After the Austrian Grand Prix qualifying session, Esponsorama Racing will start tomorrow’s race at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg with Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat in 9th and 21st position respectively.
Despite the great pace shown during yesterday’s and this morning’s free practice, Johann Zarco had to go through Q1 which, after setting the best time of the session, qualified to Q2. Despite not being able to complete a perfect last lap when he was disturbed by an opponent, thanks to a time of 1:23.828 and being only three tenths of a second off pole position, Zarco will start from the third row of the grid, which will allow him to fight for a good result from an advanced position.
Tito Rabat showed a positive evolution from the first free practice yesterday morning until the qualifying session. The Barcelona-based rider, after setting a time of 1:25.287, will be fighting for points positions from the seventh row of the grid.
Tomorrow at 14:00 the Austrian Grand Prix will start, which will be the fourth race of the season for the MotoGP class.
Johann Zarco | 1'23.828 | P9
“Happy about today. Overall, this afternoon the job has been good. When I missed the good lap this morning in FP3 it was a shame to have to do de Q1, but finally it has been a good opportunity to do more laps. FP4 has been quite good and then in Q1 I did a good lap, so I could be qualified and go to Q2. Then I expected to improve my lap time but it was not easy and at the end I finished 9th, only three tenths of the top and this is positive. I have a lot of chances to do tomorrow a good race, I just need to see how are going to be the conditions because it seems we can have some rain. So, I am working with the team to improve and to see what I can do better. We’ll see if tomorrow I can do all these things.”
Tito Rabat | 1'25.287 | P21
“Difficult weekend and there’s been a lot of rain. In the first FP3 the track was very dirty and it was difficult to be consistent in the times. In FP4 we tried to be as consistent as possible and have a good base of information for tomorrow’s race. In qualifying, on the first attempt I went long in turn 3 and on the second I ended up in the gravel, luckily I didn’t crash. Tomorrow in the warm-up we will go as far as we can and I am optimistic for the race.