Remy enjoys positive Friday practice sessions as the #CatalanGP weekend gets underway
It was a hot day in the north of Barcelona for the first day of the 2022 Catalunya Grand Prix as Tech3 KTM Factory Racing rookies Remy Gardner and teammate Raul Fernandez returned to the action only a couple of days after the Italian round in Mugello. Both riders were very familiar with this track, but it was a first with a KTM RC16, one that for sure must have felt amazing.
For Australian Remy, the morning session was very positive. All times were all really close from each other. He adopted a similar strategy as his teammate, and also registered his fastest lap in his last run, in 1’41.330. At 14:10 for the second free practice, the temperature outside got hotter, and the track logically followed, measured at 54°.
The focus was therefore not to try to get the times down, but to start preparing for Sunday’s race as he rode for most of the afternoon with two hard tyres. He finished the day in P25 and will aim to continue the work done today when the action resumes for FP3 tomorrow at 9:55 local time.
“First, it was a nice feeling hitting this circuit with a MotoGP bike. Today we focused on the race pace and worked with hard tyres in the afternoon, so we will be able to try to get the fast laps tomorrow with the soft. We have work to do tonight with all the data collected today, so we will analyse which areas we can improve ahead of qualifying day.”