Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Phillip Island:
Fifth for Rins and thirteenth for Marquez
Alex Rins to start from second row and Alex Marquez from row five.
Repsol Media Service - Australia, Phillip Island Circuit - Saturday 19/10/2013
Tomorrow a good start will be required if Alex Rins and Alex Marquez are to fight for the top positions in the Australian GP. Rins, chasing the lead of the Moto3 standings, will start from the second line of attack and will have to control the movements of title rivals Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales ahead of him. Marquez starts from the fifth row and will have to make a perfect getaway if he is to sneak into the leading group before they escape from the rest of the field.
In the morning practice session, Marquez set the eighth fastest time and Rins the ninth, both 1 second off top man Viñales. In the afternoon qualifying session, Rins salvaged a difficult situation after running off track on the final corner. Despite this incident, the Spaniard finally scored a best time of 1:37.382, placing fifth and 0.492s off poleman Luis Salom .
Márquez did not fare so well in qualifying. He did not find the best setup for the fast corners of the Australian track and was thirteenth for tomorrow’s race. He will head row five.
FP3 - 1:37.720, 19 laps, 85 km.
QP - 1:37.382, 18 laps, 80 km.
“This weekend has been quite similar to the Malaysian Grand Prix so far and it's hard for us to find a good pace. After this morning's free practice we analysed the data from all the sessions, until we found some settings that have allowed us to go much faster in qualifying. I have a good pace for the race. It is also possible that someone might escape, because people have gone pretty fast during practice. That in theory will make the groups quite large, so if we start to get in each other’s way, it is possible that those in the front group will break away."
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FP3 - 1:37.650, 20 laps, 89 km.
QP - 1:37.875, 18 laps, 80 km.
“It has been a difficult day. This morning we tried some things that worked and we improved a bit, but the other riders have also done so and we were more or less in the same position as yesterday. In the afternoon we continued with more testing, but things didn’t really work for us and I did not feel comfortable with the bike, so tomorrow we have to continue to look for improvements in the warm up. I do not have much pace, so the race will be difficult. I'll have to be focused from the start and see if we can move a little further up the order."
Salom flies for pole at Phillip Island
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes second consecutive pole position. Zulfahmi Khairuddin claims spot on third row and Arthur Sissis on row six.
19/10/2013 - Phillip Island Circuit
A magnificent qualifying session for Moto3 World Championship leader Luis Salom at Phillip Island gave the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider the top spot on the grid, with a time of 1:36.890. It is a second consecutive pole position and a fourth of the season for the Spaniard. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, ninth, will start from the third row after missing the last five minutes of the session and Arthur Sissis, sixteenth, will take off from row six.
In the third and final free practice of the weekend, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders looked to put the finishing touches to their setups. Luis Salom and Zulfahmi Khairuddin waited until the final part of the session to improve their times from yesterday, whilst Arthur Sissis did so in the first twenty minutes. Salom set the fifth fastest time —1:37.530—, Zulfahmi Khairuddin was eleventh with a 1:37.775 and Sissis was seventeenth —1:38.046.
Luis Salom was one of the fastest on track right from the early stages of qualifying. In the decisive session of the day, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider found a gap in traffic and clocked two excellent closing laps. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, ninth with a time of 1:37.685, could not complete the session after crashing with five minutes remaining, whilst Arthur Sissis was eventually sixteenth —1:38.111.
The fifteenth race of the year will begin tomorrow at 1PM local time. Luis Salom will be seeking his second consecutive win, Arthur Sissis to repeat his podium from last year. Zulfahmi Khairuddin will participate in the race after not having been able to do so in Sepang.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.890
2. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:37.268 +0.378
3. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:37.292 +0.402
4. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:37.361 +0.471
5. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:37.382 +0.492
9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:37.685 +0.795
16. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:38.111 +1.221
"I'm happy, because after yesterday's session with which I ended up not very satisfied, today I got what I wanted: A good pace for the race. I think we put in a good lap in the qualifying session, although it could have been better because I made a mistake in the final sector.
We have the pace that we wanted, although I'm sure tomorrow it will be a difficult race and we shall have to fight hard on every lap."
"This morning went pretty well, although I only rode with used tyres. The pace was steady and strong. This afternoon I did not feel equally comfortable and I was not fast enough.
Hopefully I can finish deciding on a setup in the warm up tomorrow and get back to a good pace. I want to have a good race in front of the fans."
"This was one of the best qualifying sessions I've had in the World Championship, but it is just a shame that I had that small crash late on which prevented me from completing it. I'm very happy with this ninth place, but will see if tomorrow we have some luck, make a good start manage to progress in the race. Hopefully we can keep up the pace we have set in qualifying."
Seventh row for Niklas Ajo at Phillip Island
Avant Tecno KTM rider unable to build on good feeling from free practice and takes twenty-first best qualifying time.
19/10/2013 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia
It was a bittersweet day for Niklas Ajo on Saturday at the Australian Grand Prix. After improving his times in the final free practice, the Avant Tecno KTM rider failed to achieve the position he wanted on the grid for the race. In qualifying, excessive traffic in the last minute prevented him from gaining places and he had to settle for twenty-first position.
The work required was begun yesterday, and this morning, Niklas Ajo continued to make progress. The Avant Tecno KTM rider needed only the first twenty minutes of the day to lower his times from yesterday. After finding a good pace, it was in the final section of the session where Niklas took his best time, breaching the 1:38 barrier and claiming fifteenth –1:37.944.
The Finn was not able to repeat such a lap in qualifying. Despite trying everything, the Avant Tecno KTM man was up against rivals looking for a tow, causing traffic in the final minutes of the session. So much so, that his fastest lap was set on his first stint, with a time of 1:38.372.
In tomorrow's race, which starts at 1pm local time, Niklas Ajo faces the challenge of taking a good result at Phillip Island –where he has not finished the last two GPs despite good performances.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:36.890
2. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:37.268 +0.378
3. Efren Vazquez (Mahindra) 1:37.292 +0.402
4. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:37.361 +0.471
5. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:37.382 +0.492
21. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:38.372 +1.482
"The morning free practice was not too bad. I felt very comfortable with the used tyres. I was relaxed and I was able to make good times, leaving me satisfied –even if I didn't have a perfect lap.
Later, in the qualifying session, it was difficult to find a good feeling when riding alone. I waited too long and after that I was unable to make a good lap. I'm a little disappointed by this. Tomorrow I will try to recover the pace that I had in practice."
JONAS FOLGER ON FRONT ROW AFTER POLE CHALLENGE
MAPFRE Aspar rider second fastest at Phillip Island, Eric Granado struggles in qualifying and starts from 26th
The second day of the Australian Grand Prix saw an intense battle for pole position in a Moto3 class that promises more of the same in the race tomorrow, with the likes of Folger, Miller, Rins, Viñales, Olivares and Salom all stating their case as victory contenders. Even though Salom managed to pull three tenths out of his pocket at the end of the session to secure pole position, there is less than a second separating the top thirteen on the grid and with slipstreams sure to play an important part it looks certain to be a wide open race.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger promised after a difficult weekend in Malaysia that his injured ankle would be in better shape here in Australia and he was true to his word with an impressive pole challenge this afternoon. The German led the timesheets with seventeen minutes of the session remaining but was unable to improve due to the heavy traffic on track over the final laps and was denied by Salom almost at the flag. Eric Granado improved his lap times in final free practice this morning but was unable to maintain the trend this afternoon and starts from 26th.
2nd Jonas Folger 1.37.268 (18 laps): “Little by little I am feeling better and the ankle is pretty much healed now. I can put pressure on the joint whilst I'm riding the bike without feeling pain and it has helped us do a good job this weekend. We have been second fastest in each of the sessions so far and led the way at times so we have every reason to be confident about tomorrow's race. The bike is working perfectly and our pace is good so we can look forward to a challenge for the podium. We need to make a strong start, try not to make any mistakes and keep our rhythm up to the end. It looks like there will be a big group at the front so we have to be ready for the battle and on our game at the end. We have had some bad luck so now is the time to turn it around.”
26th Eric Granado 1.38.802 (20 laps): “Today was looking good. The wind had dropped and this morning the lap times were much faster than yesterday. Even so, despite knocking over a second off my time for yesterday we were still quite far back. I knew I had to push hard this afternoon to improve and I put in a lot of effort but maybe I was trying too hard. We struggled to improved and now I need to have a good look at what went wrong and where we can improve tomorrow. I would have liked to find half a second to improve my position on the grid but anyway tomorrow I will try my best to give the team the result they deserve.”
Confidence back with RW Racing GP
The second day of the Australian GP it was a bit of a difficult day for RW Racing GP. After both riders crashed yesterday in FP2 they had to find their confidence back. And so they did. Jakub Kornfeil improved to 14th position on the starting grid for tomorrow’s Moto3 race. Jasper Iwema starts from 25th, but was only one second off the pace of the top 10.
It took the mechanics of RW Racing GP until 21.30 (local time) to rebuild the Kalex KTM of Jakub Kornfeil. Yesterday’s heavy crash was still between the ears of the Czech for a while and it took him a while to find the rhythm and confidence. He found in back in the QP, when he worked hard to find a solution for his problem in the first sector of the demanding Phillip Island circuit.
Jasper Iwema began energetic but it also took him some time to find his confidence. Actually Iwema was faster in FP3 than in QP, but the difference would have given him only two positions benefit. He wasn’t the only one. The fastest time of the day was 1.36.650, set by Maverick Viñales in FP3. He was in 4th eventually at the end of QP, with Luis Salom seizing pole with 1.36.890. The pack is close together at The Island, where the wind is of big influence. The first 13 riders are within a second.
Jakub Kornfeil (14): "I’m satisfied with the results in QP. Together with my team we worked hard on improving in sector 1, because I lost time there. In the second half of QP we found the answer and I could improve. In my last lap I was really fast. Unfortunately I found Vazquez on my way and he didn’t move aside and that cost me 0.3 in the final sector. Anyway, I’m happy with how things went today, I found my confidence back and I’m in a good position to fight for top 10 again.’’
Jasper Iwema (25): "If you only look at the positions, it’s not so good. But actually I’m only one second off the pace of the frontrunners. The difference isn’t as big as it seems. Strangely enough I was faster in FP3. Not much, just a little. That’s good news for the race, because it means I am not too far off the points. I have to keep cool, have a good start and go for it.’’
ON-TRACK TRAFFIC MAKES FOR UNDER PAR QUALIFYING
Unfortunately Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 were unable to follow up an excellent weekend so far during free practice at Phillip Island with a qualifying session to match. Due to intense traffic on track both Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri were unable to get a clean lap and confirm the potential they have shown at the Australian track. Niccolò in particular had the opportunity to qualify on the front two rows here but will now have to fight hard from the back of the fourth.
Niccolò Antonelli (12th 1’ 37” 774) “I was expecting to qualify better than this for tomorrow's race but it wasn't possible. It was practically impossible to get a clean lap out there and in the end I had to make some compromises. Even so I am convinced we can turn things around in the race and show the potential that we know we have at this circuit.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (28th 1’ 38” 835) “It was a massive effort just to get a single fast lap together today but we weren't helped by a clutch problem that also caused me to lose concentration. It's a shame because I don't think this position represents our true potential here but I am consoled by the fact that I know we can do better and that's the goal for the race tomorrow.”
Fausto Gresini “I was really expecting better grid positions than because of the pace both Niccolò and Lorenzo showed in free practice but unfortunately it was very difficult for them because of the intense traffic on track. They have the potential to do much better in the race so we're looking forward to seeing how they do tomorrow.”
Rossi and Kent ready for Moto2 sprint race in Australia
Tech 3 Racing Team riders Louis Rossi and Danny Kent will be aiming for points scoring finishes in a Tissot Australian Moto2 Grand Prix encounter that will be contested over a shortened distance of 13 laps tomorrow.
Several riders in the ultra-competitive Moto2 category have experienced tyre wear issues during practice on a new Phillip Island surface. The new asphalt has been universally praised for improving lap times and grip levels but excessive tyre wear has been a concern in uncharacteristically high ambient temperatures.
After consulting with Race Direction, official tyre supplier Dunlop made a formal request to adjust the race to 13-laps in the interests of rider safety. The original race distance was 25-laps.
Rossi will start the shortened race from an encouraging 19th position on the grid, the Frenchman immediately comfortable on the Mistral 610 machine at the spectacular Phillip Island to register his best grid position since the legendary Dutch TT at Assen.
He posted a best time of 1.34.037 and is confident today’s improvements will provide him with a springboard to battle for his first top 15 finish since the Dutch race in late June.
Two crashes this weekend have not helped Kent’s quest to score points for the third race in succession, with the teenager experiencing problems with a neck injury sustained in his first spill yesterday.
Not feeling at his usual physical best, Kent found it difficult to find a confidence-inspiring set-up with his Mistral 610 machine and a lap of 1.34.289 will mean he starts tomorrow’s race from 22nd on the grid.
Louis Rossi 19th 1.34.037 – 24 laps
“We can be quite happy after this qualifying session, which is much better than in previous races and I am really enjoying riding the bike. When it is like this it is much easier to improve the bike because you get more feeling from the bike and I have been able to give my crew more precise information. This has meant we have made some positive modifications to the bike and the changes have helped me a lot. I am not in the top 15 but I am much closer and the pleasing aspect is I am very consistent with my pace. Tomorrow’s race is half the distance we expected, so it is going to be interesting and more of a sprint. Hopefully I can get a good start and fight for the points.”
Danny Kent 22nd 1.34.289 – 23 laps
“It was a bad qualifying session from me and I have not found a good setting with the bike. I hurt my neck in the crash yesterday and it was quite painful today. The wind is always a problem here and it didn’t help with my physical conditions and to make matters worse I had another crash at the end of qualifying because we were having problems with the bike going into gear. Tomorrow is a new day and even though I have not been feeling 100% physically with the bike, I will come out fighting and do my best to get another points finish. It will be a shortened race but there is nothing we can do about that. It is obvious there has been a few problems with the tyres and safety has to come first. They obviously felt shortening the laps was the best course of action.”
WAROKORN FRACTURES RIGHT SHOULDER BLADE
A tough day for the Thai rider, who fractures his right shoulder blade in a crash. He will likely be operated on tonight in a Melbourne hospital, bringing a premature end to his season.
Thitipong Warokorn (30th 1’ 35” 964) "I’m struggling to understand what happened to me. I only know for sure that I had a bad crash and have done a lot of damage to my right shoulder blade. I hope to be operated on as soon as possible and to be able to return home."
Fausto Gresini "The season has ended for Warokorn in the worst way, with a crash that has hurt him. I'm sorry for him and hope he can undergo surgery as soon as possible and then return to Thailand.”
PRADITA CONFIDENT ABOUT SUNDAY RACE AT PHILLIP ISLAND
Doni Tata Pradita did everything possible to gain places in qualifying, but did not succeed. He is confident for tomorrow's Australian GP, convinced he can gain positions over the course of the contest.
Doni Tata Pradita (25th 1’ 34” 789) "Overall I am happy and I am convinced that tomorrow I can make up positions. Unfortunately, today I put in my first laps with the wider fairing and I had problems with the wind. In the end the team changed the front and I was able to ride better."
Fausto Gresini "Pradita continues to demonstrate a strong commitment every time he goes out on track. Today he tried to gain positions, but did not succeed. However, is convinced that he can recover a lot of positions tomorrow.”
Redding out after qualifying crash at Phillip Island
Phillip Island, Australia - 19 October 2013: Scott Redding has been forced to withdraw from tomorrow's Australian Moto2 Grand Prix, after injuring his left wrist in a qualifying crash this afternoon at Phillip Island.
Redding, who leads the Moto2 World Championship by nine points from Pol Espargaro, crashed heavily at the high speed turn 12 in the final few minutes of qualifying. After an initial assessment in the circuit medical centre, the 20-year-old Briton was diagnosed with a fractured left wrist.
Redding will be transported to Epworth Hospital in Richmond where he'll undergo surgery on the fractured wrist later this evening. The severity of the injury means Redding will not race in tomorrow's Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
A decision on the likely date of Redding's return to racing will be made together with the medical staff at Epworth Hospital after the operation this evening.
Mika Kallio also crashed in the final minutes of qualifying, shortly after the session recommenced following a red flag, but his time from earlier in the session was enough to secure him sixth position on the grid for tomorrow's race.
The Australian Moto2 Grand Prix has been reduced from 25 to just 13 laps, following concerns about tyre degradation at the recently resurfaced Phillip Island circuit. Full championship points will still be awarded.
Livio Loi will start tomorrow's Australian Moto3 Grand Prix from the eighth row of the grid, after problems with traffic on track saw him qualify only 23rd this afternoon. The 16-year-old Belgian struggled to find a clear space on track throughout the 40-minute timed session and was unable to match his lap time from this morning's free practice, which was 0.5s quicker than his qualifying time. With a good start and a strong opening lap in tomorrow's race, a points scoring finish is still a realistic possibility for Loi.
Mika Kallio #36 // 6th // 1'32.833
"Of course, a crash is not the best way to finish qualifying, but I was quite satisfied with my pace at the beginning, when I was running in the top three. We tried a different tyre and a small change to the rear suspension, which was in the plan, but for some reason I lost the rear grip in the fast turns. We're not sure why I crashed at turn eight, but the bike was badly damaged and that was the end of qualifying for me. It's frustrating, because there was definitely more to come in the final few minutes. It will be a different kind of race tomorrow, as it's just 13 laps. We won't have to conserve tyres, but we'll need to be awake at the start, as everyone will be all-out as soon as the lights go out. With a good start, everything is possible. Scott had some bad luck today, but I hope he'll heal quickly and be back very soon."
Livio Loi #11 // 23rd // 1'38.637 // @LivioLoi
"I'm really disappointed with my qualifying performance today, as I was slower than I was in FP3 this morning. Every time I got my head down to go for a qualifying time there was a problem. On my first run I made a mistake at turn four and on every run after that I was blocked by groups of riders in front of me. I'm really angry, as I know I could have done a good lap time today, but always I was at a bad time and in the wrong place. I was hoping to be at least in the top 15 or 16 this afternoon, but starting from 23rd on the grid means I'll have some work to do in the race tomorrow if I'm to finish in the points. I am so sorry for Scott, as he was looking good for a strong result here. Hopefully the surgery will go well and he'll be back on the bike again soon."
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
"Obviously I am absolutely gutted for Scott. He was pushing hard and the rear just got away from him. Normally he'd have dusted himself off and put it down to experience, even at the ultra-fast turn 12, but he was unfortunate in that he got caught up with the bike and ended up with a fractured wrist. The most important thing now is that he recovers properly before making his return to racing. Yes, there's a championship to be fought over, but our priority now is Scott's health. If that means we have to forfeit the championship then so be it. But we're still in the race tomorrow with Mika, who qualified well today. The fact that the race is now only over 13 laps will make things difficult, but he knows what he needs to do and I'm confident he'll be able to fight for a podium finish tomorrow. Livio lost out today because he wasn't aggressive enough in qualifying. If other riders don't want to give you room then you need to make your own space. With a good start tomorrow he can still finish in the points, which is exactly what we expect from him."
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AUSTRALIA : ZARCO IN FOURTH ROW IN MOTO2 , PETRUCCI AND PESEK 17th AND 22nd
COWES , October 19, 2013 - It will start from the fourth row with the 12th time the CAME Iodaracing Moto2 rider Johann Zarco . The Frenchman ended the qualifying session, which was interrupted by a red flag for the fall of the Thai rider Thitipong Warokorn, with time 1.33.076 clocked the sixth of 23 laps during the session.
Unfortunately , for some problems with the Dunlop tires which occurs during the first free practice session on Friday, the race direction decided to halve the laps available in the Moto2 race, decreasing from 25 to 13. This will make very difficult to comeback for Zarco, who must , like all in Moto2, try to push hard to catch up.
In the MotoGP riders CAME Iodaracing , Danilo Petrucci and Lukas Pesek will be respectively deployed in sixth and eighth row. Danilo Petrucci was able to improve its references in qualifying for about two seconds from what was done last year, stopping the clock at 1.30.894 that is worth the 17 th place overall , the sixth of CRT.
It is not fully satisfied , however, Lukas Pesek , who had expected more from the qualifying session after the good practice yesterday . Pesek has closed Q1 with the 22nd fastest time in 1.32.474 , the eleventh among the CRT .
JOHANN ZARCO - Moto2 rider - 12th IN QP - 1.33.076 - "I'm not happy with my qualifying because we were not able to make the step forward that others seem to have been able to do after practice . Starting from the twelfth position will be a problem and the speed is reduced does not help me . situation for me would be already hard with the normal 25 laps , with half I have little hope . "
Danilo Petrucci - MOTOGP RIDER - 17th IN Q1 - 1.30.894 - " Compared to last year where I was , however, went well with the Suter , I improved a couple of seconds. This is an improvement that can divide in half between ' evolution of CRT and the new asphalt. shame about not being able to do more to take that step in the fifth row. regarding the choice of tires I personally am fine with the soft , that Bridgestone has recommended not to use . we, with the CRT , we have less grip, so the tires you consume less . 'm pretty positive , I expected to do better, but we are at the limit , we are all neighbors and tomorrow will be a good race . "
Pesek - MOTOGP RIDER - 22 ° IN Q1 - 1.32.474 - " Despite the fine tests done yesterday we were able to close in qualifying . The strategy that we had prepared was to come into the pits to change the tire and come out with a few pilot fast front. not yet in a position to be able to search by only the time , so a good wake could do for me. Unfortunately when I came back , the bike number two was already out and without blankets so I had to get out immediately , I found alone and was not able to improve. Tomorrow I hope to have a good race . "
JORDI TORRES TAKES FRONT ROW START WITH MAGNIFICENT FINAL LAP
MAPFRE Aspar rider third on grid for Australian GP, with Nico Terol eighth in positive session
Today’s Moto2 qualifying session at Phillip Island was action packed, in no small part due to a red flag with sixteen minutes remaining. It was necessary to pause the session for ten minutes to evacuate Thitipong Warokorn, who had been laid prone by a crash. The new Phillip Island asphalt has caused excessive degradation to the Moto2 tyres, compromising the safety of the riders, so Race Direction has decided to cut the Australian GP race to just thirteen laps. That means that over thirty riders will be trying to shine in a sprint race. Absent from events will be series leader Scott Redding, who is out of the race with a broken wrist. Pol Espargarò took pole, ahead of Rabat and Torres.
Jordi Torres, was able to confirm his good performance from practice in the qualifying session. Last year he had to come back from twentieth position at Phillip Island, but tomorrow he will take off from third on the grid. Third for most of the session, he almost lost out on the front row at the end of the session before a push to improve his time. He was just two-tenths of a second off pole.
Nico Terol was just one-tenth slower than his MAPFRE Aspar teammate. The Spaniard was very satisfied with his performance, and looks to have the pace to be part of the leading group if he makes a good start.
3rd Jordi Torres 1.32.769 (26 laps): "I am very pleased with our findings this weekend. Since yesterday, both our times and feeling are good. It’s a shame that this morning we had a crash when accelerating in the last sector. Fortunately nothing serious became of it and we learned from our mistake. In the afternoon we conducted a very intelligent session, with clear ideas and always in the top positions. We saw that we can still improve a little more in a couple of ways with turning the bike in under acceleration, but still our setup is great. The bike is very stable on fast corners, so tomorrow we will try to play to our strengths. At the end of the session I tried to improve my times, but there was a lot of traffic. I decided on my last lap to go for it despite having a rider using me for a tow, and that's what allowed me to take third place. Tomorrow's race will be very short, as supposedly it has been reduced for safety reasons; you have to respect the decision because safety comes first. I guess the start will be a little crazy, but we will try to impose our pace and get to the front.”
8th Nico Terol 1.32.902 (24 laps): "Although I had expected to finish a little higher up in the standings, I am very pleased with our performance on the second day. I found a great pace throughout, was very comfortable and was very consistent with my times. This pace will help us face the race with confidence. It was a shame not to take a few more tenths off, which would have moved us further up. For example, Jordi Torres finished third and we are very close with our times. I'm happy for him and I hope that tomorrow we conclude a successful weekend. Despite maintaining a high pace, we were lacking that perfect lap. I am calm, I know we're ready for the race. At this circuit I find it hard to get a good feeling, and last year was 26th on the grid, so starting in eighth position is a breakthrough. The race, with just thirteen laps, will be crazy, but I know if I start well I will be in the leading group.”
MotoGP Moto3 - Unlucky QP for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Australia
Romano Fenati is hampered by a technical issue, Francesco Bagnaia by the traffic.
Championship leader Luis Salom took Moto3 pole position in Australia with a 1'36.890. With narrow gaps behind him – 19 riders within a second from 2nd to 20th place – Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) paid a dear price with bad luck. Slowed down by an engine problem right before the final time attack, the Italian closed in 17th position. Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) encountered traffic in the last part of his flying lap, posting the 22nd time.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 17th, 1'38.124
"It's a shame to have had this engine issue, because I felt really comfortable on the bike and during FP3 all went smoothly. My ideal time would grant me third row, but we're forced to start another race from the back. I hope that the tires will allow us to attack until the end."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) 22nd, 1'38.488
"After the steps forward made yesterday, I expected something more. The bike feels great, which is good for the race, but we couldn't get a better position on the grid because of the traffic. In T4 it was really difficult to get away from traffic, but this is all good experience."
Roberto Locatelli (Coordinatore Tecnico FMI)
"The constant improvements shown by riders in between sessions leave us confident for the race. Unfortunately bad luck keeps striking us in QP, but the quality of our work is most important. We're ready for another tough race, both Romano and Pecco are happy with the bike and eager to show their grit."