The Red Bull KTM Tech3 duo experienced a sunny opening day at the Autodormo Internacional do Algarve. Although he circuit is new to everyone, Moto3 World Championship rookie Deniz Öncü quickly found his way around the new venue, concluded FP1 in seventh and kept his provisional Q2 spot in the second session of the day, after improving by more than one second compared to this morning.

At the same time, Ayumu Sasaki improved his pace by 1.404 seconds from Free Practice one to Free Practice two. After he ended up n P22 in the first session, the Japanese upgraded his position in FP2 to finish in 17th, missing out on the top 14 f 0.122 seconds, a tiny margin he aims to close in FP3 tomorrow morning at 9:00 local time (10:00 CET).

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Deniz Öncü

Position: 7th

Time: 1:48.565

Laps: 38


"Actually, I’m quite happy. To be honest, I was a bit scared before we started here, because the track is a real rollercoaster. But already on the first lap, I enjoyed this circuit a lot. I think this is my new favorite track, it’s so nice. We did a good start to the weekend, P7 in both sessions and also in the combined standings. At the moment, we are struggling a bit with the bike, but we have a few ideas what to do for tomorrow in Qualifying. We also need to work a lot for the race, but I’m quite happy, as we are already pretty fast."

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Ayumu Sasaki

Position: 17th

Time: 1:49.009

Laps: 39


"It was a good first day. I improved a lot during the day. In the last minutes of FP2, I could do two lap times, which were quite good. We couldn’t do a very good time, but I think I’m capable to do it, if I’m in the correct place and have a good slipstream. Overall, I’m happy about today. We are 17th in the rankings, but we took many positives today. I’m looking forward to tomorrow now, we still need to work on a few things, but we are on a good way."

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