Tech3 Racing team rider Remy Gardner raced to secure his second best spot on the starting grid in the Malaysian heat today. With an incredible fast time straight out of the garage, the Australian laid down a stunning marker through scorching track conditions and will start the second last race of the season from the front of the second row on Sunday.
On the other side of the garage, Dimas Ekky Pratama improved on his fastest Free Practice time by nearly one second this afternoon. The Indonesian, who replaces Bo Bendsneyder this weekend, had some tough lessons to learn in tricky conditions during FP3 and Qualifying today, but mastered his task well to start the Malaysian GP from the eighth row tomorrow at 13.20 local time (6.20 CET).
Position: 4th – Time: 2’06.347 – Laps: 14
“Today has been a very positive day. I did a really first lap on the first exit of Qualifying, luckily, because then the track went hotter and it was a lot more greasy towards the end. Also the tyres only lasted for one lap. I managed to put a pretty decent lap together in the first lap and we were sitting in P3 for a while all the way until the last two minutes. We put in a new set of tyres again and I tried, but it was just really difficult out there. Quartararo did a good job to pass me in these conditions. We were close to parc fermé, but not in, anyway, I don’t think it’s going to change a lot for tomorrow. We still need to work on our race pace in the Warm up, but I’m happy.”
Dimas Ekky Pratama
Position: 28th – Time: 2’08.769 – Laps: 14
“In Qualifying we improved our time and also the setting of the bike. I tried to stay with some fast riders to try to understand and to improve more, but unfortunately I wanted too much and did a mistake in turn five. I lost the front crashed and then I picked up the bike again, returned to the pit box and luckily the mechanics could fix it quickly. On my second exit I tried to stay with a group again, but I didn’t find them on track. So I did everything alone, worked on my understanding of the bike and the setting. In the end, I think it will be interesting tomorrow. I will push hard for sure, aim to stay with the guys in front of me, do my best and finish the race.”