Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Silverstone:
Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders start Silverstone round with good pace
Alex Rins third fastest in free practice on Friday at the British track, Alex Marquez sixth.
With a typically British punctuality, the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders were out on track on Friday morning for the first practice session for the Moto3 class at Silverstone. The venue for the British Grand Prix saw a strong pace set by Alex Marquez, who was the third fastest rider in the initial run and was 0.078s off morning top-man Jack Miller. Teammate Alex Rins was fourth in FP1, with a best time of 2:16.655.
In the afternoon, Emilio Alzamora’s proteges continued work on the setup of their Honda bikes, setting a fast pace in the process. Rins was a second faster than in the morning session, setting a best time of 2:15.634 to place third overall for the day, 0.062s down on Danny Kent. Marquez headed the timesheets for much of the session, eventually placing sixth with a 2:15.870 time better than his morning best.
The third free practice session for the British Grand Prix will be held on Saturday morning at 9:00am local time.
3rd, 2´15.634 sec, 29 laps, 171 km.
"We are pleased how the first day went and with the progress we have continued to make since Indianapolis. Perhaps the track conditions were not the best and, although the grip improved a little in the second session, we encountered more bumps than last season and that made it a bit tougher. We need to try some things heading into the final free practice, so that we can focus on our race pace. I felt comfortable from the start, riding alone. We eventually found a rider to use as a reference, which worked well".
6th, 2´15.870 sec., 28 laps, 165 km.
"For this first day of practice at Silverstone we have encountered some pretty tough weather conditions and in general everyone has found it harder to get close to last year’s times. The wind and cold meant that we had to ride with a far greater margin for error. Anyway, I think in the end we have had a good Friday and in the second session I felt pretty good with the setup we had. We're not up at the top, but we have good pace. Tomorrow we will continue in this way for further improvement, as the times are certain to be lowered".
Red Bull KTM Ajo try out new setups to start Silverstone weekend
Jack Miller and Karel Hanika undertake opening two practice sessions for British GP, placing 17th and 18th, respectively.
08/29/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The twelfth round of the Moto3 season got underway on Friday, at the Silverstone circuit which is the longest on the calendar. Jack Miller was fastest in the morning, finding a setup that allowed him to try a new development in the afternoon. Karel Hanika improved in the second session to end the first day in eighteenth on the combined timesheet, just behind the Australian.
The track temperature of 16ºC was not ideal, but the Moto3 World Championship leader was able to find the setup he was looking for on his last outing on track. Two 2:16 laps allowed him to gain confidence and on his last attempt at a hot lap, Miller put in a 2:16.439 –the fastest lap of the session. Hanika was fifteenth with a 2:17.845 best, and made just one trip back to his garage as he looked to find a feel for worn tyres.
With an optimal setup for the rest of the weekend established, the team and the KTM factory wanted to try out a new development that worked well at the recent test –albeit under completely different track conditions. Miller set a time of 2:17.033 for twenty-third place, and was unable to improve his morning time. Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Hanika broke into the 2:16s for the first time in the session, taking seventeenth with a 2:16.472 time.
The qualifying session at Silverstone will begin tomorrow at 12:35 local time. Miller will try to return to the front row after it eluded him at the last round in Brno, whilst Karel Hanika wants to match or improve his best result in a qualifying session from Sachsenring –fourth place.
8 JACK MILLER
"The lap times this afternoon were not what we had hoped for, because we wanted to try a new part that gave very good results at the recent test. However, this is a completely different track and the results were different. We did not have enough time to return to morning setup for the final 40 minutes, so it was not possible to go faster. I'm not at all worried, because tomorrow we will use the setup from this morning –which is very competitive and that gives me confidence. Tomorrow we can do a good job."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"Today we had difficult conditions: Low temperatures and it was windy. We worked well but still it was not easy to find the right setup. I rode almost every lap by myself, and on the final run in the second session we tried something different that worked quite well. I can’t wait to start again tomorrow, because we have room to improve the times we set today. We are 0.9 seconds of the top time and this is a good sign for the rest of the weekend."
ANTONELLI SECOND AFTER DAY ONE AT SILVERSTONE, WITH BASTIANINI 11th
The two young riders of the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3, Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini, enjoyed today a positive first day of practice at the Silverstone circuit, home of the twelfth round of the 2014 Moto3 World Championship Moto3.
Niccolò Antonelli finished the combined classification of the first two free practice sessions with the second fastest time, overtaken by Danny Kent for just 58 thousandths of a second at the end of the afternoon session: the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica immediately put on display a great pace and tomorrow he will continue to refine the set-up of his KTM in order to try to qualify in the first two rows of the grid.
His teammate, Enea Bastianini, closed the Friday at a just over 0.4 second off the pace, in eleventh position: the rookie from Rimini, who in the morning session suffered a bit of pain in his injured right foot, will try to improve his performance tomorrow, especially in the second and in the third sector of the track.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (2nd - 2'15"630)
“I am very happy with this first day, especially because I was able to keep immediately a good rhythm, both in the first and second free practice session. It’s important to be fast since the beginning. Now we will continue to work on my bike set-up and we will analyze all the data to better understand in which areas of the track we can still make further progress: this morning, for example, I was losing ground in T4, but this afternoon the situation has already improved. The target for tomorrow's qualifying is to stay in the first two rows of the grid”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (11th - 2'16"048)
“The gap from the top is not so big, so all in all I’m satisfied: this morning my right foot was annoying me, so I decided to take some painkillers, therefore in the afternoon I had less problems. We worked well on the bike, although we can still improve, especially in the third sector of the track, and perhaps also in the second. I felt a lot of vibrations due to the many bumps on the track; the problem increases if your riding style is more aggressive, so it will be important to ride smoothly to prevent this”.
“I am very satisfied: Niccolò today worked well since the morning session, then in the afternoon he set a great lap time which bodes well ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying. I'm happy for him, for all the guys of the team and also for KTM. Enea was fast as well: we must not forget that the injury to his right foot is still slowing him down, so he needs a little more time. For this reason I’m not worried: I believe that tomorrow he will be very competitive in qualifying”.
Juanfran Guevara completes Friday objectives
MAPFRE Aspar rider makes considerable improvements between sessions and finishes the day just over half a second off the top, with the thirteenth fastest time
First practice for the Moto3 British Grand Prix got underway today at Silverstone, on a cool and windy day that saw the top nineteen riders separated by less than a second as Danny Kent (2.15.572) set the pace. The British rider's best lap was some way off the record set last year by Maverick Viñales (2.13.507), a clear sign of the way the conditions affected the minor category riders on track today. The close lap times were also an indicator that the historic race at Brno two weeks ago, which saw the top sixteen riders cross the line within two seconds of each other, was no flash in the pan and we could be in for an equally close affair here on Sunday.
Juanfran Guevara made a strong start to the afternoon practice, finding almost two seconds compared to the morning session on just his fifth lap. The MAPFRE Aspar rider improved that time twice before the end of the session, with his best effort coming on his penultimate lap - a 2'16.143 proving enough to leave him thirteenth on the overnight timesheets, half a second off third place. Juanfran's main trouble came in the first sector, which is an area he will be aiming to improve tomorrow if he is to perform well in Sunday's race.
13th Juanfran Guevara 2.16.143 (29 laps): “We made a few changes today from the set-up we used at Brno and I never felt comfortable, especially with the windy conditions. So we went back a step for the second session and returned to the previous setting and I felt more comfortable, even with the wind. We started the second session strongly, with a good lap time, and then we managed to improve our pace and rhythm in the second half. We put in a softer tyre right at the end of the session and found a couple more tenths. We finished half a second off the third best time, which is a positive way to end the first day. The team know what we need to do to improve and we will keep working in the same way to find some more time tomorrow.”
Kent acts as host at Silverstone
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider fastest man on first day of his home Grand Prix. Niklas Ajo takes 14th best time.
08/29/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The twelfth round of the Moto3 World Championship started today at the Silverstone circuit. Danny Kent, who lives an hour and a half away from British track, had an excellent start to his most anticipated race of the year, setting a 2:15.572 time in the second free practice session to top the timesheets. Niklas Ajo lowered his time from the first session with a 2:16.230.
Niklas Ajo came out strong in the first practice session of the weekend. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider placed amongst the three fastest in the early stages of the session, completing the 40 minutes in eighth place with a time of 2:17.305. Danny Kent followed a different strategy, making a single stop in the pits and looking for the best setup with worn tires. He was twelfth, with a 2:17.567 lap.
In the second session, Danny Kent sent the fans home happy. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider set the best lap of the day in his last attempt, clocking a 2:15.572 and taking the top spot in front of the Silverstone crowd. Niklas Ajo improved on his best time from the morning and set a 2:16.230 lap sufficient for 14th overall.
Tomorrow will see the last free practice session, followed by qualifying at 12:35pm local time. The best grid positions for Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo at this track are a sixth and eleventh place, respectively.
52 DANNY KENT
"It’s been a great start to the Grand Prix. After the podium at Brno we came to Silverstone with pretty high expectations. I have been feeling very good on the bike. We worked very closely and intensively with the team to try to get the best from ourselves. Still, the day was not easy because the wind was blowing very strongly and affected our chances of a good lap. We were lucky to set a great time on the last lap.
I am getting better and this is thanks to the work we are doing. We'll see where else we can improve and try to change it. We have the advantage that in the team we all help each other. Hopefully we will continue in the same way tomorrow."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"The feeling that I had today was very positive. I was able to work by myself throughout the second session, with no slipstream, which is a big advantage at this circuit. At Brno you also notice it, but here at Silverstone even more so. We were able to put in consistent times and work well, and that was thanks to the bike. We don’t have to make any big changes to the setup, because I felt very comfortable. We are 0.6 off the top, without slipstreaming, so I'm not worried. I hope that in qualifying tomorrow we can get a tow and lower our times that way. Our race pace is good too, especially with used tyres."
Positive start to GP weekend for Hafiq Azmi
SIC-Ajo Team rider returns to Silverstone and takes 27th place on combined timesheet for day one.
08/29/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
On Friday the Moto3 World Championship started the third Grand Prix of a busy month of August. The twelfth round of the 2014 season takes place in Great Britain, with the longest track on the calendar. After a first session devoted to regaining a feel for the Silverstone circuit, Hafiq Azmi managed to lower his time in the second runout to take 27th position on the combined timsheet.
The first practice session helped the SIC-Ajo Team rider to get acquainted again with the British circuit, where he had not ridden since 2012. After a stop in his garage to share his impressions with his team, Hafiq Azmi set his best lap on the twelfth time of asking, stopping the clock at 2:18.466 and placing 23rd.
The second practice session was more productive for the Malaysian rider. Hafiq Azmi was able to make rapid improvements to his time from the first session, his third flying lap a 2:17.609 that earnt him 27th overall.
Tomorrow morning will see the third free practice session, followed at 12:35pm local time by qualifying. Hafiq Azmi try to claim a good position in order to battle near the points on race day.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"Today was difficult for all riders because it was quite windy. In the morning practice we did not have much grip, because the track was a little dirty and cold. In the second session the track conditions improved and I was able to go faster. Because of this I was able to improve on my time from the first session. I have a good feeling, both with the bike and with the circuit, but I still need to get a little more confidence. I have to feel a little more comfortable with the front end, but it’s not a big problem. What I have to improve is my riding style. We will work with the team to find solutions for that."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia improving on opening day at Silverstone
Good sensations and contained deficit to the front for Andrea Locatelli and Matteo Ferrari
Promising start to the weekend for San Carlo Team Italia at the Silverstone Circuit that is hosting the twelfth round of the 2014 Moto3. The good work of the team and the right changes they made to the bike’s setup, have enabled the two riders of Federazione Motociclistica Italiana to gradually cut the gap to provisional pole setter Danny Kent (Husqvarna) who posted the best time of the day in 2'15"572.
At the debut on the British track, Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) was at times able to lap into the top-15 positions during the FP2 before wrapping up the day with the 22nd fastest time of the session and the 23rd of the combined lap times in 2'16"929, 1”3s off the day’s top rider.
On the same level was Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3), 24th with a personal best of 2'17"103, a little over 1"5s from the head of the timesheet.
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 23rd, 2'16"929
"Today I’m pretty happy, I've taken an instant liking to the track. Silverstone is one of those circuits where you can smoothly feed power through the corners, exactly as I like. And besides finding an instant feeling with the track, I’m happy with the bike: we changed the setup between the sessions with good results. We are not yet in the position we aim to but having just a 1”3s deficit to the top is a positive thing. This, and to have been able to follow such a fast rider as Miguel Oliveira, make me confident for tomorrow. I made my best lap 50-60 meters behind him, taking him as a reference but not riding close enough to benefit from his slipstream".
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 24th, 2'17"103
"I can be satisfied enough with today. The progress we made over the two sessions are promising because result of some right changes we made to the bike’s setup. Only in the end we didn’t manage to enter the pit in perfect time otherwise I could move up the order a little bit more. Anyway, we are going in the right direction, we just have to improve our feeling with the front-end of the bike: actually I struggle with some chattering in corner entry but, generally speaking, I can be confident for tomorrow".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"We are in a 'Work in progress' phase but we wrap-up this day with some promising sensations. Contrary to recent weekends, today we have been able to immediately find the right direction with the bike’s setup. If the weather will hold and the conditions will remain the same, tomorrow we will just fine-tune the setup, trying to put the riders in the conditions to give everything in qualifying. It will permit Matteo and Andrea to focus only in their performance, looking for the limit corner after corner and lap after lap".
Rabat tops the timesheet on opening day at Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain – 29th August 2014: Tito Rabat topped the timesheet on an opening day at Silverstone, where the notorious British weather once again played a big part. Mika Kallio ended the day sixth fastest, after a brief rain shower left him with limited time to evaluate set up changes.
Track conditions at Silverstone were less than ideal for this morning’s first free practice session, with low temperatures combined with a dirty track surface reducing grip levels and leaving riders struggling to get heat into the tyres.
The track conditions improved ahead of this afternoon’s second Moto2 free practice session, but a brief rain shower early in the session left riders with little dry time to work on set up.
Despite the problems Rabat and Kallio declared themselves relatively pleased with the progress made today, although both are hoping for better weather and track conditions tomorrow for both the final free practice and qualifying.
On his first visit to the Silverstone circuit, Jorge Navarro improved significantly in the second practice session, to finish today less than a second off provisional pole and 16th on the Moto3 timesheet. After a difficult session this morning, the 18-year-old Spaniard had a much better feeling with the bike and track this afternoon and is confident of further improvement tomorrow.
Tito Rabat // 1st // 2’08.652
“Today was a very strange day, as the track conditions weren’t ideal in either of the two free practice sessions. Still, I have a good feeling with the bike and we managed to test quite a lot despite the conditions – tyres, suspension and gearing – so we have some good data to work with ready for the final free practice and qualifying. We will see tomorrow, but we expect to improve and I hope the same is true of the weather!”
Mika Kallio // 6th // 2’09.027
“The track was cold and there was little grip available this morning, so it was complicated to find a good rhythm and there was little feedback from the tyres, both front and rear. It was like the tyres weren’t getting enough heat into them to work properly. We came up with a plan to address this in the afternoon, but then had to modify that plan when we had the brief rain shower during the session. We’re around 1.5 seconds of our times from last year, but the track conditions will continue to improve over the course of the weekend and the times will come down. However, we need to think ahead with the set up, to try and predict how much of an improvement we’re going to see, as we don’t have time to chase the track conditions in the two sessions we have left tomorrow.”
Jorge Navarro // 16th // 2’16.409
“This morning was quite difficult. The track was new to me and the conditions weren’t ideal, but we also tested some updated components on the bike that didn’t give the improvement we were expecting. For this afternoon’s session we went back closer to our Brno set up on the rear of the bike, but tested a new set of forks in the front. The feeling was much better and now we know in which direction we need to go to continue improving tomorrow.”
Silverstone GP: AGT REA Racing on the back foot after day one
Gino Rea crashed during Free Practice 1 on turn 15 at the Silverstone circuit, losing out on valuable track time at his Home GP. AGT REA Racing went into Free Practice 2 on the back foot, trying to make up for the time lost in session one. Although Gino finished the afternoon session in 25th, he was fast on many areas of the circuit however was losing a lot of time on a few corners.
“The first session most definitely did not go to plan at my home race. I crashed on my third lap whilst I was just getting into a rhythm. It was a weird crash, I lost the front going into turn 15 but it’s hard to know the exact reason why I went down. I just rolled off the gas to turn in and the front washed. It could have been the wind that caught me out as it was blowing quite strong. Unfortunately we lost the rest of that session which put us on the back foot, big time. Considering that, the lap time I did in FP2 wasn’t so bad but we still have a lot of work to do because I’m losing a lot of time in a few corners on the track. Taking today into account, a top 20 finish is a realistic goal this weekend.”
Despite today’s events on track, Gino Rea commented on a great Silverstone experience so far.
“As soon as I turned up yesterday, I was buzzing all day. The support from the home fans really puts a smile on my face. The Day of Champions was really good and I did the ice bucket challenge in front of the crowds!”
AGT REA Racing will be back in action tomorrow for Moto2 Free Practice 3 and the British GP qualifying session. Follow the team on their Facebook www.facebook.com/AGTREARACING and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for updates throughout the British GP weekend.
SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI QUITE HAPPY AFTER FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE OF THE BRITISH GP
Today at Silverstone Xavier Siméon and the Team Federail Oil Gresini Moto2 completed the first day of free practice of the British Grand Prix with the 18th fastest time, 2’09”682. Despite the result, the Belgian declared himself satisfied with the work done and is still optimistic ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying: Xavier has indeed found a good feeling with the bike and he’s confident he can recover several positions.
There is satisfaction also in the Team Gresini Moto2 garage, where Lorenzo Baldassarri managed to keep a good rhythm aboard his Suter machine, even though the final lap time of the young Italian rookie – 2’09”902 – at the moment puts him only in 21st position, also due to a mistake on his last fast lap, in the afternoon session.
XAVIER SIMEON (18th - 2'09"682)
“The final position is not good, but I’m quite satisfied with today’s outcome because I immediately felt a better feeling with the bike compared to Brno. This means that we are going the right way: we’re not one hundred percent, obviously, but we must continue to maintain a positive attitude to find a solution to our problems quickly. The new Suter chassis is giving us some more trouble than expected, so we still cannot exploit its potential advantage, but it must be said that during race weekends there is not much time to work on the set-up. In any case, I already feel quite at ease, so tomorrow we will try to stay in a more advanced position”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (21st - 2'09"902)
“I'm happy because this afternoon I made a good practice session, lapping with a good pace despite used tyres. In addition, at the end of the second session I made a mistake while I was doing a fast lap: I released the brakes a bit too early and I was touching Sam Lowes in front of me; I had to go wiede and I lost time. In any case, we are competitive and we can still improve in various areas of the track”.
“After the first two practice sessions we find ourselves behind with both riders, but the important thing is that both Xavier and Lorenzo are feeling good with their bikes. Therefore we hope to be able to improve a lot tomorrow in qualifying, because the target as always is to start from a good position on the grid, otherwise the situation will be complicate ahead of the race”.
Dakota Mamola makes World Championship debut with MAPFRE Aspar Team
Young Belgian-American enjoys first day as a Grand Prix rider at Silverstone
After heavy clouds threatened to break throughout the first day of free practice at Silverstone, it was the Moto2 class that was the worst affected, with light showers in both sessions. Thankfully neither session took place on anything worse than a slightly damp track and the riders were able to get plenty of useful laps in, with Tito Rabat making a late charge to the top of the timesheets in the afternoon. As in MotoGP and Moto3, the lap times were some way off record pace today in the intermediate category but with low temperatures and strong winds this was no surprise.
It was a positive day for the MAPFRE Aspar Team, with both riders working hard to improve their feeling at Silverstone. Jordi Torres struggled to find a good set-up in the morning but found some stability in the afternoon. After finishing 20th today, Jordi is looking for some improvements on the rear of his bike tomorrow as he aims to close the gap to the top. On the other side of the MAPFRE Aspar garage Dakota Mamola made his first appearance on the Grand Prix stage today. After impressing in just three appearances in the FIM CEV the Belgian-American has now rubbed elbows with the best Moto2 riders in the world and enjoyed his first experience at this level.
20th Jordi Torres 2.09.716 (29 laps): “I am happy with the work we have done on the first day here, even though I struggled for feeling on the front this morning. I also had a few problems on the rear coming out of the corners. We worked to improve the set-up in the afternoon, to try and get it more comfortable for me, and we made some progress. We improved the response from the front, which allowed me to control the bike mid-corner. The only thing we didn't fix was the chatter on the rear. We'll work on that from tomorrow morning but we have a good base to work from with the geometry of the bike and the front end.”
32nd Dakota Mamola 2.12.767 (30 laps): “Everything was new for me today but luckily the communication within the team is fantastic and that allowed me to adapt quickly and see where I was making mistakes so that we can start on fixing them. I'm happy because we improved every time we went out onto the track, it was just a shame that the rain denied us some track time because that is what we need the most right now. I like the bike I have in the FIM CEV series but I love this one! It turns much more but it is also more nervous. The trickiest thing for me has been to adapt to the Dunlop tyres. I realised today that there are still some aspects of my riding that are from my 125 days, like carrying a lot of corner speed, and I have to change that. Anyway, I am happy because I learnt a lot today and was able to follow some of the fast guys to see where I can improve.”
Scott Deroue misses practice due to engine failure, Ana Carrasco taking steps
A broken piston ruined the first free practice for the British GP for Scott Deroue. In the second session the Dutch rookie had to make up for the lost time and did so by putting in the 29th time: 2.18,139. RW Racing GP team mate Ana Carrasco was a little behind Deroue, with 2.18,738.
Missing the first session on the legendary Silverstone track was quite a disappointment for both Deroue and his team. The cause of the failure wasn’t clear yet. The engine was returned to KTM for examination.
Looking at the results Deroue put in in the afternoon, the outcome of the first day could have been much better, considering he missed 40 minutes of practice.
On the other side of the garage Ana Carrasco worked hard on improving her lap times and the settings of the bike. Compared to the first session the Spanish ace made quite big steps, but not big enough yet to climb in the rankings.
Scott Deroue – 29 (2.18,139)
“Such a shame I couldn’t ride this morning. Already in the first lap out the engine broke down, so I couldn’t set a time. Therefore I had to start the afternoon session with 40 minutes behind on experience to the rest. With that in mind I’m reasonably satisfied. Sector 1 and 2 are good, I have to work on sector 3 and 4. Looking at the lack of miles and the information we have on what and where to improve, I’m really optimistic for tomorrow.”
Ana Carrasco – 32 (2.18,738)
“I’m a little bit behind what we expected here and the sessions were a bit strange: in my fastest lap none of the sector times were my best. So I have to be more stable and ride a perfect lap to make it count. The gaps are small here at Silverstone, and a tiny mistake shows immediately. I know where the space for improvement is.”