Luis Salom third on day one at Le Mans, and “happy with work”
The legendary Le Mans circuit today played host to the first day of the fourth round of the World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team started the weekend strong, with Luis Salom taking the third fastest time of the day. Zulfahmi Khairuddin was nineteenth quickest and Arthur Sissis twenty-fifth, as both suffered crashes in the second practice session. Whilst the tumbles did not result in injury, the duo’s planned workload was affected.
Raindrops just before the first practice session of the weekend had many expecting a day of wet practice sessions, as has been the case in recent years at this Grand Prix. Fortunately, heavy showers never arrived and the riders went out on a dry track –albeit cold at 8ºC and with 11ºC asphalt temperature. Arthur Sissis and Luis Salom headed the timesheets at various points in the session, with Salom eventually setting the fourth fastest time of 1:45.902. Zulfahmi Khairuddin was ninth with a 1:46.594 and Sissis nineteenth after clocking a 1:47.836.
The second session did not start well for the team, as first Zulfahmi Khairuddin and later Sissis suffered crashes on the early chicane. Nevertheless, both got back on track and improved their times, as did teammate Salom. The Spanish rider for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team managed to breach the 1:45 barrier and place third in the combined timesheets. A brief shower with seven minutes remaining meant that the day was draw to an early conclusion.
Action at Le Mans continues tomorrow, with the final free practice session and qualifying.
“Overall, this first day of practice at Le Mans went well. I’m happy with the work we are doing as a team. Little-by-little, lap-by-lap, we are improving. Above all, we can keep calm because the weekend is very long and the weather can change at any time, as happened today. We have started very well, and I just hope that the weather is good for us tomorrow.”
Source: Red Bull KTM Ajo Motorsport