“First of all, we had a decent start today. We wanted to pick up the good momentum where we had left off at the previous race weekend, though the situation here is very different. We know the lay-out of this circuit suits our bike and the new surface provides good grip, so we see a lot of potential here for a positive weekend. Vale and Maverick had a good feeling in the morning and they noticed that the track is smoother. There are still some bumps in sector four, but there are definitely less on the track overall. Maverick had a small crash, but he was OK and quickly got back out there again. In the afternoon both riders were able to put in some really fast laps at the end of the FP2 session. Initially Race Direction had cancelled Vale’s best time, but this was later corrected, so we are quite pleased to finish the first day with a third and fourth place and with some ideas of where we can improve tomorrow.”