The Avintia Esponsorama Moto3 and Avintia VR46 riders completed the first day of the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg. Antonelli and Tatay finished 8th and 14th respectively in the combined classification.

In the morning session, Carlos Tatay completed his first laps after almost 9 weeks out of competition. The Valencian rider worked on recovering his feeling on his KTM and looking for a good bike set-up for the rest of the weekend. In the afternoon, Tatay made a step forward and finished 14th, putting him in Q2 positions ahead of the third free practice.

Niccolò Antonelli was 8th in the combined practice times after the first day at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg. The Italian rider was 7th in the first free practice and 8th in the second. In the morning session, the Italian rider suffered a crash without consequences. Despite this, Antonelli ended Friday with a good feeling.

Tomorrow, starting at 9:00, Tatay and Antonelli will be in the third practice session before the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria qualifying.

“It was a positive day and we did a good job. However, there is still room for improvement in some areas. Tomorrow we will get back to work to find a good set-up and I think we can get a good result for Sunday.”

“It has been a positive day and we are finally on the track. I was really looking forward to it after the summer break and the injury. The first free practice I took it easy, seeing how I could put my foot so it wouldn’t bother me. In the second one we took a step forward, I felt more comfortable and I started to enjoy. After two months I felt like a rider again and I’m very happy to be here. Now it’s time to rest and tomorrow we’ll see how my foot reacted after today.”