Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Valencia on Saturday:
Alex Rins to start from pole at most important race of the year
Spaniard dominates in qualifying, leading for practically the entire session. Alex Marquez improves pace for seventh.
Repsol Media Service - Spain, Ricardo Tormo Circuit - Saturday 09/11/2013
Tomorrow will be a very important day, and for this reason Alex Rins made his intentions clear in Saturday’s qualifying session. With pole position, Rins dominated the timesheets and was only behind Maverick Viñales for a mere instant. Alongside the Repsol rider on the front row will be his two title rivals: Luis Salom –0.016 slower than Rins– and Viñales –0.285 back. Alex Marquez made a big improvement from Friday and will start from seventh, occupying a spot on the third row of the grid.
In the morning practice session both Rins and Marquez used their track time to find the best setup for their bikes. Rins was fourth quickest and Marquez seventh.
In the afternoon qualifying session, Rins was determined to give no quarter to his rivals, setting the fastest time of the run. He led the way from the start, although Viñales attempted to sneak pole position in the final minutes. Rins fired back with an unbeaten time to clinch the top spot. Alex Marquez placed seventh, a second behind Rins, but can expect a good result tomorrow after his considerable improvement.
FP3 - 1:40.222, 12 laps, 48 km.
QP - 1:39.459, 19 laps, 76 km.
“Today went very well for us. We have found a great pace for tomorrow, but the important thing is what happens in the race, where everything can change. We shall see how it goes for us. I think that we have a good setup; we don't know what the race will be like, but I hope it will be fun. I'm calm at the moment and I hope that tonight I can be the same after a good night's sleep."
FP3 - 1:40.662, 18 laps, 72 km.
QP - 1:40.474, 17 laps, 68 km.
“Yesterday we had a lot of mechanical problems and various parts broke, but today we were able to find solutions. We’ve found things harder than expected, right from the start, but in tomorrow’s warmup session we will try to find that boost which can help us to be more consistent –and take us up to the lead group. It’s going to be tough to keep up with them tomorrow, but we will give 110% in order to get there."
Brad Binder (1'40.703 - 12th) “After yesterday's crash, I feel a little buttered and bruised, but this morning the doctor Costa's guys, at the Clinica Mobile, have been able to help me quite a lot, and the situation now is much better. About today's practice, I'm happy because we did a good step ahead with our set-up. Race after race, we improve – we could not have any proper test with this bike, as it came to us mid-season, and we probably miss that. Tomorrow, what I want is a good start, and it will be a good race”.
Luca Amato (1'42.134 - 29th) “We lack top-speed, so while the bike is pretty good in the flowing parts, on the straight we struggle”.
Fiorenzo Caponera (Team Principal): “Our desire was to have Brad at his best, here, because this is one of his favorite tracks but, quite obviously, yesterday's crash left a mark. He's recovering quickly, and we hope that for tomorrow's race the recover will be complete, or almost complete”.
RW Racing GP ready for final showdown
With Jasper Iwema on 18th position on the grid and Jakub Kornfeil on 20th RW Racing GP is ready for the grand finale of the 2013 season. There is an awful lot at stake in the last Moto3 race, with much to gain and even more to lose. The differences in qualifying where utterly small at the tight track in Valencia: the positions 7 to 25 are divided by only one second.
The championship is at a climax, with the first three contenders (Salom, Rins, Viñales) only five points apart. But the Valencia race is not only tense for the very top of the Moto3 championship.
A bit further down Jakub Kornfeil is fighting for a top 10 position. Therefore he needs to finish ahead of at least Fenati, Khairuddin, Binder and Ajo. Losing points to them could mean the difference between finishing 10th and 14th. The starting point for Kornfeil for tomorrow’s race isn’t as good as his rivals. The Czech rider of RW Racing GP will need a blistering start from the 7th row to get to the top 10 as quickly as possible to battle for his championship position.
His team mate Jasper Iwema is just in front of him in 18th position, achieving his goal to start close to the top 15 and making it possible to gain some points. Iwema hasn’t been in the points for the last eight races and therefore is looking for his final chance of this season to get into the top 20 of the championship.
Jasper Iwema (18): "I feel good and I’m happy I could continue the work from yesterday. I’m only 1.5 behind pole position and the gaps are small. In the race anything can happen. I’ll give it the maximum I’ve got.’’
Jakub Kornfeil (20): "This result is disappointing for me. I should have been much closer to the top 10. At some points of the track I’m simply too slow and I don’t really know why. What I do know is that tomorrow I will have to ride the race of my life.’’
PRADITA MAKES SLIGHT IMPROVEMENTS
Doni Tata Pradita was unable to make significant improvements to his lap times at Valencia today and as such he will start the Valencia Grand Prix from 30th on the grid on Sunday. His confidence with the bike is not perfect and the Indonesian rider was not able to push with conviction at the end of the session today, giving himself a difficult task tomorrow.
Doni Tata Pradita (30th 1’ 38” 293) “I am not particularly happy today. I felt more confident with the bike yesterday but I didn't have the same feeling today so we couldn't improve the lap time or the position. Hopefully we can make a good start to the race tomorrow and finish off the season in a positive way. ”
Fausto Gresini “Pradita didn't have the same confidence with the bike today that he had yesterday and he wasn't able to improve his lap times enough to make up positions. He was as brave and determined as always though and I am looking forward to seeing if he can do better in the race tomorrow.”
MORBIDELLI IMPROVES ON DAY TWO
Franco Morbidelli completed a positive second day at Valencia this afternoon, improving his confidence and overall position as he qualified in 23rd place for tomorrow's race. He has shown a positive and determined attitude so far – qualities that will no doubt see him continue to make progress in tomorrow's race.
Franco Morbidelli (23rd 1’ 36” 301) “I have made up five positions compared to yesterday but more importantly I have taken almost two seconds off my lap time. So that gives me reason to be optimistic for tomorrow. ”
Fausto Gresini “Once again Franco has improved and show the potential to do well today. He has gone faster than yesterday and still has room to improve further. I am sure that tomorrow he can finish the weekend with a good result. ”
MotoGP Moto3 – San Carlo Team Italia FMI in eleventh position with Romano Fenati
The Italian barely misses the Top 10 under the checkered flag, Francesco Bagnaia is 27th.
Alex Rins, Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales stole the show during the Moto3 qualifiers in Valencia, with the former taking pole position with a 1'39.459. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), after missing some time in FP3 due to technical issues, attacked fiercely during QP, taking more than a second off his previous best and closing in 11th position. Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) could not match his best times from FP3, where he was 16th, also due to some traffic in the decisive moments, and took the 27th slot on the grid.
Franco Morbidelli showed constant improvements as a wild-card in Moto2 with team Gresini, closing QP in 23rd position with a 1'36.301 that is two seconds faster than his friday's best.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 11th, 1'40.653
"I want to finish my stint with this team and Honda-FTR on a positive note, and tomorrow I will give my all, as usual. The main goal is to close the championship in the Top 10, but I hope to get much closer to the front during the race."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) 27th, 1'41.622
"I'm a little disappointed. I was confident on the bike today, but I'm facing another tough race from the back. I will try to pass as many riders as possible, but I will need to work hard from the WUP onwards to conquer my maiden points."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We had ups and downs during QP. Despite some extra problems on Romano's bike, we were able to find a good setup for his needs and he improved significantly. Pecco, unfortunately, was slowed down by the traffic after showing some steps forward during free practice. He just needs a little more experience."
SECOND ROW START FOR ANTONELLI AT VALENCIA
Niccolò Antonelli was again amongst the pacesetters on the second day at Valencia, the Italian youngster securing an excellent second row start for tomorrow's final round of the Moto3 World Championship. Antonelli set the sixth fastest time of qualifying practice this afternoon and could have gone even faster if it wasn't for the usual problem of traffic on track. Lorenzo Baldassarri was also held up on his best lap at the end of the session but still managed to secure a grid position that gives him a chance of fighting for points tomorrow.
Niccolò Antonelli (6th 1’ 40” 365) “I really enjoyed myself today and the lap times are fast. Perhaps if it wasn't for the traffic on track at the end of the session it could have been even better but I am still happy like this. Tomorrow promises to be a great race and if we can make some small technical improvements in the morning I think we can set a really fast pace in the race.”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (21st 1’ 41” 106) “I am really happy today because I felt good on the bike and maybe if we had a slightly better setting we could have gone even faster. I also got held up by some slower riders on my best lap which was a shame but anyway the race is tomorrow and I think we have the potential to score points.”
Fausto Gresini “I am particularly satisfied today because we have seen Niccolò continue his recent improvement and everything is coming more easily to him now. Maybe he could have done even better if it wasn't for the traffic but anyway this position is good. The second row is important for tomorrow and I am sure he will have a good race. I am also happy for Lorenzo because he has overcome his problems from yesterday and showed good potential for tomorrow.”
JONAS FOLGER READY FOR FINAL SHOWDOWN
MAPFRE Aspar rider heads up second row of grid with strong race pace; Eric Granado to start from 24th after making improvements from day one
The atmosphere and the heat continued to build on the second day of the Moto3 World Championship showdown at Valencia, with packed grandstands and 30ºC ambient temperatures for qualifying practice this afternoon. The lap times were even hotter as the top three shaved a full second off their pace from yesterday, Alex Rins finally snatching pole position ahead of Luis Salom and Maverick Viñales before the three home riders go head-to-head for the title tomorrow.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger is hoping to contest victory with the Spanish trio after a very solid day's work that saw him dip into the 1'39s, the only other rider on the grid to do so. The German's best of 1'39.836 was three tenths off pole but his rhythm and consistency suggests that he should not be ruled out of the podium sweepstakes tomorrow morning. His team-mate Eric Granado also improved his lap times and his consistency from yesterday but the Brazilian youngster will have to go on the attack in tomorrow's race as he started from 24th position.
4th Jonas Folger 1.39.836 (16 laps): “That was a really tough, tight session with a very fast pace from the three guys on the front row. The lap times were sensational and to be in fourth place heading up the second row is very positive for us. It looks like tomorrow's race is going to be wild. I don't think they can maintain that pace over full race distance but I am sure it will still be fast. It is the last race of the season so we can afford to take some risks, it's all or nothing for everybody. We have to go out without thinking twice, pushing to stay in the lead group and fighting for the win. We still have a little change to make to the bike for warm-up but otherwise I am happy that we are ready for the race.”
24th Eric Granado 1.41.391 (18 laps): “I struggled to get on the pace this morning but in the afternoon we were much better and I pushed hard over the last few laps on the soft tyre. I am happy because we have improved the lap times a lot from yesterday and even though we are a little far back on the grid I think we can make up positions tomorrow. It is the team's home race and I am determined to do well for them. The difference in the lap times is very small so I think I that if I can tag onto the group in front I can make up some places.”
A difficult day in Valencia for Marc VDS
Valencia, Spain - 9 November 2013: Mika Kallio was the best of the trio of Marc VDS riders in qualifying at Valencia today, finishing the 45-minute session 12th fastest, to secure a place on the fourth row of the grid for the final Moto2 race of the 2013 season.
While Kallio was able to lap consistently in the 1'35s bracket today, he wasn't able to push for a faster qualifying time. The 31-year-old Finn was struggling on corner entry, where a lack of feedback from the front tyre sapped his confidence, forcing him to brake earlier and sacrifice mid-corner speed.
Scott Redding continued to struggle with the injuries sustained in Australia and Japan, eventually qualifying 17th for tomorrow's Moto2 race after, once again, riding through the pain barrier this afternoon.
The 20-year-old Briton tried a number of changes on his Kalex Moto2 machine to try and compensate for his injuries, but finally had to accept that only grit and determination will get him through tomorrow's 27-lap race, his final appearance for the Marc VDS Racing Team.
Livio Loi will start the final Moto3 race of the 2013 season from the ninth row of the grid, after qualifying in 25th place this afternoon at Valencia.
The 16-year-old Belgian made a big step forward this morning, improving his lap time by 0.8s during the cooler conditions of the final free practice session, but the problems the Marc VDS rider experienced yesterday, with the bike refusing to turn into the corners, returned in qualifying. Loi pushed as hard as he could for a fast time, but he was unable to find a good, consistent rhythm during the 40-minute timed session.
Mika Kallio #36 // 12th // 1'35.737
"I'm not really sure where the problem lies, but it's not normal to see almost no improvement in lap time from FP1 to qualifying. We tried quite a few different things on the bike, but nothing has made any difference. I just don't have the confidence in the front on corner entry, which means I'm braking earlier and losing mid-corner speed. Also, I'm constantly on edge, because the front feels like it could tuck at any minute, which makes it difficult to relax and find a good rhythm. In the race I need to make up as many places as I can as soon as possible, so I need to be aggressive from the start."
Scott Redding #45 // 17th // 1'36.065 // @Reddingpower
"With the injuries I just don't have any power in my body, and that's making it hard to ride the bike. The set-up of the bike feels pretty good, but it's difficult to be sure when you're a second off the pace. Our aim today in qualifying was top 12, which we didn't manage, but it was important to get more laps under my belt this afternoon. I'm under no illusions as to how tough, and how painful, tomorrow's 27-lap race is going to be. All I can do is try my best. If I can run to the finish then that's great. If I can't, then at least I gave it my best shot."
Livio Loi #11 // 25th // 1'41.450 // @LivioLoi
"This morning's session was better; the conditions were a little cooler than yesterday and I had a little more feedback from the front, which brought with it some of the confidence I was missing. Unfortunately, qualifying this afternoon was a different story. Again the feeling wasn't really there with the front, maybe because the track temperature had gone up again, but the bike just didn't want to turn into the corners. The harder I pushed for a lap time, the worse the problem got. Once again I will start from way back on the grid, which was not our target here at Valencia. I will need a good start and to be very aggressive in the opening laps if I'm to end the season with a points scoring finish, which is our goal."
Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal
"Mika and Livio seem to have been struggling with almost the same problem today. Neither of them has confidence in the front on corner entry, which is losing them both time here at Valencia. We need to find a solution for the race, as Mika can finish top five here, even from 12th on the gird, while a points scoring finish is well within Livio's capabilities. Scott had to ride through the pain barrier in every session this weekend. He is determined to race tomorrow, to defend his second position in the championship, but it is a tough ask given his injuries. He will give it his all, like he's done every time he's thrown a leg over our bike in the last four years, of that I have no doubt."
Tech 3 Racing aims for strong finish in Moto2 finale
The Tech 3 Racing Team remains supremely confident it can end the 2013 Moto2 World Championship on a high note in Valencia tomorrow after Louis Rossi qualified less than a second away from the top four.
The Frenchman will start the 27-lap race in front of a capacity crowd at the Ricardo Tormo track from 22nd position on the grid after yet another closely contested Moto2 qualifying session.
In sunny and pleasantly warm conditions, Rossi demonstrated the potential of the French designed and built Mistral 610 package to post a best time of 1.36.264 that was less than 0.7s away from the top 10 and less than a second behind 2013 race winner Esteve Rabat in fourth spot.
For the final round in Spain this weekend, the Tech 3 Racing Team is proud to be fielding an all-French line-up for the first time in the history of the ultra-competitive Moto2 category.
With British rider Danny Kent not fully recovered from the broken right collarbone he suffered during practice for last month’s Japanese round at the Twin Ring Motegi, it was decided to draft in French rider Lucas Mahias as his replacement.
Mahias has performed exceptionally well in his first appearance on board the Mistral 610 machine and he will start tomorrow’s race from 26th on the grid. His personal best time of 1.36.828 was only 1.5s away from second position and he was still able to improve his lap time after rebounding superbly from a crash at the final corner in the late stages of qualifying.
Louis Rossi 22nd – 1.36.264 – 23 laps
“Even if today’s result does not seem to be a big improvement, I have to say that I felt much more confident on the bike during this weekend. After some difficult races I finally enjoyed riding again. We improved during all the sessions and the gap to the top 10 is just over 0.6s. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to put everything together during qualifying and small mistakes on my fast laps cost me. In such a competitive class as Moto2, where you have five riders within one-tenth-of-a-second, you pay a high price for these mistakes. But I’m still really confident for tomorrow, as I feel we have a strong rhythm and I definitely want to finish this 2013 season on a high.”
Lucas Mahias 26th – 1.36.828 – 19 laps
“First of all I would like to say thank you to the Tech 3 Racing Team for giving me this opportunity to experience Moto2 in Valencia. I have been a bit nervous for the weekend, as I really wanted to show my potential and repay the team for the confidence they have shown in me. From yesterday morning I tried to get to know the bike and understand its behaviour and I have to say I really enjoy riding the Mistral 610. We improved every session, although I have plenty of things to learn every time I go out on track. Of course my first qualifying this afternoon was a bit difficult and kind of a struggle, as I really put myself under too much pressure and unfortunately I crashed a few minutes before the end. Luckily I managed to pick up the bike and improve my lap time. I know that tomorrow will be a tough race against the best riders in the world, but I will certainly give it my all and try to learn and enjoy this race as much as possible.”
Luis Salom on the first row for the title challenge
The Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will start from second on the grid in the championship deciding race tomorrow. Zulfahmi Khairuddin will start from the third row, and Arthur Sissis from the eighth.
09/11/2013 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain
Moto3 World Championship leader Luis Salom is prepared to challenge for the 2013 title in the definitive final race tomorrow. The young rider dominated the third practice session and crossed the line just 16 thousandths of a second behind the pole setter in the qualifying session. He will launch tomorrow’s race from the center of the front row, flanked by his two title rivals, Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales. Zulfahmi Khairuddin again placed in the top ten and will start from one end of the third row in ninth position, while Arthur Sissis will start from the eighth row in the twenty-third.
A mechanical problem forced Luis Salom to lose twenty minutes of the final free practice session, but an excellent job by the entire Red Bull KTM Ajo team allowed the Spanish rider to improve on his previous outings by not only setting the fastest the time of the session but setting a new circuit record of 1:39.879 as well. Team mates Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin also improved their times from yesterday while they worked to determine a perfect setup ahead of the qualifying session, with Sissis marking a 1:41.090 to put him thirteenth fastest in the session and Zulfahmi Khairuddin following with a 1:41.268 in seventeenth.
After climbing aboard his KTM for the qualifying session, Luis Salom completed nineteen laps, setting his best time on lap sixteen stopping the clock at 1 minute, 39 seconds and 475 milliseconds, just 16 thousandths off of the pole position. Confirming the confidence in their setups, Zulfahmi Khairuddin set a time of 1:40.627, returning him into the top ten, and will start from ninth on the grid on row three. Team mate Arthur Sissis finished among a group of eighteen riders –six through twenty-fourth– all of whom were within one second of each other. The Australian rider will launch the race from eighth row on the grid in position twenty-three.
The 2013 Moto3 World Championship will be decided tomorrow at 11.00am when the red lights go out and 24 laps for the title begin. Luis Salom will be seeking his eighth win of the season, while Zulfahmi Khairuddin will try for a repeat of his podium last year and Arthur Sissis will try for a top ten finish for his first time at the circuit.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:39.459
2. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:39.475 +0.016
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:39.744 +0.285
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:39.836 +0.377
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:40.043 +0.584
9. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:40.627 +1.168
23. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:41.195 +1.736
"Qualifying was very good, and it's just a pity that we missed out on pole by so little –just 16 thousandths of a second. We had some mechanical issues, but I am not worried about them because tomorrow it will all be resolved. I am very happy, because my pace is very good. Tomorrow's race will be very special for me and good to watch for the fans."
"It's all very tight and I wasn't very fast in qualifying, but I think that tomorrow we can make some small changes and do better. I think that if I am a little faster, then I can gain 10 places. Tomorrow's race will be very hotly contested and I can't wait to get it underway.
This morning I felt much more comfortable than yesterday, but in the afternoon we made some changes and I didn't feel so good. Tomorrow we will go back to the setup which worked the best for us, so things should go well."
"To be honest, I am rather happy with the result of the last qualifying session of the year. At the start of the sesion I was fighting a lot with the bike and, without making any changes, on the final lap I found my pace again and was able to put in a hot lap. I think that ninth on the grid isn't isn't bad, but the track is so narrow that it is important to be as far ahead as possible; overtaking isn't easy. Tomorrow I will focus 100% on the race and we hope that it goes well for us."
Niklas Ajo contests the final race with a fifth row start
The Avant Tecno KTM rider placed fifteenth in qualifying after setting his fastest pace of the weekend with a time of 1:40.813.
09/11/2013 - Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Spain
Niklas Ajo set the fifteenth fastest time in qualifying after bettering his pace every session of the weekend. After contesting a qualifying session in which every millisecond counted in finding the best grid position, the Avant Tecno KTM rider will start from the fifth row of the grid in the last race of the season, the Grand Prix of Valencia.
The morning session brought similar conditions as those of the first free practice session, and Niklas Ajo dipped into lap times of 1:41.0 two times, almost half a second faster than the day prior. His best lap of 1:41.045 was reached on lap 12 of 18 to place him twelfth in the combined classification.
With less wind than yesterday's practice saw, the Moto3 riders took to the Ricardo Tormo track to battle for the final grid positions of the season. Niklas Ajo completed 17 laps of the circuit and on his final lap, quickened his pace to put him fifteenth in the standings. With a time of 1 minute, 40 seconds and 813 milliseconds, the Finn secured a fifth row position for the race tomorrow.
Tomorrow at 11am, the Avant Tecno KTM rider will confront the last 24 laps of the 2013 season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit, a track that has seen him rank among the top ten at every visit.
Results (Qualifying practice)
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 1:39.459
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 1:39.475 +0.016
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 1:39.744 +0.285
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 1:39.836 +0.377
5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) 1:40.043 +0.584
15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 1:40.813 +1.354
"Today wasn't bad. We tried to improve this morning by making some changes to the bike. The results were satisfactory and I looked to be as consistent as possible when riding by myself. 15th is a decent position, although I think that I could have been higher up. This season we have started far back on other occasions, so we should be optimistic about tomorrow's race. We have a good pace, so I'm not stressing."
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS LOOKING FOR PODIUM FINISHES
Jordi Torres & Nico Terol, with a great job under their belts in third and sixth place on the grid, are both looking for podium finishes
The Valencia circuit was buzzing for the second day of the GP, with the Moto2 riders battling on track for grid positions on Saturday afternoon. The standings leader and Moto2 World Champion, Pol Espargaró, is excelling himself, topping all sessions of the Grand Prix so far. The Catalan left the rest of the grid 0.3s behind, registering a brilliant 1’34.957, and therefore has the advantage over the rest of the field in the intermediate category, but tomorrow it will be difficult to escape at the front. Torres, Terol, De Angelis, Corsi ... there are several riders looking strong this weekend and competition will be fierce for the last race win of 2013.
The MAPFRE Aspar riders received a very special visit today in their box, with Valencia CF footballer Míchel paying them a visit. He seems to have brought them good luck as the morning free practice concluded with Torres and Terol second and third. They went into QP feeling good and were towards the top for most of the session, with Jordi registering a 1’35.352 on lap 13 to earn third place on the grid. With his excellent pace he will be one of the favorites for the podium tomorrow. Nico Terol also demonstrated a decent pace and good feeling on the bike ahead of the race. He surely would have been on the front row, but traffic on his last lap prevented him from improving from sixth. The MAPFRE Aspar riders are both happy with their bikes and ready for battle in their home race.
3rd Jordi Torres 1’35.352 (22 laps): “The two practice sessions were very positive today and thanks to that I had a good feeling. I have a good pace so we’re ready to race race tomorrow. Today we gained a lot of confidence in the front end, now it is much more stable and when I push the bike responds perfectly. In the QP we were strong, but with last new tyre we had some chattering. The front wheel was moving a lot when braking. Despite this issue I am very pleased because today we’ve done a great job and qualified in the top three. We have a very positive feeling for the race tomorrow, and today my foot has not bothered me at all, so let's try to take advantage of all that for a podium. I have to be clever at the start to keep my position and to fight throughout the race in the lead group.”
6th Nico Terol 1’35.363 (20 laps): “I am very happy with my performance and the team's work today. We did a great job in the qualifying session, which allowed us to stay amongst the top positions even on old tyres. In the penultimate lap, when I put on the soft tire, I got a low 1’35 consistent pace, but in the end the front end started to chatter a lot so I had to return to the box to change it. Then I pushed hard on the final lap, and improve in the first two sectors, but in the third sector, I got stuck in traffic and I lost four tenths. It was a shame because I think we could have got on the front row. Anyway I’m relaxed because we have very good pace and I am sure that tomorrow we can make a fantastic race. The bike has improved a lot, I'm ready to fight tomorrow.”