#FrenchGP weekend gets underway at sunny Le Mans
A special weekend started today for the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing at the SHARK Grand Prix de France, the home leg of the MotoGP calendar. Surprisingly sunny and dry, the famous Bugatti Circuit was also welcoming back fans at full capacity for the first time since 2019, and the French crowd, known for its enthusiasm, did not disappoint and came in number for the first day which was combining Free Practices 1 and 2.
Australian Remy Gardner was back with his team after two intense weeks in Portimao and Jerez and jumped on his KTM RC16 at 9:55 local time (GMT+2). His FP1 was split into three runs. The first one was quickly interrupted by a technical issue which forced him to change bikes, but he was then able to focus on getting his first few laps in France on a MotoGP engine.
He reached his best time of the morning towards the end of the session, in 1’33.302. The track conditions got hotter in the afternoon, which means that most of the MotoGP class was able to improve their times, including Remy with an improvement of 0.565 seconds in the first laps of the second session. The number 87 finishes the day in P22 and will continue to push tomorrow when the action resumes at 9:55 local time.
“Tough day for most of the KTM bikes today, except Brad Binder maybe. We are trying to work really hard as a team to find which points we can improve so that we can be more comfortable on the bike and go faster. We will keep pushing as always tomorrow. Thank you to everyone.”