It was an outstanding Friday for Octo Pramac Racing as Danilo Petrucci dominated the FP2 by finishing in first position the first day of free practice for the “Grand Prix of Misano e della Riviera di Rimini”.
Some more difficulties for Scott who couldn’t fight for the Top 10 finishing in 16° position.
Petrux was very fast since the morning ending FP1 in 5° position (44 thousands of a second from the hypothetical front row). The Italian rider, despite a little flu, came back on track in the afternoon with a stunning feeling, and already from the initial laps he maintained the same pace of Marquez. In the last run, Petrux completed a masterpiece with the best time in T1 and T3 and the first position in Friday’s combined classification.
Despite the good indication from the mid-July test, Scott Redding was not able to be competitive, and after finishing in P18 the free practice of the morning, he had to settle for P16 position in FP2.
1st – Danilo Petrucci – 1’33.231
“It was a good day. I wanted to start strongly after the difficulties of Silverstone’s free practices. After the test in July I knew I had a good bike even though the weather conditions and the tires were different. I am very happy about how we started the weekend. Is going to be fundamental to start in a forward position here in Misano”.
16th – Scott Redding – 1’34.266
“The feeling is not yet the best. I am struggling with the tires. The feeling is that the medium tire is too soft and I couldn’t find grip with the hard tire. After the good feeling at Silverstone, today things did not go well. We have to work on the details, and find the areas where we can improve tomorrow”.