Raul Fernandez takes further second row start at Jerez

25/07/2020

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider will begin the Andalucia Grand Prix from 4th place on the grid, with teammate Kaito Toba 12th.

 

Raul Fernandez and Kaito Toba once again competed among the fastest Moto3 riders in qualifying for the Andalucia Grand Prix. Both went directly into Q2, thanks to a solid performance in FP3. In the grid-deciding session, the Spaniard claimed 4th place, and thus tomorrow he will head the second row. Kaito Toba will be on Row 4, in 12th position.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 duo started the day in top form, improving their times from Friday in their final Free Practice session. Fernandez completed a total of 13 laps, and it was on the last of these that he clocked a 1:45.540. The Spaniard was 5th, whilst Toba was 6th with a 1:45.635. The Japanese rider took a big step forward on his 13 laps, cutting his personal best from Friday by 1.5 seconds.

Thanks to their times in FP3, Fernandez and Toba went directly into Q2. In the session, less than 2 tenths of a second separated the Spaniard from the front row. He claimed 4th place on the grid for the Andalucia Grand Prix thanks to a 1:45.893. Toba will start from 12th, through his 1:46.303 lap. The Red Bull KTM Ajo pair are feeling ready to face the third race of 2020.

The 22-lap Moto3 Andalucia Grand Prix takes place at 11am local time on Sunday.

 

Results (Qualifying sessions)
1. Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda) 1:45.410
2. Ai Ogura (Honda) 1:45.695 +0.285
3. Gabriel Rodrigo (Honda) 1:45.706 +0.296
4. Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:45.893 +0.483
5. Tony Arbolino (Honda) 1:45.917 +0.507
12. Kaito Toba (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:46.303 +0.893

 

25 RAUL FERNANDEZ

β€œI am very happy with how Saturday went. We are in the Top 5 again, which is very positive. We have been consistent in all of our practice sessions, and always been among the fastest riders. We must continue like this, since being regular is important in this class. It was a shame to not be able to take advantage of the last lap of Q2, but a fourth position is ok. I feel ready for tomorrow’s race, which is likely to be run in a group again.”

27 KAITO TOBA

β€œIt was not a bad qualifying session, but we had expected a little more. I know we can be further up the order, but I lacked time to set a good fast lap in Q2. Tomorrow we will start from 12th position, so we will have to push from the first lap if we want to stay with the leading group. I am prepared and I will give 100% in the race.”

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