Following a tough Friday at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Deniz Öncü made the most of the track time available this morning and lowered his fastest lap from yesterday by 0.670 seconds to conclude the Free Practice sessions in 19th overall. In Qualifying one, the Moto3 rookie did a fantastic time of 1:42.223 to secure P1, which made him passing through to Q2. In the second decisive session, he pushed hard again and finally did the 13th fastest lap time, which makes him start tomorrow’s eighth round of the 2020 season at 11:00 local time from the fifth row of the grid.

With a strong start into the second race weekend the same venue, his Red Bull KTM Tech3 teammate Ayumu Sasaki continued where he left off yesterday in FP3 this morning. Although he sustained a small crash, he managed to improve his Friday’s best by 0.364 seconds to qualify directly for Q2. In the short Qualifying session itself, the Japanese youngster hit some traffic and eventually ended up in P16, which equals his best Qualifying result from Jerez II and Austria I.


Deniz Öncü

Position: 13th

Time: 1:42.375

Laps: 6

"Compared to yesterday, we did some great progress today, especially after our two crashes in FP1, I was a bit lost. So, in FP2, it was not how I expected, as I couldn’t regain my feeling easily. But today, I found what I was missing. In FP3, I already managed to do some good laps. It was not enough to go directly to Q2, but I felt confident. In Q1, I was fastest for the first time, so I’m really happy about this. In Q2, I could have done a better lap time, but in the end, I never managed to finish one full fast lap with all sectors together. Eventually, I start in P13, so I’m satisfied. Let’s see what we can do in tomorrow’s race."


Ayumu Sasaki

Position: 16th

Time: 1:42.855

Laps: 6

"Qualifying has been a bit disappointing today. I think we could have gone better, but I came into some traffic and couldn’t do my good lap. In the end, we finished 16th. But at the same time, I think we have a good race pace. We just need to come back again to the front in tomorrow’s race. We wanted to improve our Qualifying, so it’s not what I was hoping for. Anyway, it’s finished now, so we focus fully on the race tomorrow."


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