Steady progress for Randy Krummenacher and Team JiR at Mugello
Team JiR and 25-year-old Randy Krummenacher have made good progress today in the first practice sessions for Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix.
The Swiss rider was 10th in the morning session has he tried out tyres and set ups for qualifying and the race itself, while in the afternoon he attempted a race distance. This conservative strategy leaves him with fresh rubber ready for tomorrow’s qualifying, where rider and team hope to make some improvements over previous qualifying session.
Andrea Viviani, Chief Technician: “This morning we were 10th so we have good pace and to make that time. We used the soft compound tyre to see what tyre would be best for the race and ultimate lap-time – so our position wasn’t too bad. In the afternoon we continued to use the tyre for a race distance. It works but we have some new front tyre specifications, so Randy needed a few more laps to get back to the feeling with this tyre that he had with one this morning. We end the day 18th on combined times, but we have made improvements to the bike so we need now to look at the data and move forward to improve race pace and that single fast lap. Our strategy is of steady progress, so it is a conservative strategy. We can now use new front and rears for qualifying tomorrow, so now we can get the results.”
Randy Krummenacher, 18th position, best lap 1m 53.710s:“I’m confident – this morning went better than the afternoon, but we analysed some data and I changed my lines and riding style in some corners which would help tomorrow. We have lots to do tomorrow and I’m sure we can get an advantage out of today for tomorrow as we also tested new parts for the suspension but I think it’s the right direction and making good, steady progress towards qualifying and the race is the best thing to do.”
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