Dominique Aegerter, however, had a much more enjoyable start into the weekend at Styria’s picturesque Red Bull Ring than a week ago in Brno.
In contrast to high midsummer temperatures last weekend in the Czech Republic, some thunderstorms brought a welcome cool down to the region of the Styrian Murtal last night. A short rain shower in the early afternoon hardly affected the action of the Moto2™ class. Dominique Aegerter was able to put in all the experience he gained during the Brno weekend to good use right from the start in predominantly dry conditions, although the differences in track characteristics between the Automotodrom Brno and the Austrian power track could not be more glaring.
#77 Dominique AEGERTER (NTS RW Racing GP, NTS), FP1: P21 - 1´30.388 (20/20) / FP2: P22 - 1´30.318 (21/22):
"First of all, I would like to mention again that I am incredibly happy about this chance to race again for the RW Racing Team this weekend and next weekend. Hopefully Jesko will be fit soon again so that he can continue his work aboard his NTS bike and crew as originally started. At the same time, I would like to thank everyone involved for choosing me again for these tasks. The first Spielberg weekend has started very excitingly. I was curious to see how the NTS bike would work at this circuit. The character of this track is completely different from Brno. But after the first day of practice we ended up significantly closer to the top. This is certainly incredibly positive. We also had a much better base to start with. Furthermore, the necessary adjustments to the set-up showed that we have already taken the right path. Hopefully, the weather situation will remain stable over the next two days so that we can continue to make good progress. Changeable weather or mixed conditions would completely throw our plan overboard. Our priority is to reduce the gap further and then we'll see that we get decent results first in qualifying and then on Sunday."
#AustrianGP - Moto2™ Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Sam LOWES / GBR / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 1´28.985 (FP2)
2 Jorge MARTIN / SPA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KALEX / 1´28.995 +0.010 (FP2)
3 Marco BEZZECCHI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / 1´29.149 +0.164 (FP1)
22 #77 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / NTS RW Racing GP / NTS / 1´30.318 +1.333 (FP2)
#Austrian GP - Moto2™ Time Schedule for Saturday August 15th (CET):
10:55 - 11:35 FP3
15:10 - 15.25 Q1
15:35 - 15:50 Q2