ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT AFTER DAY 1 FOR DEL CONCA GRESINI MOTO3 RIDERS

The opening day of action for the Malaysian Grand Prix has drawn to a close and, by the looks of it, it is going to be a very challenging weekend weather-wise for the Moto3 World Championship riders. With the sun shining in the morning and the rain falling in the afternoon, Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3’s Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio were 9th and 25th, respectively, in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions at the Sepang International Circuit.

Martin, who mainly worked on his pace, has logged a personal best lap-time of 2’14.184, which was slightly more than a second off the top of the timesheets. The young Spaniard needs to find a better feeling on wet track conditions, but on the dry he feels he will be ready to battle for top positions in tomorrow’s qualifying – scheduled to get underway at 12:35 local time (GMT +8).

Fabio Di Giannantonio had a steadier start to the weekend as he was only 25th today after being unable to find the right feeling with his Honda NSF250RW on both dry and wet conditions. But the Italian is not giving up and he will try to bounce back tomorrow in order to get a good grid position for Sunday’s race.