Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Silverstone:
Off-day for RW Racing GP
The first day of the British Grand Prix at the legendary Silverstone circuit was an off-day for RW Racing GP. Both Jakub Kornfeil and Jasper Iwema could not hold on to the upward trend of the race in Brno last Sunday. Kornfeil finished the first day in 18th position. Iwema ended up as 34th.
The first free practice in the morning began under overcast and a threat of rain, but the track stayed dry. In the afternoon the circumstances were much better. Lap times improved immediately, also for Kornfeil and Iwema. Only not as much as they wanted.
Jakub Kornfeil (18): "This is not good. I wish I could keep the momentum from Brno, but this track is completely different. Silverstone is not one of my favourite circuits. But I’m not worried yet. We have to find the right setup and rhythm. The sector times are good and so is my top speed. With a good slipstream qualifying in the top 10 is surely possible.’’
Jasper Iwema (34): "Being the second last in the rankings is terrible. Very much not okay. I can’t enter or exit corners the way I would like to. We are desperately looking for the right setup. We can’t use old setups from other tracks nor can we use the data of Jonas Folger or Jakub, because I’m 20 kilograms lighter than they are. We have to find out by ourselves and in some tracks – like this one – that is even more difficult than in others.’’
Marquez fifth and Rins sixth to start out at Silverstone
Dry weather for both practice sessions as Marquez debuts in fine form in Britain. Teammate Rins focuses on race setup.
Repsol Media Service - Great Britain, Silverstone Circuit - Friday 30/08/2013
Amidst intermittent sunshine poking through the clouds at Silverstone, the opening day of practice for the Moto3 British Grand Prix was undertaken in dry conditions. The two Repsol Moto3 riders had a positive start to the weekend, as both worked on the setup of their machines with Sunday in mind.
In the morning session of this third race weekend in as many weeks, Alex Rins was fourth fastest and teammate Alex Marquez placed fifth. Luis Salom was quickest in the session, with Rins and Marquez more than a second off –albeit with their own times separated by 7 milliseconds.
In the afternoon, Rins and Marquez –riding at Silverstone for the first time– took a step forward, lowering their morning times by almost two seconds. Marquez was fifth in the session with a time of 2:15.155, whilst Rins was just behind in sixth with a fastest lap of 2:15.378.
Tomorrow sees the third Free Practice session taking place, followed by qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
FP1 - 2:17.270, 14 laps, 83 km.
FP2 - 2:15.378, 16 laps, 94 km.
“I felt very comfortable on this first day at Silverstone. We’re eight-tenths off the top, but we improved a lot from the first to the second session and this is the important thing. The times for everyone are fast for a first day and we lack a little pace, but I think that tomorrow with less wind we can improve. We tried a few setup changes which didn’t convince us at all, but in the second session we worked out a good adjustment."
FP1 - 2:17.277, 14 laps, 83 km.
FP2 - 2:15.155, 16 laps, 94 km.
“I am very happy with this first day at Silverstone. I’d been warned that it would be hard work to get on the pace here, and not to worry if I was down the order. We were focused for the first session and knew what we had to do, right from the start. In the second session we took a step forward and were able to ride consistently. When you go to a new circuit, that is the hard part. We will study the telemetry this afternoon and see what we can do to improve, both with the bike and my riding style."
Red Bull KTM Ajo find their way at Silverstone
Luis Salom leads first session and concludes day fourth fastest overall. Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin improve in afternoon for eleventh and nineteenth best times, respectively.
30/08/2013 - Silverstone Circuit
Almost straight after the previous race, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were back on their bikes today to begin the British Grand Prix. The opening day ended with the team feeling positive. Still riding injured, Luis Salom was fastest in the opening session and fourth in the combined standings for the day. Arthur Sissis, eleventh, and Zulfahmi Khairuddin, nineteenth, also kicked off their weekend of riding.
Salom pushed hard from the opening minutes of the morning session, showing no adverse effects of the fracture to his foot. The Red Bull KTM Ajo led the way in a session which featured fine rain with nine minutes remaining. The track was not sufficiently dampened to halt Salom, riding by himself, from briefly setting a new circuit record with a 2:15.911 lap. Arthur Sissis —2:19.799— was 22nd, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin 24th —2:19.875— in a session in which the riders analysed their feel for the track with one eye on the second run-out.
In the afternoon, current Moto3 series leader Salom continued to be one of the top riders on the timesheets. His best lap was set mid-session, with a spectacular 2:15.002. His last stint on track was dedicated to trying out new setup changes. Sissis —2:16.589— lowered his fastest time by more than 3 seconds, whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin took 2.5 off his previous best for a 2:17.289. Both were satisfied with their setup modifications.
Day 2 of the British Grand Prix takes place tomorrow, with the qualifying session for Sunday’s race held in the afternoon.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 2:14.615
2. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 2:14.853 +0.238
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 2:14.886 +0.271
4. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:15.002 +0.387
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 2:15.155 +0.540
11. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:16.589 +1.974
19. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:17.289 +2.674
"The first session today went very well and the afternoon session was also good, right up until the final run. We wanted to try a different setting for the chassis and different tyres, and the result was not one with which I was entirely comfortable. There was also a bit of traffic, but overall it was a positive day.
My ankle is less swollen and hasn’t been bothering me too much. The pain is still there, but I think I can have another weekend like in the Czech Republic."
"The first session did not go too well. I did not feel as good as last week on the bike and I could not ride at a good pace. We changed some settings for the second free practice session and immediately went faster. On my first lap I went a second faster than in the morning and at the end of the session I improved by more than three seconds, so I'm happy about that.
We still have a little bit of a gap to the top guys, but we are working in the right way and I hope that tomorrow we can improve a little more. The goal is the same goal as at Brno: Try to qualify on the top three rows of the grid for Sunday."
"This morning did not go well, but we didn’t change anything with the bike for the second session; I simply took to the track, focused on pushing and I lowered the times by 2.5 seconds. It was a pretty big step forward and now we need to focus on riding, forget about the bike and just ride.
We have seen that there are many more things to improve in terms of riding than with the setup. I rode behind others, studying them, focusing on my pace from lap-to-lap, and it turned out well."
SUN SMILES ON MAPFRE ASPAR PAIR AT SILVERSTONE
Jonas Folger uses Brno set-up to lap third fastest on opening day, Eric Granado in top fifteen
The third Grand Prix in as many weekends kicked off this morning at Silverstone, with the old paddock opening its doors to the MotoGP World Championship having been moved back from the new facilities on the other side of the track. Ideal conditions allowed the Moto3 riders to clock a fast pace on the opening day and the previous lap record of 2'16.055 soon tumbled, with today's pacesetter Maverick Viñales clocking a 2'14.615. Oliveira, Folger and Salom were the other guys on the pace today, with the rest of the field playing catch up when the action resumes tomorrow.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger came to the UK feeling confident after a positive weekend at Brno and the German rider only had to make minimal set-up changes to his machine in order to be competitive here. Folger finished up third fastest, just two tenths off the benchmark time and with plenty of room for further improvement tomorrow. His team-mate Eric Granado was also able to benefit from his Brno set-up as he focused on working out some of the tricks of the track, following other riders to get his references before turning his focus to race set-up tomorrow.
3rd Jonas Folger 2.14.886 (27 laps): “We found a few things to improve the set-up of the bike at Brno and we knew they would be useful to us here at Silverstone. We are really happy with things after this first day and feeling relaxed because the bike is working perfectly again. We have improved throughout the day and set some fast times compared to last year here. We only had to alter the gearbox and suspension settings a little bit. Maverick and Oliveira were also very fast today but they were the only two guys able to beat us so I think we can be very happy with the work we have done. The goal is to continue like this tomorrow.”
15º Eric Granado 2.16.899 (29 vueltas): “We did a good job this morning although we struggled a little bit to make progress this afternoon until we switched to the soft tyre. I am happy because our pace is fast and our position is good despite the problems we had. We will have to work hard this weekend on our race pace to make sure we are ready for Sunday. I want to find a set-up that allows us to be consistently fast over race distance. This afternoon I tried to get behind a couple of riders and that helped me to memorise some of the trickier sections of this track.”
ZARCO SETS THE FASTEST LAP IN SILVERSTONE, DIFFICULT START FOR PETRUCCI AND PESEK IN UK
SILVERSTONE , August 30, 2013 - Great start to the CAME Iodaracing colors in England thanks to the fastest time achieved by Johann Zarco in the second and final free practice session of the day at Silverstone.
The CAME Iodaracing Team rider, started in the best way the first practices in the morning. In the second free practice session in the England GP, Johann Zarco finished with the best time in 2.08.209, better than Taaki Nakagami and Thomas Luthi .
Diffucult start in the MotoGP class for the CAME Iodaracing riders, Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek. Petrucci ended with the 19th best lap time in the second free practice session (the seventh between CRT)in 2.05.657 , and some set up problem slowed Lukas Pesek who has not gone beyond the 23th place overall in 2.09.209 .
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER- 1st IN FP2 - 2.08.209 - "We started well ,using the experience gained in Brno. In the afternoon we made some changes with the team and thanks to them I was straight to the top. Then I could improve constantly until the best time. Despite this good result we have not yet finished working on our bike because we have aòready difficulties in some parts of the track. I hope to do well tomorrow in qualifying, I know we could do it. "
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - 19th IN FP2 - 2.05.657 - "I was expecting better from the first day at Silverstone. I was not able to be as fast as I wanted and that means we have more work ahead of tomorrow's qualifying . However, I must note that the gaps are not so high between me and my opponents of the CRT , then I can certainly do better. Now we will work to achieve the best results in qualifying tomorrow, my goal remains the fifth row . "
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - 23 ° IN FP2 - 2.09.209 - "I am not happy. I have not found the same feeling of Indianapolis and Brno in these tests and hence will not be able to make a satisfactory time . We must work on the set up to have the chance to improve tomorrow. "
ANTONELLI EIGHTH FASTEST ON OPENING DAY AT SILVERSTONE
As expected, Niccolò Antonelli was in good form at Silverstone on Friday. The Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 rider had a good feel on his bike, and just needs to solve a small front end issue in order to go even faster this weekend. He was eighth quickest today. Lorenzo Baldassarri was fast from the beginning, feeling confident with his riding and with his bike. A small issue at the end of the session was all that prevented him from placing higher than 22nd.
Niccolò Antonelli (8th 2’ 15” 904) “Not bad! I have to say that from the start I had the feeling that I could do well. We just need to solve a small problem with the front end and then I will be more competitive. I believe in the work that the team are doing and think that they will give me the confidence to ride even better tomorrow”.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (22th 2’ 17” 365) “I was able to go faster, because on my second lap I’d already clocked the eighth fastest time. Unfortunately I wasn’t incisive enough at the end, and had a little run wide that I hadn’t intended. In any case, I’m satisfied because we have taken a step forward from Brno and, if we continue in this way, we can go well at Silverstone.”
Fausto Gresini “Both Antonelli and Baldassarri had a good day today, so I am happy and confident about tomorrow. Antonelli took the eighth best time and was very strong with his pace today, so with another step forward he will be part of that group of top riders. Baldassarri has been improving, so his times don’t really reflect his true potential –which at the moment is optimal. We are very motivated and optimistic about tomorrow.”
Step forward for Niklas Ajo at Silverstone
Avant Tecno KTM rider recovers good feelings on first day of British GP, clocking twelfth fastest time.
30/08/2013 - Silverstone Circuit
Niklas Ajo started round eleven of the Moto3 World Championship with twelfth place on Friday at Silverstone. The Avant Tecno KTM rider was looking to put last week’s race at Brno behind him, and that is just what he did on the opening day of the British GP. From the opening session, Niklas Ajo felt comfortable on the track and was able to clock his best time of 2:16.734 in the afternoon.
Track temperatures of 19ºC and cloudy skies did not make the morning session an easy one –not least when light rain fell with nine minutes remaining. However, Niklas Ajo was able to put himself into the top five in the opening moments. In the end, his time of 2:18.950 was the fifteenth quickest of the session.
In the 40-minute afternoon session, changes to his bike setup bore fruit for the Avant Tecno KTM rider and he set his best lap of 2:16.734 on his first lap of his second stint. His only regret was not having been able to lower his time further on his final three laps.
The Finn will tomorrow try to improve upon his sixth row qualifying position from last year’s British GP.
Results (Combined practice time FP1-FP2)
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 2:14.615
2. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) 2:14.853 +0.238
3. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 2:14.886 +0.271
4. Luis Salom (KTM) 2:15.002 +0.387
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 2:15.155 +0.540
12. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 2:16.734 +2.119
"The day did not go badly, but I'm a little disappointed because at the end of the second session I could not improve my time riding by myself. The difference between my times and those of the top riders is still large, so for tomorrow we need to focus on cutting the the gap. I am very comfortable at this circuit compared to Brno, and we have no trouble with chatter. Overall, I felt much better in the second practice session —and that brought my times down by a lot.
The goal for tomorrow is to improve the lap times again and see how the other riders approach the track —in order to see how I can improve. We will also see if tomorrow I feel a little better, as today I felt a little poorly."
SILVERSTONE POSES PROBLEMS FOR PRADITA
The long, fast Silverstone circuit is not to Doni Tata Pradita’s liking. The difficulty posed by finding the right lines at the track meant that he placed low down the order on Friday. He will look to follow other riders on Saturday, in search of new ideas about how to approach the circuit.
Doni Tata Pradita (32nd 2’ 14” 039) “Silverstone has caused me a lot of problems with its layout. Unfortunately, it is quite hard to find the right line and without doing that you lose a lot of time. We will look to follow others tomorrow to see where we can recover ground.”
Fausto Gresini “When a rookie like Doni has to take on a track like Silverstone, it is very tough. He is going to need to pay close attention to the advice of his team, with the hope of making small progress tomorrow.”
WAROKORN HAS TOUGH TIME AT SILVERSTONE
Partly due to his crash at Brno, and partly due to the fact that Silverstone is one of the toughest tracks on the calendar for a debutant, Thitipong Warokorn had a difficult day on Friday. Tomorrow, the Moto2 rider will attempt to learn the track better and make small improvements.
Thitipong Warokorn (31st 2’ 13” 391) “Silverstone is a very difficult track to learn. After the crash at Brno I am perfectly fine, fitness-wise, so that is no excuse. Tomorrow I will look to trail a faster rider in order to get a better lap time.”
Fausto Gresini “It seems easy, but it isn’t. Moto2 has some really different tracks on the calendar. Silverstone is one of the most difficult circuits in the series, unfortunately, which is definitely not helpful for Thitipong.”
Redding immediately up to speed on opening day at Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain - 30 August 2013: Scott Redding got his home Grand Prix weekend off to a solid start by posting the fifth fastest time in today's two practice sessions at Silverstone. Mika Kallio had a good opening free practice session, but was brought down in a collision this afternoon and ended the day 15th on the timesheet.
The difficulties of Brno were forgotten today, as Redding stamped his authority on proceedings and topped the timesheet in the first free practice session, much to the delight of the British fans.
This afternoon the 20-year-old Briton worked with his crew to further refine the set-up of his Kalex Moto2 machine, but still managed to improve his lap time by 0.5s to finish the day fifth fastest overall and, more importantly, one place ahead of his main championship rival, Pol Espargaro.
Brimming with confidence after his win at Brno less than a week ago, Mika Kallio was quickly on the pace during this morning's free practice, ending the session in 7th position and just 0.3s off the time of his Marc VDS teammate.
The 30-year-old Finn made some minor changes to both the bike and his riding style during this afternoon's 45-minute session, as he worked to further improve his position, but just as the lap times started to drop he was involved in a collision with Rafid Topan Sucipto and crashed without injury. Unable to return to the track before the end of the session, Kallio couldn't improve on his previous best lap and ended the day 15th on combined times.
Livio Loi only managed to complete six laps in the first Moto3 free practice before a mechanical issue with the quick shifter on his Kalex-KTM machine forced him back to the pit box, where he sat out the remainder of the session.
For the afternoon practice session the 16-year-old Belgian made some big changes to the machine set-up, in a bid to reduce the effect of the braking bumps that have caused issues for a number of riders today. While the bike was better over the bumps, the changes reduced the feedback from the front tyre, especially through the faster turns, of which Silverstone has many. Despite this, Loi managed to improve his lap time by more than two seconds, ending the day in 27th position, but confident of further improvement tomorrow.
Scott Redding #45: 5th - 2'08.506
"Overall the feeling with the bike has been good, much better than at Brno one week ago. This morning I felt pretty comfortable straight away. We tried a few things on the bike, as I was struggling just a little with front grip in a couple of corners, but everything else was working pretty well. I'm certainly a lot more settled on the bike after the first day here at Silverstone than I was on the Friday last week, so I'm happy enough."
Mika Kallio #36: 15th - 2'09.419
"We started this morning with the settings close to how we finished in Brno and the bike felt pretty good. We made only a few small changes throughout the session, just to try and find some more time through a few of the corners, but it was enough to finish close to Scott, who is always fast here. This afternoon we made a few more small changes and I was using a different gear through some of the turns, which meant it took me a few laps to find a good rhythm. On my last few laps my time was improving, but then I had the coming together with Sucipto and crashed. I don't know exactly what happened, as I haven't seen the video, but I felt the contact on the back as I turned in and down I went. It was unlucky, but at least I walked away uninjured."
Livio Loi #11: 27th - 2'17.726
"Early on in this morning's session the bike was unstable over the bumps here at Silverstone, but a problem with the quickshifter lost us time and meant we couldn't try any changes during the 40 minutes. This afternoon we set the bike up very differently, to make it more stable over the bumps, but this left me without any feedback from the front, which felt vague and was moving around a lot from mid-corner onwards. Even so, I improved my lap time by more than two seconds this afternoon, so some progress was made. If we can find a compromise in the settings tomorrow then I think it's possible to make another big step with the lap time."
Peter Benson: Chief Mechanic - Scott Redding
"Brno was a bit of a bump. We went there expecting big things and it didn't quite happen for a couple of reasons. Silverstone is different. When Scott comes here; yes, there's big pressure because it's his home race, but he likes the circuit and he's always good on big, fast racetracks. Both of the tyre options we have seem to be working well here too, which always helps. Overall, a pretty good first day."
MotoGP Moto3 – Resilient Friday for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Silverstone
Viñales leads with a record lap, Fenati and Bagnaia improved progressively ahead of qualifiers
The first two Moto3 sessions in Silverstone crowned Luis Salom then Maverick Viñales. The latter posted a 2'14.615 that destroys the former lap record and puts him in the provisional pole position. San Carlo Team Italia riders spent the two sessions looking for an optimal setup on the bumpy track, gathering crucial info ahead of QP. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) is currently 13th, while Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) is in 30th place.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 13th, 2'16.771
"I only did six laps in the morning but in the afternoon I was luckier. I managed to get a groove pretty quickly, and now we only have to improve rideability on the bumps and tweak a few thing. Overall we're in good shape and can have a good QP tomorrow."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) 30th, 2'18.069
"The track is tricky and bumpy. In the morning I had more margin, but in FP2 I was at the limit. I need to improve stability on the front, and then attack during QP."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Day 1 wasn't bad. Romano suffered an engine issue during FP1, but made steady progress in the afternoon, lapping faster than last year already. Pecco studied the track and tomorrow will focus on the setup, which is tricky on such a bumpy track. Analyzing the data, both riders can improve further and play their cards during QP."
A SOLID START FOR MAPFRE ASPAR PAIR AT SILVERSTONE
Jordi Torres & Nico Terol, 7th & 11th respectively, make improvements in final minutes of afternoon outing
Scott Redding was the man on the pace in FP1 at his home GP but the afternoon belonged to a Frenchman as Johann Zarco took over at the top. The intermediate class looks a far more open affair than MotoGP or Moto3 this weekend. As we reach the end of this summer triple header the competition is open for race wins, although Redding and Espargaró have the championship advantage from the first half of the season. They will have to work hard to stay ahead of the chasing pack over the remaining rounds.
The defining quality of the MAPFRE Aspar in Moto2 is their work ethic. They are both highly dedicated riders as shown by the number of laps they both completed on Friday at Silverstone (Jordi Torres 37 and Nico Terol, 35). Although Jordi Torres was not at Silverstone last year it did not hold him back today. The rider from Rubí put in a 15 lap run in the morning in order to get a good feel for the track. In the afternoon he worked on his pace and in the final five minutes of the session he was able to seventh, just 0.4s off P1. It was a similar story for Terol, who had a more difficult morning due to the patchy track surface, but improved his setting for the Silverstone circuit in the afternoon and produced a late best lap for 11th.
7th Jordi Torres 2’08.607 (37 laps): “The first two sessions were good and we’ve found our way pretty quickly at this track. I did a longer run in the morning to get used to it and although the surface takes some learning I already felt good by the end of the first lap. In the afternoon we tried a few things with differing results so we need to decide which way to go tomorrow. Generally we’re in good shape. We did most of the work on used tyres, so when we put the new set on in the afternoon we moved up the timesheet and improved the pace.”
11th Nico Terol 2.09.058 (35 laps): “The first laps of the first session were good but then I noticed the rear end of the bike was closing too much. I guess because of the surface I felt like I was also losing the front on certain corners. So we needed to work on stability so we looked at the distance of the wheelbase settings and worked with a harder rear tyre. The feeling improved a lot in the afternoon, especially at the end, so I’m happy because we overcame some initial problems and found the solution quickly.”