Avintia Esponsorama and Sky VR46 Avintia have completed the first two free practice sessions of the Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg on Friday.

Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini ended the first day in Austria in 12th and 13th position respectively in the combined practice times. Both riders set their best times in the morning session, as the second free practice has been held in wet conditions.

Tomorrow at 9:55am the third free practice of the Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich will start, where Bastianini and Marini will have one last chance to get a position that will allow them to go directly to Q2.

“It was a bit of a strange day as we didn’t expect rain today. This morning we started with the right foot and immediately set a good time. I made some changes to the front of the bike, but the problems didn’t go away, so we’ll keep working on it tomorrow. With the wet track the lap times weren’t quite good and we’re limited on medium wet tyres. Anyway, I did some laps to see how the bike was behaving and to understand what the potential is. We are ready for tomorrow.”

“We have been working on the bike during FP1 and we found some improvements that will help us for tomorrow. It was a pity that it rained in FP2, because we are a bit limited on the medium wet tyres. We’ll see how FP3 goes, it will be a key session, we have three softs to use and then three time attacks to get a competitive time.”