Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) ended the first day of the MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal, reserved for free practice, with the 13th chrono after leading the qualifying table and breaking the AIA record in the first session.
Fastest in the morning session with 1'40.122, Oliveira improved by almost 200 milliseconds in the afternoon session, running his best lap in 1.39.946 minutes, but staying 529 milliseconds of the day, Frenchman Johann Zarco Ducati), who signed a new track record.
“It was a positive first day. From morning to afternoon we improved the bike a lot. With this motorcycle and tire package, we were a little far from the potential we had, because we saved a soft tire for tomorrow [sábado], so our quick lap was not perfect ”, said the Almada driver, in statements released by his press office.
The top 15 finishers ended up separated by about half a second in the second session, revealing the high competitive level existing in MotoGP.
For tomorrow, Saturday, two more free training sessions and the qualification session are scheduled, which is divided into two parts. The first, entitled Q1, gathers the 10 slowest drivers from the third free practice session, while the second, entitled Q2, gathers the remaining ten drivers, plus the two fastest from Q1.
The MotoGP Grand Prix of Portugal, is the 14th and last race of the season, and will take place until Sunday at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (AIA), in Portimão.
Miguel Oliveira is 10th in the World Championship, with 100 points.