#AmericasGP: It was a good weekend and I felt like I had some pace especially in the beginning where I made up three positions and was fighting with Jorge (Lorenzo). We took a gamble: Pol went with the soft front tyre and I went with the medium and with these temperatures I thought it would work but it just went off and there was nothing I could do.
I held-in there until lap twelve and then it was understeering everywhere. I knew it might happen…but was hoping it didn't! This is all part of the learning experience and figuring out what works with this motorcycle and how to improve. It is a bit frustrating to come away without any points but things were looking up this weekend so we have to be happy with that.
#AmericasGP Qualifying P14: "FP4 went great and the first couple of sectors were good but I did not leave enough space and did not expect to catch (Jack) Miller so easily. I made a couple of mistakes as well but I’m pleased with 15th and we're a team so it was OK for Pol to ‘use’ me a couple of times out there: it is about time that we got into Q2. 15th is my best qualification this year and on race pace in FP4 we looked solid. We just need to keep that up for tomorrow. I think the grip is coming on this race track and this meant we could push forward more.”
It’s a shame - it was an exciting start to the race and I think I made up twelve positions in the first laps. I was fully committed in the patchy conditions. Unfortunately I had a few situations where riders hit me and I lost a lot of ground.
I tried to get my head down and start to come forwards, and my lap-times were coming down but I got too greedy in the first corner and went off-line. I lost the front. It was a frustrating way to end the race but there are a lot of positives from this weekend.
I found a good feeling with the bike from FP1 and the performance was there in the race so I need to keep doing the same things and fingers crossed in Austin things will turn out well.
A frustrating day. I felt that we did a very good job in trying to improve the bike and find some grip but I made the wrong call by staying out on the track and I did not expect it to dry as fast as it did. I overheated the tyre and by the time I looked to come in (to the pits) there were four minutes left so I had to suck-it-and-see.
We didn't try the soft tyre in practice and it might have worked today. Overall a few small frustrating things but in general I’m feeling happy with the bike and I’m happy, so we’ll see what tomorrow brings. We have some ideas, whether it will be wet or dry, but I think the track will be difficult for everyone.
#QatarGP: I was really happy with the start of the race; I was aggressive and I made up some positions. I was in the mix and inside the points. For the first ten laps everything was working quite well and then I started to struggle with the front tyre and a lot of understeer and this was not something we had in any of the tests. The lap-times slowly dropped off. There were some corners where I was OK and others where I was just losing time. It was frustrating because I put myself in a good position to push along with the front guys. It was good to know more about where the KTM needs to improve by being with the other guys on track.
We’re just missing some grip and that's all it comes down to. The track is slowly getting better and I have some confidence that it will be better tomorrow. In general the bike feels like it did in the test and we just need to try and tweak some things to improve in these conditions. We’ll keep focussed and see what we can pull out tomorrow. #QatarGP#MotoGP
I’m back to normal and back to feeling comfortable, making progress and gaining confidence. We managed 14 days of testing this winter: so lots of laps, understanding and improvement. Of course the process never finishes. We were improving in every test and that's all we can ask for.
It is exciting starting the season in this shape and if we put everything together then we can start where we left off; and that is not ‘a given’ as everyone else has been working. What a story it would be to take this bike from those positions in Qatar last year to a podium or maybe a win. We believe in everyone around this project and they also believe in us.
It’s nice to finally finish the tests and iron out some of the details ready for the start of the season. It was good to also keep within that 1.1-1.2 gap to the front and, like Thailand, we were able to improve at the same rate as the other manufacturers and that means the Red Bull KTM team are reacting and doing a good job overnight.
Getting under that last second is a nice little target for us but I think we are already 1.2 second faster than we were last year here, so we have to be very pleased. We’ve made good progress over the last twelve months and we can be proud. We’ll now see what the race weekend brings. We are as prepared as we can be.
We rode in the wet here and the lights and visibility doesn't seem to be too much of an issue for the riders but the drainage could be a problem. Aquaplaning is never fun! We’ll see what happens because I think it will be exceptional circumstances if we actually get out in the rain here.