A fantastic Saturday for Danilo Petrucci at Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina. Following the good feelings of Friday’s free practices, finished in P5, Petrux confirmed to be the fastest Italian rider so far in the Argentine weekend, conquering a superb fourth place that will allow him to start from the top spot of the second row in the Grand Prix de la Repubblica Argentina tomorrow.
For Danilo also a great confidence given by the excellent pace recorded in FP4 (4th time) in wet conditions.
Positive sensations even for Scott Redding, who lapped very fast in a dry FP3 session (with hard tire) skimming the direct qualification to Q2 (-71 milliseconds). The British rider felt at ease also in wet conditions, ending up FP4 one tenth of a second behind the Top 5. In Q1, however, Scott was not able to find the ideal conditions to beat the competition of Dani Pedrosa and Valentino Rossi, finishing in 15th position with a best time of 1’50.048.
4th – Danilo Petrucci – 1’48.908
“I’m happy with this result even though I would have liked to win the first row. I knew it was a goal to reach, with difficult track conditions that allow me to express myself well. The race? I like this track a lot, I feel at ease. It will be important to get off a good start. I think we can do a good race and to be honest, my goal is to finish in the Top 8”.
15th – Scott Redding – 1’50.048
“It has been a positive day. I am very happy with how things went in FP3. The feeling with the bike was really good since the start and this was the most important goal to achieve today. I started well even in FP4 with wet conditions, then I felt some problems on the rear. I tried to do my best in Q1 but the conditions were really difficult. All things considered I’m confident for the race”.