way with a 0.442 advantage over the second quickest man. Zulfahmi Khairuddin continued to improve lap-by-lap, taking his best time on the penultimate of his 13 times round in the 40 minute session.
Tonight’s action concluded the free practice sessions for the opening race. Tomorrow there will be only a qualifying session to decide the grid and a warmup in which to make the final race preparations. From there, the riders will be straight out on track for the race on Sunday.
“I think that, once again, the entire team have done a good job. Yesterday we got a good time and today it was a little more difficult, because the track wasn’t in good condition. In any case, on the final lap we were on for a 2’07 ─a good time─ before I ran into a lot of traffic. I am happy, because we had a good pace and have been working well up to now. I have to make the most of the opportunity that I have in this team and give my all.”
Source: Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport