Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Marco Bezzecchi made it to Q2 once again during a wet and slightly cooler Saturday at the Twin Ring Motegi. The Italian intermediate class newcomer was pushing hard from the beginning of the second Qualifying and was on his way to top the session, when a technical issue halted his hunt for top times. Either way, he managed to put in a last fast lap and scored the best KTM spot with eighth position in difficult conditions.

On the other side of the Red Bull KTM Tech3 garage, Philipp Öttl was getting used to the tricky conditions well during FP3, but unfortunately was one of the victims to go down in the middle of the session. Although the German Moto2 rookie felt ok, he had to grit his teeth during Qualifying one this afternoon with his legs causing him pain to eventually finish Q1 in P15.

Marco Bezzecchi

Position: 8th

Time: 2:02.558

Laps: 6

"Today was better than yesterday, for sure, but also the conditions were different. Going through Q1 was good, as I was able to find a feeling and to make some small changes on the bike. In Q2 I was very fast, then we had a technical issue. Fortunately, I could make another timed lap in the end, but I lost my rhythm before and in these conditions, this is very important. Anyway, I improved, so now we hope for a dry race tomorrow and then we’ll see what we can do."

Philipp Öttl

Position: 29th

Time: 2:06.725

Laps: 7

"This morning we started well in the wet practice, but then I had a crash. I’m very happy, that the team build up everything almost brand-new for the Qualifying, as there was very limited time between those sessions. I’m very glad to have such a great bunch of people in the back. Qualifying was short to improve and find back into a rhythm, plus I have quite a bit of pain in my legs. But I hope that it’s going to be a bit better tomorrow. At least the weather forecast looks a bit more positive for Sunday. It was my third experience in the rain with the bigger bike, it’s becoming better, but for sure not perfect."


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