Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Misano round:
Rabat and Kallio set to resume rivalry at Misano
Gosselies, Belgium – 9 September: Just 17 points separates Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio at the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings and the two Marc VDS riders will go head-to-head once again at this weekend’s Grand Prix di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano.
Rabat, who has won half of the 12 races run so far this season, heads to Misano off the back of victories in Brno and Silverstone, but Kallio was second in both races and is keen to rediscover the form that saw him dominate proceedings to win in Indianapolis.
As the close racing between the two at Silverstone illustrated quite clearly, no quarter will be asked or given by Rabat or Kallio in the remaining six races. While this is great news for race fans, it may well mean Team Principal Michael Bartholemy will be sporting a few more grey hairs by the time the championship is brought to a conclusion in Valencia!
Misano is another new circuit for Moto3 rider Jorge Navarro, who endured two difficult weekends in Brno and Silverstone. However, the 18-year-old Spaniard will be looking to add to his points tally in Misano, after a confidence boosting second place in the CEV Moto3 round at Navarra aboard the Marc VDS Racing Team’s Kalex-KTM last weekend.
“The win at Silverstone was important, because we won when others had a better set up than we did. We worked hard all weekend to improve the bike, but we were still a little way off compared to others when we lined up for the start. But now we need to focus on Misano, a different track, a different weekend and a different country. Our approach this weekend will be the same as always and the aim also remains the same; to go out on Sunday and win the race.”
“When the championship battle is this close it’s important that, when you can’t win, you finish on the podium and limit the damage. That’s what I’ve done the last two races, but I know I need to start finishing in front of Tito if I’m to close the points gap over the next few rounds. Misano is a more technical track than Silverstone, which will suit both our bike and our settings better, so it would be good to come away from there with a race win. We will have to see how the weekend works out, but that’s certainly the goal.”
“We made a big step forward with the Kalex-KTM during the Aragon test and at Navarra last weekend and I now have more confidence in the bike. We also know in which direction we need to continue working this weekend in Misano. The track is another new one for me, but we will work step-by-step during the practice sessions, I will try to adapt quickly to the track and I hope this will allow me to be closer to the front in Sunday’s race.”
Nico Terol ready for Misano return
After missing last round at Silverstone, MAPFRE Aspar rider returns with strength and determination
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is the next stop for the MotoGP World Championship, with the Grand Prix of San Marino marking the thirteenth of eighteen rounds and the penultimate race on European soil before the series heads across Asia and Australia, returning to Valencia for the season finale. As well as remembering Marco Simoncelli, who the circuit is now named after, the Moto2 riders and indeed the rest of the paddock will also this weekend remember Shoya Tomizawa, who passed away following an accident at this circuit four years ago. The title chase looks set to go down to the wire with team-mate Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio locked in combat, the Spaniard overcoming the Finn in a fantastic finale to the last race at Silverstone.
For MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol, a race winner last season, this weekend is about rediscovering his form after missing the British round due to muscle fatigue. The Spaniard has struggled with the issue all season but he has taken some much-needed time off to recover his strength and now he is determined to find his best form between now and the end of the season. His team-mate Jordi Torres will welcome the return of his great friend with open arms as he looks to build on some solid work at Silverstone, which saw him score points. The objective this weekend, in what will be his 50th Grand Prix, is to return to the top ten at least.
Nico Terol: “This short break has been a good chance for me to undergo some more medical tests, rest and recover for the next race. It has been a welcome period of recuperation for me and now I am looking forward to going to Misano. There are not many races left this season so we have to quickly get back in the groove. We made a big effort at Misano last year and it was a pretty good weekend for us so this time we will try to make it even better. The objective is to take small steps back in the right direction and to put an end to this bad run of form. It is not a very wide circuit and the there is not much grip because the surface is quite old. There is the odd fast corner, some tight sections and all in all you need a good set-up. It is frustrating for me after winning races last season to be be going through this period but watching a race from home gave me a lot of motivation to come back and to try and turn the situation around as soon as possible.”
Jordi Torres: “After the good feeling we had at Silverstone we go into the next race full of motivation. I have been training hard to be as prepared as I can possibly be for every race. Misano is a difficult circuit but so was Silverstone and we took an important step forward there. I like Misano, it has some hard braking zones and I consider that to be a strength of mine so I am sure it will be good for us. The objective is to maintain the positive curve from the last race and improve our pace to match the guys at the front. We'll be working hard from Friday, trying to understand what we need to be fast. We saw how tough it is to make up positions at Silverstone so we need to qualify well if we want to finish in the top ten.”
Juanfran Guevara setting new goals for Misano
MAPFRE Aspar youngster targeting the podium following positive recent progress
The MotoGP World Championship visits Italy for the second time this year as the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli plays host to the thirteenth round of the season this weekend. In the Moto3 class the battle for wins and podiums remains as wide open as ever, with Silverstone once again witnessing an incredibly close finish last time out. Jack Miller remains the man on top of the standings but the Australian has missed out on the podium for the last couple of rounds, allowing Alex Márquez and Alex Rins to close the gap.
Hoping to join them in the battle at the front this weekend is Juanfran Guevara. The MAPFRE Aspar youngster has been in great form since Sachsenring and at each race he gets closer and closer to that podium scrap. At Silverstone he showed the pace to run with the men at the front and after picking up more points and experience he is now focused on taking the next step.
Juanfran Guevara: “I am really motivated for this weekend's race at Misano, firstly because the track is named after my favourite rider, which is something special, and also because we have been in great form over the past four races and the way I am gelling with the bike is improving every time I ride it. The set-up is very solid, which means I can take more risks and fight with the riders at the front. At Misano we will continue to work like we do every week, to maintain this positive run and start to set ourselves even more ambitious goals. We know that we can run up front so now we want to be fighting for the podium. Misano has some pretty difficult sections so we must stay focused and work hard on getting them right. As always we will prepare as best we can for qualifying and try to get a good grid position, which is crucial for a good result in the race.”
Red Bull KTM Ajo look to get back on the podium at Misano
Jack Miller and Karel Hanika start the final third of the season with aim of rostrum return at Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini.
09/10/2014 - Misano World Circuit, San Marino
Six races remain in the Moto3 World Championship this season. The first of these rounds will be held this weekend at the Misano World Circuit, with Jack Miller leading the standings with a margin of 13 points coming into meeting. His Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Karel Hanika wants to continue his good run of races and place in the points, as he has done since the return from the summer break.
Miller will be participating in his 50th Grand Prix this weekend. The Australian, who is having his best season to date in the World Championship, hopes to return to the rostrum after missing out at the last two rounds. His best finish at Misano is the fifth place achieved there last year.
Karel Hanika has fonder memories of the track, where last season he was crowned champion of the Red Bull Rookies Cup. He has been a firm fixture in the front group in recent races, and hopes to keep up with the frontrunners in the final stretch of this weekend’s Grand Prix.
The Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli hosts the first free practice sessions for the lower cylinder class on Friday. The Moto3 class schedule returns to normal this time out, with the race first up on Sunday -11:00am-.
8 JACK MILLER
"We are prepared for Misano, a special circuit for me. It was there that I completed my first race, after debuting in a Grand Prix event one round before in Germany. It's a circuit that I like and that suits my riding style well, and is also one of those tracks where I enjoy riding. Last year I had a good result there, with a fifth place. I like the track more than Silverstone, so I'm looking forward to it."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I have very fond memories of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. There I won the Red Bull Rookies Cup last year and in 2012 I was able to get the race win. Still, it is not one of my favourite tracks because I think it is very difficult and it is tricky to find the right setup. I think we can have a good weekend and improve the result that we had in the race at Silverstone. We have to be a little closer to the front."
Husqvarna riders aim to continue ascent in San Marino
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo return to action this weekend at Misano, where they hope to improve positions within the Top 10.
09/10/2014 - Misano World Circuit, San Marino
After a busy month of three races in August, the World Championship moves into the last third of the competition for 2014. The Misano World Circuit hosts the 13th round of one of tightest Moto3 seasons in recent years. Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo will attempt to keep up the good feeling from recent rounds and place inside the lead group on Sunday.
Danny Kent, who took 7 points at his home Grand Prix last time out, wants to complete a third consecutive Grand Prix with a positive finish –boosted by a podium at Brno. The Misano circuit is a track well suited to the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider, where in the lower cylinder category he has always started from the second row of the grid. His best result at the venue is sixth place in 2011 in the 125cc class.
Niklas Ajo wants to increase his points tally this weekend. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider wants to take a step forward and achieve his first podium of the season at a favourable circuit for his bike, with hard braking and slow corners. Last year the Finn ascended ten places in the race to finish eleventh.
The action at the San Marino Grand Prix starts this Friday at 9:00am local time with the first free practice for the Moto3 riders. The race takes place on Sunday at 11:00am.
52 DANNY KENT
"Misano is a track that I quite like. Last year the asphalt had some bumps on the slow corners, so we will have to be very focused when cornering and especially when exiting the turns. It is a nice track and I've always enjoyed riding at the circuit. It has been good to train and prepare well during this past week, and now I want to get back on the Husqvarna and fight in the first group in the race."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"The track suits us much better than Silverstone. There are many hard braking areas and this is a positive point for the Husqvarna. I think it will be a good weekend for us, because last year we did well: I finished in 11th place after starting from 21st. I hope we do better than at the British Grand Prix. We are very motivated. I will try to give my best throughout the weekend to have the pace to keep up with the leading group, and fight for the top positions."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia head to Misano for his second 2014 home Grand Prix
Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli are ready do give their all on a “friendly” track
The Motorcycling World Championship stop off in Italy for the second time this season, more precisely at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the 2014 GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. San Carlo Team Italia aim to exploit the home cour advantage transforming the progress made at Silverstone into a good result next Sunday.
Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) has got the potential to do well in front of his home crowd given that he knows well the track named after Marco Simoncelli and has always done well there during his CIV experience. Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) has raced at Misano as wild card last year after making an awesome 1-2 in the CIV Moto3 Championship. He’s thus going to race at a known circuit this time and he’s aiming to build on his recent Silverstone’s top-20 placement.
Special guests of the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana at San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini GP will be San Carlo Team Italia STK600 rider Marco Faccani (crowned as Superstock 600 European Champion at Jerez last week) and teammate Andrea Tucci, alongside two youngsters (twelve years old) from the ‘San Carlo Talenti Azzurri FMI’ project, actually racing in the CIV: Stefano Nepa (currently leading the CIV PreMoto3 250cc 4 strokes classification) and 2013 MiniGP 50cc Italian Champion Celestino Vietti Ramus, fresh winner of the CIV PreMoto3 125cc 2 stroke race at Misano Adriatico.
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Racing at our home-track will give us an extra-motivation to do well next Sunday. We’ll try to help Matteo and Andrea to find the best setup for their bikes since Friday morning, trying to maximize the positives we found out during the Silverstone weekend. Our riders know Misano quite well and it will therefore be crucial to start well on Friday and to further improve over the weekend".
QUALIFYING IMPROVEMENTS STILL THE TARGET FOR TEAM FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 AT MISANO
The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon head this weekend to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli to compete in the round number 13 of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship: the target of the Belgian rider, who has just turned 25, is to improve his performance in qualifying, in order to start from a more advanced position on the starting grid. In the last few races, in fact, Siméon proved to be consistent during the race, but has always been slowed down by the poor starting position.
Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine, which will bear the Tortellini Soverini livery during this Grand Prix, rookie Lorenzo Baldassarri will find a well-known track on which he will try to return to score points.
XAVIER SIMEON “Despite the last few races have not been positive, we head to Misano with high motivation: I think that the most important thing to do this weekend is to try to be fast right from the start and try to be competitive in qualifying, an area on which we have been struggling lately, because we have seen that in the race we can keep a good pace. I like the track, which includes both slow and fast corners: obviously I’d like to give a good result to the team in its home Grand Prix”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI “At Silverstone unfortunately my Grand Prix ended with a crash and these kind of things affect your confidence, so we’ll try to work to make the bike behave in a more sincere way, especially when you try to push hard, in order to gradually regain the right feeling. This is really important because you may compromise the qualifications if you don’t find a good balance, and therefore compromise also the race, starting from the back. The positive thing is that I know the track really well, so I can concentrate more on the bike set-up and I will not need a lot of laps to learn how to approach the track with the Moto2”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “We are very determined to make a breakthrough in performance with both our riders, although it won’t be easy, no doubt, because the fight in Moto2 is really tight, with all the riders very close. After a very competitive period we struggled more than expected with Siméon, but we hope that the home race can be an incentive for all of us: we never give up and we will try to give both to Xavier and Lorenzo Baldassarri a good bike, with which they can give their maximum and collect the results so that we couldn’t get lately”.
THE JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 HEADS TO THE RIVIERA IN HIGH SPIRITS
The Junior Team GO & FUN Moto3 is ready to receive the warm welcome of the home crowd at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, which will host this weekend the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix. An event even more special for the two young riders of the team, Niccolò Antonelli and Enea Bastianini, who live a few kilometers from the track.
Fresh from two consecutive podium finishes, Bastianini will try to extend his positive streak, despite the fracture of the heel of the right foot is still not completely healed. An injury that, however, has not prevented him to lead the race for several laps at Silverstone, going very close to his first win.
Even his teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, is going through a positive period: quick in qualifying both at Brno and Silverstone, having obtained both occasions the first row of the grid, the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica will try to stay in the fight for the top positions also in Sunday’s race.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI “I'm very motivated, because we come from two races where we have been very fast, even though actually I didn’t picked up what I wanted in the race and this is a bit annoying. The goal for Misano is to be even more fast and even more focused on the race, during which I will give 100% to get a good result in front of my home crowd”.
ENEA BASTIANINI “The Misano circuit is only about ten kilometers from my home and of course I can’t wait to race! I’m fresh from two consecutive podiums that honestly I didn’t expect, because I was not in perfect physical condition, although there is kind of a bitter taste after Silverstone, because I’ve been very close to the victory! The home Grand Prix is always a special feeling and it would be nice to be able to fight again to win, but we will know it only on Sunday… However, it will be important to not get caught with emotion because there will be many people watching us!”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “We’re through an exciting period, having achieved a good competitiveness last time out with both Enea and Niccolò: the bikes are going well and the team is very strong, so we have everything to be at the top also in Misano. The home atmosphere will probably give us a bit more pressure, but we hope to be able to transform it into positive energy. At the moment, however, for us the podium is the minimum target”.
Florian Marino replaces Simone Corsi at Misano
Simone Corsi, who last Sunday underwent a surgery to fix the displaced and open fracture of his left ulna and repair the extensor tendons of the wrist, following the incident during the British GP, was dismissed from Oxford hospital in the late afternoon of Tuesday September 2, and it’s now recovering at home, in Italy. At the moment it’s difficult for the doctors to give an exact estimation of the recovery times of the Italian rider, but his participation to the San Marino Grand Prix is excluded.
For the 13th round of the season, The GP of San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Simone Corsi will be replaced by Florian Marino, the 21 year old French rider who is currently 3rd in the SuperSport World Championship with the Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres team. Marino will make his debut in the World Championship at Misano on board of the Kalex of NGM Forward Racing team.
Florian Marino – 20
“First of all I want to wish to Simone a speedy recovery. It is a pity because this season he has been performing well. I have always been watching Moto2 since this Championship started wishing to race there one day. Finally that day has arrived and I am really excited to get the chance to ride in a Grand Prix in a team such as NGM Forward Racing. I am looking forward to start this new experience”.
Florian Marino – Rider Profile
2013: 13th in the World Supersport Championship with the team Kawasaki Intermoto Ponyexpres
2012: British Superbike championship with Splitlath Redmond and World Supersport with Kawasaki Mahi India Team
2011: 8th in the World Supersport Championship with Ten Kate
2010 : Runner up of the European Superstock Championship with Ten Kate
2009 : 5th in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and 7th of the Trophée Pirelli Junior 600
2008 : 10th in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup - 5th in the Red Bull Riders Cup and Vice champion de France FSBK cadet in 125cc
2007 : Winner of the Junior Cup Championship
2006 : Runner up 50cc French championship
2005 : Winner of Conti Cup Championship
AGT REA Racing out to build on progress made at British GP in San Marino
AGT REA Racing will compete at the San Marino Grand Prix this weekend following good progress at Silverstone. Gino Rea qualified 19th with a broken hand at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” last year during a sporadic season of privately funded wildcard appearances. Rea hopes to build on last year’s efforts at a circuit he enjoys.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s another track that I like and we have positive vibes following Sunday at the Silverstone GP, in particular the warm up where I finished comfortably inside the top 15. Hopefully we can take that confidence and feeling with the bike and start off well here in Misano. The first few laps cost me at Silverstone but I could have been with the big group of riders in the points. I need to qualify better here to give myself a good chance of getting in the points.”
In the lead up to the race weekend at the Misano World Circuit which honours Marco Simoncelli in its name, Gino Rea joined riders from all classes at a go-karting event for the Marco Simoncelli Foundation. It was a great occasion enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike, with Valentino Rossi the ultimate victor. Gino added:
“It was an honour to be invited to the Spurtleda58 Marco Simoncelli go-karting event. We had great fun and it was nice to remember Marco in this way.”
The San Marino Grand Prix gets under way tomorrow with Moto2 Free Practice 1 at 10.55 local time. Follow AGT REA Racing on Facebook www.facebook.com/agtrearacing and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for live updates throughout the race weekend at Misano.
LOWES LOOKING TO MAKE PROGRESS IN ITALY
Sam Lowes heads to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this weekend for the 13th round of the Moto2 World Championship.
After a solid points finish last time out at Silverstone, the 23-year-old Brit is keen to make progress with his Speed Up team. Lowes knows the 2.525 mile Misano circuit well as the venue of one of his first podium finishes in the Supersport World Championship.
So far in his debut season Lowes has shown strong pace and is now keen to turn this pace into solid results heading into the final six rounds.
Sam Lowes: “I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend. Misano is a circuit I really enjoy riding and I’m hoping it’s going to suit the Speed Up chassis. We’ll be working hard from Friday morning to find a set-up we can work with. Hopefully we’ll have a strong qualifying, which we’ve shown we are more than capable of, to put us in a good position for fighting at the front come Sunday.”
Lowes and the Speed Up Team will be running in BETA Tools colours once again this weekend.
Dunlop Introduces Next Evolution Of Tyre For Misano
Dunlop is continuing its development programme by introducing two new Moto2 tyres for the San Marino Grand Prix with riders having the choice of a new front and rear option.
The tyres are evolutions of the existing range and will be known as ‘Medium 2’ (front) and ‘Medium 3’ (rear). The new tyres have been tested extensively at a diverse range of circuits including Jerez, Valencia, Almeria, Paul Ricard, Brno, Mugello and Catalunya. This testing, using a range of chassis and riders has provided encouraging feedback so Dunlop have chosen to introduce these new tyres at this Grand Prix. Both of the new options feature an evolution of the construction but use the same compound as their predecessors.
The Misano circuit has ten right and six left corners One of the characteristics of this coastal venue is a wide range of temperatures, which means that teams look for tyres with wider operating windows . The ‘302’ and ‘9855’ have already proved to be very versatile this season and, combined with the new options, aim to give riders the choice they need for the best performance whatever conditions prevail.
Moto3 riders will have the same specification choice as at Silverstone where once again the medium options proved to be the overwhelmingly popular choice.
Tyre allocation and colour codes:
Fronts 120/75R17, 4 x 302 (medium - black Dunlop logo on silver background) and 4 x ‘Medium 2’ (blank)
Rears, 195/75R17, 5 x 9855 (medium – black Dunlop on silver) and 4 x ‘Medium 3’ (yellow Dunlop on black)
Fronts: 95/75R17, 5 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver) and 3 x Hard (yellow Dunlop on black)
Rears: 115/75R17 , 6 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver)and 3 x Soft (black Dunlop on yellow)
The riders will have three sets of wet tyres with an additional set being permitted if all sessions are declared wet.
Race Stat: Under Pressure!
Tyre pressures and temperatures are a critical part of tyre performance. For Misano, Dunlop has given hot running pressure settings to the teams of 2.2 to 2.6 bar for the front tyres – that’s the same pressure as being at 15 metres below sea level.
Clinton Howe, Operations Manager Motorcycle Grand Prix
“Silverstone once again gave us some spectacular racing, in what were quite tricky conditions. The Moto3 race was just over five seconds quicker than in 2013 and a new circuit best lap time was set during qualifying. The Moto2 riders took advantage of the new 9855 rear tyre with 68% choosing it for the race which was talked about as being one of the best of the year.
“In Misano we know that weather conditions can be a major factor, so to have a rear tyre like the 9855 available in Moto2 is a must, due to its wide working range. It will be great to finally see the new front ‘2’ and the new rear ‘3’ perform in a race situation after the many many kilometres of testing. From there we can continue with the future development of the range for Moto2.”