Marini 12th and Bastianini 13th in #AlgarveGP qualifying
Avintia Esponsorama Racing and Sky VR46 Avintia have completed the the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve qualifying at Portimao.
Luca Marini made it through into Q2 again after a good free practice sessions and will start from 12th position. In the first stages of qualifying, the Sky VR46 Avintia rider suffered a crash that forced him to return to the pits to take the second bike. In the end, Marini had to settle for the fourth row of the grid.
Enea Bastianini will start from 13th position. Unfortunately, the Italian missed the Q2 by just one tenth of a second. Nevertheless, Bastianini has made an important step forward compared to yesterday and will start from a good position to fight for an ambitious result in tomorrow’s race.
Tomorrow at 14:00 (CET+1), the penultimate race of the season will start, where Bastianini and Marini will try to get a good result for the team.
Qualifying was a pity, because we had a very good potential today. In the first run, I didn’t have a great feeling with the front tyre, I didn’t feel comfortable and I crashed. I went straight to the pits, but in the second bike I had the soft tyre on the front because I didn’t have any other mediums available. Unfortunately, with this type of tyre it is really difficult to find a good performance on this track. Overall, so far, it’s been a good weekend. We will analyse with data to choose the best tyres for tomorrow’s race.
I’m quite happy because we improved, although it was a pity not to get into Q2. We keep losing time in the last sector, I can’t do it the way I want and I always lose those 2 or 3 tenths that compromise my lap time. I have to try to understand what changes I have to make for tomorrow. The important thing is that we are fast and we have improved compared to yesterday. We will have to think about the tyre choice as it will be crucial.