Solidity and race pace, these few words can summarize Team Go Eleven’s first day at Motorland Aragon; still close to tenth position, with a limited gap from the first five positions, Philipp Oettl tested different tyres solutions with a view to the race, however showing excellent references both in the morning and in the afternoon.

In FP 1 Philipp surprised by showing himself fast and immediately at ease on the stunning Spanish track; let’s remember that several teams carried out tests here during the summer break, therefore it was not at all obvious to be in the top part of the ranking. The whole session with the same tyres, over 20 laps, managing the drop of the rear Pirelli. Aragon is historically a very expensive track in terms of tyres, and management will be fundamental for the entire duration of the race. Tenth position, good pace, all that remains is to wait for the afternoon session to take the conclusions of the first day.

Free Practice 1:
P 1   J. Rea   1.50.309
P 2   I. Lecuona   + 0.032
P 3   D. Petrucci    + 0.342

P 10   P. Oettl   + 1.086
In FP 2 the conditions changed a lot, the asphalt was decidedly warmer. Philipp entered with the softest solution, and then carried out a comparison from a race perspective. Very similar times between the two configurations, but at the end of the session we understood the direction to take for the long distance. With warmer temperatures, the grip dropped significantly, so much so that the riders complained about a lack of grip and a lot of sliding. A solid Friday, however, which saw Go Eleven’s cyan Ducati always placing close to the top ten positions, improving session after session. The gap from the first increased in the afternoon, but both in terms of speed and pace, the riders in the second group are all very close and compact. Eleventh final position, useful data collected, and good work by the whole team, with Philipp appearing very calm and confident for the remainder of the weekend.Free Practice 2:
P 1    A. Bautista     1.49.649
P 2    M. Rinaldi   + 0.077
P 3    D. Petrucci     + 0.176

P 11   P. Oettl   + 1.466
Philipp Oettl (Rider):

“Today we started in the right direction, we have to consider that we didn’t do the test at Aragon. This morning the session was good, I found the rythm quite fast, and this afternoon we found some interesting solutions, too. We were most of the time in the Top Ten, 99% we choose the tyre for tomorrow, there is one configuration that gives me a better feeling, but we have to work on the grip, especially in accelerations and drive grip. In that areas we need to improve working. At the end of Friday we are a bit more in front compared to Magny-Cours, it’s positive, cause at the end we had a solid weekend there. Let’s keep focused on our job in FP 3, let’s be consistent tomorrow, watch the datas and I am looking forward to have good sessions tomorrow!”