Jakub Kornfeil was set to impress as the first of the day’s practice sessions got underway, but it soon became apparent that something was hampering the 22 year old as he struggled to get up to speed. Undeterred Kornfeil remained calm and focussed as his crew worked on improving the set-up of the #84 machine. Continuing to adapt bike settings throughout Free Practice Two, Kornfeil worked hard to pick up his pace. Despite a near crash in the final minutes, the Czech rider posted his fastest time of the day on his last lap.
Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin also experienced a difficult start at the Automotodrom Brno as he battled to find his rhythm around the 5.4km circuit. Despite concluding the day with a combined position of 28th place, the Malaysian rider is confident that with some small adjustments and more focus, he can improve both his pace and position for tomorrow’s qualifying.
Bike #63 – Zulfahmi Khairuddin
FP1: P28; 2’10.968 (DRY) – 15 laps
FP2: P26; 2’10.337 (DRY) –15 laps
“Today our overall position is not good but I’m still feeling positive because I know what I have to do to improve. I struggled to get my rhythm today, so I really need to focus on my riding tomorrow. There are still a few things we are going to try to improve the set-up, but the majority must come from me. Tonight I will study the data and concentrate on how and where I can go faster. I know I can better my time a lot more and am capable of qualifying well here. Tomorrow I will give it my all.”
Bike #84 – Jakub Kornfeil
FP1: P18; 2’10.256 (DRY) – 12 laps
FP2: P19; 2’10.160 (DRY) – 14 laps
“It hasn’t been the easiest day; I had expected it to go a lot better. Still I think we have been working very hard to improve the bike. We thought that after Indianapolis our settings would work well here too but unfortunately they haven’t, so today has been more of a test for us to find the right set-up.
I think we were not so good about the tyres because other riders in the end used a softer tyre which was working better for them, where as I used a medium. The softer tyres are gone after two or three laps, so our timing for using them in qualifying tomorrow will be very important.
In the corners I’m very fast but still we need to improve in the entrance of the corners. If we can do this, for sure I will be a lot quicker. Our gearbox is quite good, we just need to find a good setting for the front and find some more grip on the bike.”
Brno, Czech Republic
Circuit: Automotodrom Brno
Circuit Length: 5.4 km