Press releases from the Moto3 and Moto2 teams after qualifying at the Motorland Aragon circuit:
BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI TO BEGIN ARAGON BATTLE FROM SECOND AND THIRD ROW
The qualifying session of the Aragon Grand Prix saw this afternoon a good result for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 duo: both Enea Bastianini and Niccolo Antonelli were in fact able to stay in the first three rows of the grid, having claimed the sixth and ninth position, respectively.
In the final stages of the qualifying session, Enea Bastianini set a lap time of 1’58”647, just three tenths of a second off Alex Rins’ pole position time. His teammate Niccolò Antonelli, who didn’t take part at this morning’s third and final free practice session due to a technical problem and affected by pain on his right collarbone, was still able to get a very similar lap time, 1’58”770.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (9th - 1'58"770)
“I’m very happy! If I consider the pain on my shoulder and the fact that this morning I couldn’t take part in the last free practice session, the third row is a result that satisfies me, also because we really are all very close, with a gap from the first of just 0.4 seconds. Tomorrow I hope to be able to complete all the race, otherwise I will be forced to slow down, or even to retire: I will take painkillers, and we'll see. Anyway, I’m happy also because so far I managed to ride and this is positive ahead of the upcoming races”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (6th - 1'58"647)
“I couldn’t take full advantage of the potential of the new tyre, therefore I set my best lap time with an already worn tyre, but it is fine: after all, this second row is my second best qualifying result of the year, so I can be satisfied! We are working well and my feelings are good, so we are confident for the race”.
“The second and third row is a good starting point and certainly tomorrow we will have the opportunity to do a good race with both our riders. Today Bastianini could get something more, but it’s okay like this: we are aware that Enea usually gives his best during the race. I’m also happy for Niccolò who, despite the engine problem he suffered this morning, and the recent surgery on his right collarbone, today made a very good job and I hope that tomorrow he can show his true potential”.
Positive second row for Miller
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider achieves fourth best time in qualifying session for the Aragon Grand Prix, after showing excellent pace. Hanika will start from the sixth row tomorrow.
09/27/2014 - MotorLand Aragon, Spain
Jack Miller will start tomorrow's Aragon Grand Prix from fourth place, on the second row of the grid. The Australian was only 0.158s off pole position in a close qualifying session on Saturday. His Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Karel Hanika took a significant step forward compared to yesterday, getting on the pace and finally claiming seventeenth position. That gives him a sixth row start at MotorLand Aragon.
Five consecutive laps in the 1:58 range were set by Jack Miller in the final practice session of the weekend. This excellent pace gives him confidence ahead of tomorrow's race. The Australian, with a best time of 1:58.704, was fourth and lowered his best time from yesterday. Likewise, Karel Hanika rode quicker than on Friday, going round in under 2:00 for the first time with a 1:59.242 for fourteenth.
In the qualifying session the lap times were closer than ever, with ten riders separated by just half a second. The two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders took their best times on their penultimate laps, as Miller claimed fourth thanks to 1:58.476 best. Hanika, seventeenth with a 1:59.314 top lap, was left lamenting an error on his final attempt.
The fourteenth Moto3 race of the year starts tomorrow at 11:00am. It will be the last encounter before the start of the flyaway rounds.
8 JACK MILLER
"We're happy with how everything has gone. To be honest, this is one of the best weekends we've had this year. We changed the strategy from other Grands Prix, mostly focusing on getting a good pace for the race. From there we tried to go lap-by-lap and find the best setup for tomorrow. The times were pretty fast and consistent, so we're happy about that.
In the race I'm sure there will be a great battle, but I feel ready. I'm braking comfortably and where I want, and the feedback from the tyres is very good. I can't wait for the race to start. We head the second row and are happy with that. We'll have to push a little at the beginning of the race and see how we feel. It will be a tough race, but hopefully we will get a good result."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"The bike worked well. We found a good setup this morning and the times have also been better. In the qualifying session it was very hot and we suffered a lot with the tyres, because they wore down after just a couple of laps. On the last lap I was riding pretty fast and thought I could get into the top 10, but the bike slipped out on the last corner and I finished down in 17th place. It's a shame that this happened, but we have the pace. I rode many laps in the 1:59s, and that's good for tomorrow. It was not the best qualifying session, but I'm anxious to get out there for the race.
If it rains during the race it will not be too big a problem. We showed in Misano we have good pace in the wet as well. We'll have to go carefully on this track, however."
Fourth pole for Alex Rins and second row start for Alex Marquez
Alex Rins confirms strong form at MotorLand Aragon with fastest time in qualifying session. Alex Marquez, just 0.192s behind, will start from fifth.
Yesterday he led the first day of practice. Today Alex Rins went quickest in the qualifying session for the Aragon Grand Prix. The Repsol rider and winner of the last two races –who last year was victorious at MotorLand Aragon– will start tomorrow from pole position. Teammate Alex Marquez will be close behind in fifth, having missed out on the front row by just 0.040s.
This morning Rins and Marquez were second and third, respectively, in the last practice session of the weekend. In the subsequent 40-minute qualifying run, Rins set the fastest time of 1:58.318 and Marquez was 0.192s slower. The latter will start from fifth on the grid, just behind Moto3 World Championship leader Jack Miller –who has a 9-point advantage in the standings. Marquez will attempt to cut points to the top spot for a fourth consecutive race.
Alex Rins 1st 1:58.318 31 laps 157 km
"I am very motivated after seeing how practice went, because yesterday we had a good pace –although what matters is tomorrow's race. It is in our hands, but it won't be easy; because of the straight being so long, I don't think that anybody will be able to escape and open a gap. I think that there will be a lot of riders together from the start, although we will try to push to reduce the front group. We could see a similar race to Brno or Mugello."
Alex Marquez 5th 1:58.510 32 laps 162 km
"I ended up happy with the final free practice session, because we took the step forward that we had forecast yesterday –improving both the bike and our lines. In the afternoon, in qualifying, I was hoping for a bit more from the beginning but I found it a little tough –although in the end we managed to fix things fairly well. I think that the times are very close, so a second row start is positive, although in the warmup tomorrow we need to improve our race pace and be a little more consistent. Overall I am pretty satisfied."
Danny Kent just misses out on pole
The British rider seizes second position giving Husqvarna the second consecutive first row. Niklas Ajo ranks twenty-sixth after completing only four laps.
09/27/2014 - MotorLand Aragon, Spain
This Saturday Danny Kent gave Husqvarna another second place qualifying position on the Moto3 grid following Niklas Ajo’s gift of the same at the last race, the San Marino Grand Prix. MotorLand Aragon was the scene of a good day for the British rider, who achieved his personal best qualifying of the year. Meanwhile, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider suffered a mechanical problem that prevented him from completing more than one flying lap.
Kent and Ajo finished in fifth and sixth positions respectively in the earlier combined free practice session, with Kent the only rider of the two managing to lower his times from the day before to a 1:58.852 to put him in fifth. Ajo followed close behind with a final lap of 1:59.162.
The Briton then crushed his previous best time during the qualifying session with a lap of 1:58.434, closing the round just 116 milliseconds from pole position. Meanwhile, the Finnish rider faced a mechanical problem that forced him to return to the box after his first attempt at a fast lap. After 30 minutes of intense work, with up to 12 hands at work in his Husqvarna, the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider returned to the tarmac to complete another fast lap, allowing him to climb to the twenty-sixth position with a time of 2:00.260.
The third championship round held in Spain begins tomorrow at 11.00am at the MotorLand Aragon circuit, where the Husqvarna riders will attempt to fight amongst the lead and finish as high as possible.
52 DANNY KENT
"We have been very quick all weekend, and I'm feeling very comfortable with the bike. Coming into the qualifying session I had confidence in being able to secure a front row start, and so it proved to be possible. We face tomorrow's race in good shape and happy, because we are able to do more than just one fast lap. That is very important for the race. It will be a tight race and I think the group will be a large one -especially with this long straight. I'm very happy with how everything went today."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"First of all, I have to thank my team for the work that they have done. All the work that they managed to do in half an hour was absolutely amazing. I think that starting from 26th position is much better than starting from the last row. It's a shame, because during the whole weekend we worked very well and we have been up at the front in practice. But that's racing. You never know when these things are going to happen. We didn't have much luck, but at least we set one fast lap which has helped us a lot. Still, I made a mistake on the last lap but I was able to maintain 26th position.
Tomorrow we will try to be as fast as possible in the race, where I think there will be a large group once again. The very long straight makes that almost certain. We will give our all and see what happens."
Moto3 - Bad day for San Carlo Team Italia in Aragón
Eight row for Matteo Ferrari; an early crash ruins Andrea Locatelli’ plans
The young talents of San Carlo Team Italia have not been particularly successful in today’s qualifying session at the MotorLand Aragón Circuit despite having been quite fast in this morning’s FP3 session. While Moto3 vice-champion Alex Rins (Honda) achieved his fourth pole position of the year in 1’58”318s, Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli found themselves in the position to face another comeback race after qualifying on eight and tenth row respectively.
Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) managed to post only the 24th qualifying time in 2’00”046 despite having been able to keep a consistent race-pace in the morning session; in any case he knows he has the potential to make up a lot of ground tomorrow after the lights go off.
A crash in his very first lap has prevented Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) from convincingly go for a strong time attack. Forced to deal with a suspected sprain to his right hand’s thumb, the Moto3 CIV Champion managed to post a 2’00”2765 out of only seven laps, achieving the 30th spot on the grid.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 24th, 2'00"046
"What can I say if not “Too bad!” In the today’s qualifying we struggled with a problem that prevented us from confirming the good sensations we had got this morning. When we finally succeeded in solving it I had not enough time to do more than a few laps, always alone, unable to find a tow to help me a little. Lately we have been really unlucky; I hope that tomorrow at least everything will go right and we will be able to make up some ground".
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 30th, 2'00"765
"I really did not need this”. Unfortunately I found myself on the ground very early into the qualifying, without warning. I felt a great pain in my hand but I saddled up again. One must never give up so I got back on track and tried to do my best. My thumb is really painful now so we’ll make further examinations in the Clinica Mobile, hoping there is nothing serious".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"A qualifying to forget. For a number of unlucky circumstances Matteo has been unable to achieve a lap time that was well within his reach. He has been slowed down by a problem that we are trying to sort out. Unfortunately Andrea crashed out the qualifying session in his first lap but gave proof of great force of mind going back on track and completing a few laps in spite a strong pain in his right hand".
Gino Rea out to get points in Sunday's Aragon GP
Gino Rea’s time in morning Free Practice on Saturday would have positioned him 0.2 seconds from 15th position in Moto2 Qualifying at Aragon. Later qualifying in 24th, only 1.2 seconds separated Rea from pole position. Given the closeness in times, Gino is confident he can battle for the points in Sunday’s race. The AGT REA Racing rider who suffered a tyre wall crash yesterday is hopeful that the injury sustained to his knee will not hinder him.
“We’ve had pretty good pace all weekend, starting off in the Top 15 on Friday but the crash and loss of track time in FP2 has cost us again. We didn’t quite get the set up right for qualifying and my FP3 time would have put me four or five places higher into the Top 20. I’m still struggling in a few areas with the front so we will try a few things in the morning to see if we can improve for the race. I’ve had quite a bit of pain from my knee from yesterday’s crash so I’m hoping the aches don’t get worse for tomorrow. I’m sure I’ve got the pace to be battling for points so I need to make the most of the start and the first few laps.”
AGT REA Racing will line up for the Aragon GP tomorrow commencing at 12.20 local time. Follow the team on their Facebook www.facebook.com/agtrearacing and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for updates.
Tenth row for Hafiq Azmi
The SIC-Ajo Team rider finished up a tight qualifying session to land the 28th best time for the Grand Prix of Aragon.
09/27/2014 - MotorLand Aragon, Spain
Hafiq Azmi will start the fourteenth round of the Moto3 World Championship tomorrow from row ten of the grid. The young Malaysian secured the 28th position after attaining his best time of the weekend on the penultimate lap of the qualifying session, clocking in at 2:00.329.
The final free practice of the weekend was not an easy one for the SIC-Ajo Team rider, as he found himself not entirely comfortable on the bike. Hafiq Azmi did not manage to lower his time from yesterday at the MotorLand Aragon circuit, and finished 29th fastest on the session with a lap of 2:01.143.
The qualifying session however saw the rookie improve on his best time which he realized during the FP2 session on Friday. Hafiq Azmi managed his best lap of the weekend on his penultimate fast lap attempt, just a few minutes before the end of the qualifying practice. His laptime of 2:00.329 puts him 28th on the grid for tomorrow’s race.
The third Moto3 World Championship round on Spanish soil will take place tomorrow at 11:00am local time, where a high chance of rain is forecasted.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"It was a difficult day for me. I felt good on the bike, but I didn't feel too confident on the track. Yesterday I could lap fairly consistently, but today was much more difficult for me. I'm still happy for the excellent work done by the team -they are helping me a lot. We started a little behind, but I hope to find a good race pace in the warm-up tomorrow and have clear ideas for the race. The start will be important to gain as many positions as possible."
Front row for Kallio at Aragón
Aragón, Spain – 27 September 2014: Mika Kallio will start the Moto2 Grand Prix of Aragón from the front row of the grid, after finishing third today in a qualifying session that saw the top three riders separated by just 0.057s.
Tito Rabat will start from fifth position on the second row of the grid, after losing time to a crash during qualifying.
Kallio was happy to have qualified on the front row as the potential for an incident at turn one, a tight left-hander very close to the start line, increases the further down the grid you start. The 31-year-old Finn is confident that he has both the pace and the consistency to battle at the front once again in tomorrow’s 21-lap Moto2 race.
Having led the way early in qualifying, Rabat had a minor crash with 15 minutes to go and lost time as the mechanics made quick repairs to the bike. The 25-year-old Spaniard then fell foul of the normal Moto2 qualifying traffic as he tried to put in his flying laps, eventually finishing fifth. It’s only the third race this season that Rabat won’t start from the front row, the last being Silverstone where he went on to win.
Jorge Navarro will start the Moto3 Grand Prix of Aragón from the fourth row of the grid, after qualifying in 11th position this afternoon. The 18-year-old Spaniard counts Aragón as one of his favourite circuits and is confident that he can put in a strong performance in tomorrow’s 20-lap race.
Mika Kallio // 3rd // 1’54.130
“Of course, I’d have preferred to be starting from pole tomorrow, but I’m happy enough to be on the front row. The weekend didn’t start so well, but we’ve worked hard on improving the set up and we made a big step with the front end this morning and I was able to push a little bit more. The conditions this afternoon meant that times didn’t come easy and you had to push hard, but that was the same for everyone. I was pretty consistent with my lap times throughout qualifying, with most of them close to my fastest lap, which is a good position to be in for the race tomorrow.”
Tito Rabat // 5th // 1’54.224
“The conditions changed quite a lot for qualifying, with a slightly lower track temperature and a bit more wind, but no excuses, it was the same for everyone. Also, my normal focus wasn’t quite there today and I didn’t push when I should have done. But the bike feels good, so tomorrow I need to make a good start from the second row and then just do my best in the race.”
Jorge Navarro // 11th // 1’58.969
“I’m happy with qualifying today, as all the riders are very close on times and I’m only 0.6s off the front, which is positive. The weekend so far has been a bit difficult, because the feeling with the bike has been good, but the lap times weren’t coming. But then in qualifying the team did a good job of timing my exits onto the track and, finally, I managed to put in a good lap. Aragón is one of my favourite circuits, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
SIMEON REDUCES THE GAP FROM THE TOP WHILE BALDASSARRI REGAINS CONFIDENCE
Xavier Siméon will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Aragon from the fifth row of the grid aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine: the Belgian set the fourteenth fastest time, posting a lap of 1’54”798 during this afternoon’s qualifying session - just 0.7 seconds off the pole position, set by Spaniard Maverick Vinales. A small gap that marks an improvement over the recent races and which bodes well ahead of the scheduled 21 laps tomorrow.
After facing three complicated free practice sessions, in the garage of the Team Gresini Moto2 Lorenzo Baldassarri was able to solve during qualifying the problems that had slowed him down so far, regaining the right confidence with the front-end of his Suter: the Italian will be forced to start back in 25th place, but at he’s looking for a comeback in the race.
XAVIER SIMEON (14th - 1'54"798)
“I’m happy because compared to other races today we managed to improve a little the starting position, but mainly because we reduced the gap to the front and this means that we are on the right direction. I have to find back the mindset and feelings of the beginning of the season: the many crashes and all the changes on the set-up made me confused, but now I’m returning to a good level, session after session. I want to thank the team because this morning I destroyed the bike in a crash and the boys did a great job to give me a bike in perfect condition for qualifying. We definitely want to stay ahead, but I'm happy because the gap from the other riders now is limited and this is a good sign for tomorrow’s race”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (25th - 1'55"401)
“We finally found the right feeling with the front-end and now I’m coming back to ride this bike properly; in qualifying, however, there was little time left to push. When I put the tyre for the fast lap I was going fast, following Vinales, but I did a mistake shifting gears into a corner, losing a lot of time; then I improved my lap time, but when I no longer had rear grip. I'm confident for tomorrow, I feel that I can make a comeback”.
“Regardless of the position, Siméon’s gap from the fastest is not high, and this is undoubtedly a good sign: we hope that this can be the beginning of a path that can bring us back competitive as we were early in the season. Baldassarri so far faced a troubled weekend and consequently failed to make the most of qualifying, but Lorenzo seems to have found a solution to his problems. We expect another difficult race, but we are ready to fight”.
Deroue and Carrasco much faster, but not satisfied
On the second day of the GP of Aragon Scott Deroue and Ana Carrasco were much faster. Deroue was in P23, went even faster in his last laps of qualifying, but still dropped to 27th on the grid. Carrasco was one and a half second faster than on the first day, yet it didn’t bring her any further than 32nd.
Carrasco’s position makes clear how much the Moto3 class has evolved over the year. Last year she did 2.00,954 and was 16th on the grid. This year almost the same time (2.00,878) means 32nd spot. For 16th place a 1.59,2 was needed.
Scott Deroue seemed to be heading towards a top 20 qualification, after being in 23rd for a long time. But although he went almost a second faster over the last few laps, instead of moving up to 20th, he dropped back to 27th, leaving the Dutch rookie just moderately satisfied.
Scott Deroue – 27 (2.00,289)
“The qualifying session itself wasn’t too bad. Especially the last stint was good. Strangely enough I set my best time for the first sector in the only the first lap and I couldn’t get to that time anymore. Obviously I was at my best in that sector when I wasn’t pushing for it yet. Motorland is one of those tracks where pushing hard can work against you at some points. Looking at how I started the season, 27th isn’t good. I should be at least seven places up.”
Ana Carrasco – 32 (2.00,878)
“I had one excellent lap and it could have been even better if Khairuddin wouldn’t have been riding in my way. Yet only one excellent lap isn’t enough and it is not an excellent time either, to be honest. Last year I ended in 20th in the race. I hope I can do the same this time. The start has to be really good.”
First row rewards hard work for Juanfran Guevara
MAPFRE Aspar rider, who this morning broke the record for the fastest time at Motorland, starts from the front row for the first time in his career; in third position
In great conditions the Moto3 riders produced great lap times today at the Motorland circuit. This morning Juanfran Guevara registered the best lap ever at the Aragon track (1.57.930). In QP Miller tried to impose himself in the first half of the session, and took the early advantage, but today the privilege of pole position was reserved for the home riders. In increasing temperatures, QP did not produce the quick pace of the morning due to track conditions. But still it was an exciting session, where the slipstream made the difference in the final laps. Rins took pole, followed by Kent and another Spaniard, Juanfran Guevara, to complete the front row. The long straights of Motorland could produce a group fight, although the top five may have a slight advantage on the rest of the pack in Sunday’s race.
The day began brilliantly for Juanfran Guevara, who on the last lap of the last free practice marked a 1’57.930 time, the best lap in Moto3 achieved so far at Motorland. Most importantly, the MAPFRE Aspar rider got the lap time riding alone and again registered a great lap, after setting the circuit record at Misano two weeks ago. It was not a coincidence, Juanfran is on form this weekend. He had a chance to take the pole on his penultimate lap of QP, but traffic in the last sector lost him a few tenths which left him just short. On the final lap, he was just 0.152s off the best time and got third place. The MAPFRE Aspar rider is therefore on the front row for the first time and is ready to get a good race result.
3rd Juanfran Guevara 1’58.470 (16 laps): "I am very pleased that we are doing such a great job all weekend. Yesterday we started well and just this morning we made changes to the configuration of the bike. Our goal was to try to keep a good pace, thinking about the race. In the last laps I put on the intermediate tyres, which we will use for the race, and I managed to record a great time. That has encouraged us to continue working hard for the QP. We had things clear, so I went all out, increasing the pace and feeling. On the penultimate lap I had a chance to get the pole, but in the last corner I had to open up a lot in order to not touch another rider and I lost a tenth. It was a shame, I would have liked to get my first pole in Moto3, but I'm still happy because we are ready for the race. It will be the first time I start from the front row, which gives me confidence. Am sure we will run in a group, I'm ready to fight and try to get a good result. "
Schrotter bolts to 10th in qualifying at Aragon
Marcel Schrotter completed a strong and resolute qualifying campaign to superbly clinch 10th place ahead of what will be a typically intense 21 lap Moto2 race at Aragon tomorrow. Having lost a lot of track time yesterday after crashing heavily, he kicked off proceedings today by finishing in 18th place as he began establishing the setup of his Mistral 610 with his Tech3 Racing Team ahead of the afternoon session. As the qualifying started Schrotter was able to attack at full speed and pulled off a determined effort to seal a best time of 1’54.508 on his 12th lap which scored him a place at the head of the 4th row. His time was impressively only four tenths short of pole position at the 5078 meter MotorLand Aragon circuit. The result leaves Schrotter geared up and ready for tomorrow where he will once again aim to clinch a top points scoring finish as he intends to boost his championship standings in 12th position.
Meanwhile Ricky Cardus completed today’s qualifying session in 19th place which will see him begin the 21 lap sprint around the Aragon track from the seventh row. After a solid performance yesterday Cardus continued to work relentlessly with his Tech3 Racing Team in order to undertake a successful campaign today. During the session the Spanish rider produced a best lap time of 1’54.916 which was only four tenths of a second from his team mate in 10th in the fiercely competitive intermediate class. Cardus now hopes to undertake a typically rocket start to pick through the field with his ambition being to seize a point scoring finish in front of his home crowd before the MotoGP paddock heads outside of Europe for the flyaway races.
Marcel Schrotter - Position : 10th - Time : 1’54.508 – Laps : 17
“First of all, P10 is quite an achievement after all of the difficulties which we have had to overcome this weekend. Yesterday I had a big crash in the morning and damaged the bike heavily, but the Tech3 mechanics worked really hard and made an amazing effort to rebuild the bike for me in time for FP2. However, we then had some electric issues so additionally to the morning practice we also lost vital track time during the afternoon session as well where I only did four flying laps. Therefore, we effectively began the weekend today and to get 10th is great even if I think my hot lap could have been quicker as we had a really strong test here a few months ago. It was very close today and to be only 4 tenths from the pole position is truly positive so I am pleased and confident for tomorrow. Now I will focus on the race where I will intend to make a good start and battle to a great result to thank the team for their fantastic effort this weekend.“
Ricky Cardus – Position : 19th - Time : 1’54.916 - Laps : 20
“Today wasn’t the best qualifying result as I will start from 19th position on the grid which is a lot further back than where I want to be. However the gap to the leader was only 8 tenths of a second which shows how competitive it is in this class, but I am disappointed to not be higher up. Having said that, I am still ready to give it my all as I really want to collect some world championship points in front of my home fans and it would also be a big confidence boost before we head to Japan for the start of the three fly away races. I look forward to the challenge and am ready to have a good start which will be crucial before having a really strong battle through the field.”
Fifth and eighth row for Jordi Torres and Nico Terol at Motorland
MAPFRE Aspar riders started day confidently but lost feeling in QP
Moto2 saw Spain’s Motorland full house completed on Saturday afternoon, with Viñales joining Rins (Moto3) and Marquez (MotoGP) on pole. At the beginning of QP Rabat and Kallio engaged in a duel as they battle for title momentum. Rabat showed his cards dominating early on, but a crash slowed his progress, and although he returned to the track, he ended up behind Viñales, Zarco and Kallio. The pole was secured by just 51 thousandths of a second and the first 21 riders were separated by less than a second. Many riders finished close together but the top five look favourites for the race. There is a strong chace of rain for Sunday’s races.
After starting yesterday with good pace, the MAPFRE Aspar riders began the second day at Motorland with great expectations. The last free practice had been full of positive feelings and decisions. Both Nico Terol and Jordi Torres worked using the information gathered, which proved so productive last year. But in the final session things did not go to plan. Jordi Torres suffered a slip on turn seven which made him lose confidence in the front end, and Nico Terol lost his feeling as the session progressed. Still, both continued to work to try to qualify as well as possible. Torres and Terol concluded in 13th and 22nd. Tomorrow, during the warm-up session, they will try to turn their fortunes around and get ready for the race.
Jordi Torres 13th 1’54.786 (18 laps): "The QP was very tight and all the riders are so close. Although the feeling was quite positive, both my mechanics and I felt uncomfortable because last year here we went quickly and this year we are finding it harder to get a good rhythm. The bike is set up like last year but today we had some problems with the front. I don’t feel confident to open the gas when I exit the corners. My riding is the same as last year but I don't feel as comfortable as I would like. We have done numerous tests to try to improve, but we still have to find something else to be at the level we want. Tomorrow's race will be tough because times are tight, but we will fight to try to get the best possible result."
Nico Terol 22nd 1’55.182 (20 laps): "We had good feedback from this morning, the times were quite positive, but in the afternoon we got stuck a little. It makes me frustrated because I would have liked to qualify better for this home race. Today is my birthday and I wanted to have a good feeling. Last year went very well and with the time from today we'd have got pole, but I couldn’t get the same feeling. In any case we must not lose motivation, we must analyze what happened today and how we can improve for tomorrow get ready for the race. This afternoon we compared the two types of tyres for the race, but we’re still not clear what to use."