Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 make progress in Qatar29/02/2020
Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba complete satisfactory second day at final preseason test.
After a positive opening day of testing, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 riders continued to progress on a fruitful Saturday in Losail. Both Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba lowered their best times from Friday and improved their feeling on their bikes, concluding very satisfied with the results obtained.
Fernandez felt ever-more at ease on his new KTM, and led the way in the first session of the day. The Spaniard took more than 1.5 seconds off his time from Day 1, clocking a 2:05.798 to place eighth. Raul completed 51 laps, setting a solid pace and proving to be competitive with a hard tyre compound. Although he suffered a crash, he would walk away unscathed from it.
Toba focused on continuing to gain experience with his KTM Moto3 bike, putting in a total of 52 laps. That extensive track time helped the Japanese rider to feel more comfortable and confident. Kaito set a personal best of 2:06.335 – more than a second faster than Friday – and finished tghe day 14th.
The 2020 preseason will conclude for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 tomorrow, with the last day of the Qatar Official Test.
Combined Standings – Day 2
1. Filip Salac (Honda) 2:04:892
2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 2:05.477 +0.585
3. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) 2:05.487 +0.595
4. Jaume Masia (Honda) 2:05.540 +0.648
5. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 2:05.592 +0.700
8. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:05.798 +0.906
14. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:06.335 +1.443
25 RAUL FERNANDEZ
“I’m very happy with how Saturday went, since we found where the issue that we had throughout yesterday was. We did a great job and, in addition, showed that we have a good pace and that we are fast on a hot lap. We were also competitive with used tyres. Today we took a big step forward, so the team and I are very happy, despite us having a small crash. We will make the most of the last day of the preseason tomorrow.”
27 KAITO TOBA
“Today was a good day for us; we are on the right track. We are constantly taking steps forward and I feel much more confident with the bike with each passing day. I’m very happy, although we have to keep working hard to continue progressing. We will be prepared to fight when the time comes.”