Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at the Sachsenring:
Redding tops the timesheet on opening day in Germany
Sachsenring, Germany - 12 July 2013: It was Scott Redding's name at the top of the timesheet, with Marc VDS teammate, Mika Kallio, just three tenths back in fifth, after the opening day of practice ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
It was Redding and Pol Espargaro - first and second in the Moto2 championship standings - who set the pace this morning, with the Spaniard taking the honours by just 0.095s at the end of the 45-minute session. The two championship rivals were at it again this afternoon, but this time it was Redding who dipped below the current lap record to claim the top spot, with eventually Espargaro relegated to third by Alex De Angelis.
Mika Kallio completed race distance runs on the harder option front and rear tyres in both free practice sessions today, before tweaking the rear suspension settings and switching to the softer option Dunlop slicks for his final run this afternoon. The improvement was immediate, with the 30-year-old Finn going half a second faster to claim fifth position on the provisional grid.
At just 3.6km in length the Sachsenring is the shortest circuit on the Moto2 calendar, which meant that times were closer than ever in the hotly contested Moto2 class. Just half a second separated Nico Terol in 13th from Redding in first.
Livio Loi made a solid start to his German Grand Prix weekend at the Sachsenring. The 16-year-old Belgian finished this morning's opening Moto3 free practice session in 20th position, but improved his lap time by almost a second this afternoon to move up to 16th on the timesheet.
Scott Redding #45: 1st - 1'25.152
"I was pretty happy with the bike set-up this morning, so we only changed a few minor things for this afternoon's session. I had a good feeling with the bike, so I spent some time on the harder option front tyre, as we're not sure the softer option will be the best choice for the race here. I wasn't really pushing for a lap, but instead working to get a good feeling with the bike for the race. With less traffic this afternoon I could maybe have strung some laps together and taken a few more tenths off my time, but my only clean lap came right at the end when I set my fastest time. It's always good to be on the pace from the start of the weekend, so it's been a pretty good day overall."
Mika Kallio #36: 5th - 1'25.458
"We came here with a plan for free practice, and I'm happy to say it seems to have worked well. This morning we used just one set of the harder option tyres, on which I did a lot of laps. I was pretty happy with the consistency of my lap times, even if the position wasn't so good. This afternoon we started again on the harder option tyres, running near race distance on my first exit, before switching to the softer option front and rear towards the end of the session. We also made a small change to the rear suspension, which improved traction on the rear. Here at the Sachsenring you're opening the gas almost full, still with a lot of lean angle, so this change made for a big improvement. Tomorrow morning we will run on the softer option tyres, to see which is our preferred option for qualifying and the race."
Livio Loi #11: 16th - 1'28.992
"I had two good practice sessions today and I think we're back in the line now. I was able to improve my lap time with each exit to run inside the top ten during the early part of this afternoon's session, but missed out a little when we opted to try the softer option tyre on my last run. For me it didn't work as well as the harder tyre, so I was unable to improve my lap time and dropped down the order as others went faster. But it's all looking good for tomorrow."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Overall it's been a good day for the Marc VDS Racing Team here at the Sachsenring. Scott has been on lap record pace from the first free practice, ending the opening day at the top of the timesheet and ahead of his main championship rival. Mika was consistently quick over near race distance on the harder option tyres, while a slight change in set-up meant he was then able to go half a second faster on the softer tyres this afternoon. If Scott and Mika can continue in the same way tomorrow then there's a good chance we could see both of them qualify on the front row of the grid. Livio had two solid sessions today, lapping consistently and rebuilding his confidence in the bike after two difficult races. He is confident of further improvements tomorrow, but he also needs to remain realistic with his goals for both qualifying and the race. If he can qualify top 20 and finish in the points on Sunday, then we'll be happy."
Nasty crash ends practice for Kornfeil
Jakub Kornfeil had to resign from Free Practice 2 after a nasty crash in Turn 8 of the Sachsenring. The Czech rider of RW Racing GP was limping away from the scene after his Kalex KTM had hit his foot. Kornfeil had just set the fourth fastest time and was working to improve when he crashed. His time was good enough for 18th at the end of the session. His team mate Jasper Iwema finished in 26th.
Kornfeil showed great form in both the first and the second session. He finished the first practice in fifth and was in fourth in the second one when he crashed out in his seventh lap. The rider is ok but the crash ruined his session as the bike was too damaged to ride again. One after the other rider improved and pushed the Czech down in the standings.
Kornfeil was not the only one who crashed at the first day of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring. Both in the morning and in the afternoon many riders crashed in all three classes.
Meanwhile Jasper Iwema worked hard on the setup of his Kalex KTM, but the Dutch rider could not yet find the solution that suits his riding style. Iwema was struggling with his rhythm as well and got stuck in traffic a few times.
Jakub Kornfeil (18): "The bike hit my foot when I crashed and it hurts, but I’m ok. The Sachsenring is one of my favourite tracks and I was on a go from the beginning. The crash was a real shame since our garage is far away from pit lane. We couldn’t get the bike back to repair it in time but I am confident I can pick up the pace again tomorrow.’’
Jasper Iwema (26): "The Sachsenring is a short circuit and there are 35 riders in this Moto3 round. There is always traffic. I had difficulties finding my place in the pack. Once I was on a really good pace in the first two sectors and ran into traffic in the last part. We have to find a way to be more clever in avoiding this.’’
MotoGP Moto3 - Uplifting Friday for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Sachsenring
Fenati improves immediately his best lap since 2012 and fights for a Top 5 finish before a technical issue, Bagnaia is one second off third row and two seconds faster between the two sessions. Rins sets provisional pole with a 1'27.208.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), after studying the track, climbed back until fourth place before a small technical problem relegated him in the pits with a few minutes to go. The Italian closed with the 12th best time (+ 1.509) and the confidence to have a shot at the top rows tomorrow.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), despite taking almost two seconds off his morning best, closed in 29th position (+ 2.390). The rookie, however, is just a second off third row.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 12th, 1'28.717
"Today was a good day. We're still checking the technical issue we had but it was nothing bad. I have a good feeling on track and I was fast right away. Keeping it up, we can do our best QP of the season tomorrow."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) 29th, 1'29.598
"I'm happy with the progress made across the two sessions. The bike is fast, I just have to find more confidence with the lines and the layout. The team and I worked well together and can surely make another step forward tomorrow."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We started off the right way. The bike is already quite fast, we still need to verify the data to make sure we keep improving tomorrow as well. Romano was fourth before heading back to the pits, Pecco just have to get acquainted with the track. Both can further improve tomorrow."
BALDASSARRI 'BRAVISSIMO' AT SACHSENRING
Lorenzo Baldassarri's prediction that he could adapt quickly to the demands of the Sachsenring was vindicated with an encouraging performance in free practice on the opening day. Eighth place for the youngster is particula rly impressive considering his size on the Moto3 bike but Lorenzo is taking huge strides at the moment and looks ready to join the battle at the front of the pack. Niccolò Antonelli struggled to match the pace of his team-mate thanks to two crashes and he will have to make up ground and recover his confidence tomorrow.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (8th 1’ 28” 382) “I am delighted! I really like the track and I was able to push the bike hard. I have a good feeling with the bike here and if we can find a bit more confidence with the rear. This is my best result in practice of the season so far and it shows we are making constant improvements. Maybe I was a little bit too reserved at the start of the season but as the races have gone by I am feeling braver and now I know I can be faster I will be pushing even harder.”
Niccolò Antonelli (22° 1’ 29” 401) “I had a couple of crashes this morning that had a knock on effect this afternoon. I couldn't get a feeling with the front and push it as hard as I wanted. We need to work hard tomorrow because confidence in this area is a big issue at a circuit like Sachsenring. Tomorrow is another day and I am sure we can make up ground. ”
Fausto Gresini “I am really happy for Lorenzo, who has had his best practice result of the season so far. He is improving and taking big steps forward despite his height and weight disadvantage. Niccolò had some problems and the crashes didn't help him this afternoon but we know he is strong enough to put today behind him and go much better tomorrow.”
Rins leads the way on day one in Sachsenring, with Marquez seventh
Alex Rins draws first blood at German round, after clocking second fastest morning time. Marquez adapts quickly for seventh.
After an excellent performance in the Netherlands two weeks ago, the Repsol riders were again strong on day one in Germany. Alex Rins and Alex Marquez again showed consistency right from the start, highly competitive on Friday at the Sachsenring. Rins was second in the morning and topped the timesheets in the afternoon, whilst Marquez debuted at the German track in positive fashion; he was fourth in the morning, 6 tenths off Luis Salom’s top time, and seventh in FP2.
In the second session Marquez was up into third with 20 minutes remaining, subsequently improving his times for a final best of 1:28:341. Seventh was a great showing for a first encounter with the tough German circuit.
In Rins’ case, the Spaniard gradually lowered his times and took the top spot with 10 minutes left on the clock. Salom responded with 4 minutes remaining and was the first to go round in under 1:28, but a great Rins lap of 1:27:208 snatched first with 12 seconds available.
FP1 - 1:28.160, 21 laps, 77 km.
FP2 - 1:27.208, 21 laps, 77 km.
“We focused on the bike setup in the opening two practice sessions. We tried out a lot of things and had a bit of luck, as everything went well and we improved our feeling. We managed to get me feeling comfortable when riding fast, so I was able to push a bit harder.
We have a good setup for tomorrow, although I don't think we will match our times from today in the morning session, considering how the track will cool overnight. I think that we can do so, however, in qualifying, because the team have done a great job so far."
FP1 - 1:28.687, 21 laps, 77 km.
FP2 - 1:28.341, 21 laps, 77 km.
“I liked this track right from the first session, although the second sector is rather difficult and I had trouble working out my lines. We gradually improved both my riding and the setup, so that in the afternoon we took a big step forward. We have to be happy with this, as we put in our best times riding by myself. That is important at a new track. Now we need to keep working in the same way in order to have a good qualifying session."
Salom keeps up momentum at Sachsenring
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes second fastest time overall and puts in strong pace on day one of German GP. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis finish day satisfied, in eleventh and seventeenth, respectively.
12/07/2013 - Sachsenring
Current Moto3 World Championship leader Luis Salom was one of only two riders to breach the 1:28 barrier on day one at Sachsenring. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was fastest in the morning session and had an excellent afternoon session, in which he was only bested by Alex Rins. Arthur Sissis was inside the top ten at the end of the first session, dropping down to seventeenth later on, whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin ended the day in eleventh.
The story of the last three Grands Prix was repeated this Friday in the opening session. Under a cloudy sky, Luis Salom began strong in Germany. He took the best time of the session with a new circuit record of 1:28.069 –also putting together a run of five laps in the 1:28s. Arthur Sissis was seventh in the morning with a time of 1:28.886, in an excellent showing at a track not amongst his favourites. Zulfahmi Khairuddin placed twenty-second in the morning, dedicating his first 40 minute runout to testing parts for his KTM.
The experiment paid off and the Malaysian improved his best lap by over a second in the afternoon, taking the eleventh best time. Arthur Sissis was fifteenth (seventeenth overall) after clocking a 1:28.861 lap, whilst Salom was second quickest with a 1:27.588 lap. The Spanish rider also put in four consecutive laps under the 1:28 mark.
After a final free practice session tomorrow, qualifying will take place at 12:35pm, local time.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:27.208
2. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:27.588 +0.380
3. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:28.212 +1.004
4. Isaac Viñales (FTR Honda) 1:28.227 +1.019
5. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:28.252 +1.044
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:28.639 +1.431
17. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:28.861 +1.653
"The truth is that the first day went pretty well. We had a very good pace for four laps in the 1:27s, after a little scare that forced me off-track. This is the most important thing, because it was in the session in which the conditions are most similar to those in the race. I think I could have gone a little faster, because I felt very comfortable, so tomorrow I will try to do that. Also I found the secret I needed to go quicker in the first sector, which was always hard for me. I'm happy and calm, because we are all trying to do the best job possible."
"It was not a bad first day to this Grand Prix. In fact, I think from now on I will like this circuit a little more. In the first session I was pretty fast and I got some good times, and I found a quick pace right from the start of the session. Over the next 40 minutes we made some changes on the bike to try things out, but it has not given us a better feeling than we had in the morning session. So tomorrow we'll switch back to the settings from the first practice session and I think we will go better."
"Without a doubt, I'm happy. We found a good setup for the KTM in the second free practice session and I could push from the beginning to the end. The bike is working very well and I am very satisfied with how my team is working. I think we can improve a bit on our best time. It is true that the two riders at the top are a little faster than the rest, but hopefully we can improve at least half a second on our times –I think it can be done."
ZARCO 4TH FASTEST IN GERMANY, PETRUCCI AND PESEK LOOK FOR BETTER PERFORMANCES
Chemnitz, July 12, 2013 - It is start in the best way the German weekend of the CAME Iodaracing Team in Moto2 with Johann Zarco fourth in the second practices of the day. By the lap time 1.25.331, Zarco finished the first day of free practice for the Grand Prix of Germany fourth, behind Scott Redding Alex De Angelis and Pol Espargarò. The first practices of Zarco started off well then, in the second free session, the Frenchman of the CAME Iodaracing Team has improved its references occupying the first position until a few minutes of exposure to the checkered flag.
In MotoGP, a bit more difficult for the two CAME Iodaracing Team riders: Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek. For Petrucci the Sachsenring looks like a completely new track, because he used, last year the Ioda TR003 only in the wet. With the Ioda Suter BMW, Petrucci is writing on a white sheet in relation to references and setting of the bike. At the end of the second free practice session in the Sachsenring, Petrucci got the 17th time in 1.23.866. Some electronics problems, however, for Lukas Pesek this morning, while in the afternoon session, the Czech Republic rider focused himself on the bike settings, managing to close in the last position (23 ° with time 1.25.568)
JOHANN ZARCO - Moto2 rider - 4th TIME IN FP2 - 1.24.331 - "I'm happy because already this morning things were going well and in the afternoon we made a good step forward. Now the bike is much more fun to ride especially in the corners. I'm happy to be dropped below 1, 26, in this race will be important to take a step closer to this lap time. My goal for tomorrow's qualifying is the first row ".
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 17th TIME IN FP2 - 1.23.866 - "This year is like the first time for me at the Sachsenring. In the last season we used the TR003 and not the Suter. Moreover, in 2012 we had only wet sessions and then we have no references in the dry. We are taking one step at a time with used tires, although at this lap time is not what I want. Tomorrow we will still work in this way and try some new chassis parts that brought us Suter. My goal for the qualification is the fifth row. "
LUKAS - MOTOGP RIDER - 23th TIME IN FP2 - 1.25.568 - "This morning we had big problems with the electronic that was not tuned to the best. During the afternoon, the situation is much improved so we started to work on the suspension. The path we are following is the right one I hope to improve again tomorrow. "
SACHSENRING STRUGGLE FOR PRADITA
Doni Tata Pradita found the Sachsenring circuit to his liking during free practice today but unfortunately the Indonesian rider struggled to find the quickest way around it. His lack of confidence around this track, added to a lack of confidence in the bike, made like particularly difficult for Doni on the opening day but he will work hard alongside the team to improve his situation tomorrow.”
Doni Tata Pradita (33rd 1’ 28” 199) “It is not easy to go fast when you are struggling for feeling with the bike. Tomorrow we need to work out how to improve our performance because it certainly wasn't good enough today.”
Fausto Gresini “Unfortunately when we go to challenging circuits like this one at Sachsenring we see where the current limit is for Doni Tata Pradita. The team and rider need to work out why he is struggling for feeling with the bike and how to improve it. There is a large margin for improvement tomorrow, that's for sure.”
WILAIROT CRASHES AT SACHSENRING
Ratthapark Wilairot's quest to improve his confidence was not helped by a crash on the first day of practice at Sachsenring today. A new rear tyre let go on the Thai rider and catapulted him into the air, which was a shame because he showed some potential with his lap time in the afternoon but didn't have the track time to make the necessary progress with his set-up.
Ratthapark Wilairot (24th 1’ 26” 494) “I had another crash this morning which was really disappointing and we have to make up for it tomorrow. I think it affected our performance this afternoon because I set my fastest time after five laps and didn't manage to improve on it. With a new tyre on for my second run I just didn't have the confidence to push it.”
Fausto Gresini “Unfortunately we are having to talk about another crash but once again it has happened and it has had a big effect on the rest of the day for Feem. Hopefully tomorrow he can rebuild his confidence and be able to push for a better result. ”
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS BEGIN GERMAN GP WITH POSITIVE FEELING
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Folger places sixth after trying out a new chassis, whilst Eric Granado makes positive start in twentieth
On the start to the final round before the Moto3 World Championship’s summer break, the riders were raring to go in Germany. Temperatures and track conditions favoured the lower cylinder category competitors, who were able to put in a multitude of laps over the course of two practice sessions. Speedy times, with the best a 1’27.208 almost a second quicker than last year’s 1’28.208 top lap, were also the order of the day. Álex Rins was the quickest rider on Friday, closely followed by Luis Salom as the only two to breach the 1’28 MARK. Both put in two hot laps at the end of the afternoon session to stretch the gap slightly to the rest of the field.
In the opening session he found it difficult to find the pace at his home round, but MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger took a big step forward in the afternoon. The German was able to try out a new chassis at Sachsenring today, plus a new swingarm. Folger made various stops in the second session, looking to find the best possible setting for the weekend. Despite trying out new things, he managed to feel comfortable on his Kalex and placed sixth overall.
Just as satisfied was Eric Granado, who had a great start to the German GP weekend. The Brazilian placed eleventh in the morning and nineteenth in the afternoon, putting in no fewer than forty laps.
6th Jonas Folger 1.28.269 (31 laps): "This afternoon we tried a new chassis and a new swingarm. The initial feeling was fabulous, and I feel much more comfortable riding. The bike behaves in a completely different way than usual, so we must spend time on the setup. It is difficult to set up a chassis in a single session, but we have made much progress and now we know why the bike behaves in a certain way. This afternoon we will analyse all our findings, so that tomorrow we can continue working in the right direction. This new chassis has enormous potential and I am convinced that it will significantly improve our performance. Also, my hand is much better; I need to recover some strength, but I can ride as I want, which is fantastic."
20º Eric Granado 1.29.141 (40 laps): "Today I enjoyed one of the best Fridays I’ve had since I debuted in the World Championship. This morning we found a good feeling right away, which boosted my morale. In the afternoon I lost my way a bit at the end, especially with the tyre choice, although we didn’t put on any new ones. For a first day it was pretty fast, but tomorrow will be all about trying to close the gap. Overall I am happy after the first day, and I have improved several aspects of my riding. I'm using the rear brake a lot better, for example. In the afternoon I had a bit more pace than in the morning, but I did not manage to improve my times. Tomorrow we must continue working to change this."
Tough start for Niklas Ajo in Germany
Avant Tecno KTM rider hindered by previous training injury in first free practice in Germany.
12/07/2013 - Sachsenring
The German Grand Prix did not start in the best way possible for Niklas Ajo. The Avant Tecno KTM rider was affected by a wrist injury suffered in a motocross training crash, unable to perform to his best in the first two practice sessions held at the Sachsenring. His best lap of 1:29:676 put him thirtieth.
It was an unfortunate start for Niklas Ajo, who set a personal best lap of 1:31:466 on his ninth time around in the first free practice session, before losing the front of his bike at Turn 3 and crashing. Despite escaping uninjured, the Avant Tecno KTM rider could not get back on track for the remainder of the runout, missing 21 minutes of the session.
In the second session, the Finn’s woes increased. A sore right wrist hindered his efforts to get laps under his belt, although he was able to push hard enough to drop over 1.5 seconds off his time from the morning. Upon dismounting his bike, he headed to the mobile clinic for medical attention to his right hand.
Tomorrow, the grid for Sunday's race will be decided in qualifying; Niklas took off from eleventh at last year's race.
"This week I hurt my wrist training motocross, suffering a small fracture which made today very difficult. In the morning I declined an injection and it was hard to get a good feeling. Also, with the pain I found it hard to focus and also had a little crash on Turn 3, just as I was braking. Luckily, the fall wasn't very heavy.
In the second session I had the injection and felt better with the bike, and was able to ride well —which is the important thing. Now we just have to wait and see what happens tomorrow."
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS BATTLE AGAINST ADVERSITY TO START OFF GERMAN GP WEEKEND
Jordi Torres, twelfth, and Nico Terol, thirteenth, experience mechanical difficulties on day one at the Sachsenring
The German GP weekend began today at the Sachsenring, with the top spot in the Moto2 class shared by Pol Espargaró and Scott Redding. The latter was the quickest overall, as they shared dominance of a session apiece. Two wildcard riders from Germany were present for the opening day of practice, but the riders battling for the top spots were the usual suspects. Times were close and similar to the record laps for the circuit in the Moto2 category, but most expect Redding and Espargaró to be dicing for victory come Sunday in the final race before the summer break.
Jordi Torres was out to make a positive start to the German GP, and the MAPFRE Aspar rider delivered on his promise. He last raced at the track in 2011, and he picked up from where he left off with the third best time of the morning session today. In the afternoon he intended to continue his roll, but was affected by a defective tyre and could only conclude the run in twelfth.
Nico Terol had a similar situation to overcome. The Spaniard did a great job with his setup, thanks to which he improved upon his feeling with the bike from the past few races. However, a gearing issue gave him a series of scares in the afternoon. Fortunately, the MAPFRE Aspar rider was able to stay upright and was thirteenth fastest, ready for further improvement tomorrow.
12th Jordi Torres 1.25.633 (49 laps): "This morning we had a good feeling and could really see the effects of our study of the circuit. The first and most recent time I raced here was in 2011 and I had a great time, so today I tried to evoke those feelings again. In the morning session we barely made any changes to the bike, as I needed to get laps in and remember the reference points. I like the track; it seems more like a theme park than a circuit. It was fun riding this morning and things have been coming easy for us. In the second session we looked for the way forward, but the final time we changed tyres we had a rear end issue that erased all our efforts. I am very happy, however, as the bike is working well.”
13th Nico Terol 1.25.734 (47 laps): "This morning we started the day with a good pace, unlike at the last few GPs, so I'm very happy. In the afternoon we made several modifications to the setup which were very positive. However, we had a problem with the engine, which did not work well, climbing through the gears but did not engaging. As a result of this I went wide twice, but fortunately I did not suffer any crash. It was a shame, as I think that without this problem I could have improved my time. Now we have to analyse what happened to the engine, and I guess we will change it. I am satisfied with the outcome of this first day. The chassis modifications have been very positive, we just need to get the bike going faster.”