Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Aragon on Saturday:
Viñales sixth in dry qualifying
Rain disappears after wet morning and Repsol rider takes second row spot. Oliveira puts in ninth best time, Álex Rins grabs tenth and Álex Márquez eighteenth.
After the rainfall of the past few days, in the end the qualifying session for the Aragon Grand Prix was undertaken on a dry track. The grid for tomorrow’s Moto3 race was thus decided over the course of the afternoon shootout, with Maverick Viñales lining up on the far side of the second row after clocking the sixth fastest time. He will be one row ahead of Miguel Oliveira, who took ninth. Álex Rins was tenth in the afternoon session, just over a second behind poleman Jonas Folger. Álex Márquez was unable to maintain his feel from the wet practices, and will start from eighteenth tomorrow.
On the second day of practice for the Repsol riders at MotorLand Aragón, conditions began much like on Friday. The track was completely wet due to an overnight downpour and temperatures did not exceed 16 degrees. Álex Rins was third in the morning run, with Oliveira sixth, Álex Márquez ninth and Maverick Viñales eleventh.
After final practice sessions for the MotoGP and Moto2 fields, the track had dried enough to permit the Moto3 competitors to put on slick tyres. The Repsol riders looked strong from the start, with Rins, Oliveira and Márquez up at the front and Viñales taking things more calmly. He was setting up his bike for race day, but put in a fast enough lap to take sixth place on the grid. Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins start from ninth and tenth, respectively, whilst Márquez will be eighteenth for the start in Aragon.
FP3 - 2:14.924, 15 laps, 76 km.
QP - 2:02.362, 16 laps, 81 km.
"It was the first session that we had in the dry and it helped us to regain our feeling and prepare for tomorrow's race. Given that we were testing many things during the session, sixth place is not a bad position. I'm happy, because at the last race I started from eleventh —today we have made a step forward. Starting from the second row, if I make a good start at this circuit I know that it is easier to overtake here.
I still need to improve the setup of the bike, especially the chassis, so we know what we have to work on tomorrow in the warm-up. Hopefully I can give my all in the race, make the most of the twisty sections to try establish a gap and make sure that I can’t be caught on the straights."
FP3 - 2:13.495, 13 laps, 66 km.
QP - 2:02.571, 17 laps, 86 km.
“I was really eager to ride in the dry at on this track and, after this session, we can face tomorrow's race with a good feeling. We had, like all the other riders, too little time to make adjustments to the bike, but in the end we managed to have a good session. We are not very far off, but I'd prefer to be a little higher up the order. We will need a good start and to latch on to the leaders. We still have room for improvement on the stability of the front end, so I hope that during the warm-up we can resolve some issues. The first part of the circuit is demanding, whilst on the second part we should make greater use of slipstreaming. "
FP3 - 2:13.335, 15 laps, 76 km.
QP - 2:02.763, 17 laps, 86 km.
“We started well, but over the course of the session we had some problems with the bike that affected our performance. Anyway, we have room for improvement and tomorrow, during the warm-up, we will try to resolve these small issues. We need to make a good start to make contact with the leaders as soon as possible, because as always there will be groups formed. "
FP3 - 2:14.578, 16 laps, 81 km.
QP - 2:03.635, 16 laps, 81 km.
“In the morning we did a good job, and we had a good feeling with the bike. In the afternoon the track dried out and, although we had a good base at this circuit from the Spanish Championship, we could not finish the job. We lacked that little bit that would have allowed us a place higher up the grid. We have some issues to polish, but I have a good feeling for the race tomorrow. "
Front row start for Luis Salom
Luis Salom gave RW Racing GP its best qualifying result ever with an excellent front row start on the grid at Aragon. Salom set the fastest lap time twice but lost his provisional pole position to Jonas Folger in the last seconds of the qualifying session.
Salom did a nearly perfect lap in the unexpected dry conditions in Aragon. Only in the last section he left a few thousands of a second.
The achievement was extra special since Salom had a big crash in the mornings free practice, after he went out on cold tires. A huge highsider left him with a sore and bruised body.
The other side of the RW Racing GP garage was not so joyful. Brad Binder only managed to do one decent lap before his battery broke down. The technical failure prevented the South African from going out again. He had to settle for 32nd.
Luis Salom (2nd): "I obviously had a very good qualifying practice. It’s just a pity I lost the pole to Folger, but I can’t complain about that. The bike feels good and I feel confident for the race, in dry as well as wet circumstances. This morning I had an issue with the fuel. The bike stopped and I had to go back in. My crew was able to repair it quickly, but the tires had become too cold. I got back out and immediately crashed. Luckily it did not affect qualifying.’’
Brad Binder (32nd): "What can I say? I am very disappointed. I started the weekend so well on Friday, and it seemed to look good now as well. Until my bike stopped. I went out on rain tires first, like everyone else. After one lap I went back in to change to slicks. The first lap back out is to put some heat in the tires. You cannot set a fast lap time in the first lap out. But after one lap the bike just stopped. It was a technical issue, something with the battery. My crew knows what the problem is, but they couldn’t fix it in time. It is going to be a tough race, starting from the back of the grid.’’
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "I feel so sorry for Brad. He needed the time out in the dry. The first laps of the race are going to be very risky because there is a lot of overtaking to do. And for Luis I am very happy and proud. He did a great job.’’
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDER FOLGER TAKES CAREER FIRST POLE
German rider continues impressive form to put Spanish team at front of grid for first time this season
With one dry line formed ahead of this afternoon's qualifying practice at a damp Motorland circuit it was a case of 'he who dares wins' for the Moto3 class as they got the action underway under cloudy skies. With the riders keen to bank a lap time before the heavens opened again the likes of Cortese, Rins, Fenati, Oliveira and Salom all staked a claim for top spot but it wasn't until the final lap that it was eventually decided, MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger emerging to seal the first pole position of his career.
In just three races with the team the impressive German youngster has already produced two podiums, including one on his debut at Indianapolis followed by victory at Brno, and he was only a second shy of the top step at Misano. Today at Aragón he added to his burgeoning list of achievements with what was also a first pole of the season for the MAPFRE Aspar Team. At a circuit where he just loves to ride Jonas is amongst the favourites for victory in tomorrow's race. In 22nd position but just 2.3 seconds off the pole pace of his team-mate is Grand Prix debutante Luca Amato. It was an impressive start to life in the World Championship for the 16-year-old German and it could have been even better but for an unfortunate crash on his final lap.
1st Jonas Folger 2.01.715 (16 laps): "I am really happy. We did a great job in qualifying today and to be honest the pole positions was a nice surprise. I didn't know I had it until I got back to the garage - I actually thought I was still sixth. Normally I am faster in races than I am in qualifying so today was a big step towards turning that around. I think the team did a great job in free practice and that allowed us to be strong in qualifying. We're ready for the race now and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for all the work they have done for me so far. I'm sure it will be a tough race tomorrow like usual but there is a particularly long straight here at Motorland so there will be a big group of riders at the front taking advantage of the slipstreams. Hopefully I can get away with them and fight for the victory until the end."
22nd Luca Amato 2.04.030 (16 laps): "The conditions really haven't helped me this weekend. Everything is new to me and the track surface is different in every session. Despite that I was able to qualify 22nd although I know I can do much better. I crashed on my last lap in turn fourteen when I was improving my lap time, which was annoying, but now I have to focus on the warm-up and race tomorrow. I am here to enjoy the experience of my first Grand Prix and that is what I plan to do. I want to say thanks to the team because they have given me their constant support."
FOURTH ROW START FOR NICCOLO AT ARAGON
Finally the Moto3 riders were afforded some dry track time albeit in cold conditions at Aragon this afternoon. Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Moto3 Niccolò Antonelli was able to qualify in eleventh position, giving himself a chance to battle with the front group in tomorrow's race here at Motorland.
Niccolò Antonelli (11th 2’ 02” 976) “A fourth row start isn't bad even though it could have been better. I am happy because I have been able to improve my feeling with the bike in the dry conditions and with a couple of small changes in the warm-up tomorrow I think I'll be ready for the race. I will need to get a good start and not lose any positions in the early stages.”
Fausto Gresini “Niccolò went much better in the dry conditions and I think he can improve even more for the race. He has more confidence in the bike now even though it is not yet perfect. A few late changes tomorrow morning and he can be fighting for a good position in the race.”
GREAT FIRST ROW FOR IANNONE IN THE QUALIFYING PRACTICE AT ARAGÓN, 30TH LAP TIME FOR ANDREOZZI
The second day of the Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón was held today, for the thirteenth round of 2012 season for the Moto2 class.
The session of the morning was held on wet track: Iannone improved his lap time and, with his crew, he verified some final options for the machine set-up in case of rain. Once rain stopped falling, the track soon dried up, consequently giving a new condition for this weekend. Therefore the qualifying session was essential to look for the ideal setting, and Andrea and his crew took advantage at its best of the time at disposal, in order to ensure a good base for the Speed Up. During the last few minutes of the practice, the rider from Vasto proposed a series of quick laps, grabbing a spot within the first row for tomorrow’s starting grid.
The day kicked off positively for Andreozzi, who ended the last free practice session with a lap time which was almost five seconds faster than FP2, as some good choices for his Speed Up were made. In the afternoon, on dry track, Alessandro and his crew tried some options for the dry setting and they’ll look for some further confirmations tomorrow in the warm up.
Andrea Iannone #29 - 3rd with 1'54.618
“This was a positive session. We were fast since the beginning and this makes us hope for tomorrow’s race. We know we still have to fix some pending matters: there are some things we’ve been focusing on for the last three or four races, and it looks like in this GP something improved a little. We made progress in each practice session, but we still have to make some further steps, as far as it concerns the performance of the bike in turns. In any case I’m hopeful, we’ll see how things turn out tomorrow.”
Alessandro Andreozzi #22 - 30th with 1'57.925
“This morning on the wet I had a good feeling with the bike and we managed to improve remarkably. The session of the afternoon was a little more complicated: on dry track we didn’t manage to put together a fast lap to improve our position on the grid and, in any case, we chose to take advantage at its best of the time at disposal, to work on the bike. Generally speaking we found a good base, but tomorrow we’ll try to improve it.”
TWO MORE CRASHES FOR “FEEM” AT ARAGON
The Moto2 riders were eventually afforded some dry track time at Aragon this afternoon but it didn't prove to the benefit of Ratthapark Wilairot who crashed twice in qualifying practice to compound his current confidence crisis. As a result Thai rider has little data to work from ahead of tomorrow's race and he faces an uphill challenge from the back of the grid.
Ratthapark Wilairot (26th 1’ 57” 158) “Two crashes in one session is too much. I'm not happy with the setting of the bike. We have the same problems in the wet and dry and I just don't feel confident with it.”
Fausto Gresini “There is not much for me to say because I'm afraid two crashes says it all. Unfortunately Feem has been unable to get a good feeling in the three wet sessions so far this weekend or in the dry this afternoon and that makes it impossible for him to ride well
WEATHER TURNS AGAINST REA AT ARAGON
After impressing in wet conditions once again in the Moto2 class at Aragon this weekend Gino Rea ran out of luck this afternoon as the rain ceased and the track dried. The British rider struggled to find the same feeling with his bike in the dry conditions and faces a difficult challenge tomorrow from the eighth row of the grid
Gino Rea (22nd 1’ 56” 112) “The first session went well and I was top for most of it so I felt confident I could be challenging for the front row if the conditions were the same this afternoon. Unfortunately it dried out and we went into the session blind because we have some changes since the last race that we haven't had chance to find a setting for. We still have the same problem, which is front chatter, and we don't seem to be able to fix it. We need more track time to develop the suspension with the chassis but the weather has not been kind to us. I think I am showing my riding ability in the wet conditions but unfortunately we don't have a setting that allows me to demonstrate it in the dry.”
Fausto Gresini “It is a shame that Gino wasn't able to be as fast and consistent in the dry as he was in the wet this morning. He doesn't have the same feeling or confidence at the moment but hopefully we can improve the situation so that he can be competitive whatever the conditions tomorrow.”
Márquez qualifies seventh in Aragon
Repsol rider will take off from third row after last lap scare denies him chance of pole.
On day two of the Aragon Grand Prix, Moto2 World Championship leader Marc Márquez had a hard day of work to undertake in both the morning and afternoon. The Repsol rider suffered with the bad weather in the third free practice session, then with a mechanical issue in afternoon qualifying.
At the start of the third practice session for the intermediate category the asphalt was neither wet nor dry. These were the worst possible conditions for riding, but despite this Márquez lowered his times from Friday to stop the clock at 2’07.384 —the ninth quickest time.
Qualifying was dry and the Repsol rider moved up to the head of the timesheet after just ten minutes. He continued to lower his times and became the first rider to breach the 1’54 mark, but was denied the chance to continue his steady progress when he had a problem with his rear brake lever and was forced back in to the garage. Márquez went back out in search of a hot lap, but made a mistake on the final corner when 91 tenths of a second off pole. He ended up seventh on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
Weather forecasts point to a dry race for the intermediate class, which is the best scenario for a Márquez fightback.
FP3 - 2:07.384, 16 laps, 81 km.
QP - 1:54.877, 17 laps, 86 km.
“The practices went fairly well. Even though my position doesn’t reflect it, I felt comfortable on the bike right from the start. It is a shame that in the end, when we put the fresh tyre on, we had a problem. The rear break lever broke and I had to go back to the garage. We lost a lot of time and I only had the chance to put in one further lap in the qualifying session. Obviously I tried to push to the maximum, but on the final corner I made a mistake and that killed my lap. Tomorrow we will start from seventh on the grid, but the important thing is that we have a good setup for the race."
CARETTA TECHNOLOGY - Aragon GP - Qualifying Practice
Jack Miller: "Well at least we had a dry session this time. We made a good choice going straight at an slicks and to start I made some good times. Then I had some problems getting a clear run with all the traffic. The bike feels ok, the suspensions not perfect but can be improve it for sure. I'm looking forward to the race, they say it'll be dry: everyone going into the first corners… going to be fun!".
John McPhee: "It's been a difficult week-end. We look the gamble to try some new suspension, but the terrible weather's meant we just can't get it sorted. So for qualifying we went back to what we know. Now the bike feels fine, but the engine's got no drive. I had to run down a gears an some corners, just really flat, so I couldn't keep up anyone. If we can get the engine break up on power, then we'll be fine for tomorrow. The guys in the team are all really friendly and I'm even picking up the add world Italian on the way!".
Smith aims for podium challenge at Motorland Aragon
Tech 3 Racing Team rider Bradley Smith put himself in with a great chance of battling for his first Moto2 podium of the 2012 World Championship after a brilliant qualifying performance this afternoon at the Motorland Aragon track.
The British rider will start the 21-lap race from eighth position on the grid after a typically closely fought qualifying session on a full dry track.
After rain had dominated most of practice, Smith and his Tech 3 Racing crew quic kly got down to work and concentrated on finding a dry race set-up with the competitive Mistral 610 machine.
The 21-year-old was in contention for the top six throughout and his best time of 1.54.899 on his final flying lap was only 0.022s behind World Championship leader Marc Marquez in seventh. He was less than 0.3s off the front row and Smith is confident that he has the speed over the full race distance to challenge for the rostrum.
Teammate Xavier Simeon is also going into round 13 of this year's World Championship with his confidence high after he qualified in the top 15 for the second race in succession.
The Belgian set a best pace of 1.55.445 that put him 15th on the grid and he was just over a second off the quickest pace, raising expectations that he can score his first World Championship points since the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
Bradley Smith 8th 1.54.899 – 20 laps:
“We have got to be happy with today because after all the disruption with the rain the Tech 3 Racing Team did a great job to set the bike up quickly for the dry track. Right from the start I had a good feeling with the bike and to be honest the way it went I am a little bit disappointed that I wasn't on the second row. That would have been better because the first corner here is so tight and the further you are up the grid the less chance you have of being caught up in any drama. Everybody is still going to start the race guessing a bit on the set-up and wondering how the tyres will perform as the race develops. But I know we have a good package for tomorrow and I am going to be read y to fight and see if I can get involved in a battle for the podium.”
Xavier Simeon 15th 1.55.445 – 19 laps:
“I am satisfied to have qualified inside the top 15 again and that gives me a very good chance to finish in the points. It is long overdue and I am determined to get a strong finish for the Tech 3 Racing Team. I am sure I could have gone faster at the end of the session but there were a lot of crashes and yellow flags in the last three laps and that disturbed my rhythm a little bit. But after four negative results my focus is just to finish and have a good result. I will stay calm and relaxed in the first few laps and see how the race unfolds, but my goal is definitely to be pushing for the top 10.”
Third row for Redding at weather hit Aragon
Aragon, Spain - 29 September 2012: Scott Redding posted the ninth fastest time during qualifying at the Motorland Aragon circuit to secure a place on the third row of the grid for tomorrow's 21-lap race, while Mika Kallio will start from one row further back in 12th position.
With all three free practices run in wet conditions at the Aragon circuit, this afternoon's 45-minute qualifying was the first time this weekend that the Moto2 riders took to the track in fully dry conditions. However, with black clouds surrounding the circuit and the threat of rain ever present, most opted to push for a fast lap from the start, rather than working a dry set-up.
Scott Redding was quick from the off, advancing up the timesheet with each lap during his first run. In the dry conditions the 19-year-old Briton suffered a little more pain from his right wrist, on which he had surgery less than two weeks ago, but was adamant that it wasn't a handicap on the bike. Redding, who eventually finished the session ninth quickest and just 0.5s off the pole position time of Simone Corsi, remains confident of battling for a top five finish in tomorrow's race.
Mika Kallio was disappointed not to qualify on the front three rows of the grid this afternoon. The 29-year-old Finn finished the session 12th fastest, and less than 0.3s behind his Marc VDS teammate, but looked all set to qualifying higher until he had a near highside on his final flying lap. Kallio is confident that, if he can get a good start and avoid the inevitable melee in the first turn, a top five finish is a realistic goal in tomorrow's race.
Scott Redding #45: 9th - 1'54.925
"The wrist made it a bit more difficult on the bike today, especially braking in the downhill sections, but it wasn't really a problem. It's certainly not a concern for the race tomorrow and, anyway, the adrenaline tends to pump a bit more then than in qualifying. The qualifying session went pretty well, despite the lack of dry track time this weekend. I was able to put in some quick laps at the start, but track conditions weren't ideal and a lot of people crashed as a result. I could probably have gone quicker, but I was already having to hold the bike up on my knee through turn two, so I didn't want to push too much and risk a big crash. Nobody really has a good dry set-up, so it will be a tough race tomorrow, but we'll just have to see how we go."
Mika Kallio #36: 12th - 1'55.224
"I wish we could do qualifying all over again but, unfortunately, it's not possible and we are where we are. I'm disappointed, because we know from past experience that a fourth row start makes an already difficult race even tougher. I struggled to put together a really quick time in qualifying and I almost highsided myself on my fastest lap. The base is definitely there, and we have the pace for the race, but my qualifying position will make things difficult once again. If I can get a good start and survive the first turn without incident then I should be able to pick up places in the opening few laps and, hopefully, make contact with the leading group before they manage to pull too much of a gap. That's the plan anyway, now let's hope it works."
Stefan Prein: Rider Coach
"Scott did a good job today in qualifying. You could see on track that the hand was painful, as he was using his body and his legs a lot more to control the bike, rather than pushing on the handlebars with his right hand. It worked and it means he won't stress his injured hand so much during the race, in which I expect him to be battling for a top five finish. Mika also has good race pace, but is losing around 0.3s in the third sector every lap. It's impossible to see why on track, but we should be able to identify the issue using the data, which will allow us to come up with a solution ahead of warm up. A good start tomorrow is all Mika needs if he is to be up there with Scott and running top five in the race."
TORRES AND TEROL SECURE SUPER SECOND ROW STARTS AT MOTORLAND
MAPFRE Aspar pair produce best qualifying performances of the season to line up fifth and sixth for GP of Aragón
The only dry session of the weekend so far proved to be the one that mattered for the Moto2 riders at the Motorland circuit as the constant rain briefly relented for qualifying practice. After a first half dominated by series leader Marc Marquez there was an entertaining fight for pole position in the latter stages, Simone Corsi eventually coming out on top in a battle between Italy and Spain that saw an equal split between the two nations for the top six positions on the grid.
Two of the three Spaniards were in MAPFRE Aspar colours, Jordi Torres and Nico Terol enjoying their best qualifying performances of the season to line up on tomorrow's grid in fifth and sixth place respectively. Both riders showed courage and determination to push hard from the start of the session despite uncertainty about the track conditions, Torres making steady progress to lead the way with fourteen minutes remaining. A last run on new tyres could have seen him figure even higher up the grid but a crash put paid to his progress and he had to content himself with a super second row start. A stunning final lap from his team-mate Terol means the pair will start alongside each other in front of their home crowd tomorrow.
5th Jordi Torres 1.54.787 (16 laps): "I went out this afternoon safe in the knowledge that I am familiar with the track and I could push hard from the start. As soon as I saw my name up there near the top it gave me even more motivation and it's just a shame I crashed at the end because I could have qualified even higher. I am sorry for the team because they've done a great job and the bike is working perfectly but the important thing is we are ready for tomorrow whether it is wet or dry. We'll give it everything from the start and try to stay with the front group. I want to keep learning about this category and there is no better way to do that than running at the front. I am happy to be in fifth place and hopefully we can keep this form up tomorrow."
6th Nico Terol 1.54.828 (18 laps): "I was a little unsure before we went out this afternoon because we hadn't ridden in the dry but I pushed hard and tried to maintain a strong pace. My lap times were good from the first run and we were able to keep lowering the times to a 1.55.0. I tried to find a little more from myself and managed a 54.8 so I am really happy, especially because I set the time on my own. I felt comfortable in the dry and I am confident we can fight or a good result tomorrow. A second row start is very positive so I have to make the most of it by getting away well and sticking with the leaders. Hopefully this can be the weekend where we take the final step and finish it off with a good result."
CORSI GETS THE FIRST CAME IODARACING TEAM POLE POSITION
A dark grey sky is over the Motorland Circuit for the qualifying practice of the Aragon Grand Prix. The rain fallen during the night made the morning free practice wet, but the Moto3 class could start the qualifyng with slick tyres.
Danilo Petrucci has finished in 18th position with the time of 1’53.140 at 3.736 from Lorenzo’s pole position. The Came Iodaracing Team rider tried hard on the dry track to find the best set up for his IODA-SUTER BMW, riding better and better.
Simone Corsi has got his first pole position in Moto2 with 1’54.343. The Roman rider, that gives to Came Iodarcing Team its first historic pole position, has found a good feeling with his FTR on the dry track being very competitive for all the practice. In the last two laps Simone has fought with Espargaro and Iannone for the first position, getting the pole position with a perfect lap.
In Moto3 class Armando Pontone tomorrow will start from the 31st position with the time of 2’06.259 at 4.544 from Folger’s pole position. The young rider at his first dry practice on this track lap by lap became more confident with his TR002 fighting in the last laps with his rivals. Luigi Morciano tomorrow will not take part to the race because this morning, during the free practice for an high-side, has broken his left wrist.
"We get a quite good result – Petrucci declared – but with just one practice on the dry is very hard to develope the new IODA-SUTER BMW. We are very close to the other CRTs and we will work still tomorrow during the warm up to be more competitive as possible for the race”.
"I’m very happy – Corsi said – my last pole position was in 2008 and this is my first one in Moto2 class. I like this track very much, last year I got the 3rd position here, and I found a good feeling with my FTR very fast on the dry. We were very competitive for all the practice and in the last two laps I got the pole position. Tomorrow will be a very hard race because we are very close, but I’ll do my best for fighting fot the victory”.
"I’m quite happy – Pontone declared – at the begining I had some problems on the dry, but lap by lap my feeling was better and in the last part I got some good lap times looking to the race of tomorrow”
"This morning on the wet I did an high-side – Morciano said – and I get this fracture to my wrist. I want to say thank you to the Clinca Mobile staff for their help, and I will try hard to be back on track as soon as possible”.
Sixth row for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders
Yuki Takahashi and Alex De Angelis did not shine during today’s qualifying practice at Motorland. A real shame since the rider from San Marino had such a good beginning of the weekend, being among the fastest riders during all sessions except during qualifying, when he unfortunately crashed twice.
For Yuki Takahashi it has been a more discrete qualifying session, focusing on working on the geometry of his FTR bike, allowing him to achieve his best qualifying position yet this season.
Yuki Takahashi – 16th (1´55.445)
“We have only had one dry session and this always complicates things to find the good setup. We tried many things to find the right setting. We have not made extraordinary improvements but we had gathered important data. I am happy of how we are working at the moment and even if the starting position is not great for tomorrow, I am hopeful for the race.”
Alex de Angelis – 18th (1´55.510)
“A very unlucky day for me today, I lost the seat pad while I was turning causing me to lose grip and crash. After the crash the team was able to get the bike back together on time for me to continue the qualifying session but I was unable to give it my all because the rear break broke. In the last two laps the chattering was so intense that it crash a second time.”
Pietro Caprara – Moto2 Technical Director
“Good starting position for tomorrow’s race for Yuki, who has found a good feeling after working on the geometry. For Alex it was an unfortunate session involving two crashes. He also encountered chatter problems that we will work on after going over the telemetry data. We are hopeful for tomorrow’s race because both riders enjoy this track, and even more if the race is declared dry.”