Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Silverstone:
Alex Rins takes third pole of the year and Alex Marquez clinches third
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders will start tomorrow's race from the front row of the grid.
The good work done by the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders since their arrival at Silverstone was converted into a strong qualifying showing today, as they claimed the first and third fastest times in the British Grand Prix grid-deciding session. Alex Rins took pole position, with teammate Alex Marquez also on the front row in third. After the third position taken by Rins yesterday and sixth for Marquez, today the two proteges of Emilio Alzamora again demonstrated how well the track suits their Honda bikes.
During the third free practice session this morning, Alex Rins went fastest, lowering the fastest time set yesterday by Danny Kent by 1.299s. Across the garage, Alex Marquez was the first to breach the barrier of 2:14 seconds and led much of the practice today, until a final lap that saw his teammate set the top lap and leave him 0.175 behind.
In the afternoon qualifying session both led the way, always amongst the fastest in the class.
With 15 minutes left in the session, Rins topped the timesheets and teammate Marquez was second. In the final minutes, rival Antonelli crept between the two Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders and relegated Marquez to third position on the grid.
Tomorrow, Sunday, the Moto3 race will be held at 2:30pm local time.
1st, 2'13.112 sec., 29 laps, 171 km.
"From Friday we have felt very comfortable with the bike. Thanks to the great work by the team we managed to solve the small problems we had and we seem to have found the right way to go. Tomorrow we need to confirm this in the race, but we know it will be difficult, because as always there will be many riders in a group and we have to play our cards right. Along with my teammate Alex [Marquez], it seems that we have the best pace, but this class has shown that it is not just about that".
3rd, 2'13.450 sec., 29 laps, 171 km.
"The practice sessions were very tight and it was important to take a place on the front row of the grid for tomorrow. I think we've done a good job, but we have lacked the luck of a good reference or at least less traffic. I'm happy with the front row and focusing on tomorrow, because we have a good pace. The important thing is to make a good start and push from the moment the lights go out, so that the group is a little smaller than it was at Brno. It will be difficult, because there are many straights. Our aim will be cut further points from Miller's lead".
Miller and Hanika ready to race
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team found an ideal set-up ahead of the British Grand Prix tomorrow, which they will start from the third and fifth row respectively.
08/30/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
A completely overcast sky marked the final Moto3 practice and qualifying sessions held today at the Silverstone Circuit. Qualifying saw Jack Miller and Karel Hanika place themselves on the third and fifth rows respectively, after marking the eighth and thirteenth fastest times of the session. Both riders were satisfied with the setup found in preparation for the race tomorrow.
Both Miller and Hanika improved their times from the previous day by over a second during the third and final practice session before qualifying. The Czech rider only needed three laps to improve on his previous day’s time, with his best lap of 2:15.261 coming during his final outing putting him fifteenth fastest in the session. Current championship leader Miller marked the sixth fastest time with a 2:14.665, after which he finished adjusting his KTM in preparation for the qualifying session.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team were back on track in the afternoon to qualifying for their grid positions. But just as in the last Grand Prix, both the Australian and the Czech were unable to manage a single clean lap. This ultimately placed Miller in the eighth position with a 2:14.184 and Hanika in thirteenth after a best lap of 2:14.531. Both riders are expecting a race with a large group contending the front of the race.
The Moto3 race tomorrow will be the last of the day, beginning at 14.30 local time. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team has won every race in the lower category at Silverstone –outside of 2012– since the World Championship came back to this track.
8 JACK MILLER
"I tried to find a clear and clean lap but it wasn’t possible today. The problem is that here in England when the wind blows, like today, the slipstream gives you a big advantage. We’ll need to adjust a few things in the morning warmup, but the bike is working well. I feel good for the race, which I think is going to have a big group at the front. We have to focus on set-up, which is really important. We also have good stability under braking and I think this will help a lot for tomorrow.
We’d have liked to be a little closer to the front, but it doesn’t matter, both a win and a podium are possible. We can do a great job tomorrow."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"The feeling was very good. The team has done an outstanding job with the bike. I have to thank all my mechanics because I think this has been the best weekend so far this year. We’ve done really well in all sessions. The only problem is that there is a lot traffic on track to complete a lap. To be quicker we'd had to take a slipstream, but today, I did my qualifying time riding alone. The position could have been better, but I think we're ready for tomorrow. The race will probably be similar to Brno."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia qualify in top-20 at Silverstone
Matteo Ferrari will start from seventh row with the nineteenth best lap time; Andrea Locatelli ready for a comeback race starting from the thirtieth grid position
The high level of competitiveness of the Moto3 World Championship has reached new limits today in Silverstone, twelfth round of the 2014 racing-calendar. Setting the new best pole in 2’13”112, Alex Rins (Honda) has secured his third pole position of the season, whilst San Carlo Team Italia riders have gathered useful information for the tomorrow’s race.
After a strong start to the session, Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) posted the 19th best lap time in 2’14”853 further cutting the gap from the top.
Difficult qualifying, on the contrary, for Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) who set the 30th qualifying lap time in 2’15”939, after performing well in his three free practice sessions on a totally new track.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 19th, 2'14"853
"I’m very happy. Thanks to the team’s hard work we have been able to solve the only significant problem we had, some front-end chattering in corner-entry. I soon lapped in 2’14”8 and I had margin for improvement: on my second time attack I was improving in the first two sectors but I found traffic in the third and finally I couldn’t better my personal best. It’s a shame because I think we might have achieved the 14th-15th place, but the important thing is to do well tomorrow. By my side I feel confident for the race because we haven’t had problems with tyres’ wear and if we start well we can gain some points and get closer to the top-10".
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 30th, 2'15"939
"Unfortunately this was a day to forget for me. I was feeling good with the bike but I have been quite unlucky in qualifying. I set a good time in 2’15”2 with the “S” tyre spec but my time has been deleted for exceeding the track limits by a fraction. It was too bad because it was my best time attack with my best tyre. Being forced to start from tenth row I’m facing a tough race but at least my race pace with the “M” tyre spec is competitive and my feeling with the bike is good. I like the track and I remain confident I can make a strong comeback tomorrow".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Watching Matteo and Andrea on track and listening to their feedbacks run after run, I can figure out some useful ideas for the bike’s setup and the guys fully agree wit them: this has been confirmed by the progress made by Matteo today while Andrea has been a bit unfortunate. Our target for tomorrow remains that of providing our riders with the opportunity to race in best possible conditions, adapting the bike’s setup to their needs".
OUTSTANDING QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE FOR THE JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 AT SILVERSTONE
It was an exciting day of qualifications today at Silverstone for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 as both Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini set the second and the fourth fastest time respectively and will thus start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from the first two rows of the grid.
A great team performance, with Niccolò Antonelli who just missed out on the pole position with a 2’13”224, a lap time below the previous circuit record. Only Spaniard Alex Rins, poleman in 2’13”112, was able to beat the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica.
After a complicated third free practice session, also Enea Bastianini rode at the best his KTM during qualifying, scoring an excellent 2’13”711 that will secure him to start from the first spot of the second row tomorrow.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (2nd - 2'13"224)
“I’m delighted! We have been fast all weekend and compared to Brno things here has been much easier since the beginning, and this is very positive. We’re having a good time, but now the most important thing to do is try to be more aggressive in the race, otherwise we might get stuck in the middle of the group like it happened in Brno. I need to be stronger in the fights in order to battle for the top positions”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (4th - 2'13"711)
“Honestly speaking, this morning, after the third free practice session, I was a bit worried ahead of qualifying because I didn’t feel at ease with the bike and I was not able to gain confidence. Then, in the afternoon, we changed the bike for qualifying and I immediately had a great time, I rode better and this is the result. Now we can say that we have done all the work we need to be competitive for the race, so we are very confident”.
“Today we got our best qualifying performance of the season and therefore we are satisfied: starting from the first and the second row means a lot ahead of the race. In addition, we are proving to be competitive since the beginning of the weekend, so we expect to be fighting for the top positions tomorrow. Congratulations to Niccolò, who has improved so much in recent times, and also to Enea, who once again confirmed himself as a protagonist”.
Good work for Guevara despite engine trouble
The MAPFRE Aspar rider, forced to miss half of the QP due an incident with his engine, qualified in 11th and is looking forward to the race tomorrow
Although temperatures were slightly cooler than yesterday, this morning the Moto3 pace was faster than on Friday. The level of competition in the lightweight category is such that the riders continue to lower their records session after session, beating the records from previous years. Rins set a time of 2’13.112, four tenths faster than the record set last year (2’13.507). The qualifying session was similar to yesterday afternoon’s FP, with many riders (Miller, Antonelli, Masbou, Marquez ...) pushing for the top spot in the standings, without a clear leader. Ultimately Rins stepped up to the challenge, a tenth ahead of second placed Antonelli. Another close race at the front can be expected, even if not on the same level as Brno, with several riders capable of fighting for the win.
Juanfran Guevara understood from Friday the importance of getting his homework done early, carrying out a great job and setting his fastest lap times early, to avoid surprises. Today he continued with the same mentality. On the seventh lap the MAPFRE Aspar rider lucked out as an engine failure forced him to watch the rest of the QP from the garage. Fortunately, he had notched his best time of the weekend on his third lap, going significantly faster than yesterday. Despite the misfortune, having undertaken constant set up work throughout the weekend, Juanfran looks poised to continue the fight tomorrow in the top positions.
11th Juanfran Guevara 2’14.416 (6 laps): "While we had hold up at the start of qualifying, the job is done. The team did a good job and we have an effective bike. We’ve ridden well all weekend, we have lowered our lap times in each session, we feel comfortable riding at the track and have good pace. So despite the incident suffered this afternoon we are ready for the race. We managed a quick lap at the start of QP and will start from the fourth row. We must be careful because the first lap will be tough. The slipstream will be important, we need to get into a good position and fight hard. The set up of the bike is very good and we have confidence that if we start well tomorrow we can be in the lead group, as we have been in the last few races."
Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent share a fourth row start at Silverstone
Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider Niklas Ajo will start from tenth position with British local Danny Kent starts from twelfth.
08/30/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The Husqvarna riders will both begin tomorrow’s the British Grand Prix from the fourth row of the grid. Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent achieved their best times of the weekend during qualifying, placing them in both on the fourth row. The Finn marked the better time of 2:14.384 to put him in tenth position, while the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider will launch from twelfth position after a best lap of 2:14.500.
The last free practice session of the weekend challenged the field with low track temperatures (15ºC), but the two Husqvarna riders still managed to better their times from yesterday’s two practices sessions. The Briton, who was the fastest yesterday, marked a best time of 2:15.044 to put himself 11th in the field, while Ajo clocked the 12th fastest time with a 2:15.162.
With track temperatures rising to 24ºC for the qualifying session, the duo were able to further reduce their lap times. Ajo rose to 10th place with his final lap of 2:14.384, while Danny Kent, twelfth, found himself caught in traffic which prevented him from improving on his time of 2:14.500 set in the middle of the outing.
The twelfth round of the Moto3 championship has a different schedule than the usual European rounds, with the race scheduled for a 14:30 local time start. The two Husqvarna riders will be looking to achieve a similar performance to the Brno race two weeks ago, where Kent landed on the podium.
52 DANNY KENT
"Today the pace was much higher compared to yesterday. I finished the qualifying session in 12th place, which is the same position we started from in Brno, where we get on the podium, so anything is possible. There were some parts of the bike I didn’t feel entirely comfortable with. I think the times in the race are going to be very close between riders. Everything will depend on the weather.
Tomorrow we can get up and have the same wind like today blowing, or rain. The wind is making it hard to ride for some riders. I'm not discouraged, but I'm not happy either. We have to keep pushing, especially in tomorrow's race, where I think there will be a strong front group but not be as much as in Brno. Perhaps there will be 5 or 6 riders fighting for victory."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"I think our pace today was very good, we weren’t able to take advantage of the slipstream too well. It could have been useful, but we can’t complain much about this, because sometimes depends a bit on luck. We’ve worked well for the race, with very consistent times.
Also, I managed the tenth place during the last outing when I was alone, so this is very positive for us. I think tomorrow's race will have a big group fighting for the win. Our position is better than that of Brno, where we started 14th and it was more difficult. I think we all have somewhat of the same problem; if you ride alone you can’t reach high speeds, but following someone you can gain a little time.
In the race I think this will change. I hope to stay in the group and fight hard. I think the race is going to be equal to or worse than the one in Brno. We have to be prepared for the battle because there will be contact. It will be a tough race."
Excellent fifth row start for Scott Deroue, little progression for Ana Carrasco
Scott Deroue set his best qualifying for a Moto3 GP today at Silverstone. The Dutch rookie will start tomorrow’s race from 14th position, in the middle of the fifth row. Deroue was just 1,432 behind the pole position time of Alex Rins. Team mate Ana Carrasco was able to improve her best lap time just a little bit. She will start from 33rd.
The free practice in the morning wasn’t very promising for either Deroue or Carrasco. But in the qualifying session they both put their head down. In case of Deroue that was both successful than in Carrasco’s case. After a bit of a messy start Deroue found his rhythm and improved his lap times dramatically, riding stable 2.15’s. In a flying lap, a few minutes to the end of the session, he managed to set his best time: 2.14,544, good enough for twelfth. In his final two laps he couldn’t improve anymore and Ajo and Viñales ducked under his time, pushing Deroue down from fourth to fifth row.
Ana Carrasco was struggling and couldn’t improve as much as she and the team wanted.
Because of the time-zone the schedule for the British GP is different than usual, with Moto3 after the MotoGP race. The start of the Moto3 race will be at 14.30 local time, 15.30 Central European Time.
Scott Deroue – 14 (2.14,544)
“My best result so far: I’m really happy with that. The bike felt good, I felt good, all the pieces came together in this session. We had a close look to my weak points, mainly in sector 3 and 4, and I have been working on that in the morning practice. The goal was to put it all together in one flying lap and it worked great. That’s what has to happen again tomorrow: all the pieces of the puzzle have to fit. Let’s be realistic: this is a great result, but nothing is won yet. The starting point is much better, not having to overtake so many people. But my start has to be perfect, I have to keep calm in the first few laps, make no mistakes, at least stick to my position, stay concentrated from the first to the last inch and fight for points. We’ll see.”
Ana Carrasco – 33 (2.17,418)
“I have tried my very best, but I couldn’t go much faster in qualifying than I was in FP3. Just a tenth. Apparently this is the maximum of the package of me and the bike at this track. What is even worse is that the gap has grown bigger. Also compared to last year. I’m not happy and it’s going to be a difficult race…”
Silverstone Qualifying: Gino Rea runs off track hindering Saturday's progress
After a promising performance during Free Practice 3 on Saturday, the AGT REA Racing team were disappointed not to improve during Moto2 Qualifying. Gino Rea ran off twice during the final minutes of the qualifying session, hindering his chances of going quicker. Rea comments on today’s events at his home Grand Prix.
“We started the day off well and closed the gap to the leaders in the first session. The qualifying started off well too and I was able to replicate my Free Practice 3 time on used tyres but we waited a bit too long to put in the new tyres. In the end with the new tyres, I made a few mistakes and ran off the track twice and in one of those incidents, I dropped the bike in the gravel. By the time I got back on I only had one lap left and in that lap I lost the front in the fast turn 12. I saved it on my elbow but slid for so long. I was really really lucky to stay on. It was probably one of my best saves. Anyway, I didn’t get a chance to go quicker which is a shame because I think we had the pace for the top 18 at least. I’m disappointed with the final result but I know we’ve got potential to be higher up. I need a good start tomorrow and to get away with the top 20 group."
The AGT REA Racing team will line up for tomorrow’s British Grand Prix in 26th position. The Moto2 race from Silverstone is scheduled for 11.20am. Follow AGT REA Racing on Facebook www.facebook.com/AGTREARACING and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for live updates.
Great qualifying for Hafiq Azmi at Silverstone
The SIC-Ajo Team rider will start the race from 20th position, his second best qualifying result in the World Championship.
08/30/2014 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
Hafiq Azmi is set to start the British Grand Prix from the seventh row after improving his pace in the qualifying session. The SIC-Ajo Team rider marked his fastest lap of the weekend this afternoon, with a time of 2:14.886 to put him in twentieth position. This marks the Malaysian’s second best qualifying result in the World Championship.
The Moto3 rookie wasn’t able to improve on his previous day’s time during the last free practice session of the weekend due to very low track temperatures (15ºC) early in the morning. His best lap of the FP3 was a 2:17.899, placing him 33rd in the time charts.
However, the qualifying session played out very differently. Hafiq Azmi maintained a steady pace, which allowed him to steadily lower his times as the track temperature gradually rose to 24ºC. It was on the last lap of the session when the SIC-Ajo Team rider surpassed all his previous lap times with a time of 2:14.886, giving him a 20th position for the Silverstone race.
The Moto3 race will be the last of the three scheduled races tomorrow, beginning at 14:30 local time, following the Moto2 and MotoGP races. Hafiq Azmi will contend with the Moto3 field to finish within the points.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"This weekend's qualifying session went much better than he last race, and for that I’m very pleased. The most important thing is to be satisfied with the work done by the entire team, both on the bike and myself, as they have helped me grow a lot. Although we still have to find a setting that makes me feel more comfortable on the bike. My best lap I did behind Isaac Viñales, but I couldn’t take advantage of the slipstream because he was a little faster. I hope we can improve to have a good warmup and a good race tomorrow."
Front row for Kallio at Silverstone
Silverstone, Great Britain – 30 August 2014: Mika Kallio will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from the front row of the grid, after qualifying second fastest in difficult conditions this afternoon. Tito Rabat will head up the second row of the grid after encountering problems on the soft tyre in this afternoon’s timed session.
Kallio’s time came despite cold track temperatures and a lack of feedback from the tyres during the 45-minute session. The 31-year-old Finn and his crew will make further changes to the bike overnight, which they’ll test in warm up tomorrow, for which the weather forecast promises warmer conditions.
Rabat was disappointed with qualifying off the front row for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez back in May. The 25-year-old Spaniard struggled to get the bike to work on the softer option tyre in the cold conditions of qualifying and, like his Marc VDS teammate, will make significant changes to the bike ahead of tomorrow’s 20-minute warm up session.
Electronic issues brought Jorge Navarro’s qualifying to a premature end today at Silverstone, with the 18-year-old Moto3 rider finishing the timed session in 26th position. Although facing a tough race from the ninth row of the grid, Navarro is hopeful of a good start and a points scoring finish in tomorrow’s race.
Mika Kallio // 2nd // 2’07.467
“After watching Tito disappear at Brno when I was on the second row of the grid, it’s good that the positions have been reversed here at Silverstone. The situation is different though, as the long straights here make it difficult to pull out a gap, as it’s so easy to slipstream, I think we’re going to see a group battle right to the end tomorrow. We still need to do some work with the bike, as I’m still not getting any feedback from the tyres in these cold conditions. It feels like we’re not able to get enough heat into the tyres, so we will try some changes in warm up tomorrow in a bid to improve this, as we race first tomorrow and the conditions may well be colder than this afternoon.”
Tito Rabat // 4th // 2’07.632
“I’m disappointed with qualifying, because I could have improved more in the session. At the beginning we went with the soft tyre, but the feeling was worse. We also stopped too many times in the session and I could do nothing. Tomorrow we will try to improve a little bit more the setting of the bike in warm up, because the race here is long.
Jorge Navarro // 26th // 2’15.405
“Today has been a very difficult day. In the morning my feeling was not so good, but at the start of qualifying I felt better with the bike, but I couldn’t make a good lap because of the traffic, as other riders cruising on track. I also made some mistakes and then the bike stopped due to a problem with the electronics when I was out on my last soft tyre. All I can do tomorrow is push.”
TOP TEN QUALIFYING FOR LOWES AT HOME GRAND PRIX
Britain’s Sam Lowes will start his home Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday within the top ten after setting the seventh fastest time in Saturday’s qualifying session.
The Lincoln-born rider, competing in his first season in the Moto2 category, has been on the pace all weekend and put in a lap just 0.920 off pole position man Johann Zarco.
Lowes is quietly confident ahead of tomorrow’s race, the Speed-Up rider has consistent race pace and is looking forward to putting on a show for the tens of thousands of home fans who will flock to the 3.6 mile Northamptonshire circuit for Sunday’s action.
“I’m pretty pleased with how things are going so far this weekend” said Lowes. “We could have qualified better but I struggled to find an opportunity to get that one fast lap. The important thing is that our race pace is strong and if I can get a decent start I should be able to run with the front guys.
“I love racing at home and it’s great to see the British flags out there in support of us all. I’ll do my best to give the fans the best result I can, it’d be a dream come true to finish on the podium but we’ll have to see how things go.”
Sunday’s Moto2 race will kick off at 11:00 BST and is broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport.
SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI LOOKING FOR A COMEBACK AFTER DIFFICULT SILVERSTONE QUALIFYING
The British Grand Prix, scheduled for tomorrow at the Silverstone circuit, will start from the sixth row of the grid for Xavier Simeon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: the Belgian rider set the 17th fastest time with 2’08”433 in this afternoon’s qualifying. However, Siméon is still optimistic for the race, knowing that he keep a good pace.
Lorenzo Baldassarri will line up the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine in 23th place: the Italian rookie is disappointed because he was not able to make the most of the softer tyre during the final stages of the qualification.
XAVIER SIMEON (17th - 2'08"433)
“Today, unfortunately, we have not taken advantage of our potential: we could get a better starting position. This weekend we set ourselves the target of making good qualifications, because in Brno we realized how much the starting position affected our race. Unfortunately, we were not able to make that small step. The positive thing is that we have a good race pace: we know we are more competitive compared to Brno, so we look forward to the Grand Prix”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (23rd - 2'08"770)
“I’m angry, because I was not able to make the most of the soft tyre, which could have offered a significant improvement of a few tenths of a second... when I put it I immediately felt the difference, but first I didn’t find any rider that could be a reference in front of me, then in my last attempt I had to close the throttle in the first sector of the track due to traffic; I lost a second, and then it was not enough to do my best sector time in T2 and T3... Too bad, it was a wasted qualification. Tomorrow morning in the warm up we will be work on race pace, then try to recover hoping to be helped by a good start”.
“Today we missed our target: compared to Brno, Siméon have been feeling good since the first free practice, yesterday, so we were optimistic ahead of qualifying. Unfortunately, we didn’t go beyond the sixth row, so on the paper we expect a difficult race tomorrow. Xavier can count on a good rhythm, but we know how difficult it is to recover positions in Moto2 races. Baldassarri has significantly lowered his lap times today, but we are a bit disappointed because he had the chance to take off some other tenths of a second, that would have meant starting a few more position ahead”.
Cardus and Schrotter ready for assault at Silverstone
Ricky Cardus will begin the Moto2 British Grand Prix from the middle of the 7th row of the grid after snatching 20th in the typically super competitive intermediate class. The Spanish rider worked hard with his Tech3 Racing Team in both sessions today, after expertly guiding his Moto2 bike to a 11th in the combined standings on the opening day in Northampton. Together with the team he continued his efforts to make refinements to the exclusively designed and built Mistral 610 for the nature of the fast, 5900 meter Silverstone circuit. As the chequered flag marked the close of the session, Cardus finished with a best time of 2’08.676, only half a second away from 10th place. The Spanish rider will intend to undertake a strong start in the 12th Moto2 race of the season and battle on to clinch a points scoring position by the end of the 18 lap sprint.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Marcel Schrotter completed today’s qualifying in 22nd, which was an unfortunate end to a day that started superbly with the young German rider finishing in 5th position in the morning session. His time of 2’08,347 was just one tenth of a second behind third place highlighting the strong potential of the Mistral 610. In the qualifying, Schrotter endured a tricky practice but continued to fight, before finishing on 8th row with his time of 2’08.750 leaving him marginally over a second from 4th position. However, the 23 year-old Bavarian remains confident to score another point scoring finish during tomorrow’s Moto2 dash as he aims to consolidate his 12th position in the current World Championship standings.
Ricky Cardus – 20th - 2'08.676
“It goes without saying that 20th position is not where I wanted to start my race from, but when having a look at the timesheets I don’t need to be too disappointed. Moreover I know that our rhythm for the race is stronger than what my performance from today shows plus I made several mistakes during my fast laps so the position could have been higher because just a few tenths would have moved me up a couple of rows on the starting grid. I’m still optimistic for tomorrow as I know that I can start well and fight with the riders in front of me, plus to collect some points would be the perfect way to thank the team for the job they have done this weekend.”
Marcel Schrotter – 22nd – 2’08.750
“The qualifying session was surprisingly hard after the great job we did this morning where I finished 5th. The feeling with the bike was just not the same anymore and I couldn’t find a strong rhythm. While analysing the data now, we already have identified that I changed my riding style in a few corners, which made me lose a lot of time, but we need to understand what the reason for this is, either the conditions changed or whether it was me for definite. We showed this morning that we have the potential to be faster, so I’m still confident and looking forward to tomorrow, despite what happened today as qualifying is very important. However, we have still the chance to collect another handful of points which would be the perfect way to make up for today.”
Sixth row for Jordi Torres and another day of learning for Dakota Mamola
MAPFRE Aspar riders prepare for Silverstone race with different goals but the same enthusiasm
A shadow was cast over the day in Moto2 somewhat, after Tetsuta Nagashima suffered multiple fractures following a crash with Azlan Shah, with FP3 red flagged briefly. In the afternoon, things got back to normal and the Moto2 riders were able to ride without interruption in QP. Johann Zarco dominated virtually from start to finish. After Rabat dominated yesterday and this morning Folger took charge, the Frenchman took the pole, with his closest rival three tenths back. Although Zarco led, names like Rabat, Folger, Kallio and Corsi are towards the front and will go in search of podium finishes at Silverstone tomorrow.
Jordi Torres found a good set-up yesterday, despite some rear vibrations, but today new problems appeared for the Spaniard. However the MAPFRE Aspar rider pushed hard to try and get a good time. On the last lap of QP he recorded a 2’08.495 to qualify 18th. Dakota Mamola continued his work today learning the Silverstone circuit. A lack of experience held him back in the morning and he crashed just ten minutes from the end of FP3. He rode more cautiously in the afternoon. Nonetheless the MAPFRE Aspar rider is excited at the prospect of his World Championship debut on Sunday.
Jordi Torres 18th, 2’08.495 (18 laps): "Today I have been a bit puzzled. Yesterday the bike worked great, except the rear and we had full confidence in solving this problem today. We focused our efforts on improving the performance of the rear, but when we improved the bike some further problems arose. Despite this we have kept a fairly steady pace in the qualifying session and this allows us to be optimistic for tomorrow. The warm up will be crucial for us, we will try to find out what happened today and get a balanced setting."
Dakota Mamola 33rd, 2’12.190 (15 laps): "In the morning we continued to work, with good feelings, despite suffering a small crash towards the end of practice. But in the afternoon I noticed that I was missing a lot of grip in the rear of the bike. Perhaps falling this morning made me lose a bit of confidence and I went into qualifying with more caution. In any case I've tried to learn from each outing, but it’s clear that we still need plenty of time to adapt to the bike and the category. Tomorrow in the morning session we will continue testing things and then I have my first Grand Prix race. Our goal is to finish the race and keep learning."