Brad lines up tenth on the #AragonGP grid
MotorLand Aragon beckoned MotoGP to the Iberian Peninsula for the fourth time in 2022 and the spectacular 5.1km circuit based a short distance from the town of Alcañiz was a typically varied and technical test for the teams and riders. Sunny conditions graced both days of Free Practice and Qualification on the open and exposed facility and with a declining level of grip level courtesy of the 12-year-old asphalt.
KTM immediately got to work in the wake of the two-day official test in Misano, Italy last week. Brad was denied the 4th best lap-time in Free Practice 1 because of a waved yellow flag but both the South African and teammate Miguel Oliveira were keen and competitive. They comfortably secured positions in the top-ten cut for direct Q2 entry in FP3 on Saturday morning.
When it came down to the crucial 12-minute decider for the first rows of the start grid Brad, who was nursing a painful ankle due to a fall in FP3, was initially holding a second row slot but couldn’t improve his last flying lap attempt and nestled in 10th.
As per usual, the Moto3 chase opens raceday at 11.00 before Moto2 at 12.20 and MotoGP begins at 14.00 CET
“Everything is working quite well. The position today was a bit better but I’m still slightly disappointed because I could have done an improved lap in Q2. Still, a better-than-usual qualifying for me! I’m looking forward to the race even if we can work on a few more details. Once the tire drops tomorrow I think it will get a bit easier for us. We’ll have to manage the left side but I’m confident we can get through the distance without too much consumption. I think I can do a good job tomorrow, so fingers crossed.”