Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo completes preseason preparation in Qatar
With the third and final day coming to a close, Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin finished their track action today at the Losail International Circuit with positive perception ahead of the first round of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, taking place at the same site in less than a fortnight.
Yet Oliveira was working towards a decent lap time today, which he managed to achieve with a 1:55.773, 1.118 seconds quicker than on day one, following 28 laps. On the other hand, Syahrin likewise improved a lot although stronger winds made life hard for the Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider and his competitors today. With 42 laps under his belt, the Malaysian eventually was 1.088 seconds faster than on Saturday.
Position: 18th – Time: 1:55.773 – Laps: 28
“Today we definitely found harder conditions than the two previous days because of the wind. We started a bit slow in terms of lap time, but then I was picking up the pace and riding quite good. Unfortunately, a crash ended the test, but I felt I was coming stronger and also the team made quite a few changes to the bike, with which I was very satisfied. I think we ended this test without really arrive at the limit and extract the maximum of the bike, so we leave an extra few tenths in the pocket for the GP.”
Position: 23rd – Time: 1:56.371 – Laps: 42
“I’m very happy to improve my lap time and as well about the work on the last day with the team. We know, that we are still very far, although we were quicker. I started to understand a little bit how to adapt to the bike. We tried a race simulation, which was not really bad, but also not very fast, as we needed to understand the bike. At the same time, I did a race distance for the very first time with the KTM. We need to push harder during the race weekend, this is sure. Let’s see what we can do there. Now I start to understand the feedback of the machine, I try to explain everything to the team and also they start to understand it. Step by step I get more confidence, I feel like I found the limit with the front tyre. Still, there is much to do.”