Romano Fenati (right) - Photo Credit: Team Italia FMI

Romano Fenati (right) - Photo Credit: Team Italia FMI


Romano Fenati is hopeful he can challenge for pole position whatever conditions he is faced with in qualifying at Jerez tomorrow. The Italian sensation was quickest in Friday practice ahead of Maverick Vinales and Sandro Cortese, with the quickest times set in the dry morning session.

Fenati was only 21st in the afternoon session which took place in the wet but wasn't concerned by that fact and feels confident of improving if those conditions return for qualifying.

“The morning session was very positive compared with the wet practice in the afternoon. I’m still not used to riding with the track in these conditions. I did gain some confidence in the last few laps, and hopefully I’ll be able to improve even if the weather stays the same tomorrow.”

Teammate Alessandro Tonucci was two places higher in FP2 but ended the day in 16th by virtue of his morning lap time. The 19 year old wasn't totally satisfied with either session but expects to improve in qualifying.

“I could have done better in the morning but we tried a solution that turned out to be inefficient. Still, this helped us understand important things for the future. During FP2, I ran into some problems since it was the first time I tried this bike in the wet and the rear was sliding too much. I’ll be able to do much better tomorrow.”

Team Italia FMI technical director Roberto Locatelli believes the hard work done today will give them a good chance of success in either weather condition.

“Given the conditions of the track, our objective today was not to achieve the best performance, but to help our riders adjust and get the right confidence. The small changes we made today will give us a good setup in both wet and dry conditions. We are looking forward to tomorrow’s qualifying session.”