2013 Austin MotoGP Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Austin:

Quotes from Yamaha Factory Racing Riders After Free Practice Nr. 3 at COTA (Austin, Texas - USA)

Austin (Texas, USA), 20th April 2013

Jorge Lorenzo

Position: 3rd; Best lap time: 2'05.295

"I’m very happy with the improvement of the bike we achieved this morning. This third free practice session was much better than yesterday but on the other side we have a little disadvantage to Dani. This morning we tried to improve the rear tyre grip: now I am feeling better on the bike but we are still missing something. Anyway, we are improving little by little and this is the positive thing. We still have to work before qualifying in order to reduce the gap as much as possible. Let's see if we can make one more step to get a good position on the starting grid tomorrow. First row is the target".

Valentino Rossi

Position: 7th; Best lap time: 2'06.173

“Our position after FP3 is not fantastic, although we were just focused on finding the right balance and setting for this afternoon's qualifying session. We tried some different weight distributions and some different settings: some of them worked, some others didn't, but it was an important work for this afternoon. Now we will try to put everything together and give our best at 2pm".

Marquez and Pedrosa dominate front row with fantastic 1-2 in qualifying

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez will start from pole position for tomorrow's Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas after setting the fastest time on two wheels around the 5.5km Texas racetrack with a lap time of 2'03.021. Teammate Dani Pedrosa, was just two tenths off Marc, setting a time of 2'03.275 and will start alongside him in second place for the 21 lap race.

Track conditions improved again today and the riders dropped their times steadily throughout the practice sessions. However, in this morning's FP3 session Marc had a big highside crash in T19 on his outlap but fortunately escaped without serious injury. The team were left with a mammoth task to rebuild the heavily damaged bike, but managed to achieve it and give Marc the best chance for qualifying.

With this result, Marc is youngest rider - 20 years and 62 days, to start from pole position in the premier class, taking the record from Freddie Spencer who qualified on pole at Jarama in 1982 at the age of 20 years and 153 days.

Today also marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Daijiro Kato, who sadly passed away after a tragic accident in Japan in 2003. As a mark of respect, both Marc and Dani displayed his number 74 on the front fender of their RC213V machines.

Marc Marquez 1st 2'03.021

"We are happy of course, because we took our first pole position which is important and always exciting! We knew beforehand that we could fight for pole, but you never know what will happen in the session. Both Dani and Jorge are fast over a single lap, and we managed to overcome them. The important stuff starts tomorrow, because we have a long, physical race with many of changes of direction to deal with. We need to be ready, because tomorrow is what really counts and I will do the best that I can!"

Dani Pedrosa 2nd 2'03.275

"The session was a little tense, as in fifteen minutes you only have time for four good laps. Fortunately we didn't have any problems with traffic this time, and I was able to focus and put in a strong lap - faster than all but one in the end! It was a good session, and we took second on the grid which is positive, because Marc put in a fast lap and is close by. We need to try to increase the rear grip for tomorrow and work towards having a strong race"

Lorenzo Secures Front Row in Challenging Austin Qualifying

Austin (Texas, USA), 20th April 2013

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo took third position in the first ever qualifying session for the Grand Prix of The Americas today at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The MotoGP World Champion was quick to find pace on his first time attack in the new format 15 minute qualifying heat, taking provisional pole briefly with ten minutes left on the clock. Unfortunately a mistimed trip through pit lane as the last minutes died away left him unable to mount another hot lap. The result sees Lorenzo take the third position on the front row of the grid next to rival Dani Pedrosa.

Team mate Valentino Rossi continued to struggle under braking today and was unable to find a set up for his YZR-M1 that would enable a challenge for the front row. The Italian pushed hard through the final practice and subsequent qualifying session, eventually settling for eighth position on the third row of the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Jorge Lorenzo

3rd / 2'04.100 / 6 laps

“What happened in qualifying is more or less what happened in all the sessions: our rivals are much more fast than us in pace and on a fast lap. Our best position we could do today was third. Tomorrow in the race anything could happen. If something strange happens we can fight for the win but in normal conditions third is a really good position for tomorrow. We hope that the race is going to be better than qualifying and we can be closer to Marc and Dani.”

Valentino Rossi

8th / 2'05.380 / 6 laps

“We expected to go better today but we were unable to fix the problem in braking, especially in the first part, and I lose too much time. We still have tomorrow, we knew that this weekend on this track it could be difficult and in fact it is. We have to make a good race and try to take as many points as we can.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

“The front row is very good so we are satisfied with that, I think it was the maximum for today. The last tyre didn't go well in qualifying, Jorge ended up in a group so he went in to the pit lane and didn't realise we didn't have enough time for another time attack. At the moment we are just one metre from pole position. The race is tomorrow and the bike is behaving ok so lets see what we can do as It’s quite clear we don't have the advantage we had in Qatar. Anything can happen, the fast guys can make mistakes and the race is a long one, you have to stay focused and Jorge is very good at doing that.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“We are continuing to work hard to close the gap to the front. We will make some changes tonight and we will hopefully see the result in warm up. We know this is not the best circuit for us but we will continue to give 100%. Jorge made a good qualifying session but unfortunately he missed the opportunity to improve his lap time due to the mistake. To start this race from the front row is important. As a result of qualifying Vale will need a very aggressive start to the race. If we can make another step with the set up then he can definitely catch the riders in front of him.”

Crutchlow close to front row in Texas

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team rider Cal Crutchlow will start the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas from fourth place on the grid after the British rider just missed out on a front row spot for the second race in succession in 2013.

In a breathless 15-minute QP2 to decide the top 12 grid positions, Crutchlow produced another fantastic qualifying performance in gloriously sunny conditions at the new Circuit of the Americas (COTA) to set a best time of 2.04.267.

That put him in fourth position and just 0.167s from claiming a ninth front row start in his MotoGP career. Crutchlow’s phenomenal progress throughout his first visit to COTA was confirmed in FP3 and FP4 when he secured the fourth best time, the 27-year-old improving his pace set yesterday by two seconds to move up from sixth. He knocked another big chunk of time off his pace again in QP2 and is confident that he can fight for a place in the top five in tomorrow’s 21-lap race.

Bradley Smith’s second appearance for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team will start from 11th on the grid. The British rider ended the opening three practice sessions in 12th position, a result that meant he just missed being seeded straight through to QP2 by two places.

Smith knew that a top two placing in the 15-minute QP1 session would secure him a spot in QP2 where grid positions for the first four rows are decided. A best lap of 2.06.591, which was over 1.2s faster than his previous best all weekend, brilliantly put him into QP2 and continued his climb up the order to qualify in 11th by overhauling Ben Spies.

Cal Crutchlow 4th 2.04.267 – 7 laps

“I am really happy to qualify in fourth, even though it would have been nice to be back on the front row again. But coming here with no previous track experience meant it was always going to be an uphill battle, so to finish so close to Lorenzo and be ahead of Bradl and Valentino, who both tested here last month, is a great achievement for myself and the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. This is a long and technical track but fortunately I have been able to learn it very quickly and my crew have also got their heads around what I need to go fast and together we have done a great job to be so far up the grid. I’m obviously quite a long way off Marquez and Dani but so is everybody else. It will be a really tough race and very physical for 21-laps but having come here without any prior track knowledge, I always said a top six finish will be mission accomplished for me and that remains my goal.”

Bradley Smith 11th 2.06.740 – 6 laps

“It has been a really hard two days but in the end it turned out very well and I'm happy with my performance. Trying to understand the bike and the Bridgestone tyres around this incredibly technical circuit has not been an easy task but it is nice that I made it into QP2 and then pick up another place on the grid as well to start from 11th. At one stage it didn’t even look like I’d make it through to the final qualifying so I’m happy. I improve each time I go out and to be honest going into QP1 was a benefit for me because it meant I got a few more laps under my belt to understand the track more. My only goal for the race is to make it to the finish after the crash in Qatar. I need to gain experience over a race distance and while 21-laps here is going to be really tough, I am really looking forward to it.”

Second and fourth rows for Dovizioso, Hayden in Austin

The first MotoGP qualifying sessions to be held at the Circuit of the Americas took place today in beautiful weather conditions, and Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden put their Desmosedici GP13 machines directly into Q2, reserved for the top ten riders from the free-practice sessions.

In the action-packed, 15-minute Q2 session, Andrea Dovizioso continued his positive weekend trend, and his penultimate lap put him sixth on the time sheets. As happened two weeks ago at round one, his teammate, Nicky Hayden, experienced vibration on his first exit in qualifying, but after pitting, he posted his best time on his final lap. The American will start tomorrow’s race from the tenth spot on the grid.

Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 6th (2:04.873)

“We’ve been going well the whole weekend, so I’m pleased. The track is really nice, especially because the grip is nearly normal now, which makes riding more fun as well. The gap to the front is pretty big, but it’s sort of like that for many of the riders. The race will be strange because the circuit is new for everyone. The tyres aren’t wearing because they don’t have to 'work' hard here, so I doubt that the performance will fall off much. I managed to adapt pretty quickly to this new track, and I’m pushing hard because in some respects I feel good with the Ducati. We know we have limits, but we’re working well. I see optimism on the team, because we want to return to the top.”

Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 10th (2:05.568)

“We made some progress this morning, and I thought we could be a little bit more competitive in Q2 than I was. When I first went out, I had a vibration issue with the rear tyre that was similar to what I had in qualifying in Qatar. I came in and changed tyres, and it went away immediately. Starting tenth here isn’t good. We’ll see how things go tomorrow, especially at turn one, where it will be interesting to see if everyone can get through cleanly on the start. We still have some problems with the front, which hurts your confidence. We also need to improve in the esses, so we’ll try something in the warm-up. Regardless, I’m looking forward to the race."


Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider Alvaro Bautista is ready to do battle in the inaugural Grand Prix of the Americas tomorrow despite narrowly missing out on a second row start by just a couple of tenths today. The Spaniard made some changes to the setting of his Honda RC213V that gave him more confidence to push and now he is looking forward to going on the attack in the race. His team-mate Bryan Staring has struggled all weekend to get to grips with a new track in just his second appearance in MotoGP but the Australian's cause wasn't helped today by a collision with another rider at a crucial moment in qualifying.

Alvaro Bautista (7th 2’ 04” 942 ) “In terms of the lap time we are a long way from pole position but we are quite close to the front row and we have done a good job this afternoon to make the right changes to the setting. We decided to use the hard tyre this afternoon and the bike felt completely different, I had more confidence with it even after a lot of laps. My first run in qualifying was quite good but then on my second one I got held up by a bunch of riders looking for a tow and missed out on the chance to move up to the second row, which I think I could have done. The important thing is that we are working well and we have a good feeling with the bike for the race tomorrow. The front three are out of reach but I think we can fight for fourth if we can get a good start and push.”

Bryan Staring (22nd 2’ 10” 098) “I'm not happy because I still haven't worked out the fastest way around this incredible track. I don't have the right line and speed through the corners and we're struggling. At the end we also got taken out by Karel Abraham so that didn't help but tomorrow we'll try to get a good start and finish with a respectable result.”

Fausto Gresini “It is a shame Alvaro couldn't make it onto the second row of the grid because it was within his reach today. He missed his chance to set a fast lap but we're still happy because he likes the current setting of the bike and I am sure he can have a good race with it. The only worry is the start because it won't be easy from the third row but I am confident that Alvaro can get a good result.”


Austin, 20 April: under new regulations from the start of the 2013 season, qualifying is divided into two segments and LCR racer Stefan Bradl secured a QP2 phase at Austin race track thanks to his overall best lap times from across the opening trio of practice sessions. The German impressed with his third position in yesterday first outing at the new MotoGP venue, and he repeated his strong performance even in the qualifying session posting the 5th fastest lap time (2’04.445) on his RC213V.

“Today it was a good day for us because we could use the full potential of the hard tyre which is a positive sign for us. In the fourth practice we were able to make a longer distance evaluating the reaction of the hard tyre. We improved our consistency and I am pleased with the bike set-up so far because we can be fast from the first lap till the end of the race… Today’s qualifying went well but I am not totally happy with the result. However top five is our target and we can stay with the guys up in the pack”.

The Pramac Racing Team looks forward to tomorrow’s race

A beautiful, sunny day greeted the MotoGP riders for the second, important day of the championship’s second round, raising the air temperature to 24˚ C and the asphalt temperature to 43˚ C.

Both Pramac Racing Team riders took to the technical, challenging Austin circuit, determined to improve their times, along with the bikes’ settings ahead of the race.

Despite a good improvement in FP3, giving him a time of 2:07.749 (two seconds faster than yesterday), the Italian had to take part in Q1. He’ll start tomorrow’s race from the 13th position on the grid.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“It was a busy day, and although we improved steadily during the sessions, it wasn’t enough to make it into Q2. Unfortunately, when I went into Q1, I went slower than my best time, so I didn’t get a good qualifying position. Anyway, the situation isn’t bad. I have a hard time on this track, so we have to try to solve our problems in order to improve. I’m satisfied with the team and with the work that we’re doing. I’ll give myself some more races to improve, but I hope that soon I’ll manage to take a step forward and go faster.”

The Pramac Racing Team looks forward to tomorrow’s race

A beautiful, sunny day greeted the MotoGP riders for the second, important day of the championship’s second round, raising the air temperature to 24˚ C and the asphalt temperature to 43˚ C.

Both Pramac Racing Team riders took to the technical, challenging Austin circuit, determined to improve their times, along with the bikes’ settings ahead of the race.

At the end of that session, the Texan was tenth-best after lowering his best time from yesterday by over a second, advancing him directly into Q2, where he earned the 12th spot on tomorrow’s grid.

Ben Spies – Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“I’m not happy at all. We made some changes to the bike this morning and I kind of went backwards. I’m pretty disappointed, but realistically, if the bike setting would’ve been good, we only would have been one row ahead, so it doesn’t make a big difference. We need to look at some data to try to figure it out and get a good start and try to be in the top ten in the race again. I struggle a little bit in the hard braking zones, but anyway, I’m giving a 100% like always.”


POWER ELECTRONICS man makes it through to Q2 for the second round in succession, going on to take ninth and showing his strength; teammate Randy De Puniet, next best CRT in 14th place

Once again today at Austin the new MotoGP qualifying format worked brilliantly as spectators enjoyed the show and the riders gave it their all throughout every minute of both sessions. The pace was frenetic in Q1 as the riders went in search of those valuable last two slots for the second session. Although the battle for pole seemed to be an exclusive affair between Márquez and Pedrosa, elsewhere there were plenty of intriguing contests going down. Ultimately Marquez would emerge with the top spot and the rookie is favourite to win Sunday's race, with an all Spanish front row completed by Pedrosa and Lorenzo. The three titans all chase one crown. The tight times mean the race is hard to call, but Marquez appears to have the edge.

What seems far more obvious is how likely Aleix Espargaró is to be the top CRT, after his excellent ninth place grid finish. The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rider appears to have no limits, repeating his Qatar feat of making it through to Q2 with ease. Setting the fastest Q1 time took him through to play with the big boys. In the final 15 minutes of MotoGP action on Saturday the Catalan set down a superb 2'05.389 marker, a time which would see him take ninth on the starting grid - just 0.009s off Rossi in eighth. From the third row he will try to fight with the Factory riders but his main objective is to stay ahead of the CRT pack. His main rival in that battle is likely to be his teammate Randy De Puniet. The Frenchman was one of the stronger riders in Q1 and almost made it through to the later session with his colleague, a hard braking corner on a flying lap just hindering him. Randy is constantly improving at the American circuit and hopes to fight for top CRT spot on Sunday.

9th Aleix Espargaró 2.05.389: "I'm really satisfied with the way things turned out in qualifying today and in the last half hour of practice I did a ten lap race simulation on used tyres. That went really well and I felt so smooth, with an incredible pace in the low 2'06 region, which was very good. Then in qualifying I was able top ut in some realy fast times with an almost empty tank and the job we're doing is great, to be so close to the official bikes. With the chassis we have an almost perfect set up and that means I can ride confidently. I've been working with this team for a year and a half now and the teamwork is amazing, we're getting the absolute maximum from our material. I usually like faster circuits but with this bike I'm able to ride well on hard braking sections here. The first five laps will be crucial in the race and I don't want to let the factory bikes get away. Although they are fighting a different battle we will aim to be on top in the CRTs."

14th Randy De Puniet 2.07.129: "In final free practice I tried my second bike and was happy with the way I was riding. Throughout the day corner entry was getting easier, the balance is improving and I'm turning much better. I really pushed to try and make Q2 but just overdid it and rode off line. That was a shame as I think I could have improved. Overall I'm pleased with the progress made throughout the weekend and I'm gaining confidence. We'll work on braking during the warm up. Aleix is riding so well, but I'm going to try and catch him as best CRT."


The Grand Prix of The Americas sees the Came Iodaracing riders, Danilo Petrucci tenth and thirteenth Lukas Pesek of the first MotoGP qualifying session (Q1). During the day, in the two free practice sessions available before the official one, the Came Iodaracing Team worked to make the best bikes configuration available to its riders, but it was not possible to fight for better positions on this occasion. Danilo Petrucci solved with the help of the Iodaracing's engineers some issues related to the set up of his Ioda-Suter-BMW, while Lukas Pesek have not fared as well. The pilot coming from the Czech Republic, tried to take a different path in qualifying than free practices and this caused him to lose the feeling with his bike. At the end of the final session which involved 12 best MotoGP riders, Danilo Petrucci with his 2.08.825 will start from the eighth row with the 18th fastest time, while Lukas Pesek is 23th and will be in the ninth row thanks to its 2.10. 507.

DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 18th TIME IN QUALIFYING - 2.08.825 "We have solved almost all the problems we had yesterday. This morning we found a good set up and then we were able to develop the electronics. This morning we worked with used tires and we noticed how the old rubber does not make much difference with a new one that's because there is not much grip on track. I've wanted to do two laps for each new tyre and for this I came out immediately searching for a good lap time. We managed to do 4 good laps but we could also make a fifth. The team is doing a good job to solve all the problems we encountered in these days. The race will be tricky, however, this is not a very suitable track to my bike and my riding style, the changes of direction are strong and will be tough. I hope to have a good pace and maybe to score some points. "

LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - 20th TIME IN QUALIFYING - 2.10.507 "Today was a complete disaster. We have chosen the wrong path in the set up. Compared to yesterday we decided to change everything, we used the bike with the best engine but the electronic settings we had on the old machine did not fit this bike. We started from scratch this morning and we lost the job done yesterday for not getting results. For this reason we did not do many laps. We worked a lot and at the end of the bike was not very powerful and that's why I also upset and we were not able to do any good results. "

The Moto2 qualifying session, did not gone as expected before for Johann Zarco. The Frenchman was author of excellent free practice sessions in the first two days on the Circuit of the Americas always ending in the top ten. Unfortunately, in the official session, Zarco were not able to capitalize the job done, and a crash in the end did not allow, to do better the 17th fastest time of 2.12.757 in Moto2, which is the sixth row in the race will take place Sunday.

JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER- 17th TIME IN QUALIFYING - 2.12.757 "In this weekend I had a good start, the feeling with the bike was growing up in qualifying and the target was to loose a second in my lap time also and to do that we would have used also new tires. At the beginning of the qualifying session we decided to change the the clutch in order to preserve the other. Unfortunately this new component has taken away all the good feelings that I had yesterday and this morning. The bike has become difficult to drive, jumped and this did not allow me to be fast especially in the two corners done with the first gear that are in COTA. I tried to take this same second that we were missing, then at the end I tried a trail, but no one was willing to be followed, then I tried to do something better in the last lap, but I got too fast in a corner and I loose the front. Tomorrow in the warm up will try again to find the feeling lost, trying to make better than today and we will see in the race what could happen. "

Edwards and Corti looking forward to Austin race

The second day at COTA has ended with NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti qualifying in 18th and 19th position with their FTR-Kawasaki bike.

After yesterday’s inconsistent weather conditions and today’s troubles with the gearbox, both the American and Italian riders have improved their times by four seconds since their arrival at the Texan racetrack. Both show good race pace, making the team hopeful at the Texas Tornado’s home GP for a good result and getting the first points of the season at COTA.

Colin Edwards – 18th – (2´08.47)

“ The field is so small, everybody sits around and waits and waits to get behind somebody and I vow to myself that I wouldn’t let anyone follow me this year. Normally I wouldn’t care but the way that the situation is you just can’t let anybody follow you. I did all I could do. We had some gearbox trouble today, kept missing a few gears in that free practice time I missed a gear and a big crunch and I think we did damage he chassis. We have some ideas for tomorrow, so we’ll take advantage of the warm-up and see what we can do.”

Claudio Corti – 19th (2´08.79)

“At the end of the day things are looking ok, we have been able to get laps under 2´09.00, managing to get in laps on 2´08.79 and our goal was to get there today. I was hoping to do better, would have wanted to use bike 1 during qualifying but we set a drastic modification on it and ended up using bike 2. I was hoping to get my lap times on the lower 2´08s range to be honest but I have seen that I have a consistent race pace, the race is long and the tires seem to be holding us well so we will have to see tomorrow how the race goes.”

Sergio Verbena – MotoGP Technical Director

“Yesterday we had many problems finding the right setting for Colin, today it looks like we finally found it and we have improved a lot, we are four seconds faster than yesterday. Even though we have improved it, its still not enough because we will start the race form the eighteenth position for Colin and the nineteenth for Claudio on the grid tomorrow. The race pace is not bad, its very similar the pace of the other FTR-Kawasaki bikes but we still have work ahead of us in order to get closer to the top CRTs. At the moment the Aprilias are one step ahead of us, we need to close this gap. We are focused on getting our first points of the season for both riders.”

Abraham injured after collision in qualifying practice, undergo surgery in Austin

Karel Abraham will not be ready to MotoGP race at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin. Czech MotoGP broke his collarbone after collision with Bryan Staring during MotoGP Qualifying Practice 1.

Abraham underwent examination in MotoGP Mobile Clinic which showed dislocation of the broken left collarbone. He was driven to the University Hospital in Austin to undergo surgery. Recovery will take few weeks.

Marquez takes pole position for inaugural Americas MotoGP™ race

Round 2: Americas MotoGP™ - Qualifying Practice One & Two

Circuit of the Americas, Saturday 20 April 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Weather: Dry. Ambient 24-24°C; Track 45-46°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Marc Marquez set a scorching time of 2'03.021 to claim pole position for the inaugural Americas MotoGP race as the Repsol Honda rider continued to dominate proceedings at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas.

Marquez qualified 0.254 seconds ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa, the pair ensuring a Repsol Honda lockout of the top two grid positions. Rounding out the front row is Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who set a personal best time of 2’04.100. In what was an impressive qualifying performance for a CRT machine, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro took full advantage of the new CRT-specific soft compound rear tyre to set a time of 2'05.389 to secure P9 on the grid.

Track conditions for qualifying improved compared to yesterday with less wind and a peak track temperature of 46°C in Qualifying Practice. The better grip levels enabled riders to make a large reduction in lap times from yesterday and evaluate different tyre options for the race. Many riders used the warmer temperatures today to assess the harder front slick and both front slick options are likely to be used tomorrow. Rear slick choice today favoured the softer option as it offers better overall grip in the sweeping sections of the circuit and it is expected that the softer rear slick will be the popular race choice.

Tomorrow morning’s Warm Up session at 0940 local time (GMT -6) will provide a final opportunity for riders to decide on tyre choice before the twenty-one lap race starts at 1400.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“After two days of activity the track condition has continually improved and in qualifying we began to see the true pace of the circuit. The warmer temperatures in the afternoon allowed teams to try some different tyre combinations and get an idea of what options they have for the race. I expect that front tyre choice will be split between the harder and softer slick options while for the rear, the softer slick options seem to be preferred at this stage. This is the first race where we have provided the CRT riders with their own, softer rear slick and the feedback we have had on this option is very positive. Aleix’s qualifying time today is a good example of how this option can be used to close the performance gap to the works riders.”



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