Reale Avintia Academy 77 Moto3 – GP of Malaysia – Sepang
Reale Avintia Academy 77 rider Vicente Pérez finished 21st on his first ever day of practice at the Sepang International Circuit, venue of the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend.
The first session of day took place in the wet, where Pérez showed once again that he feels like a fish in water in these conditions. He finished FP1 in 13th position, only a few tenths of a second behind the Top 10.
In the afternoon, on a tarmac that had dried completely in the meantime, Vicente learned his way around the circuit a bit better, as it is challenging to find the ideal line due to the enormous width of the track. Just as he wanted to push for a fast lap though, it started to rain again.
On Saturday, Vicente will have another free practice session to work on the set-up of his KTM RC250R. At 5:35h Middle European time, qualifying will take place, where he expects to make another leap forward in terms of set-up and speed, in order to achieve the best possible grid position for the race on Sunday.
“My first experience here at Sepang was quite good and even though I am here for the first time and it was wet, we were quite fast in the morning session. In the afternoon, I started to get a feeling for this track in dry conditions, but when we mounted the tyre I feel the best with, it started to rain again. But nevertheless, I am calm, because my team has done a great job with the bike, as always, and I am confident that we can get closer to the leading group of riders when it counts in qualifying tomorrow.”