Busy Saturday for the Le0pard Racing in Austria
Italian rider Dennis Foggia has taken the 7th spot of the grid at the Red Bull Ring and will start tomorrow from the third row, while teammate Jaume Masia has been the 18th after an incident at the end of Q1.
It’s been a busy Saturday in the office! The end of the FP3 saw Jaume Masia crossing the line the 3rd but he was given a penalty because of setting that fast lap time when there were yellow flags on track due to another rider’s crash. Therefore he missed it and couldn’t enter into Q2. On the other side of the box, Dennis Foggia was the 14th on the standings and went directly to Q2.
When it was time for Masia to push on Q1, he went out, did the first laps and entered to the pit. On the second exit he already was the first and was supposed to go to Q2, but good luck wasn’t on his side and crashed at turn 7. He managed to pick up the bike and when he was on his way to the box, the machine started to leave some oil patches on the surface. Jaume didn’t realize it and came back to the box without fairing, doing the best he could, with the purpose of going out again as soon as possible. Although the team worked unceasingly to fix the bike and have it perfect to try again (the session was delayed and at that point Masia still had a chance), Race Direction imposed him a penalty and couldn’t do the Q2 session. Things this way, he will start tomorrow from the 18th position.
The bright side of the Le0pard Racing has been Dennis Foggia’s performance: he’s made a step forward, feels better on the bike and will start tomorrow from the 7th spot of the grid.
As you all know, anything can happen. Let’s hope for the best and let’s enjoy Sunday race at 11.00am (CET)!
Dennis Foggia, 7th
“I’ll start tomorrow from the 7th position, we’ve made a step forward and I hope to have a nice warm up in order to decide the bike for the race. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow”.
Jaume Masia, 18th
“It’s been a difficult Saturday. First they’ve cancelled my fast lap at the end of the FP3 and I had to go to Q1. There I’ve had a little crash on and there have been consequences with two other riders. I’m so sorry, of course I didn’t want that to happen. It’s been a shame because I had to miss the Q2 and tomorrow I’ll have to do a comeback. Many thanks to the team, they’ve worked so hard”.