Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races in Assen:
Full Recap and Results Below:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Assen:
Full Recap and Results Below:
Sam Lowes has continued his strong form and topped the third Moto2 free practice session for the Dutch TT at Assen. The rain that occurred in the MotoGP session previous and remaining thick cloud cover left the track cold and meant that Lowes' time of 1:38.897 was a full second slower than Rabat's benchmark lap from yesterday. Fellow Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales ended up with the second fastest time after exchanging top spot with Lowes regularly.
Dominique Aegerter, Tito Rabat and Tom Luthi completed the top five while Simone Corsi took his Kalex machine to sixth position ahead of Johann Zarco and Mika Kallio. Jordi Torres and Belgian rider Xavier Simeon rounded out the top ten. In the final minutes of the session rain flags were shown as additional light showers fell, it promises to be a highly unpredictable and equally entertaining weekend ahead.
Tito Rabat has ended at the top of the time sheets following another extremely tight Moto2 practice session at Assen. The Championship leader ended FP2 a mere eight hundredths of a second ahead of impressive rookie Sam Lowes and Suisse rider Dominique Aegerter. The top three were consistently a class above throughout and ended up separated by just over a tenth.
After leading the morning session Jonas Folger had to settle for fourth ahead of Jordi Torres and Johann Zarco. Sandro Cortese posted the seventh quickest lap ahead of Marc VDS rider Mika Kallio, a rejuvenated Ricard Cardus and Pons Kalex rider Luis Salom.
Jonas Folger managed to capitalise on the emerging sunshine and warming track conditions to head Moto2 FP1 at Assen. The German youngster set a blistering run of lap times that saw him register a benchmark of 1:38.459, putting him a tenth clear of fellow Kalex rider Mika Kallio. Reigning World Supersport Champion Sam Lowes posted the third fastest time, making the most of his familiarity with the TT circuit. Dominique Aegerter and Championship leader Tito Rabat completed the top five.
Maverick Vinales ended the session with the sixth quickest lap time to his name while Jordi Torres, Simone Corsi, Sandro Cortese and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top ten. The ultra-competitive nature of the Moto2 class was emphasised by the top eighteen riders lap times being split by only nine tenths of a second.
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's races at Assen:
Mika Kallio is quietly intense, focused, and often overlooked in Moto2. The Finn is in his fourth season with the Marc VDS Racing team, where he once again forms a serious challenge in the Moto2 championship with his teammate. Last year, it was with Scott Redding, this year, teammate Tito Rabat is the main obstacle between Kallio and the Moto2 title.
MotoMatters.com friend and contributor Mick Fialkowski caught up with Mika Kallio at Barcelona, and spoke to him about a range of subjects. Kallio talked about his approach to trying to win a Moto2 title and how the Kalex Moto2 machine has changed over the years. Kallio also talked about the problems the combined rider weight rules cause for lighter riders, and how he sees the comparison with Dani Pedrosa.
Mick Fialkowski: It's been a pretty solid start to the season. You must be pretty pleased?
Mika Kallio: Yes, of course it's not bad. I'm second in the Championship which is a quite good position. I'm happy with how the season had gone so far. Just maybe the last weekend at Mugello wasn't the best, not perfect as I was struggling a little bit to find the feeling with the track. but the other races were good. I won the two previous ones at Jerez and Le Mans, so everything is good. We're ready to fight for the championship.
MF: So how much are your focusing on the title and now much is it race by race?
MK: Before the season my goal was to win the title, absolutely. Now we're second in the championship so we're going in the right direction, but we need to go into it race by race and don't think too much about the standings. There's a lot of races left, so you need to go step by step and try to repeat the same good feeling with the bike. If you start to think too much about the championship, it's not good for your head. It's better to keep the pressure as little as possible and focus on the right things.
MF: You're one of the most consistent riders in Moto2. What's the key to that?
MK: For some reason each year in Moto2 we can see the same story; one rider can be really fast and win a race and then in the next race he's nowhere. It has something to do with these bikes. They're so sensitive to find the right settings, that if you miss the feeling a little bit, like I did at Mugello, immediately do drop a bit. It's complicated to keep the same level every week, also because of the rules, because all the bikes are so close. That's the main reason. If you don't have the confidence you drop a lot. However me and Tito are the most consistent ones and I think that in the long term, to win the championship, that's the main key. You need to win the race and be on the podium of course but it's also very important that when a bad day is coming – and it will come anyway in such a long season – then you need to still be somewhere and score points. Consistency is the key.
In the fourth part of the Tech 3 team's Insight series, the focus shifts away from the garage and behind the scenes. As sponsorship is vital to the continued existence of a team, communication plays a key role. The communications team ensures that riders speak to the media and meet the fans and sponsors, ensure that the media get the information that they need to write about the team, and fans can follow the exploits of the team through the website and social media. Below is the Tech 3 press release explaining just how the communications part works:
Insight part 4: The communications team
In the current age of MotoGP the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team does not just have to be fast on track, but also the communications side needs to run seamlessly and proficiently. To organise and coordinate this there is another ‘team’ than the one seen in the garage. This other squad is the communications team whose roles will be examined in this ‘Insight’ to illustrate the relentless efforts of the four members to guarantee success on the track.
Before a suitcase has even been packed for any member of the Tech3 team, the rider’s schedules need to be coordinated. This schedule certifies that the riders have a plan of action with regards to global media requests, events for sponsors, signing sessions with fans as well as structuring their busy weeks. Milena Koerner is the Tech3 team’s communication & press coordinator who efficiently handles this highly significant role and is present at every Grand Prix on the calendar. Cardinal tasks include coordinating all guest and sponsor accreditation to the event, organising sponsor requests such as rider appearances as well as supervising all press or media enquires. The communication & press coordinator also crucially oversees all activities for the guests at the events, pit tours and the pre event guest documentation to guarantee satisfaction for the guests.
Press releases from the Gresini Moto2 and Moto3 teams, and the Estrella Galicia Honda Moto3 team after their test at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
Though most of the MotoGP teams packed up and headed to Assen after the MotoGP test on Monday, Suzuki and the Ducati test team remained. The two factories continued testing on Tuesday, in between tests with some of the top Moto2 teams, including Marc VDS, Aspar, AGR, and Technomag.
Suzuki continued the hard work of preparing for their return next year. They are continuing to work on a new engine, but the biggest headache they face is with the electronics. The process of porting and reengineering their software to work with the spec Magneti Marelli hardware is taking more time than they thought, and it still needs plenty of development before it is ready.
The Moto2 teams testing were working on performance for this year. No times were released, but according to the MotoGP.com website, Jonas Folger posted the fastest unofficial time, a lap of 1'45.6. Folger was working on the WP suspension his team uses, as well as on braking. Tito Rabat was second fastest with a 1'46.4, while Marc VDS teammate Mika Kallio spent his time working with a new swingarm. For Maverick Vinales, the test was another chance to continue to work on set up and adapting to the Moto2 class.