#ThaiGP: For debut race optimistic
A harmless training crash on Saturday morning had some affects to the rhythm of Buriram rookie Lukas Tulovic for the all-important Qualifying.
After extreme heat and high humidity, the weather was very typical for South East Asia this morning though, in a different way. Torrential rain was the reason for a delay and changes to Saturday’s schedule. Until the beginning of FP3, the track was completely dry again. This session ended unintentionally early for Lukas Tulovic. The 19-year-old newcomer of the Kiefer Racing Team hadn’t anything in his hands to avoid a fall when he lost the front. For Tulovic, fortunately, this incident ended without further consequences. In qualifying he couldn't go through with his final attack due to some light rain along the 4.6 kilometres circuit and therefore he got stuck in P30 on the timesheet.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto2), Gird position 30th - 1´37.625 (7/9):
"This weekend reminds me a little of Misano. There I crashed shortly before the end of the first day and here at the beginning of the third free practice on Saturday morning. So, it was once again a good first day and a less good second day. This morning I felt incredibly sure and strong that I could go faster by one second easily in FP3. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Furthermore, after the heavy rain this morning I would have hoped that we would finally ride on a wet track once again. Anyway, this wish didn't come true either. Our plan for the shortened third practice session was to simulate a race distance and to put in as many laps as possible on the tyres. In my exit, however, I found it difficult to get into my rhythm at first. In the end I tried to push more and more until the front wheel folded in turn five. I wasn't faster in this lap than yesterday. In a video there is to see, however, that the front has become slightly unstable at this place. So, maybe I hit a bump there."
"From the data recordings it could be seen that the fork had come to a stop at that time. My mechanics had their hands full until qualifying to get the bike ready again. They also did a first-class job. Thanks guys, for your effort. In Q1 we went out with new tyres straight away. But like in the morning I had some problems to find my rhythm. But at some points I did the same lap times as yesterday until a few raindrops fell just before the end. In the last minutes I couldn't improve any more. P30 is not the best starting position for the race, but I'm still confident. Hopefully we'll find some small things to try out in the warm-up. If these things really bring progress, then I'm sure we'll have a nice race after all."
#ThaiGP Moto2™ - Qualifying Results:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 1´35.297
2 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team / KALEX / 1´35.392 +0.095
3 Jorge MARTIN / SPA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 1´35.448 +0.151
30 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / 1´37.625 (Q1)