Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Misano Grand Prix:
ON TO HOME CIRCUIT TO TAKE CENTRE STAGE
Everything is ready for a visit to the home circuit of Niccolò Antonelli and Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Moto3. After double success in the recent round of the CIV Italian Champpionship, the young Roman moves on to the circuit named after Marco Simoncelli looking to put disappointment at the Czech Republic behind him. There will be no shortage of excitement as Niccolò will aim to solve the problems experienced at Brno and give his all at a track that he knows well.
Niccolo’ Antonelli “The race at Brno did not go as I had hoped, because the ballast that I am obliged to use on my bike did not allow for a smooth ride. Unfortunately, I interpreted the mixed conditions badly and was running wide without finding the dry lines on track. It was a real pity, because in both dry or wet conditions I was strong and could have pushed for the podium. Now we head to Misano, where my approach will be the same as for other races. I intend to work well with my team to find a setting that allows me to compete to the best of my capabilities and those of the bike. I like the track and recently rode two good races there in the CIV –with wins included. I have a small advantage here compared to at other tracks, I’m also riding at home and I will give my all to get a good result. I’m really pumped up for this one and can’t wait to ride.”
Fausto Gresini “At his home track, Niccolò will definitely have an opportunity to fight back from the race at Brno, where he couldn’t find the confidence to challenge. He knows Misano very well and had to great performances there recently in the Italian series. He is ready to do well and could play a big part in the race if we can get the best setup for him. He is growing continually in talent, just as forecast, and Niccolò is doing everything right in his quest for constant improvement for each race.”
MISANO AWAITS FOR MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM
Nico Terol will attempt to fight at the front following recent upturn in form, whilst Jordi Torres aims for points finish
Just six races remain in the 2012 World Championship season. Three European rounds are accompanied by a trio of races in the East, in Asia and Oceania. The final stage of the season kicks off this weekend with the San Marino GP at Misano. A small track by the Adriatic sea, the circuit is 4.226km long and has undergone several modifications since its construction in 1969, including a change of direction. The Moto2 class is itching to get back to riding in the twelfth round of the season, led by Marc Márquez with Pol Espargaró and Thomas Luthi as his closest rivals.
Step by step, MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol is fighting his way up to the front in Moto2. In the last four races he has been a constant presence in the points, progressively improving his placing along the way. At the last round at Brno, he was one of the leading riders up until the halfway point of the contest, and now his ambitions are clearly established: Regular top ten finishes and a shot at the podium before the end of the season.
Teammate Jordi Torres is also improving steadily. He has been back in the Moto2 World Championship for two races and has already picked up points. His aim is to add further points to his tally.
Nico Terol: "We head to Misano after an improvement in feeling with the Moto2 bike in the past few races. I feel better than ever and am starting to really enjoy myself. The class is tough, so you have to always be focused. It is very important to qualify high up the order, just like we did at Brno. I had a very good race there but fell back towards the end, which I hope doesn't happen at Misano. We are on a really good path with our work, so we should continue working at the same pace as at Brno. Misano is very twisty, so you have to pay attention in every session. The smallest mistake can leave you very far down, even if it is just by a tenth of a second. I have always ridden well there and won in 125cc last season. I am motivated and know that I can ride fast at Misano."
Jordi Torres: "I am very motivated, because I have only been back in the World Championship for two races and I was already able to take points at Brno. Fortunately I already know the Misano circuit, although I wasn't able to race there last season because of a finger injury from practice. I still like the track and I hope that I can go as well there as I was last year before the crash. This past Sunday I raced in the CEV and I suppose that I will need to get used to the Dunlop tyres again, but I hope to do that as soon as possible. The team are working perfectly, giving me a great setting that suits my riding style in very little time. I will go all-out at Misano right from the opening session in order to keep improving."
MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM PREPARING ANOTHER VICTORY AT MISANO
Jonas Folger aiming for third consecutive podium for new team, whilst fully fit Héctor Faubel will attempt to accompany him
Misano on the Adriatic Coast is the destination for the World Championship this weekend, following two weeks of inactivity. It's a popular holiday destination, but the Moto3 riders are not going to the region for anything approaching a holiday. The lower cylinder class riders are preparing for round twelve of their season. A short track 4.226km in length, flat and with slow, closed corners awaits them for Friday practice. Sandro Cortese heads the standings, with direct rivals Viñales and Salom trying to take points off his lead at every race. There will also be a significant competitive Italian presence on the grid this weekend.
The MAPFRE Aspar team head to Misano on a high after taking two of this season's three podiums at the last pair of races. Jonas Folger had a fantastic race at Brno to win last time out, having been provided with a competitive bike by his team. The aim for this weekend is to continue his run of rostrum finishes.
Héctor Faubel also has a top three goal in mind, now back to full fitness after an intense period of physiotherapy to relieve the pain caused by his crash at Indianapolis. The Spaniard is now fighting fit for the challenge of Misano.
Jonas Folger: "My wish is to carry on my podium run at Misano and, if possible, repeat my victory from Brno. That win gave me enormous motivation and I hope to be able to carry on from where I left off on Friday. We found a good setting at Brno, but we can still improve on it so we shall get to work on that. I can't wait to get back together with my team and head to Misano. The past two races as a MAPFRE Aspar rider have been fantastic, but I know that we can qualify better. If we can prepare everything well, then there will be nothing to worry about in the race. We have the bike; we just need to put it higher up the grid. Misano is a technical circuit in my opinion, with very slow corners and quick changes in direction. It's not at all like Brno -it's a small track where you have to work hard so as to not drop a single tenth. There are some corners that are key to getting a good lap time."
Héctor Faubel: "Misano is a circuit at which I have always been fast. However, alongside Indianapolis it is a circuit at which I have never been on the podium. That's a good motive for me to put an end to such a statistic this weekend. My bike is undergoing an evolution that is very favourable. We had a good weekend at Brno despite some problems and it was just a shame that we had more issues in the race. If we work as we did there, then we will qualify well and will be ready to race. I am now fully recovered from the knocks I took at Indianapolis, so I hope to be able to perform at my best this weekend. I just ask that everything unfolds normally in order to work without problems. I am convinced that the results will come soon. I want to get a good result for the team."
REA GOING FOR STRONG RESULT AT TEAM GRESINI’S HOME RACE
After a positive pre-race build-uo at Brno, Gino Rea is out to make Misano the scene of his latest enjoyable weekend and cap it off with a strong race result. Not being able to show his progress from free practice and qualifying in the race in the Czech Republic left a sour taste in the mouth of the Moto2 rider, who has added motivation to do well this weekend at Team Gresini’s home race.
Gino Rea “Brno was very up and down for us but overall, it was good that I showed my potential. After FP3 I was 8th fastest and very close to the top Suter riders. Unfortunately things went downhill from qualifying and we struggled with chatter very badly in the race which led to a crash. We have some things to try at Misano so it will be interesting. It's hard going into a race without testing some things but we will have to work hard and develop the bike over the free practices. I will be happy if I can continue the top 10 form of Brno's practice sessions. I know the Misano circuit so that will help with setting the bike up. I enjoy the circuit too so I'm looking forward to getting back on my bike. It's the teams home race so there's nothing more I'd like to do than bring them a strong result. If we find a good solution with the bike, I believe I can. "
Fausto Gresini “At Misano, Gino has the opportunity to capitalise on the positives shown at Brno, where he had a good feeling with the bike on the Saturday. He knows our home track very well, and with the help of the guys on the team he should be able to make the leap in quality that we are expecting.”
FEEM WANTS TO DO WELL AT MISANO
The Misano circuit, considered a home track for Team Gresini, is also a local venue of sorts for Thai rider Ratthapark Wilairot. The Moto2 competitor is based in the Rimini Riviera when in Europe and wants a top result at the circuit dedicated to Marco Simoncelli. ‘Feem’ has made progress and very little is lacking for him to take a step up in quality.
Ratthapark Wilairot “At Brno my feeling with the bike during practice was very goos –definitely better than at the previous race in Indianapolis. Unfortunately, in the race we didn’t have quite the right setup. We should have some new parts for Misano, so for that reason I can’t wait to get out on track. It will be very important to work well right from the start. The weather should be good and the temperature too, which gives me confidence. It is a home race for the team and also a little for me, I know the track and I hope to be able to have a strong race.”
Fausto Gresini “At Misano, “Feem” is practically at home, so he knows the track well and likes it. We are confident that he can obtain a good result. We are looking for him to confirm his improvement and I feel that there is the possibility of that this weekend.”
Title fight continues at Misano
Repsol riders head to San Marino GP in search of wins to close in on series lead —or extend it.
Dani Pedrosa can achieve a personal consecutive podiums record in the World Championship (9)
After 11 races, Marc Márquez has more points to his name than in 2010 —when he won the 125cc title.
Álex Rins took two podium finishes at Misano in the Italian Championship this past July.
Repsol Media Service - San Marino, Misano Circuit - Tuesday 11/09/2012
The home straight of the 2012 World Championship is upon us. The San Marino and Rimini Riviera GP is the latest round of the series and takes place this weekend at Misano. With all still to play for, the Repsol riders have clear chances of winning the title in the three categories: Dani Pedrosa is chasing his third consecutive GP win and looking to cut the gap to leader Jorge Lorenzo. Marc Márquez is attempting to increase his advantage at the top in Moto2 and Maverick Viñales will continue his fight for first place in Moto3.
On a run of two consecutive race victories and eight GPs on the podium (level with his own personal record), Dani Pedrosa lands at Misano in one of the best runs of form in his career. Just 13 points separate him from his objective of the World Championship lead. The Repsol Honda Team rider has three podiums at this circuit from the past three races, including a win in 2010.
Pedrosa will be joined by a new teammate for this race. World Superbikes rider Jonathan Rea comes in for the injured Casey Stoner and will debut in MotoGP onboard the Repsol Honda RC213V. He has already tried out the bike at the recent Brno and Aragón tests.
In Moto2, an advantage of 48 points for Marc Márquez is not enough for the Repsol rider. He has more points now than in his 125cc title-winning 2010 campaign, but he still wants to extend his advantage in the standings. At Misano, the Spaniard has been on the top step of the podium for the past two years.
Despite the results at Indianapolis and Brno, Maverick Viñales is not giving up on the Moto3 title. He is currently in second place and has the most wins in the class: 5. He rode for the first time at the 4.226km Misano circuit last year, albeit suffering from a fever, and claimed seventh place. In that race, Miguel Oliveira placed tenth. Álex Rins and Álex Márquez debut at Misano in the World Championship, although the former took two podiums there in the Italian Championship at the end of July. Rins is currently second in the Rookie Of The Year standings.
"Misano is a tricky track, quite bumpy, with a lot of braking and accelerations. The grip level is always a challenge, because it changes a lot from the morning sessions to the afternoon. In the past, our bike has been quite unstable there but I believe this year we have improved that. I hope the work we have done in the Brno and Aragon tests with suspension and electronics, can help us to start the weekend strong in Misano. We need to continue working in the same way, focusing on our bike's performance and my riding to keep reducing the gap in the Championship".
"For me its a big dream come true just to race in MotoGP; it's been very unfortunate for Casey to sustain such an injury when he was having a very strong season and my best wishes go to him while he recovers. Now, my job is to replace him and I will try to do the best I can. I love Misano, I've already raced there this year and I finished second, it's also where I had my first ever Superbike win in 2009 and I enjoy the circuit and the Italian fans, they are always very enthusiastic.
I take this opportunity like a great gift from Honda; in the few days I've spent with the team I have felt very good, they understand it will take me some time to push with this bike but I'm learning every time I get on it. It's been great to have these 3 days testing on the bike to prepare myself and for sure Friday morning will be less chaotic. We already have the riding position set, the base setup is set and I understand the electronics a little more. I know it's going to be busy, but I'm ready".
“Misano is rather different to Brno. It is a track with a lot more braking and is generally slower and smaller. I have a fond memory of last year’s race, at which I took an important victory. Once again, the aim is to start to work like always, focused on Sunday. The Italian riders will be taking on this race with extra motivation that has always made them go fast. We will have to be calm and see where we can finish.”
“We rested up for a few days after Brno, which did us good. Now we get to the final part of the championship, where it will all be decided. The first meeting is the San Marino GP and I am going to give my all to make up ground. I can’t deny that this is not the strongest position that I have been in during this season, but the year isn’t over yet. I like Misano and I think that we can do a good job there; I just hope that the weather is good, so that we can work on our setup. I also hope not to have a fever, as I did last season. I am sure that it will go well and that we will be fighting to the end.”
“I feel fairly comfortable riding at this track. I have some good memories of last year’s race, where I rode pretty fast. It is an ideal track for having fun on the bike and making use of the strong braking points that suit my riding style. We will look to find a setting that puts us where we belong, and we will try to enjoy the circuit and the bike.”
“I am very excited about Misano. I took part in an Italian Championship round there two months ago and it went well for me, so I am sure that with a World Championship level bike I can take my times forward a notch. I don’t mind the track at all. The first part is very slow and the faster second part I like a lot more.”
“We are heading to Misano, which is a new track for me to ride. I’ve been there in previous years supporting my brother, but I’ve never ridden the track. Like at the majority of Grands Prix, with the exception of the Spanish rounds, we will be starting from zero with the aim of working hard as a team to place as high as possible. This circuit is very varied, with a slow first part and a third sector that features three fast corners. I won’t know if it is well suited to my riding style until the first practice, but we will be at 100% when we get there, looking to do a good job.”
Dunlop’s Adriatic Adventure
Dunlop’s Moto2 tyres head to the seaside for their second visit to Italy this year with the GP Aperol di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini - San Marino Grand Prix – at the Misano Adriático circuit on September 14–16.
A smooth circuit surface allied to a twisty layout over its 4.226km clockwise duration with likely high ambient and track temperatures give Misano its own distinct flavour.
Misano returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2007 after being a previous regular as the venue of Italian Grand Prix throughout the 1980s and early 90s. This season Misano is the thirteenth round of the season.
A tyre allocation combination of the 3757 and the 3854 soft compounds will be employed in Misano. This tyre allocation is Dunlop’s baseline Group A allocation, which can be utilised in a wide range of conditions at many different circuits.
The 3757 was initially introduced as the high ambient temperature tyre in late 2010, however it proved itself more durable in cooler conditions on less aggressive circuit surfaces too so is rather a talented compound. The 3854 is the softer option core compound offering very consistent performance and usability at many circuits as a soft or hard option, depending on circuit severity.
Both rear tyres are in the ATR05 construction and are joined by the season-familiar front allocation of the 717 and 302 compounds.
Dunlop Motorsport Senior Service Engineer, Alan Nicholls:
“Misano is a fantastic circuit in a superb location and it is always a pleasure to visit Italy. The weather is usually fantastic, and to get the very best from the Dunlop tyres this circuit needs to be between 34°C - 40°C in track temperature, as lower temperatures create higher than normal abrasion levels, whereas the higher the temperature the less grip is given from the track surface. Our allocation of rear tyres should give optimum performance whatever the conditions. 2010 showed us that the cooler the conditions the harder worked the tyres were and consistency suffered. For 2011 this event was the first time we introduced the ATR05 construction and 3854 compound combination which effectively reduced the race time by 27 seconds over the 2010 race. This year we have brought in a new front tyre profile and this could see the lap times fall again.”
Moto2 Rider Quote: Alex de Angelis, NGM Mobile Forward Racing, FTR:
“Misano as well as being my home circuit, is one of my favourite tracks so it's always very exciting racing it. It's a very complete track, with a slow initial part with a lot of right/left , while the second part is very fast especially regarding the famous "Curvone " ( means big corner ) where we ride more than 240 km/h and from the last two left corner , also with a very wide range. Dunlop tyres was really good both for one single lap both for the complete race performance. These tyres reached an high level standard that allow us to be fast on every track/asphalt of the circus. Besides this, I hope I could be one of the top protagonists this coming weekend.”
Moto2 Tyre Allocation: Misano
Front Moto2 slicks per rider
120/75R17 Moto2: 4 x 302, 4 x 717
Rear Moto2 slicks per rider195/75R17 Moto2: 5 x 3855 (ATR05), 4 x 3757 (ATR05)
Wet Moto2 tyres per rider
3 x Front 125/80R17 KR191 414 (4 tyres allocated if all practice sessions are wet).
3 x Rear 190/55R17 KR393 414 (4 tyres allocated if all practice sessions are wet).
Moto3 Tyre Allocation: Misano
Front Moto3 slicks per rider
95/75R17 Moto3: 5 x Medium, 3 x Hard
Rear Moto3 slicks per rider
115/70R17 Moto3: 6 x Medium, 3 x Soft
Wet Moto3 tyres per rider
3 x 95/70R17 KR189 WB (4 tyres allocated if all practices are wet).
3 x 115/70R17 KR389 WB (4 tyres allocated if all practices are wet).
Moto3 tyre range
This season there are three different compounds for Moto3 – hard, medium and soft. A combination of two front and two rear compounds will be allocated for each event.
Dunlop’s 2012 Moto2 Tyre Range
For 2012, Dunlop is set to retain two front tyre compounds with the rear compounds reduced from last year’s seven flavours to five.
Dunlop’s initial 2012 Moto2 tyre range will comprise of two different dry front compounds and five different dry rear compounds. The profile of the front has been modified from Jerez onwards to mean a more responsive and receptive front end.
For the rear tyres, the five compounds will be seen predominantly in the ATR05 construction which was refined last season. There is also new ATR10 and ATR14 constructions. Dual compound W919 construction tyres will feature at a number of circuits too.
Two main compounds for the season, with a new profile introduced at Jerez – a slightly smaller tyre, meaning faster handling and a more precise feel for the riders.
Five compounds, predominantly in ATR05 construction. ATR03 used for Sachsenring and Phillip Island. New ATR10 debuted at Qatar and used subsequently. ATR14 debuted at Sachsenring. W919 dual compound seen at certain tracks.
3757, 3854, 4886, 3855, 3838
ATR05, ATR03, ATR10, W919, ATR14
Racing at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli
After the GP of Czech Republic, Brad went back to South Africa to enjoy some time with his friends and family and to get back to full fitness after a very bad crash that left him sore for weeks, but he's now ready for the next MotoGP round : the GP Aperol Di San Marino E Della Riviera Di Rimini.
Only 6 races are left before Brad's Rookies Season is over, and he's determined to finish it in the best way possible. Unfortunately Lady Luck hasn't been very generous to the young South African so far, but hopefully things will change before the very last round in Valencia.
Brad likes Misano's track, and just can't wait to get back on his KALEX-KTM and give everything he has to bring home some points and make RW Racing GP and his Sponsors proud.
Brad Binder : " I love going back home to South Africa when I can, but now I'm ready to get back on track! I'm 100% fit after the crash in Brno, so I hope me and my team can have a good weekend! I like Misano's track, and the atmosphere in Italy is always amazing so it's for sure a race I look forward to. I love the fact that the circuit has been named after Marco Simoncelli, he was one of my favourite riders and he will never be forgotten!"
MotoGP Moto3 - Team Italia FMI ready for the home match
Fenati and Tonucci are ready to confirm a positive series of results in front of their home crowd.
Fenati is fourth in the championship and will finally be able to race on a track he knows (he won twice in the Italian championship last year), and is ready to fight at the top like he did in Mugello where is was pipped on the finish line by only 20 thousandths of a second by Viñales. Tonucci will also try to make the most of his home track. Indianapolis was a turning point for him, and after finishing 10th in Brno he will try to climb even further in Italy.
"The gossip circulated in the past days regarding Fenati's conditions need to be clarified for everyone concerned: Romano is fine and will regularly race in Misano. He was involved in a trivial misunderstanding with the local police and, to clarify his position, he personally met with their Chief Pier Paolo Piccioni (shown in the picture), who had a chance to listen to the motivations and apologies from the rider."
"I'm surprised that what happened triggered so much attention. My quotes on the papers didn't reflect what I said. I never mentioned being 'hit' by a car, or giving responsibility to the officers, or sustaining a tendon fracture. I apologize if the misunderstanding caused trouble to the police, with which I always had a good relationship."
"Romano did well in the tracks he already knew this season (first in Jerez, second in Mugello), so we're hopeful and humble at the same time as there are many fast riders. Alessandro is going through a good period of form, and he can do even better on his home track. We always give our best, but the home crowd will surely motivate us even more, and Team Italia will try to be in the spotlight."
Kallio and Redding looking for a return to form at Misano
Misano, Italy - 12 September 2012: Scott Redding and Mika Kallio head for the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on the Adriatic coast this weekend determined to rediscover the early season form that saw them claim four podium finishes in just five races.
Kallio ran as high as fifth last time out in Brno, after battling his way through the field from the fourth row of the grid, but dropped back to ninth after struggling once again with mid-race chatter issues. Kallio has one podium to his name already this season - second place at the Sachsenring - and has only finished outside the top ten on one occasion.
Redding qualified strongly on the front row of the grid at Brno, but crashed out of the race on the opening lap after losing the front at turn three. It was a disappointing end to what had started as a positive weekend, and the 19-year-old Briton is keen to make amends at Misano, where he equalled his best result of the season last year with a fifth place finish.
Misano features many fast-flowing sections along with slower combinations that test tyres, machine and rider skill to the maximum. The track is incredibly bumpy in places and with the often-stifling heat on the Adriatic coast tyre durability can be a major factor during the race. The Misano weekend guarantees an electric atmosphere, generated by the passionate Italian fans who flock to the circuit in their thousands.
The Marc VDS Racing Team arrive in Misano for this weekend's 12th round of the Moto2 World Championship off the back of a successful day of testing at the Vallelunga circuit near Rome. The focus of the test was on evaluating upgrades to the 2012 Kalex Moto2 machine, but Kallio and Redding also completed back-to-back testing with a Kalex development frame that could form the basis of the 2013 bike.
Kallio and Redding's Moto2 machines will feature a new, one-off livery this weekend, as the Marc VDS Racing Team welcome Go&Fun as a main sponsor for the Misano round.
Mika Kallio #36:
"The test at Vallelunga was important for us, because we had a few ideas as to how we could improve the set-up of the bike to try and eliminate this chatter issue, but there isn't time to test things like that during a race weekend. We also tested the new frame on Tuesday; Scott didn't like it so much, but for me it worked quite well. The front part of the frame isn't as stiff and, as a result, gave more feedback from the front tyre, which gives you more confidence pushing into the corners. We also tried a few suspension changes on the current bike and now have a good direction with a slightly different set-up, which should be good for Misano. I don't know what it is about Italy, but I never seem to have good results in this country, something always seems to go wrong. Hopefully my Italian luck will change for the better this weekend in Misano!"
Scott Redding #45:
"The test on Tuesday was really good for a couple of reasons. We managed to try quite a lot of things on the bike, and the track layout was well suited to testing. It's also an enjoyable track to ride; it was good to get back on the bike, to have some fun on track and to get back into the racing mindset. Most of what we tried during the test worked well, while some things didn't work quite so well. But that's the whole point of testing. I'm looking forward to this weekend. I like the Misano track and it's one that doesn't punish me for being bigger than the other Moto2 riders. There's only one straight and there are a couple of very fast corners where you can make up time if you hang it out a bit. We'll approach this weekend like we did Brno, building up the pace during practice ready for qualifying and the race."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Both Scott and Mika were fast in free practice in Brno, with Scott increasing his pace further in qualifying to secure a front row start. The race didn't go according to plan for him, with a crash on the opening lap, but he'll be back as strong as ever this weekend, on a track he has always been fast at in the past. Mika needs to focus on qualifying this weekend, as a good grid position is critical at Misano, where passing opportunities are limited. We also need to redouble our efforts to identify the cause of his chatter problems mid-race, as this is costing him top five finishes at the moment. I'm confident that, after the Vallelunga test, both riders will be at the top of their game this weekend in Misano, and I hope we will come away from there with two good results."