No other rider could match the defending champion’s pace set in Free Practice 1 this morning, particularly as temperatures rose to around 28 degrees Celsius (nearly 50 on track) for the afternoon session. Tyre degradation, grip and compound choice became the main topic of conversation.
Teammate Andrea Locatelli also had a positive day finishing P5 in the combined standings. The 26-year-old Italian had a good feeling in the cooler conditions and both riders will work together with their crews and Yamaha’s engineers to take a step in preparation for Race 1 tomorrow, as well as hotter predicted temperatures on Sunday.
Free Practice 3 will start at 10:00 (AST, UTC-3) tomorrow, with Superpole qualifying at 11:20 followed by Race 1 at the later start time of 15:00.