2012 Mugello MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying on Saturday at Mugello:


SIXTH ROW FOR PASINI IN THE QUALIFYING SESSION AT THE CIRCUIT OF MUGELLO

The last free practice and the qualifying session of the MotoGP class for the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM were held today at the circuit of Mugello.

The session of the morning was essential for Pasini and his crew to try and look for some valid solutions to improve the performance of the ART machine on the Italian track. The data that was put together allowed the rider and his mechanics to work out some choices of setting in sight of the session of the afternoon.

In thq qualifying practice, Pasini and his crew verified some modifications, trying to improve the lap times. Mattia ended the session with the seventeenth time (1'50.953), and in the race of tomorrow he’ll start from the sixth row.

Mattia Pasini #54 - 17th with 1'50.953

“I’m not really satisfied with how these qualifying session went. Obviously we were aiming to a better result. This is a fast track and we are struggling. We didn’t do that well and I’m sorry about it, because this is our home Grand Prix and I’d like to achieve a good result. Now we’ll keep working, we’ll do anything possible to improve our situation for tomorrow and to be competitive in the race.”


FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW STARTS FOR BAUTISTA AND PIRRO

After his problems yesterday and a third crash in as many sessions this morning Alvaro Bautista recovered his composure this afternoon as he tried to rebuild his confidence and pace in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. The Spaniard qualified in eleventh place, below his normal expectations but with at least the sense that he can improve significantly on that position in tomorrow's race. Michele Pirro also crashed this morning but rode well in the afternoon to close the gap to the top CRT and suggest that he may be able to at least put up a strong challenge in tomorrow's race.

Alvaro Bautista ( 11th 1’ 48” 894 ) “Again it wasn't an easy day today because I had another strange crash no sooner had I gone out this morning. We were still having problems with the brakes and we practically lost the entire session. I came back in and this afternoon everything was working well. At that point I did as many laps as I could on used tyres to work on our race pace, which is decent, but I just didn't have the confidence still to push for a fast lap so I'll have to make do with a fourth row start. We'll try to get a good start tomorrow and try to finish off a difficult weekend in a positive way.”

Michele Pirro (14th 1’ 50” 263) “It was a shame that we had another crash this morning on the final lap, which caused quite a bit of damage to our number one bike. With so little time available we preferred to use the other bike for qualifying and even though I didn't have the same feeling I was able to reduce the gap to the Aprilia. They are still too far ahead for our liking but the guys will have a close look at the data tonight and no doubt give me a good bike for the race tomorrow. Once again they have done an amazing job and skipped lunch to make sure I had two bikes available. I want to give them and the sponsors a result to be proud of tomorrow.”

Fausto Gresini “It hasn't been our easiest weekend so far, with four crashes to contend with in total. Everything and more seems to have happened over the past two days and it doesn't help. We are behind and I am disappointed for the riders, the teams, our fans and of course our sponsors and a everybody that supports this project. We still have tomorrow morning to try and turn things around and we will give it our best to do so. ”


Pedrosa smashes Pole record in Mugello, Stoner 5th

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa took a sensational pole position in the Grand Prix of Italy today, with team mate Casey Stoner in 5th.

Dani shattered the circuit best lap (set last year by Stoner 1'48.034) by almost eight tenths of a second with a time of 1'47.284 on his final lap. It is his second pole position of the season, after also taking it in Le Mans, and he is now the top Spanish rider in all time pole position rankings in the premier class with twenty one (7th in overall rankings). Dani will be looking to make a strong start and repeat his dominating 2010 race weekend where he also took pole and proceeded to lead every lap of the race setting a new lap record.

It was not such a good afternoon for Casey Stoner who failed to make the front row of the grid for only the second time this season (Jerez 2012, 5th). Casey has been having a tough weekend setting up his RC213V and was unable to find a setting he was comfortable with in qualifying. His time of 1'47.689 puts him four tenths behind team mate Dani, and he starts on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's 23 lap race.

DANI PEDROSA 1st 1'47.284

"We definitely made another step forward today and to get the pole position here is great, although to always be on the front row is what really matters to me. We had a good practice in the morning and managed the timing well in qualifying to be on track when everybody started to improve the lap times. It will be a very hard race for sure, it's very hot out there and the race pace will be also very high looking at the lap times this afternoon. I'm quite happy with the set up of my bike, we've had better grip today and I'm pretty confident, but we have to keep very focused and push at the maximum because Lorenzo has an incredible pace".

CASEY STONER 5th 1'47.689

"This weekend we're just missing something, especially in the longer corners we just can't get the bike to turn, we can't stop the rear chatter in the exit and in the end we can't put the lap together. We're losing some tenths in each sector, if we get the bike sorted for one sector then everything should come together easily but it's been a difficult weekend so far. We still have tomorrow morning to improve our set up and sort out a few of our weaker points, if we do then we might be in with a chance. I'm not too worried about second row, we'll hopefully get a good start, see what we can do and try to hang with the guys at the front, but honestly at the moment Jorge and Dani are in a different level".


ESPARGARÓ AND DE PUNIET CRT FRONTRUNNERS IN MUGELLO QUALIFYING

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders once again fastest in the new MotoGP group. Espargaró places twelfth, 63 thousandths of a second ahead of De Puniet

After he had led the way in all three of the practice sessions for the Italian Grand Prix, it had looked as if Jorge Lorenzo was going to take an easy pole position at Mugello on Saturday afternoon. However, the top spot went to Dani Pedrosa, as the World Championship leader suffered an electronic issue on his last attempt at pole. Cal Crutchlow had also joined in the fun during the session, but in the end it was an all-Spanish front row for the first time in premier class history: Pedrosa ahead of Lorenzo and Héctor Barberá.

The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar riders established a pace in the 1'49s -one which once again put them at the head of the pack for the CRT competitors. Aleix Espargaró had given his teammate Randy De Puniet a warning that he was gunning for the top spot in yesterday's practice sessions and it was he who finished highest up of the duo, with a time of 1'49.387. Thus the Spaniard will start from twelfth on the grid in Italy. De Puniet has been the highest placing CRT at the past two rounds and was in excellent form on Saturday, but also experienced an issue with his engine in qualifying that prevented any further improvement. He was 63 thousandths of a second down on his teammate in thirteenth.

12th Aleix Espargaró 1.49.387 (21 laps): "I am happy, because we worked really well in qualifying and things went as we wanted. Honestly, I didn't feel as comfortable as I had this morning. I was a little faster in the final practice session and everything was more fluid, then this afternoon the temperature rose and I had to fight to drop tenths off my times. The important thing is that, after a lot of work, we got a fast lap in that was the quickest of the CRT riders. I think that Randy and I are running a similar pace and are ready to fight in the race to be the top CRT finisher; it seems like we are just a step ahead of the rest, but we can't relax because everyone improves on Sundays. We have to keep calm and give our all".

13th Randy De Puniet 1.49.450 (20 laps): "Our performance in the first stint of the qualifying session was fantastic. In the second run we tried a new tyre, then we went back to the used tyres to confirm our feelings with the setup. Everything was working perfectly and then we decided to go out on the soft tyre. When I got on track, the bike broke down. I tried to carry on, but I think that it was a terminal failure -we still have to check this. It is a shame, because I had put in some very fast times from the start and I'm convinced that I could have gone substantially quicker. In any case, I am very motivated for the race, because we have an excellent pace and I feel good on the bike. I suppose it is better that we suffered today's setback now, rather than during the race itself."


Pedrosa sets lap record to secure Mugello pole

Round 9: Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying Practice

Mugello, Saturday 14 July 2012

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard* (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

* The hard compound rear slick tyre is available in both regular and special constructions at Mugello this weekend.

Weather: Dry. Ambient 30-31°C; Track 49-50°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa produced a spectacular final lap in qualifying at Mugello today to set a new circuit record of 1:47.284 and claim his second pole position of the season.

Qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix was extremely close, with the top-five qualifiers covered by just four-tenths of a second and three riders, Pedrosa, Factory Yamaha Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo and Pramac Racing’s Hector Barbera setting times quicker than the new circuit record that Lorenzo set this morning during FP3. In a day that was dominated by Spanish riders, another Spaniard, Power Electronic Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was the top CRT qualifier and will start twelfth on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Track conditions for both of today’s sessions were dry, with the morning cloud cover keeping track temperatures down in the mid-30°C mark for FP3, before the skies cleared for qualifying to send track temperatures soaring to 50°C. For most teams, the first half of qualifying was used to fine-tune a race setup on the harder rear slick before the softer rear slicks were brought out with approximately twenty minutes left as the focus switched to setting quick lap times in the fight for grid positions. All riders set their fastest qualifying time using a combination of the harder front and softer rear slicks and overall the pace in qualifying was considerably quicker than last year, with the top eight riders lapping faster than last year’s pole position time.

The MotoGP™ riders will be back on track for Morning Warm Up tomorrow at 0940 local time (GMT +2) while the twenty-one lap race gets underway at 1400.

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Track conditions today were good with track temperatures reaching a top of 50°C in qualifying and the extra rubber laid down during today’s sessions helping to improve grip levels. Tyre performance throughout the day was positive with very consistent lap times recorded during longer runs on the harder rear slicks, while the extra edge grip of the softer rear slick enabled riders to set incredibly quick times in qualifying, with a new circuit best lap time almost eight-tenths quicker than the previous mark being set.

“We analysed the rear tyres from the race simulations undertaken by riders from the factory and satellite teams yesterday and today, and are happy to report they completed their long runs on the standard construction harder rear slick without any problems. Almost all the riders on works bikes were able to test the special construction rear slick today and once again the feedback on this option was promising, with some riders now considering to use it for the race if track temperatures tomorrow are similar or warmer than they were in qualifying. Also, it seems that based on today’s sessions some CRT riders may also opt for the standard construction harder rear slick tomorrow to ensure more consistent grip throughout the race.”


Honda gift for Simoncelli's

Honda Racing Corporation has given today to Paolo and Rossella Simoncelli two bikes in honour and memory of their son, Marco.

Marco's RC212V race machine and a 'Super Sic' inspired Honda CBR1000RR were unveiled at Mugello circuit in an emotional ceremony in front of the paddock community, that wanted to join Marco's family on this special date.

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President, presented the 2011 race machine number 58, that will be displayed in the Simoncelli Museum.

Minoru Kato, Honda Europe Motorcycle Division Director, unveiled a special Honda CBR1000RR, designed by Aldo Drudi and inspired by a 'Super Sic' livery. This bike will be auctioned off on Ebay in the next weeks to raise money for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation and it will be presented to the winner at EICMA Milan in November.

More information can be found at: http://www.marcosimoncellifondazione.it/


Crutchlow and Dovizioso hunt Mugello podium

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team riders Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso will start tomorrow's Gran Premio d'Italia TIM confident they can battle for a podium after impressive qualifying performances in scorching hot conditions at the Mugello track today.

Crutchlow will start the 23-lap race from inside the top six for the eighth time in nine races in 2012 after he bounced back brilliantly from a late crash to set a best time of 1.47.749.

The British rider had shown hi s superb speed earlier in the session when he powered his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine into the top two. Confident he could significantly improve on his 1.48.107 he was pushing hard on Bridgestone's soft compound rear tyre when he crashed unhurt at Turn 12 with just over 12 minutes left on the clock.

The 26-year-old dashed back to the pits and proving the tumble hadn't knocked him out of his fast and consistent rhythm, Crutchlow produced a superb last lap of 1.47.749 to secure sixth place on the grid. He was just over 0.2s away from the top three and is confident he will be battling for a maiden podium.

Dovizioso was only 0.002s slower than Crutchlow and he will need another aggressive start to the race after qualifying on the third row for the fourth successive race.

In each of those races though Dovizioso has fought for the podium and is optimistic he will be in the hunt for a third successive rostrum in front of his passionate home support tomorrow.

Dovizioso was unable to demonstrate his true potential after being prevented from getting the maximum performance out of his soft rear Bridgestone rubber in the decisive final minutes. The Italian encountered a minor rear brake issue and then came upon a slower rider as he tried to improve his pace of 1.47.751.

He then produced a phenomenal recovery from a big front-end slide and he will start in seventh place but the former 125cc World Champion is confident he can launch a serious challenge for the rostrum.

Cal Crutchlow 6th 1.47.749 – 22 laps:

“I'm a little bit disappointed because I made a silly mistake pushing too hard too soon on a brand new front tyre. Maybe it hadn't reached optimum working temperature but it was a stupid mistake and it cost me at least the front row. I'm confident I could have battled for pole but I only had one new front tyre for qualifying and I crashed on it immediately. The small technical problem yesterday meant I couldn't get the bike back to the pits, so I had go out on the spare machine on completely new rubber. After the crash today all I had was an old front tyre and I did my fastest lap with 27-laps on it. I just couldn't push at all on the front and it definitely cost me the front row. I used the new rear tyre as best as I could but I'm sure I could have fought for pole. I'm looking forward to the race and will be aiming for the top five. Looking at Lorenzo's pace it will be hard to fight with him but I'm definitely looking at scor ing some good points for the Championship.”

Andrea Dovizioso 7th 1.47.751 – 25 laps:

“I am quite happy because my race pace is fast and consistent and we have done a good job in that area again this weekend. Each session I have improved my feeling with the bike but I feel we still have some margin with the front of the bike because I feel quite at the limit. Right at the end of the session I nearly crashed so we need to try and improve the bike to help the lap time come easier. The start will be very important as once again I have to start from the third row of the grid. But in the last few races when that has been the case I have fought for the podium, so I am not hugely worried. I think I can be lapping in the low 48s tomorrow but in the heat it will be a tough race. Lorenzo seems to be a bit faster than the rest of us but I am sure I can fight with the others and I would love to give the Italian fans another podium.”


Lorenzo Denied Pole in Mugello

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo was denied pole position by a technical issue in this afternoon’s qualifying for the Grand Prix of Italy tomorrow at the Mugello circuit. Lorenzo has so far dominated in all sessions and had been looking to complete the set with pole position until a technical issue caused a loss of power on the last corner of the last flying lap. As a result he will start tomorrow’s race from second position on the grid having qualified just 0.139 seconds behind pole man Dani Pedrosa.

Team mate Ben Spies endured a frustrating qualifying session this afternoon. Having found a set up to deliver competitive pace on the hard tyres the Texan crashed mid session and was forced to switch to his second bike. A vibration in the brakes on the second machine left him unable to challenge the front guys, leaving him in ninth position on the third row for tomorrow’s race with a best lap 0.865 seconds off pole.

Jorge Lorenzo

Position : 2nd Time: 1'47.423 Laps: 24

“In the lap before the last I felt a loss of power in some corners. On the final lap I was red until the last corner then I felt the power drop much more so I had to enter the pits and stop. I made some good laps, although not completely perfect and I felt I could make a better one. It’s going to be a very tough race for everyone so we have to stay calm and save some energy for the end.”

Ben Spies

Position : 9th Time: 1'48.149 Laps: 23

“During the qualifying we changed to the soft tyre and tried a different rear shock at the same time, I’m not sure if that was the problem but I lost the front and we crashed. When we got to the back up bike we still had plenty of time but something got picked up on the brake rotor, dirt or rubber or something and the brakes were vibrating horribly so I couldn’t brake as late as I needed to. We did the best we could and the bike is working really well so I think we could have dipped into the 47s on the soft tyres.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

“A very good qualifying session, we had great pace again. The track was a lot hotter than the morning and Jorge was the only one able to do 47s on the race tyre. Unfortunately when we came to the time attack we had an electrical problem; that meant we couldn’t complete the hot lap. We are front row and we’ve solved the issue so it won’t happen again.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“Qualifying started pretty well, but unfortunately didn’t finish the same way. A crash compromised the final results, and then we couldn’t improve on the best lap time Ben could do on the hardest time due to some vibration on the second bike. We have to be positive because the bike set up is working well and I am optimistic for good results. Jorge was impressive again, unfortunately he wasn’t able to complete the last hot lap but his pace is pretty clear.”


HISTORIC FRONT ROW FOR BARBERA’ AND THE PRAMAC RACING TEAM AT SCORCHING HOT MUGELLO

Pramac Racing Team rider Hèctor Barberà was in sparkling form during qualifying for the Gran Premio d’Italia to secure a place on the first row of the grid for tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated Mugello race.

The amazing rider from Valencia took the first front row of his whole MotoGP career after a scintillating qualifying session this afternoon, and was separated by less than three tenths of a second from the pole man Daniel Pedrosa.

After two great qualifying sessions yesterday, Hèctor today was consistently fast and he had a sensational feeling with his Ducati, that allowed him to stop the clock at 1’47.545, an extraordinary qualifying lap time. Hèctor was the fastest Ducati in field and was also one of the only seven riders who set a best lap time under the wall of 1’48.000.

Now the Pramac Racing Team is confident and optimistic, waiting for tomorrow’s 23-lap race that will get underway at 14:00 local time.

Hèctor Barberà – Pramac Racing Team Rider – 3rd place in 1’47.545

“If yesterday somebody told me that I could start from the front row, I would not have believed it. But today I’m on the first row and tomorrow I will start Pramac Racing’s home race from an amazing third spot on the grid. It’s like a dream.

I had to say thanks to my crew, who worked tirelessly during every session, understanding how to work with our Ducati machine.

But there is another important point: I really enjoyed riding my bike and these kinds of sensations allowed me to have a more consistent and faster pace.

Tomorrow I will try to have a good start and fight for the whole race with the front guys.”

Marco Rigamonti – Track Engineer Pramac Racing Team –

“After yesterday's brilliant fourth place, during today’s qualifying session we caught the front row and tomorrow we will start from the third place on the grid. Amazing!

We were waiting for a positive result, but we did not think about the first row!

Both the air temperature and the track temperature were higher compared to yesterday, and this change shuffled the cards. Hèctor had good confidence with the bike and this allowed him to adapt in a better way at the hot track and air conditions. He was able to ride alone, without any reference from the other riders.

We hope for a great race, even if the weather will be a crucial point in choosing the tyres for tomorrow’s race.”


BRADL PROVES HIS SKILLS AT MUGELLO GP QUALIFYING

Mugello, 14th July: in a thrilling and hot 60-minute qualifying session at Mugello circuit, LCR rider Stefan Bradl was able to improve on his weekend’s form by finishing in eighth (1’47.857) ahead tomorrow’s 23-lap race.

After yesterday’s first run out the German rookie tried a few changes in this morning free session to try to maximize the potential of his RC213V around this high-speed track, and in this afternoon Bradl was clearly comfortable lapping consistently fast.

Stefan: “We definitely improved the overall package compared to yesterday and both session were pretty good for us especially the qualifying. Yesterday we struggled too much and I was looking for more front confidence on this track which I like very much. This morning we took the first step forward and for the qualifying I felt much more comfortable going faster with less physical efforts. Actually we are strong on soft tyres and on race tyres too and I am really confident for tomorrow because we did a good job today”.


Hayden fourth at Mugello, Rossi unable to capitalize in qualifying

Nicky Hayden posted the fourth-best lap time in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello. The American made two clean attempts for fast laps near the end of the session, and in both cases he was well into the 1 minute, 48 second range, finishing just over one tenth of a second off the front row and less than four tenths from pole.

Valentino Rossi, meanwhile, wasn’t able to take advantage of the soft tyre, and his time, which was good for tenth on the grid, came when he was on the hard tyre.

Nicky Hayden (Ducati Team) 4th (1:47.671)

“That was exciting. I don’t think anyone left anything on the table today, which is the way that qualifying should be. My goal was to be in the 47s and in the top five, and we accomplished that, which is good. On the other hand, to be so close to the front row here at Mugello makes me wish for just that little bit more. Still, fourth on the grid isn’t a bad starting spot here at Mugello. We picked up a couple of things today, and we’ve steadily made the bike a bit better. Compared to yesterday, I was quite a bit quicker with the hard tyre this afternoon. It’s going to be an extremely hard race, because at these temperatures, tyre wear could be difficult. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow. Hopefully I can do a good result that this team, these fans and I can all be proud of. I’m expecting a wild one tomorrow.”

Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team) 10th (1:48.502)

“It didn't go very well, which is a shame. The biggest problem was that I didn’t improve at all with the soft tyre, while the others lowered their times a lot. It’s too bad because we’re not so far off with the hard tyre. With the soft, I had a lot of chatter, to the point that I couldn’t take advantage of it. Anyway, the hard tyre is what will be used in the race, so we could go a little better. Of course I’ll have to start tenth, from the fourth row, so I’ll have to make some passes. We’re pretty fast in the first part of the track, but we lose a lot in T4. We’ll see what we can do.”


New chassis for Edwards

The second day at the Gran Premio d´Italia has been the chosen day for Colin Edwards and the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team to try the new version on the Suter – BMW chassis. The American rider has tested the new chassis during the morning’s free practice session and decided to use both bikes during the afternoon qualifying session.

While the new chassis has provided some positive results the one problem remain, the maneuverability on the bike in entering the turn. During tomorrows warm up session the team will keep working on solving this problems on the new Suter – BMW chassis.

Colin Edwards will start the race from the 19th position on the grid in this ninth round of the MotoGP World Championship.

Colin Edwards – 19th (1´51.348)

“The qualifying didn’t go exactly as we planned obviously. We’ve got a new chassis that we ran all morning; we started the beginning of qualifying with it, we seem to have more flex in areas; it felt a little more comfortable, easier to ride but we just ran out to time to work with the chassis. So we ended up going on the other bike for the rest of the session and I do the same time on both bikes. The general character of the bikes, even though they are a little bit different, is still the same. Tomorrow we are going to try the new one again in the morning and see if it gets anymore comfortable. The main thing is to turn, I can’t get either one to turn at the moment.”

Sergio Verbena – Crew Chief

“Unfortunately we have not been able to solve the problems that we had yesterday at this track and as a consequence of it we will be starting the race from the 19th position tomorrow. This track is very different to the one in Sachsenring and does not enhance the qualities of our bike. Tomorrow we will try to be as prepared as possible to provide Colin with the best possible conditions to do a good race.”


Excellent qualifying session for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team at Mugello

The Mugello circuit seems to be good for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team in the Moto2 class, in which for the first time Alex De Angelis nearly gets to be in the first row on the starting grid and has Yuki Takahashi get closer to the front of the grid.

For the San Marino rider this has been one of his best qualifying results so far at only 0.48 seconds from Andrea Iannone and the Top3. The pace for tomorrow’s race should be good but it will be essential for him to make a good start to remain and fight with the front of the group.

The Japanese rider continues his adaptation to his FTR bike, with a constant improvement of his feeling that might finally allow him to fight for the Top 10 during the tomorrow’s race.

Alex de Angelis – 5th (1´52.883)

“I am very happy, this is my best qualifying position so far this season. Its obvious that the goal was to be in the first row on the grid but second row is good as well, considering that this is my third race with the FTR. I have even improved my best personal lap time here from last year and my pace is really good and the tires feel good too. I don’t want to say that we have solved but rather improved the problem that we had with the tank empty, we worked on it a lot this weekend. Tomorrow we will have to make a really good start and try to stay with the front group.”

Yuki Takahashi – 14th (1´53.409)

“I am very happy, we are working really hard this weekend and we have been very lucky with the weather conditions. We were able to try many things for the setting that allowed us to better understand this bike. The feeling with this bike is improving at every session a little more. I am only sorry that during today’s qualifying session, on the last lap, in which I wanted to make my fast lap, I couldn’t because everybody was waiting in the middle of the track and unfortunately didn’t qualify as well as I would have wanted. In any case, yesterday and today I work on having good pace and I think that is very positive for the race.”

Pietro Caprara – Moto2 Technical Director

“We are very happy with Yuki´s performance, regardless of his position on tomorrow’s starting grid. He has made a big step forward in terms of his feeling with the bike. We have made ??changes to the rear suspension and the link, even taking some calculated risk level solution strategies inside the box. The pace is good and make us hope for a good result tomorrow.

We are also very happy about Alex´s performance this weekend. Everyone expects a lot from him and he has proved that he can be very fast aside from the very last minute of the qualifying session where he found a lot of traffic. His pace is good, we have tested a few different configurations for the weight distribution. We are very hopeful for tomorrows home race.”


Round Number: 
9
2012

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