Round ten of the Moto3™ World Championship is officially underway as Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Daniel Holgado and Filippo Farioli completed the first day of action at the famous Red Bull Ring, host to the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. Both riders were eager to get the party started on Friday morning on KTM’s lands, in front of many orange fans having travelled to beautiful Styria to support their favorite manufacturer. Holgado rounded up the first day to his Austrian campaign in fourth overall, while rookie Farioli closed the day in twenty-second.

Championship leader Daniel Holgado headed to Austria more motivated than ever to perform on Austrian lands following his fifth podium of the season at the British Grand Prix. Looking to maintain the top of the table, Dani ruled the first practice session on Friday morning at the Red Bull Ring, as he topped Practice 1 with a best in 1’41.899 after fourteen laps. In the afternoon, he continued to demonstrate great pace as he remained amongst the fastest of the lightweight class during the second practice, although he did not take his time down. Eventually, he finished the session in eighth, and closed the day just 0.020 seconds from the top 3, in fourth. The young Spaniard will have one more practice session tomorrow morning before heading to the qualifying, as he will have eyes on the first row on KTM’s turf.

Following a positive Silverstone Test just after the British Grand Prix, Filippo Farioli continued to work on different settings to help him gain speed and confidence on the track. The young rookie headed to Austria for the first time in the Moto3™ class, as a new challenge lied ahead of the eighteen year-old boy. He took the eighteenth place of the first practice session on Friday morning, riding his best lap in 1’43.219, a bit more than one second away from his teammate. In the afternoon, he seemed to struggle a bit to find a good rhythm. A few mistakes and a busy traffic outhere made it difficult for the Italian to improve his time, who completed the day in twenty-second. Luckily, there is one more free practice early and fresh tomorrow morning at 8:40 LT to get ready for the qualifying sessions, scheduled at 12:50 local time.

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Dani Holgado

Position: 4th
Time: 1'41.899
Laps: 28

“We did a good job today in Austria, our pace and feeling on the bike were very good. We will keep working tomorrow morning on the bike’s setting and then we will aim to get a good grid position in qualifying. It will be very important for Sunday’s race. Looking forward to continuing the work with the team tomorrow.”

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Filippo Farioli

Position: 22nd
Time: 1'43.219
Laps: 29

“We tried different parts and settings this morning in P1, but these were not the best. In the afternoon session, I was a bit slow in the first run, and I made a few mistakes. Then when we went for the time attack, it was super busy on the track, with riders in the middle, so it bothered me and I was unable to do a good lap. We have work to do tonight, but we have potential to ride a good lap, so we will try to go to qualifying 2 tomorrow.”

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