Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Mugello:
Ear infection keeps Kornfeil off bike
A suspected ear infection known as labyrinthitis kept Jakub Kornfeil off his Kalex KTM on the first day of the Italian GP at Mugello. Kornfeil tried four laps in the morning session but felt too sick and dizzy to continue. As a consequence RW Racing GP only had Jasper Iwema on track in the second free practice. He finished the session in 20th position.
Iwema had a difficult start of the day in damp and tricky conditions but recovered well in the afternoon. The sun had warmed up the Tuscany hills and dried the track. In almost perfect conditions Iwema was in 13th halfway through the session. His lap time of 2.01.803 was little over 2 seconds slower than the fastest time of provisional pole sitter Luis Salom.
Team manager Jarno Janssen was satisfied with the results of this afternoon, but knows there is still much work to be done. "Jasper has to keep pushing as hard as he can, but we should not forget he is still not 100 percent recovered from the concussion he sustained in Texas. His riding is still affected by that. But we know what to do, where we have to concentrate on.’’
Janssen expressed his concerns on Jakub Kornfeil. The Czech came to Mugello yesterday morning complaining he felt sick and dizzy for a few days already. Tests in the Czech Republic showed nothing and he underwent new examinations in the Clinica Mobile at the circuit, where the doctors suspect an ear infection known as labyrinthitis: an inflammation in the inner ear that affects the hearing and balance.
Kornfeil got medication and was allowed to try to ride, but after four laps already it was clear he was not able to ride.
The current number 7 in the Moto3 championship will have another examination tomorrow to see if he is fit. If not, Kornfeil will fly back to the Czech Republic as soon as possible to receive treatment.
Janssen is worried about his rider. "If it is labyrinthitis, as they suspect, Jakub may be out for a few weeks. That would be very bad news, for Jakub in the first place, but for the team as well.’’
Jasper Iwema (20): "The second practice was allright. I am fast in the first two sections of the circuit, but I lose almost a full second in the third section that contains two fast corners (Arabiata 1 and 2) and a chicane. Together with my team I am working to find a way to improve there. This morning was not good. It was tricky and I didn’t want to take risks, but I was a bit too cautious.’’
Jakub Kornfeil: "I am very disappointed. The start of the season has been good and I’m 7th in the championship. I want to race, but I can’t. I hope the medication helps.’’
Rins and Marquez prudent on day one at Mugello
Alex Rins places tenth and Alex Marquez nineteenth on first day of practice in Italy.
After rain yesterday and last night, during the morning the Moto3 riders ride on a wet track under low temperatures, in an unusual development for Mugello. With a cautious approach to the conditions, Alex Rins set the fourth fastest time and Marquez the thirteenth in the session –in which Jonas Folger was the quickest rider.
In the afternoon, rain and clouds gave way for the sun and, on a completely dry track, times dropped rapidly. During the first half of the session, Rins remained in the top three, behind Salom and Folger, while teammate Alex Marquez –on his first visit to the circuit– was further back, with around the 24th fastest time.
Finally, after the first adjustments to his setup, Rins stopped the clock at 2’01.133, 01.527s off fastest man Luis Salom. Alex Marquez finally occupied nineteenth position on the timesheets, with a best lap of 2’01.792.
FP1: 2:10.038, 15 laps, 79 km.
FP2: 2:01.133, 16 laps, 84 km.
“Today was not too positive a day, we still have to finish to adapt to the track. I've had a little trouble with the setup, but above all, it is I who needs to improve. This circuit is quite complicated and technical, and it was difficult for me to ride by myself. Last year I quickly got used to the track and I went pretty well, but this year it's taking us a little more time. Either way, this was the first day, we have to take it easy because we still have room to improve. We'll take things day by day and hope that tomorrow we can do better.”
FP1: 2:11.441, 15 laps, 79 km.
FP2: 2:01.792, 17 laps, 89 km.
“I'm happy with how the day went. We started with a wet track, and from the start I felt comfortable on the bike and with the circuit. The feeling, in general, is good, because we have a good setup in the wet. Under these conditions the differences are not so big and it is easier to be near the top. In the afternoon we had a runout in the dry and I knew it would be a little tough, because it is a difficult circuit. We are two seconds down and we still plenty of room for improvement tomorrow. But, with it being the first day and with us riding solo laps, I can be happy. It is clear that we must continue in this way and see if we can get closer to the fastest riders. We'll see if the weather favours us tomorrow.”
Salom fastest at Mugello
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Spanish rider clocks best time on first day of Italian GP. Zulfahmi Khairrudin and Arthur Sissis place thirteenth and twenty-first, respectively.
31/05/13 - Mugello Circuit
Tuscany welcomed the World Championship on Friday received with completely overcast skies and a wet track, which in the first practice session did not allow the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to fully enjoy the 5.2km Mugello Circuit. In the second session Luis Salom took the fastest lap of 1:59.606, while Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis were thirteenth —2:01.382— and twenty-first —2:01.899— respectively.
In the first 40 minutes of free practice, the riders used wet tyres in order to get a feel for the track. In eighth, Luis Salom was the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to lap fastest, setting his best lap of 2:10:424. Teammate Zulfahmi Khairuddin achieved his first goal of the weekend, placing amongst the top ten with a time of 2:10.642. Arthur Sissis was fifteenth, with his 2:11.631 lap.
With the passing of the hours between sessions, the track dried out for the second free practice and the riders had a chance to lower their lap times. Luis Salom came out strong and moved to the head of the timesheets from the start. However, his best lap was his last of the day, with a spectacular last sector ride that catapulted him to the top spot. Meanwhile, Zulfahmi Khairuddin —thirteenth— and Arthur Sissis —twenty-first— took good feelings away from their first dry laps at Mugello.
Tomorrow sees the last free practice session, then a qualifying session to decide the grid for Sunday. The weather forecasts again predict rain.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:59.606
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:59.631 +0.025
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 2:00.101 +0.495
4. Danny Webb (Suter Honda) 2:00.361 +0.755
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 2:00.395 +0.789
13. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:01.382 +1.776
21. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:01.899 +2.293
“I felt really good on the KTM today, but there is still room for improvement so we shall keep on working. We will talk with the team this afternoon in order to keep up the work that we are doing, and continue improving on what we can. The track is good, but the pace was in the 1:58’s last year, so tomorrow we need to carry on. That said, last year it was much hotter.”
“It wasn’t our best day, but I am happy because my feeling with the bike is good. The first session of the Grand Prix was rather difficult, because it took place in the wet but some sections had started to dry out. These mixed conditions are the worst. In the second session we were able to ride in the dry, and found a good feeling. Our best time was not what we were expecting, but we know that we have to change things. If we are fortunate and ride in the dry tomorrow, then we will be faster.”
“It wasn’t an especially difficult day, but it would have been good for us to have been able to put in more dry laps, because we only had one session in which to set up the bike. The feeling wasn’t bad today; I was able to maintain a good pace and also put in a good lap. Tomorrow we will make some small changes and try to improve my riding –above all on the slow corners– and see if we continue progressing.”
JONAS FOLGER KICKS OFF ITALIAN GP WITH STRONG PACE
MAPFRE Aspar rider fastest in the morning session and third in the afternoon, with consistent pace throughout the day. Eric Granado places 27th on first Moto3 visit to Mugello
Round five of the Moto3 World Championship began today under wet conditions, thanks to torrential rain that fell overnight on Thursday. In the morning, local wildcard Andrea Locatelli briefly led the way, before Jonas Folger took the quickest time before midday. In the afternoon, Luis Salom, Maverick Viñales and Folger traded turns at the top, albeit some way off the best time from last year of 1'57.980. The quickest lap today was 1'59.606, set by Salom, with Viñales second and Folger third on the combined timesheet.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger kicked off the Italian GP weekend in a determined mood. The German was fastest on a wet track in the morning session, clocking his quickest lap on his final time around Mugello. In the afternoon he also led the way -first at the start of the session and then in the final moments, thanks to a storming lap in which he sped through the final sections of the Mugello circuit. After keeping up a solid pace throughout, Folger rounded off the day as the third quickest man overall.
Teammate Eric Granado had ridden at Mugello last year, albeit with a Moto2 bike. Today he had to find new reference points at the track, especially in the fast sectors. It was a day of novelty and hard work for the Brazilian, who learnt with every lap aboard his machine and was keen to improve.
3rd Jonas Folger 2.00.101 (30 laps): "The feeling on this first day was very positive, in both sessions, regardless of the condition of the asphalt. The bike responded very well and I could ride comfortably. At the end of the afternoon session we mounted a hard front tyre; We wanted to dismiss it from the running for the race, and so it proved to be the case. We kept the intermediate tyre on the rear throughout the session and the feeling with that was great. Despite not liking the harder front, the times in the session were good and we were always amongst the frontrunners, so we can be optimistic. In the back we have maintained the intermediate rubber throughout the session and the feeling was optimal. Although harder front tire we liked our records have been good, we have always maintained close to the head, so that we can be optimistic. Riding in both the dry and in the wet today allowed us to check that we have a good wet setup, and that we are on the right track with the dry one. Apart from the tyres and a slight modification with the gearing we have made ??no significant changes to the bike. We were at the front all day so we should be happy -we just need to strengthen our pace on used tyres."
27th Eric Granado 2.02.726 (33 laps): ""In the first practice today the track was wet, so we went out just to get a feel for things. In the second session we could work well in dry conditions. Last year I rode here in Moto2 and the feeling was totally different to today. With the Moto3 you have to be faster when cornering and better prepare your corner exits. Throughout the afternoon I improved and found reference points, but we still are some way off fully understanding the nuances of the track. Tomorrow I will continue working hard, I need to be more decisive when changing direction and on the fast corners. This circuit is very fast and it is crucial to go as quick as possible on the speediest sections, so as to not lose too much time. When I finished the session I talked to the team and Gino, and we have seen a number of areas in which we can improve."
SATISFACTORY FIRST DAY FOR TEAM GO&FUN GRESINI MOTO3
Despite a crash apiece it was a positive first day for Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri at their home Grand Prix. Antonelli was on the pace but slipped off when tryi ng to avoid a bump whilst Baldassarri also showed positive signs despite his misfortune. Both Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 riders are confident that they have a good feeling around their home circuit though and they are looking forward to qualifying tomorrow.
Niccolò Antonelli (8th 2’ 01.080 ) “I was really annoyed to crash because of the bump because I was setting a fast pace and I was sure I could have gone quicker - my split times up to that point proved it. It's a shame but I am satisfied because I felt good on the bike. Obviously we need to keep working but I am confident because I ran with some of the fast guys today and I know I can set their pace.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (23rd 2’ 02” 001) “Today didn't go badly in the end despite the crash, which we didn't want. It was really important this afternoon to evaluate the bike set-up and it felt good. I was pushing hard, maybe too hard because I lost the front and crashed, which was a shame. It was important to get back out there after the crash and improve my lap time because that gives me confidence for tomorrow and Sunday.”
Fausto Gresini “They both did a good job despite the crashes today. There is a very positive atmosphere in the team and that gives me confidence. The signs are encouraging, especially for us at our home Grand Prix, which is an important race anyway but particularly because we want it to be the turning point in the season.”
GOOD START FOR THE JOHANN ZARCO IN MOTO2 CLASS, PETRUCCI AND PESEK WORK ON THEIR MOTOGP SET UP
SCARPERIA, 30 May - The weekend of the Italian Grand Prix on the beautiful Mugello track started in the best possible way for the CAME Iodaracing Team which saw Johann Zarco fighting for the top positions in the Moto2 free practice. The French riser who in fighting with the Suter CAME Iodaracing Team's Suter in the middle class, ended the day with the fourth fastest time in 1.53.938, +0.355 s from Esteve Rabat (Kalex), author of the best time of the day. The good results achieved in France, where Zarco finished the race fifth, struggling for the victory, positively charged him.
In the MotoGP class, however, a bit more difficult for Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek, both crashed in the first free practice session. The track conditions this morning were certainly not ideal. The slippery asphalt and low temperatures have not helped the two premier class riders of the CAME Iodaracing Team that both have search their redemption in the second round in the afternoon. At the end of the time available, Danilo Petrucci sets his best with time in 1.51.937 (20th), while Lukas Pesek could not do better than 1.54.829 closing twenty-fifth.
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - 1.53.938 - FP2 - 4th - "The result of today seems pretty good. It's the first time this year on Friday that we are among the first, this means that we have found a good basis for the bike. I'm still not satisfied with some things, because I just cannot do the time I want, but with someone in front of me things gone are better and I'm finally able to find the right references. We need to work on this. At Mugello the important thing is to have a good pace because we are all close with the lap time references . "
DANILO PETRUCCI- MOTOGP RIDER - 1.51.937 - FP2 - 20th "This morning we would practice dry conditions, but there are not the possibility. We have any references about electronics and suspension on this bike, so we'd need more time to work only on fine-tuning. In the afternoon we started with a configuration based on the one used at Le Mans and we worked on that way. We still have to improve the bike but we knew which direction to follow. "
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - 1.54.829 - FP2 - 25 ° - "There is still a lot of work on the set up. We are doing many tests, we hope to have an optimal configuration for tomorrow morning already. Unfortunately I crash this morning not for the wet asphalt, but for the motor brake that has made me lose grip of the rear wheel. It's luck that I have'nt really hurt myself. "
Niklas Ajo tests out Mugello in wet and dry
Avant Tecno KTM rider begins Italian Grand Prix with good feeling and places seventeenth on day of mixed conditions.
31/05/2013 - Mugello Circuit
The opening day of the Italian Grand Prix featured two completely contrasting sessions: the first in the wet and the second in the dry. Niklas Ajo, eleventh this morning, concluded the day with a good feeling on his KTM and the seventeenth fastest lap time of 2:01:508.
The first practice session was not at all easy, due to a still-wet track. The threatening clouds first thing in the morning did not allow the asphalt to dry completely, and Niklas Ajo took to the track with wet tyres. Cautious in the opening session, he waited for his return to the garage before pushing with his KTM. In the end, the Avant Tecno KTM rider set his fastest time on his last lap —2:10:769— and placed eleventh.
The wet tyres were replaced by slicks for the final session of the day. With the track completely dry but with gusts of wind reaching 30km/h, the Finn put in fifteen more laps. He took his best time of 2:01:508 at the start of the run, placing him seventeenth overall.
The aim for Saturday will be to finish in the top ten in qualifying for the fourth consecutive race.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:59.606
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:59.631 +0.025
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 2:00.101 +0.495
4. Danny Webb (Suter Honda) 2:00.361 +0.755
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 2:00.395 +0.789
17. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:01.508 +1.902
"This morning the conditions were not the best, because the track was wet and it was easy to slip down. Fortunately in the afternoon things improved somewhat and it dried out. Overall today went well and we just have to improve the setup a little to adapt to the maximum for this circuit. We have to work on the front and rear of the bike and find the ideal setup to do a good job at this track —a circuit that I find really difficult. I am not worried, as although the times are not what we usually see here marked, the condition of the track wasn't good. We'll see if the weather is on our side tomorrow and if we can improve some things in the wet and dry."
Solid start for Marc VDS on opening day at Mugello
Mugello, Italy - 31st May 2013: Scott Redding and Mika Kallio made a steady start on the opening day at Mugello, as unseasonable weather at the Italian circuit made for tricky conditions in both free practice sessions.
Overnight rain meant that the opening practice session was held in less than ideal conditions, with damp patches and a low track temperature dictating a cautious approach on slick tyres. Despite sometimes unpredictable grip levels, Redding ended the session fourth fastest and Kallio finished 12th.
Conditions were much improved for this afternoon's second free practice, despite the black clouds surrounding the Mugello circuit. Redding built his pace throughout the 45-minute session, as he worked to improve front-end feel on the bike, eventually finishing seventh fastest on combined times.
For Kallio the improvement in conditions didn't bring the expected improvement in lap times, as the increase in grip levels led to instability when trail braking into the corners. The 30-year-old Finn eventually finished in 19th, a position he is determined to improve upon in tomorrow's final free practice session.
With the Moto3 class first out for free practice this morning Livio Loi had to contend with a damp track after overnight rain at Mugello. The 16-year-old Belgian used the 45-minute session to familiarise himself with the Mugello track, eventually finishing 14th.
Conditions improved significantly for the second free practice session, with the Moto3 riders able to run slicks for the first time. Loi was disappointed to end the session only 24th on the timesheet, after struggling with the bike on both corner entry and exit.
Scott Redding #45: 7th - 1'54.077
"This morning was a bit sketchy; there were damp patches on the track that were difficult to see, but as long as you stuck to the completely dry line it was okay. This afternoon conditions were better, with more grip available, but that caused us some problems with the front. This track is different compared to the others we've raced at so far this season, so we knew we'd have some work to do to rediscover the same feeling with the bike. We lost time because of the weather this morning, but we made some improvements this afternoon and I'm sure there is more to come tomorrow."
Mika Kallio #36: 19th - 1'54.900
"To be honest, I'm not quite sure what happened with the bike this afternoon. From the first lap I had problems with the front on corner entry, with the bike sitting up as soon as I turned in. I have never felt anything like it before and it was impossible to control the bike while trail braking into the turn. We made some changes to reduce the amount of grip at the rear, which improved things a little, but we need to find a lot more. Tonight we need to sit down and come up with a set-up to improve the bike on corner entry, without losing too much of the rear grip that's giving me good drive out of the turns, especially up through Arrabbiata one and two."
Livio Loi #11: 24th - 2'02.088
"The bike was fine in the mixed conditions we had for this morning's free practice session, but then we hit problems in the dry conditions this afternoon. The bike didn't want to turn in at all, with the front threatening to close on me when I tried to force the bike into the corner. The corner exit was little better, with the bike picking up and running wide as soon as I got on the gas. It was a similar problem to that which we had in Le Mans, but much worse and I had to fight the bike everywhere. We have looked at the data already and it is clear what we need to do to significantly improve the bike, so we've already put today behind us and now we're focussed on tomorrow's practice and qualifying sessions."
WILAIROT FINDS FORM AT MUGELLO
Ratthapark Wilairot enjoyed a positive first day at the Italian Grand Prix, finding a positive feeling with his bike and lapping inside the top fifteen riders in the Moto2 class. It is another encouraging sign of potential from the T hai rider, who is now aiming to stay calm and concentrated for the remainder of the weekend.
Ratthapark Wilairot (15th 1’ 54” 547 ) “I am satisfied and relaxed. The two sessions today were positive and I feel like we have the room to make more improvements. I feel confident with the bike here so now I need to keep my concentration in qualifying tomorrow and turn the potential we have shown today into a result on Sunday.”
Fausto Gresini “Feem was in determined mood today. He stay focused throughout and showed his true potential again. I am pleased to see it and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do tomorrow in qualifying. ”
DONI LOOKING FOR BETTER FEELING AT MUGELLO
Doni Tata Pradita endured a difficult first day at Mugello today, struggling to adapt to the technical track despite having prior knowledge of it. The Indonesian rider remains typically upbeat and determined to improve, however, and tonight he will work with his technicians to study the telemetry and try and find the right path to improve tomorrow.
Doni Tata Pradita (31st 1’ 58” 246 ) “I have really struggled to find the right line around the circuit today here at Mugello. I actually rode a 250 here before but I'm struggling for confidence on this bike. As soon as the session ended I started studying the telemetry with the team and trying to work out the best line. Already I think we know how to improve.”
Fausto Gresini “Pradita struggled to find confidence around this circuit today but I am sure that he will improve tomorrow because he will make the effort. He had ridden at Mugello before but that track knowledge wasn't quite enough today. Together with the technicians he will try to work out where he went wrong and go better tomorrow.”
MAPFRE ASPAR BEGIN HARD WORK AT MUGELLO
Nico Terol and Jordi Torres place eighth and twentieth, respectively, on day one of Italian Grand Prix. Both work on combatting front end grip issues
The Moto2 class was the most fortunate of the three World Championship categories on Friday in Italy, as it was able to complete both of its practice sessions on a dry track. Some damp patches made the riders take a cautious approach in the morning, but in the afternoon it was a fully dry session for the intermediate class. Takaaki Nakagami and Esteve Rabat were the leaders in the two Friday sessions, with some of the Italian riders also going strong at their home round. With times tight and the weather unpredictable, an entertaining weekend is in store for the category.
Even though the asphalt was largely dry for the opening session at Mugello, damp patches meant that prudence was the order of the day. The MAPFRE Aspar riders used the run to reacquaint themselves with Mugello, before getting the real work underway in the afternoon. Nico Terol and Jordi Torres both suffered with a lack of front end grip in the dry afternoon run, but despite this Terol was still able to stick with the frontrunners for pace. He placed eighth on the timesheet and was some six-tenths off the best time of the day. Torres was twentieth, 1.4 off the top spot. Both are now sure of what to address on Saturday's second day of practice.
8th Nico Terol 1'54.239 (40 laps): "This morning I didn't feel comfortable with the track full of damp patches. But it was good for me to ride with the asphalt like this, in order to find a new feeling and learn to ride in a difficult situation. This afternoon I felt much more comfortable, we worked to offset a few difficulties. We had some chattering when changing direction and also lacked a little grip when we were at full lean. The good thing is that we know what to try in order to find an improvement tomorrow, so we will get on that at the start of the day. I am happy with how today went, but we still have to work hard to solve some problems. I also have to get up to full speed, as I rode fast here last year and have some good memories of the track. We still have time on our side, so I am calm. We placed eighth today, with a good pace, so we have to be happy."
20th Jordi Torres 1'55.035 (35 laps): "This morning the track was very difficult to ride on, because of the damp patches, but despite this I was able to refresh my memory from when I last rode here two years ago. In the afternoon the track conditions improved a lot and I tried to push a bit more. When looking for the limit I found that there is something about the front end that is not allowing me to ride with finesse. I am unable to lean in as much as I want and that proves costly on cornering. We have to work so that the bike is more stable and that we can be steadier when cornering. After today's work we have thought up a few changes to make tomorrow. Basically, we feel that we need to load more weight onto the front end in order to make the bike turn better and faster."