David Muñoz will start eleventh and Ana Carrasco has done her best qualifying of the season
The qualifying sessions for the Australian Grand Prix have come to an end at the Phillip Island circuit, where the BOÉ Motorsports riders had a positive Saturday.
After yesterday’s free practice sessions in which the two Spanish riders adapted to the cold, windy and wet track, today both were able to make a clear step forward.
While on Friday’s combined timesheet David Muñoz could not get higher than eighteenth position and Ana Carrasco twenty-ninth, the feeling of both riders improved from Saturday’s FP3, although neither of them could qualify directly for Q2.
Even so, Q1 was a really positive session for the team. On the one hand, Ana Carrasco started from the beginning with a great pace and was in the Q2 access positions for part of this first QP. On the other hand, David Muñoz had to play all his cards in the final part, a strategy that worked out well for the Andalusian rider as he finished second fastest. In addition, Ana Carrasco was twelfth in Q1, her best result of the season on Saturday.
In Q2, David Muñoz was 43 thousandths of a second off the top 10 with the eleventh fastest time thanks to a lap of 1:37.021.
David Muñoz: “The day went more or less well. In FP3 we made a mistake that made us stay out of Q2. In Q1 we made a step forward and were able to qualify for Q2, where we were in front at the beginning, but finally we finished eleventh. I am happy with the final result, although the weekend has been a bit difficult. Let’s hope that tomorrow everything goes well and that we can have a good race to keep moving forward”.
Ana Carrasco:“Yesterday was quite complicated because of the track conditions, with the rain we were able to ride very little time in the dry, so it was difficult to work on the set-up and the pace. Today I’m quite happy, we made a good step in FP3 with the set-up and in QP we were able to improve a lot. I think the time could have been a little bit better because I made a couple of mistakes on the fast lap, but I’m still happy. I think I can have a good race tomorrow and enjoy this circuit”.
Tomorrow, Sunday 16th October, the Moto3 race will start at 2 AM in Spain, while in Australia the lights will go off at nine o’clock in the morning.