The first day of activity at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit ended with a good result from Jack Miller who finished in 10th position, securing his Q2 qualification in case of rain tomorrow. For Danilo Petrucci, some more difficulties due to the lack of grip, especially at the rear.
Jack started off well in Fp1 and after the first run he is leading the standings. The Australian rider finished the morning session in fifth place with a good time that allowed him to defend the Top 10 even in the Fp2 affected by a slight rain in the middle of the session.
Petrux couldn’t manage in the afternoon to do the step to finish in Top 10. The Italian rider had a lot of trouble finding the right feeling with the tyres as did the two official Ducati riders (Dovizioso 15° and Lorenzo 16°). His positive ideal time (8th with the best time in T2) confirms the problems encountered by Petrux, who was unable to make the most of the power of his Ducati Desmosedici GP 2018.
14th Danilo Petrucci – 1’40.863
“A very very strange day. The track was quite dirty and the conditions did not improve in the afternoon. But the main problem is that the bike can’t do the same things every lap. It seems that we can’t get the tyres to work well, we don’t have grip, and the bike moves a lot when cornering. The soft tyre was practically new after 10 laps”.
10th Jack Miller – 1’40.715
“It wasn’t an easy day even though I managed to stay in the Top 10 and this could be important for tomorrow’s qualifying. With soft rubber I have not found benefits in the afternoon and we will have to understand why. I have struggled especially with in change directions. Tomorrow we will have to improve to be competitive in qualifying”.