Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:
Pole position for Scott Redding at Mugello
Mugello, Italy - 1 June 2013: Scott Redding will start tomorrow's Italian Moto2 Grand Prix from pole position, after bouncing back - quite literally - from a session ending crash during final free practice this morning. Mika Kallio qualified 13th, despite continuing issues with the set-up of his Kalex Moto2 machine.
Redding started the day in spectacular fashion by launching his bike into the gravel trap just three laps into the final free practice session. While the 20-year-old Briton walked away uninjured, the bike was almost completely destroyed after somersaulting up the track. As a result, Redding sat out the remainder of the session, as his mechanics worked to rebuild the engine into a new frame for qualifying.
With his confidence undented by the crash, Redding was immediately on the pace in the 45-minute qualifying session, improving his lap time with every exit and eventually securing his second pole position of the season as the session came to a close.
Mika Kallio continued to struggle with the bike trying to sit up while trail braking into the corners, although minor set-up changes ahead of qualifying did result in a small improvement. The 30-year-old Finn did what he could to ride around the problem but the time lost, especially through the chicanes, meant he was unable to qualify higher than 13th today.
The handling issues that had plagued Livio Loi throughout free practice at Mugello continued to cause problems for the 16-year-old Belgian in today's 40-minute Moto3 qualifying session. Loi was disappointed to qualify only 30th for tomorrow's 20-lap Moto3 race, which he will start from the tenth row of the grid.
Scott Redding #45: Pole Position - 1'52.958
"I wasn't really expecting pole today, especially after the crash this morning. While it was a small crash for me, the same wasn't true of the bike, which was pretty much wrecked. I have to say a big thank you to my mechanics, but also to Mika's, as they all pitched in to get me a new bike built up for qualifying. After two laps I'd forgotten about this morning completely, despite a bit of a moment in the same place early on. The new bike felt better than the previous one, after a few set-up changes ahead of qualifying, so I was able to find a good rhythm straight away. Then it was just a case of staying out of the way and picking off the laps. I'm happy to be on pole for the second time this season, but now we need to focus on the race."
Mika Kallio #36: 13th - 1'53.910
"All weekend I've had the same problem on corner entry; the bike feels like it's pushing from the rear and trying to stand up when you trail brake into the turn. We made some changes ahead of qualifying, which made a small improvement, but the problem was still there and I couldn't ride around it. We still need to find something for the race, which means we'd have to evaluate any changes in warm up, but sometimes that's just how it is. Tomorrow in the race I need do the same as in Le Mans; get a good start and then make up as many places in the opening laps as I can."
Livio Loi #11: 30th - 2'00.865
"It was impossible to find a good rhythm in qualifying because the bike just wouldn't do what I was asking of it; it was like it had a mind of its own! Now we need to put the work in to improve things for tomorrow. We know we're not going to stumble on the perfect set-up for the bike, but we need to find at least a neutral setting so that I am in control of the bike, rather than the other way around. If we can do this, then all is not lost and a points scoring finish remains a possibility. If we don't manage it then those 20-laps tomorrow are going to feel more like 50!"
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"It's been a tough weekend so far for Mika and Livio, with both of them struggling to find a solution to the problems they're experiencing on track. It's been doubly hard for Livio because, while Mika has a lot of experience and has been in this situation before, for Livio it's all new. We have some ideas to help them both, which we'll test during warm up tomorrow and I know they'll give everything in the race, like always. Scott impressed me once again today, coming back from such a big crash and the loss of a whole practice session to take his second pole of the season. I'm sure some of his rivals were left scratching their heads after that performance, as well they might. Tomorrow's race promises to be yet another tough one, but we go into it with some confidence. I'd also like to say a big thank you to all our mechanics, who did a superb job to build a new bike from scratch after Scott launched his into low earth orbit this morning!"
JONAS FOLGER ENJOYS HIS FIRST POLE OF THE SEASON
Eric Granado adds to the MAPFRE Aspar Team success story with his best result of the season in 15th place
The second day of the Italian GP took place in glorious sunshine and with perfect temperatures. Once free practice was out of the way it was Oliveira on top for much of qualifying, a surprise given he had not previously featured in the top five. His 1.58.6 put him top of the timesheet and the conditions perhaps suggested that a better time was possible given the pace of last year's GP. But the final laps of qualifying almost looked like a race given the amount of traffic on track with riders using slipstreams wisely to bring down lap times. Viñales improved the pace to 1.57 with time still on the clock for a further 3 laps and eventually Folger took pole with a best ever Moto3 lap of Mugello (1.57.603).
It was a good day for the MAPFRE Aspar Team in Mugello, with the Saturday of the Italian GP producing exceptional results for Jonas Folger and Eric Granado. Firstly the German rider got his first pole of the season and the third of his career and it was a just reward for his constant improvements throughout the weekend. Quick through the first three sectors Jonas knew he would need a good slipstream on the long Mugello straight and that's just what he got on his penultimate lap. In the top three throughout FP the MAPFRE Aspar man will head the Moto3 grid on Sunday. Although Eric Granado suffered a light crash after registering his best time he also achieved his best grid spot of 2013, with a 1.59.682 time on his penultimate lap, putting him two seconds off pole and 15th on the grid, giving him hope of a point scoring race result.
1st Jonas Folger 1.57.603 (15 laps): "I'm really pleased with this pole and it is the result of our hard work throughout the weekend so far. Having a rider in front of me on the straight made a big difference. We've been working so much just to make small improvements and today was another positive step. Starting on pole is a privilege and we have to concentrate hard as there will be strong riders around us and groups usually form at Mugello in races. We need to conserve our tyres right to the end and ride consistently throughout the race in order to be in the front group at the end. Thanks to the constant positive steps we're making we are ready to go racing".
15th Eric Granado 1.59.682 (17 laps): "It's pleasing to have our best QP result of the year. The day started well with a good feeling in the morning, the line was comfortable and our corner exits were strong. Although we brought down the times from Friday I didn't imagine being able to register a 1.59 in the afternoon. Yesterday we were off the pace so I'm really happy to have produced two 1.59 lap times as it's important ahead of tomorrow's race. I felt really good today I was enjoying my riding a lot and I haven't felt like that for some time. I crashed at the end and hurt myself slightly, but I'm ready for the race".
Rins to start from front line and Marquez from fourth row
Alex Rins third on Saturday and Alex Marquez tenth in Italian qualifying.
The two students of Emilio Alzamora had a positive second day at Mugello. Whilst on Friday they had been affected by unstable weather conditions, today with the elevation of temperatures both Repsol riders were able to make considerable improvements to their times.
In the morning, Rins made great improvements to his Friday laps and was fourth at the end of the session. His teammate, Marc Marquez, made successful adjustments to his setup and was eleventh fastest.
In the afternoon qualifying session, both riders were speedy from the get-go. Rins rapidly moved into sixth and Marquez was eleventh. The fight for the front row was contested between some less habitual candidates, as Antonelli, Oliveira and Miller joined Salom, Folger, Viñales and Rins. On the final lap of the session, Folger and Viñales were fastest, followed by Rins as he took third on the grid with a time of 1'58.046. Teammate Marquez was also able to climb up the order, and will start his first race at Mugello from tenth.
FP3: 1:59.220, 14 laps, 73 km.
QP: 1:58.046, 17 laps, 89 km.
“We are fairly happy with our work today. Yesterday we were a step behnd and we needed to work hard as a team in order to place third today. I was lacking a little focus, but when the bike responds well, everything is easier. For tomorrow, I think that it will be a difficult race, as the track is very technical and fast. We have to concentrate, most of all, because there will be a lot of riders up at the front. It will be important to get a good start and to keep calm. I think that we have a lot of possibilities, as it will be a race run in groups and we will try to do the best possible.”
FP3: 2:00.378, 15 laps, 79 km.
QP: 1:59.211, 17 laps, 89 km.
“In the first session of the day we took a big step forward, as I was riding at a good pace on my own. In the afternoon we knew that we could improve, and myself and Alex Rins worked as a team ─that helped me out a lot. In the qualifying session I tried to push to the end and I know that I could still improve a little, but tenth place isn't bad. We still need to try a few things in the warmup tomorrow, but I am rather happy with the bike and think that we can have a good race. We know that the start will be very important. We'll see if we can get up to the front and open up a gap to the riders behind us. We know that it will be a tough race, and we hope that the weather favours us.”
Kornfeil surprisingly to 3rd row
Jakub Kornfeil surprised RW Racing GP and himself by setting the 8th fastest lap time in qualifying for the Italian Moto3 Grand Prix. Until this morning it was still unclear if the Czech could even ride because of a suspected ear infection. Obviously the medication Kornfeil was given by the Clinica Mobile worked well. Jasper Iwema was 2 seconds quicker than on the first day. He qualified in 19th place.
Kornfeil missed most of the first day of the Italian GP because he felt sick and dizzy. The doctors at the Clinica Mobile suspected an ear infection known as labyrinthitis, which affects the hearing and balance. They gave Kornfeil medication and prescribed rest. This morning the RW Racing GP rider was examined again. He passed the tests and was allowed to ride. His 2.01.7 from the third free practice was promising enough for the Czech to give it a go in qualifying.
Almost straight away he was much faster (2.00.156) than in the morning. When Kornfeil - in his 14th lap - found a slipstream behind Jonas Folger and Maverick Viñales, who were dueling for pole position, he moved up from 17 to 11 to 8th with 1'58.799.
Jasper Iwema was not able to find a slipstream in a fast group. He set his fastest time of 1.59.945 all by himself in his 9th lap out. At that moment his time brought him to 11th. In the remaining laps Iwema was not able to improve, leaving him in 19th position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s race.
Although section 3 remained a problem, Iwema improved impressively in the other three sections of the demanding Mugello track. The Dutchman obviously found his rhythm in the morning session, when he was the 6th fastest in section 4.
Jakub Kornfeil (8): "I am so happy that I could ride. Doing so well in qualifying after missing two practice sessions almost feels like a miracle. It is a big surprise for me as well. I am lucky I know this track very well. I have ridden here often in the Italian championship and I really like it. The layout of Mugello suits the Kalex KTM well, which is a huge advantage as well. I’m not 100 percent fit but starting the race from the 3rd row means I can fight for a good result.’’
Jasper Iwema (19): "FP3 and the first part of qualifying were good. We have changed some things on the bike thanks to which I could improve immediately. It’s a pity I couldn’t find a nice fast group to improve my time in the end of the session. At Mugello, with its long straight, you need a slipstream. P19 is promising though. If I can make a good start and ride a strategic and clever race, I must be able to grab at least a handful of points.’’
Second row for Luis Salom and solid race pace
Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will start from fifth on the grid for the Italian GP. Zulfahmi Khairuddin will take off from row six and Arthur Sissis row nine.
01/06/2013 - Mugello Circuit
The starting grid for the Italian Grand Prix was decided at midday at Mugello. Luis Salom will start from the second row in the fifth Moto3 race of the year, after qualifying fifth fastest in the afternoon session. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis also lowered their times in both sessions today, and will take off from eighteenth and twenty-fifth, respectively.
In the morning practice session, the three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders took important steps forward. The first to do so was Arthur Sissis, who headed the timesheet in the initial stages of the run and had bested his Friday top time within three laps. Likewise, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Luis Salom were immediately on the pace, with the latter leading the way in the final minutes. Salom eventually placed second, Zulfahmi Khairuddin eighth and Sissis ninth.
The main course of the day came with qualifying, contested under sunny conditions, ambient temperatures of 20ºC and a track temperature of 34ºC. Luis Salom found a solid race pace for tomorrow, putting together a run of six laps in the 1'58s. Only traffic prevented him from improving his fastest lap of 1:58.129. Zulfahmi Khairuddin —1:59.804— was also satisfied with his pace, whilst Arthur Sissis —2:00.186— felt stronger in the morning run.
Should Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin or Sissis finish on the podium tomorrow, it would mark an entire year of rostrums for Red Bull KTM Ajo.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:57.603
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:57.669 +0.066
3. Alex Rins(KTM) 1:58.046 +0.443
4. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:58.056 +0.453
5. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:58.129 +0.526
18. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:59.804 +2.201
25. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:00.186 +2.583
"That went well. It was a very good qualifying session, in which we found the pace that we were looking for —which is the important thing. I think that tomorrow we are ready for a good race. I was hoping to be a little higher up the order, but the entire team gave out all and that is what counts, so I'm happy with that. Let's see what happens tomorrow."
"I'm OK. The qualifying session was a little difficult. We made few changes to the bike and the track conditions were radically different from the morning, especially in terms of the heat. I didn't have a good feel with the front end and found it hard to match my morning times. This afternoon we will work to see what we can change. I hope that tomorrow we can have a good race."
"I wasn't expecting to qualify eighteenth for this race. We had worked very hard on our setup and, in fact, we found a good one in the morning session. However, I came up to a group of riders in qualifying and that made it tough. I am happy with my pace, as I was able to put in a lot of 2'00 laps when riding solo, and I also rode my hot lap by myself.
I think that tomorrow, with any luck, things will be different for us. Overtaking here isn't easy, but I will do everything I can to get the best finish possible."
MotoGP Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia FMI faces a race from the back in Mugello
Romano Fenati is twentieth, Francesco Bagnaia 32nd, but both riders are ready to put up a show in front of their home crowd.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) struggled to take advantage of soft tyres, despite taking 0.7 off his previous best. He closed with the 20th time (+ 2.445 from poleman Folger), finding a quite competitive pace on the long distance.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) worked hard, doing 16 laps but paying a little lack of experience on the technical Tuscan track. The rookie posted the 32nd time, and will take advantage of WUP to make his way back during the race.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), 20th, 2'00.048
"QP wasn't good. We suffered some setup issues and couldn't make the most of qualifying tyres. The team and I are working hard, and I hope to have fun and be able to entertain the crowd tomorrow."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), 32nd, 2'01.322
"I really like the track and the bike, which improved a lot since day one. It's my first time here in Mugello, where it's hard to get the right references. I couldn't find the right slipstream and qualified in the back, but we just need to be ready to attack tomorrow."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We couldn't take advantage of QP strategically. We struggled with qualifying tyres and the riders didn't find the right moment to catch a slipstream on the straight. With a little more ingenuity we would have been closer to the front, but both Romano and Pecco made progress and can have a good race tomorrow. During WUP we will surely make another step forward."
Niklas Ajo continues adapting to Mugello
Avant Tecno KTM rider will begin round five of the Moto3 World Championship from row eight.
01/06/2013 - Mugello Circuit
The Moto3 Italian GP will take place tomorrow at 11am local time, with Niklas Ajo starting from 23rd on the grid and the eighth row. The Avant Tecno KTM rider continued with his hard work today at one of the trickiest circuits on the calendar, improving his best lap time from the weekend to 2:00:161.
In the final free practice session of the weekend and a track temperature 9ºC lower than yesterday, Niklas Ajo was just 0.02s off bettering his time from Friday. His fastest lap was a 2:01:528, and his last stint was useful for him to maintain a steady pace in the 2:01s range.
The Avant Tecno KTM rider did manage an improvement in qualifying, in which he lowered his lap times and feeling on the bike over the course of 15 laps. His final time around gave him a 2:00.161 time to place him 23rd on the grid.
Niklas Ajo will have last year's race in mind: He began that GP in 28th and finished 11th.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:57.603
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:57.669 +0.066
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:58.046 +0.443
4. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:58.056 +0.453
5. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:58.129 +0.526
23. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:00.161 +2.558
"I find this circuit very difficult. We've tried to make some changes to the bike, but we haven't found the solution that will improve my feeling. In qualifying we continued working on the bike and things went better, but I'm still not too happy with the end result. We will try to do the best we can to get some point. We will need a good start tomorrow in order to make up as many positions as we can, but we still lack confidence with the front suspension."
SECOND ROW FOR ZARCO IN ITALY, PETRUCCI AND PESEK WORK FOR A BETTER RESULT IN THE 5TH 2013 RACE
SCARPERIA, 1 June - The CAME Iodaracing Team will start from the second row in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello in the Moto2 class. Johann Zarco has got an excellent fourth fastest time in the qualifying session valid for the composition of the starting grid for the fifth race of the 2013 season. Zarco has worked in symbiosis with the team by growing his Suter with the result of the fight until the end of time available for the first row of the grid. The goal for Sunday's race is to continue in the wake of positive results, maybe better than already done in France two weeks ago. Johann Zarco has therefore closed the official practice with the fourth fastest time in 1.53.278, while the pole position for the Italian Grand Prix went to Scott Redding (Kalex), who clocked 1.52.958.
In MotoGP class Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek have had some difficulty in expressing their best in qualifying. The two riders in the premier class of the CAME Iodaracing Team, snap respectively the sixth and eighth row. Danilo Petrucci, who clocked the 16th fastest time in 1.50.518, could not use its number one bike due a technical problem. The Italian, therefore, he got his position for the race tomorrow with the second Ioda Suter BMW at its disposal, but still managed to stay close to Hector Barbera and ahead of Colin Edwards, his rivals in the world standings. Unlike Petrucci, Lukas Pesek still can not find the necessary harmony with its Ioda Suter BMW. The rider from Czech Republic, in fact, ended up in last place with the 25th time in 1.52.345.
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - 1.53.278 - 4TH TIME - SECOND ROW - ITALIAN GP - "I am very happy we are getting excellent results even after France. The bike has grown a lot after qualifying and I managed to get my time alone which in the past day I created difficulties. I have to thank the team for the great job he is doing, so that together we improve race after race. Certainly I regret a little 'not to be in the front row, but it is important to be as far forward as possible to the race and not have to reassemble. I'm very positive and confident. "
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 1.50.518 - 16 TH TIME - SIXTH ROW ITALIAN GP - "I am not so pleased of my qualification. We had some problems with the bike number one at the beginning of round and I had to start with the second. These are two different bikes and that's why I struggled to find my rhythm. Nevertheless, I am still happy because we found a good set-up for our Ioda Suter. Tomorrow I'll do anything to get more points in the standings. "
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - 1.52.345 - 25 TH TIME - EIGHTH ROW ITALIAN GP - "Not there yet. Unfortunately I cannot get feeling on the front. Currently we cannot find a satisfactory arrangement and for that I can not express myself better. Tomorrow's race will be difficult, I hope to finish it to make other experience. "
Tech 3 Racing aims for strong race in Mugello
The spectacular Mugello track will provide a stern test for Tech 3 Racing Team riders Louis Rossi and Danny Kent tomorrow after both found it difficult to show the full potential of the Mistral 610 machine in Moto2 qualifying this afternoon.
With confidence high after scoring his first top 15 finish at the previous round in France, Rossi was hoping to build on the momentum gained in Le Mans with a strong showing in the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM.
Rossi was gradually building up his pace to attack for a fast lap at the end of the session when a small mistake saw him crash out unhurt. He will start tomorrow’s 21-lap race from 24th place on the grid, two places higher than teammate Danny Kent, who also found it difficult to find a comfortable set-up with the Mistral 610 machine in hot and sunny conditions.
A personal best lap of 1.55.050 put him 26th on the final leaderboard and the goal for both Rossi and Kent will be to battle inside the top 20 in tomorrow’s race while also trying to improve their feeling with the Mistral 610 machine ahead of a one-day test session in Mugello on Monday.
Louis Rossi 24th 1.54.865 – 18 laps:
“This morning we improved the bike and it felt a little bit better but the most important change came from me. I understand some things on the bike, especially the corner speed and entry speed, so I was expecting something better for qualifying. I was fast at the start but on the second run I struggled a bit, and then on the last run it was the first time I found a good group to ride with and I crashed just behind Pasini. I didn't understand why and maybe there was some oil or something on the track, but it was quite strange. We are not really happy with the position because we have to do better and I am hoping I can have a strong race tomorrow.”
Danny Kent 26th 1.55.050 – 19 laps:
“It has been a disappointing qualifying again today. With 32 bikes on the track it is not easy to put a clear and decent lap together and that’s mainly what I am struggling with at the moment. Of course that does not put us in an easy position for the race but I’m confident that I will be able to follow the guys in front of me after a good start as my race pace is actually better than my performance on the single lap shows. But we still have some areas to improve and I will sit down with my Tech 3 Racing Team tonight to decide what we want to try in the warm up. The key point of the race will be the opening laps where we lose way too much time during the first races of the season.”
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS ON SECOND AND THIRD ROW
Nico Terol is fifth and just four tenths off pole, whilst Jordi Torres is ninth, sixth tenths down
This has been one of the most open Moto2 GP weekends of the season so far with several different riders from the intermediate class each taking their turn in the spotlight. The morning session and the opening laps saw various riders asserting themselves with everyone chasing the same goals. Mugello's long straight mean that using slipstreams is crucial here and often it is unclear who will finish in the respective podium positions until they are right on the finishing line. Redding was the mano n pole today with
Nakagami not far behind him. Terol, Rabat and Schrotter were not far away and the top 14 are split by just one second, with a great race expected on Sunday.
MAPFRE Aspar's Nico Terol qualified fifth and is pleased with his day's work. He has a good podium chance given his practice pace. The Spaniard was just four tenths off pole and were it not for a slight slip in the third sector his best time would have been even quicker. He was the best Spanish rider on day two and the recent wind testing helped him to register the Moto2 top speed on Saturday (286.3 km/h). His teammate Jordi Torres also had a good day, improving at the end of free practice. A defectious rear tyre slowed him down, but he went back onto a previously used tyre to qualify on the third row.
5th Nico Terol 1.53.368 (20 laps): "I'm pretty satisfied with the feeling from today as we worked hard to improve consistently. As a result I was able to string together a series of 1.53 laps which is great news for the race, which is going to be long and hard. We need to save our tyres for the last laps. I wanted to be on the front row but either of the first two rows is ok. We worked on our performance on the hard front tyre and it was good, but there is more work to do in the warm-up on set-up. The team works constantly though and that's why we're getting better in every single session. The race will be about groups of riders and some are quicker than us but let's see how it pans out towards the end. I'm ready for a good battle."
9th Jordi Torres 1.53.611 (17 laps): "The good thing about today is that after going backwards on Friday afternoon we sorted it out on Saturday. We took a risk this morning and it paid off. That meant we had a good set-up for qualifying and that gave us confidence. I felt good on the brakes and we had good grip when on the corner apex. In the afternoon we went out for a look and then came back to change the tyres, but then the feeling was strange on the rear and the tyre was defectious. So we went back onto an older tyre and were able to push hard to get ninth place. I'm pleased because I made my best laps riding alone and tomorrow I want to ride in a group in order to see what the slipstreams will give us".
POSITIVE DAY FOR TEAM GO&FUN GRESINI MOTO3 AT MUGELLO
Niccolò Antonelli sparkled under the sunshine at Mugello this afternoon as he sealed a third row start for his home Grand Prix. It could have been even better for the Italian youngster but for traffic at the end of the session that cost him vital time. That was a shame but in any case Niccolò is feeling confident and optimistic about his chances tomorrow. Lorenzo Baldassarri also got held up by slower riders on his fast lap and will have to try to make up ground in tomorrow's race.
Niccolo’ Antonelli (7th 1’ 58” 724) “Luckily I was able to bank a fast lap on my first run that meant I could tackle the rest of the session in a calm way. Then on my fastest lap I ran into some traffic and that prevented me from showing my true potential but it is still not a bad starting position and if I can get away well I should be able to run with the front group. The feeling with the bike is good and even though we still want to make some more improvements before tomorrow I really feel comfortable here at Mugello, which is a track I really like.”
Loreno Baldassarri (27th 00” 410) “I am really angry because on the lap that I was setting my fastest time Granado tucked in behind me and then Olivera caused me to lose time. It is disappointing because I had a good feeling with the bike at this track but now all I can do is try to make up positions in the race. I know I can do it and I will give my best.”
Fausto Gresini “Both guys did a good job today. Niccolò has qualified really well in seventh because it is not easy with this bike and I am hoping Honda will be able to step in soon and help to close the gap. Baldassarri was unlucky and the position does not reflect his potential but he will have chance to make up for that tomorrow in the race.”
POSITIVE PROGRESS FOR PRADITA AT MUGELLO
After carefully studying his telemetry data Doni Tata Pradita made up two seconds off his best lap time at Mugello this afternoon to close the gap on the top twenty positions in qualifying. Once again the Indo nesian rider has shown his determination and his willingness to learn from his experienced team, raising hopes of even more improvements in tomorrow's race.
Doni Tata Pradita (27th 1’ 55” 416 ) “I am delighted because I have really made progress with my lap time today. My feeling with the bike is good but the best thing was the fact that I was able to get behind some fast riders and really learn the secrets of Mugello. Naturally we still have a lot of work to do but for the moment I am happy and if I can get a good start tomorrow I think we are capable of a good result.”
Fausto Gresini “Doni has shown his determination once again today. He is following the instructions of the team and he made a lot of progress today, improving his lap time by two seconds. I am sure he can make even more progress tomorrow and finish in the top twenty. ”
QUALIFYING CRASH FOR WILAIROT
Another crash for Ratthapark Wilairot did little to improve his chances in qualifying at Mugello, where the Thai rider was unable to convert his positive free practice performance into a good grid position. The team wil l work hard tonight to try and help 'Feem' find the confidence to improve his position in tomorrow's race and hopefully fight for the top fifteen position that he has the clear potential to achieve.
Ratthapark Wilairot (22nd 1’ 54” 630 ) “I was riding well this morning but struggled in the afternoon with a slight change we made to the setting on the front. Unfortunately the front closed on me and I crashed. I feel bad for the team because we have missed out on a good opportunity to qualify further up the grid here.”
Fausto Gresini “I am sure that without the crash Feem would have been challenging for a much higher grid position for tomorrow's race. It was a real shame but we don't want to overreact because we still have every chance of scoring a good result in tomorrow's race.”