#GermanGP: Rollercoaster Friday at the Sachsenring
After first free practice sessions, there were mixed feelings to see in garage of Bei Kiefer Racing because Lukas Tulovic has experienced a typical Friday for him whereas World Championship debutant Dirk Geiger was over the moon.
Due to an unnecessary mistake, Lukas Tulovic and his Moto2™ crew of the German racing team lost lots of valuable practice time during this morning’s FP1. The 19-year-old newcomer to the World Championship was therefore just able starting his preparations for his home race during the second session.
Dirk Geiger, on the other hand, was beaming with the sun all day long. In view of his still quite strange Moto3 racing machine to him, the 16-year-old from Mannheim performed solid during both free practice sessions and surprised with an increase of almost two seconds in the afternoon.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto2), FP1: P29 - 1´27.172 (6/6) / FP2: P28 - 1´25.813 (13/19):
"I’ve to apologize to my team for my mistake this morning. Obviously, I was infected by the bacillus to race at home. I was heading into the session much too motivated. The result was this stupid fall at turn one. I'm really sorry that we’ve lost a lot of valuable time. But my crew did a great job and fixed the bike quickly so that I was able to go out again during the last minutes. Thanks guys, that was really important to get the feeling for the bike and the track back again."
"For the second session in the afternoon we’ve made some changes to the set-up which was positive because we’ve made some steps forward. But after the opening day of practice, our gap is a bit too big. At a short track like this we’ve to be closer. But in terms of my feeling, things went quite well during FP2. I know where to gain time and we know how to improve with the bike. If our plan, which we already have, works out, then we’ll certainly make the expected progress tomorrow."
#28 Dirk GEIGER (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto3), FP1: P30 - 1´31.471 (9/17) / FP2: P30 - 1´29.563 (19/21):
"It's an unbelievable feeling to ride here. I can hardly put it into words what has been going on with me today, it's just mega-cool to be part of this race. I just enjoyed every lap, riding in front of these fans. Both practices went really well. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of time in the morning because of a completely unexpected issue. In addition, it was difficult for me to build up a feeling with the bike although, the second practice didn't start as we had expected. The lap times didn't want to come. After that we changed the setup a bit and put in a new tyre, I was able to go much faster and I also had a better feeling immediately."
"In addition, I was also able to improve my riding a little bit which means to brake there a little bit later and accelerating a little earlier there. In the end I was able to keep up with a group. I didn't go any faster, but I was very constant. But what was much more important was, that I was able to learn the one or other thing from the others. I also saw where and how I had to change my line. I'm completely satisfied with my start into the weekend and I'd like to express once again how grateful I’m to my sponsors and to Kiefer Racing for this opportunity."
#GermanGP Moto2™ - Combined Free Practice Times FP1/FP2:
1 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 1´23.948 (FP2)
2 Xavi VIERGE / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 1´24.328 +0.380 (FP2)
3 Iker LECUONA / SPA / American Racing KTM / KTM / 1´24.328 + 0.380 (FP2)
28 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / 1´25.813 +1.865 (FP2)
#GermanGP Moto3™ - Combined Free Practice Times FP1/FP2:
1 Ayumu SASAKI / JPN / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing / Honda / 1´26.526 (FP2)
2 Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team / KTM / 1´26.591 +0.065 (FP1)
3 Marco RAMIREZ / SPA / Leopard Racing / Honda / 1´26.783 + 0.257 (FP1)
30 #28 Dirk GEIGER / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / 1´29.563 +3.037 (FP2)