#MalaysianGP: Good progress on day two at scorching Sepang
After initial difficulties with an unfamiliar track and the almost inhumane conditions of Malaysia, Lukas Tulovic obviously managed it better on Saturday.
Daily thunderstorms are nothing unusual in Southeast Asia at the beginning of the rainy season. However, the 2019 edition of the Malaysia Grand Prix has been accompanied by good and stable weather so far. Favourable circumstances for World Championship newcomer Lukas Tulovic, who still had his dear trouble adjusting to the huge Sepang Circuit on Friday. But this morning’s FP3 he obviously got a light on his choice in terms of chosing the right lines. Tulovic found in the twinkling of an eye 1.6 seconds compared on his Friday lap times. In qualifying he was a little bit faster too.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto2), Grid position 30th - 2´07.764 (3/7):
"We can be very satisfied with the progress we’ve made since yesterday. The third session this morning, however, began rather resinous again because we went out with used tyres first. That's why I was sliding a lot and hardly managed to improve my times. However, I was sure that we would make progress with a new set of tyres in our second exit. The big jumps nevertheless came as a bit of a surprise for me. Unfortunately, there was a small technical defect shortly before the end of the session. But my crew was able to find the cause quickly and fix everything until qualifying. Q1 was then an exciting affair because there were some rain drops at any time. But the track remained dry during the whole session."
"Nevertheless, I was able to adjust well to the situation and I put in three strong laps immediately. But then I destroyed my rhythm by myself because I was looking for a fast rear wheel. In the end, unfortunately, with used tyres I couldn’t do anything more. That's a bit annoying, because one or two tenths of a second should have been possible. But from the feeling for the bike and also for the track it fits very well meanwhile. So, I'm confident for the race that we can have a good fight with the guys right in front of us tomorrow."
#MalaysianGP Moto2™ - Qualifying Results:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 2´05.244
2 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team / KALEX/ 2´05.395 +0.151
3 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 2´05.559 +0.315
30 #3 Lukas TULOVIC / GER / Kiefer Racing / KTM / 2´07.764 (Q1)