We can say, a perfect day in Aragon for Philipp Oettl and Team Go Eleven! Excellent qualifying, constant and very fast Race 1, in which the German rider started well, opened the gap in the first laps and fought hard in the final laps against the tyre drop, only losing position to a Petrucci in amazing form. Today it was impossible to do better, so well done Philipp, and congratulations to all the staff, the efforts in difficult moments paid off!

FP 3, which took place with around 16 degrees of asphalt, proved to be a frustrating and not very indicative session for the Go Eleven rider. Good pace on used tyres, then with qualifying Oettl was unable to make an impact as he often found himself in traffic. Even the Best Lap arrived on the fifth lap, with a very used and not performing rear. The potential, however, was clearly in line with the first places, just a clean lap was missing.

Free Practice 3:
P 1   D. Petrucci   1.48.808
P 2   A. Bautista   + 0.078
P 3   R. Gardner    + 0.555

P 15   P. Oettl   + 1.753
Finally a nice Superpole! In the hot moment, Philipp finds a good reference on the track, Gardner, manages to exploit all the potential of the SCQ, placing himself in the first three rows. Eighth place, one tenth from the second row and less than a second from the top; best qualifying of the season after Phillip Island, and an ideal position for the start of the race, from the center of the track. Fast and decisive, continuing to work with head and calm, this is what is needed to achieve good results.

P 1    J. Rea    1.47.973
P 2    A. Bautista   + 0.351
P 3    T. Razgatlioglu    + 0.550

P 8   P. Oettl   + 1.027

Race 1 simply perfect! Excellent start, first corner on the outside, then inside in turn two, overtaking Lecuona, overtaking Axel in a precise and strong way, from then on the German rider set a pace in line with Locatelli, escaping from the large group behind. Only a super Danilo Petrucci denied Team Go Eleven the joy of the first Top Independent of the season, but the pace of the rider from Terni was far too faster compared to the cyan Ducati. Sixth position means second best result of the season, but even more importantly it certifies that the Piedmontese team and Philipp are back in the positions that count!

Race 1:
P 1    M. Rinaldi    33’18.957
P 2    T. Razgatlioglu    + 1.253
P 3    J. Rea   + 2.837

P 6    P. Oettl   + 14.427

In view of tomorrow, the technicians’ work will focus on the second part of the race; today in the last six laps Philipp had to slow down the pace due to tyre drop. He was able to defend the position, but it will be necessary to take a step in the right direction and above all to defend the Top 9 in the Superpole Race. For now, however, what remains of this Saturday is the good performance of the whole team in the important sessions of this Round so far!

Philipp Oettl (Rider):

“The Qualifying today was really good, it was the base for our strong Race 1! I did a great start, I overtook Lecuona there, then I also got over Bassani, quite easily overtaking him in turn 1. It was necessary cause I had more rythm, so I tried to stay with Locatelli, but he was a bit faster than me, he was more consistent for all the laps. At one point my tyre dropped a lot, but I could manage my 6th position. We did a good job overall, I hope we can do another small step forward tomorrow, but at the moment I am really happy to be back in Top positions!”

Denis Sacchetti (Team Manager):

“What a pleasure to be back fighting in the top five positions! Today Philipp started well and immediately overtook Bassani without wasting time… he was very good and it was a shame to have lost the Top Independent to Petrucci, but today Danilo was very strong and he deserved it! Let’s move the challenge to tomorrow, but for today I am satisfied with everyone’s work, we have overcome a moment in which the results were struggling to come, we have always believed in it, and today the efforts have been rewarded. A small step tomorrow, and we can confirm our potential!”