Juanfran Guevara 11th on Silverstone grid despite engine problems

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Although temperatures were slightly cooler than yesterday, this morning the Moto3 pace was faster than on Friday.

The level of competition in the lightweight category is such that the riders continue to lower their records session after session, beating the records from previous years. Rins set a time of 2’13.112, four tenths faster than the record set last year (2’13.507).

The qualifying session was similar to yesterday afternoon’s FP, with many riders (Miller, Antonelli, Masbou, Marquez …) pushing for the top spot in the standings, without a clear leader.

Ultimately Rins stepped up to the challenge, a tenth ahead of second placed Antonelli. Another close race at the front can be expected, even if not on the same level as Brno, with several riders capable of fighting for the win.

Juanfran Guevara understood from Friday the importance of getting his homework done early, carrying out a great job and setting his fastest lap times early, to avoid surprises.

Today he continued with the same mentality. On the seventh lap the MAPFRE Aspar rider lucked out as an engine failure forced him to watch the rest of the QP from the garage.

Fortunately, he had notched his best time of the weekend on his third lap, going significantly faster than yesterday. Despite the misfortune, having undertaken constant set up work throughout the weekend, Juanfran looks poised to continue the fight tomorrow in the top positions.

11th Juanfran Guevara 2’14.416 (6 laps):
“While we had hold up at the start of qualifying, the job is done. The team did a good job and we have an effective bike. We’ve ridden well all weekend, we have lowered our lap times in each session, we feel comfortable riding at the track and have good pace. So despite the incident suffered this afternoon we are ready for the race. We managed a quick lap at the start of QP and will start from the fourth row. We must be careful because the first lap will be tough. The slipstream will be important, we need to get into a good position and fight hard. The set up of the bike is very good and we have confidence that if we start well tomorrow we can be in the lead group, as we have been in the last few races.”

Source: Aspar Media

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