Strong first day at the Sachsenring
Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT riders Kornfeil and Pulkkinen show good performances during the first Free Practice day for the “GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland” and finish 11th and 27th, respectively.
Having to start at 9am on Friday Morning the pilots of the Moto3TM were the first ones to ride on the renewed asphalt of the Sachsenring. Without any experience on the new surface the first session of the day was mainly used to get familiarized with the track and to collect important data for the upcoming weekend.
Kornfeil, with a lot of experience on this track, got along quite well with his Peugeot bike. During the whole session he was showing a solid performance being between 13 and 17 positions on the time sheets. After 21 laps he eventually finished 11th with his personal best of 1:28.660 and 0.792 seconds off the leader.
Team mate Patrik Pulkkinen was more concentrated on chosing the correct lines in the tricky corners the track has to offer. His fastest lap of 1:32.420 put him 32nd on the time sheets.
The second practice had to be red flagged not long after its start. Due to a crash the riders had to return to their pit boxes just 12 minutes after they went out on track. Once they waited for 15 minutes they were good to go again and Kornfeil continued where he left off in the morning. Improving his time by 0.329 seconds (1:28.331) he finished 10th.
Also young Pulkkinen got a long a lot better in this session and got down to a 1:29.151 more than two seconds faster than in the morning. In the end he climbed up to 26th position. On the combined time sheets Kornfeil finished 11th and Pulkkinen 27th.
Now they have to show a similiar performance in tomorrows third Free Practice and especially in the following qualifying at 12.35pm.
Combined Free Practice 1 & 2 Times Moto3TM
1. J. Mir | SPA | HONDA | 1:27.179
2. R. Fenati | ITA | HONDA | 1:27.855 (+ 0.676)
3. J. Martin | SPA | HONDA | 1:27.868 (+ 0.689)
11. J. KORNFEIL | CZE | PEUGEOT | 1:28.331 (+ 1.152)
27. P. PULKKINEN | FIN | PEUGEOT | 1:29.151 (+ 1.972)
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