Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini finished Friday at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve after the first two free practice sessions of the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve.

With a time of 1:40.467, Bastianini was 16th in the combined practice times. The Italian was able to complete the first laps of the weekend at the Portuguese track. The Avintia Esponsorama Racing rider will have one last chance tomorrow to get a position that will give him direct access to Q2.

Luca Marini ended the first day at the Algarve 15th in the combined practice times with a best time of 1:40.323. The Sky VR46 Avintia rider was satisfied with the work done during the first day at Portimao.

Tomorrow will be the third and fourth free practice before qualifying for the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve, where Bastianini and Marini will try to get a good position for the starting grid of Sunday’s race.

“I was expecting a bit more, we are having more problems than expected and I still can’t ride like I want to. In the afternoon with the wind, it made the bike move a lot and I couldn’t put in a good lap. From tomorrow we will keep working to improve, especially in the second and fourth sector, which is where I lose more time. Normally, the corner entry is my strong point, but here I have to ‘fight’ with the bike to get it. Tomorrow will be a new day and we will try to get a good result.”

“This morning, in FP1, I had a good feeling with the bike, but in the afternoon with the wind, I struggled to keep the pace and in the last run I had very little confidence with the rear tyre. Anyway, we are confident for tomorrow, we are close to the Top 10, which is our goal, and we are not going to make any changes to the bike. We have shown that we can be fast in these conditions.”