Confident start at Sachsenring for Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martin

 In Moto3, News


The short but technical Sachsenring has already claimed its first victim, this morning in Moto3. Miguel Oliveira fractured the fourth metacarpal of his left hand in the first practice session. With the Portuguese out of the equation, Danny Kent was the fastest man of the day in both sessions. Qualifying on Saturday will decide the grid for the Moto3 German Grand Prix.

MAPFRE Team Mahindra riders Pecco Bagnaia, Juanfran Guevara and Jorge Martin were 1 second, 1.2s and 1.4s off the best time today. The difference is slightly misleading, with Kent having gone 0.678s quicker than his nearest rival.

Fourteenth at the end of the day was Guevara. He felt comfortable despite the emergence of some chatter at times during the second sector. He hopes to continue with the same line of work to fine tune his setup and get ready for qualifying.

With a time of 1.28.359, Martín concluded Friday in nineteenth position The Spaniard was competitive in both sessions, but at the end of the second run he discovered premature wear of his intermediate tyres –an issue he will look to resolve tomorrow.

14th Juanfran Guevara 1.28.155 (40 laps):
“We have started quite well here -better than usual. In the first session we reached a good pace and, at the end of the second session, we also set a positive time. Compared our times with the runner-up, we are not far off the front -except for Kent, things are fairly even amongst most riders. Today we worked to discover what tyre we will be most useful for the qualifying session tomorrow. We have also tried to eliminate an occasional chatter issue with the front. In the second sector, the twisty part, at certain times I could barely hold the line I wanted. For tomorrow we will seek to change things to improve that. Tomorrow in the final practice session we will try to keep setting up the bike to get a good pace, thinking about the race.”

19th Jorge Martín 1.28.359 (35 laps):
“Overall we have greatly improved our feeling today at the Sachsenring. As we have seen, most riders used the soft rubber at the end of the second session to lower their times. We didn’t do that, so maybe that’s why we are a little far down the order. It’s no cause for concern. At the end of the last session we found that the intermediate rubber degrades quickly. We will have to work on it tomorrow to avoid any surprises in the race. Tomorrow we will test tyres and setups so the tyres perform at a consistent level. Falling this morning knocked our confidence a little, but in the afternoon we were back in the front positions without problems. Times are tight, our aim will be to arrive prepared for qualifying.”

Source: Aspar Media

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