Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Sepang:
FOURTH AND FIFTH ROW FOR JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 DUO AT A SWELTERING SEPANG
The penultimate round of the 2014 Moto3 campaign, the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for tomorrow at the Sepang International Circuit, will see the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 pair of Enea Bastianini and Niccolò Antonelli starting from the fourth and fifth row of the grid, respectively.
In a sweltering qualifying session Enea Bastianini set the tenth fastest time, 2’13”709, thus improving by half a second his limit previously set during the three free practice sessions; a pretty good result, given that this is the first visit to Sepang for the 16-year-old rider from Rimini.
His teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, the fastest yesterday, on the other hand had a troubled day: in the morning he was slowed down by a technical problem, then in qualifying he was disturbed by the detachment of a knee slider: therefore, the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica was not able to replicate the lap time obtained yesterday, ending the qualifying session in thirteenth place with 2’13”990.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (13th - 2'13"990)
“Today I had a lot of bad luck: this morning, during the last free practice session, I lost time due to a technical problem, then I had another problem at the beginning of the qualifying session. In addition, when I managed to get back on track I lost a knee slider, probably due to a collision with a curb: I almost crashed because it went under a wheel. Given all the trouble, today I couldn’t complete many laps. Too bad, yesterday we finished the first day in the lead and today we could definitely obtain more. Tomorrow we will start the race from behind, but we can recover”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (10th - 2'13"709)
“I’m satisfied with this result: the tenth place all in all is a great achievement if we consider my last performance in qualifying. This morning we were struggling a little bit, but in the afternoon we were able to recover quickly, solving a few minor issues: the situation has improved in all areas of the circuit and eventually we were able to set a good lap time. Too bad only for the heavy traffic encountered at the end of the qualifying session, without which we could probably improve further, but that’s okay. I’m confident for tomorrow's race: there will be a lot of heat, but I'm not worried about it”.
“I’m a little disappointed to having lose a position on the grid with both our riders at the very end of the qualifying session: just before the checkered flag we were in ninth and twelfth position with Enea and Niccolò, which would have meant starting from the third and fourth row, but then we found ourselves one row behind with both riders. On the track there was a lot of traffic and it was difficult to get a clean lap; in addition, Niccolò had a problem with a knee slider that made him lose valuable time. It won’t be an easy race, of course, because we start from behind, but I still think that we can try to stay with the leading group. We are all very close, and we expect a close race: it won’t be easy to make a difference and the slipstreams will be very important”.
Marquez salvages fifth from difficult qualifying session, Rins to start from seventeenth
World Championship leader crashes minutes from the end of qualifying but keeps position on the grid. Alex Rins places seventeenth after a morning crash.
A crash for Alex Marquez with five minutes remaining in qualifying did not stop the Repsol rider from taking a spot on the second row for tomorrow's race. His teammate, Alex Rins, starts from the sixth row after a difficult Saturday, which saw him crash in the morning.
Third in the final practice session and displaying a good pace, Alex Marquez’ day ended on a downer as he crashed late on in qualifying. The Repsol rider was taking Turn 6 of the Sepang circuit when his front wheel slipped out, and he could not avoid a crash. Despite there being time remaining, no rider was able to overtake him on the timesheet and Marquez will start the Malaysian GP from fifth on the grid. He was 8 tenths off pole position, claimed by his main title rival Jack Miller. Marquez would win the World Championship tomorrow if he claims 6 more points than his rival.
Teammate Alex Rins had a tough start to the day. On his first flying lap of the morning, he suffered a crash at Turn 1 that slowed him for the remainder of the session –in which he put in few further laps. In the afternoon qualifying session a lack of setup confirmation worked against him, and additionally he could not find a clear run at a hot lap due to heavy traffic. Rins will start from the sixth row, in seventeenth.
The Moto3 race will start tomorrow at 1pm local time, with the Moto3 title at stake.
Alex Rins 17th 2:14.444 18 laps 100 km
"It has certainly been a day to forget. We changed one aspect of the bike to brake later and on the first stint I was already able to stop the bike better; maybe that’s why I fell when I went a little wide. In addition, I was going round the outside and I clipped Gardner. I didn’t do myself too much damage, but I would like to apologise to the team. In the qualifying session we could not really put in a flying lap, so tomorrow we will have to make a good start to put us at the front."
Alex Marquez 5th 2:13.315 27 laps 150 km
"The second day at Sepang has also been positive. My feeling with the bike and my pace are very good. In the morning we took an important step forward with the setup and I felt good. We knew that the afternoon session would be a little crazy, like in Australia -where we did a perfect lap- but here we could not find do likewise. What matters is that we are well prepared for the race, so it will be important for the title to finish ahead of Miller."
Eighth pole of the season for Miller
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider heads grid for Malaysian GP after scorching lap. Karel Hanika takes creditable 12th place.
10/25/2014 - Sepang International Circuit
The penultimate round of the season features a race in which Jack Miller is obliged to tighten up the Moto3 World Championship standings. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider set the wheels in motion for that this Saturday, claiming his eighth pole position of the season. The Australian achieved the fastest lap of the circuit, stopping the clock in 2:12.450. His teammate Karel Hanika earned the twelfth fastest time of the session, with a lap of 2:13.884.
The final practice session of the weekend was used by the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to lower their times from yesterday. Miller –tenth with a time of 2:13.593– continued working with the race in mind, whilst Hanika –fourteenth with a time of 2:14.603– followed his teammate to take the best possible lines and bested his previous top lap by almost a second.
The qualifying session showed the work that both Red Bull KTM Ajo riders have been doing throughout the weekend. Miller claimed pole number eight of the campaign with a circuit record of 2:12.450, set with just four minutes remaining in the session. Hanika rounded off the two days of practice with 12th position on the grid, courtesy of his fastest time of the weekend: 2:13.884.
The Moto3 Malaysian Grand Prix will begin two hours later than usual, at 1pm local time. The two races in the class so far at Sepang have both been won by Red Bull KTM Ajo, through Sandro Cortese in 2012 and Luis Salom in 2013.
Juanfran Guevara ready for race day fightback
MAPFRE Aspar rider qualifies nineteenth after being run off track by another rider at the end of qualifying
A competitive season of Moto3 racing continues to intensify as the title battle reaches its climax in Malaysia,with lap times in free practice this morning already inside the pole record. With searing temperatures in the afternoon it looked unlikely that they would be able to go as fast in qualifying, but Jack Miller and John McPhee managed it as they were the only riders to dip under the 2'12 barrier.
After taking a step forward this morning Juanfran Guevara was hoping to be fighting for a top grid position this afternoon. The Spanish youngster had adapted well to the conditions after his issues yesterday and improved his set-up to allow him to clock the seventh fastest time in the final free practice session. However, after being knocked off track by another rider in the final few moments of qualifying, Guevara was unable to make crucial late improvements to his lap time and the MAPFRE Aspar youngster faces a fight through the pack from nineteenth position.
19th Juanfran Guevara 2.14.799 (13 laps): “It was important to get a slipstream but there was a lot of traffic at the end of the session and whereas last week it worked in our favour, today we were on the other end. I touched with another rider on one of my best laps, which I think could have put me in the top ten, but I am still satisfied because we did a good job today, improved the set-up and prepared well for the race. It is going to be tough because we have a lot of ground to make up and there will be a lot of riders trying to get involved in that lead group. It will be hot too and we'll have to watch out because I'm sure there will be crashes. Hopefully I can get a good start, tag onto the lead group and try to battle with them for a good result.”
Early crash prevents Scott Deroue to push hard in qualifying
A nasty crash early in the qualifying session trashed Scott Deroue’s hopes to start the Moto3 race of the Malaysian GP from a good position. The crash left Deroue not only with little time but also with a painful shoulder that prevented him to push hard. Deroue will start the race from 33rd position, next to country man Jasper Iwema.
The crash was a real shame as Deroue showed impressive progression in the third free practice at Sepang, giving him a positive outlook for qualifying. But as he was in a fast lap already in his third lap in the session, he crossed the limits and crashed. Not only did the crash cost him over 23 minutes (the session is 40 minutes) of valuable time, it also left him with a painful left shoulder. The injury made it hard to really push at the demanding Sepang circuit.
A little tow might have helped Deroue a bit further up the rankings but the qualifying session showed a rare view of nearly all riders crawling along the straight at a footpace, every one waiting for a slipstream that obviously didn’t come.
Scott Deroue – 33 (2.16,326)
“That hurts! Physically and mentally. I was in a good and fast lap to try to improve my basic speed and everything was looking fine when all of a sudden I was down. I hurt my left shoulder. We have to wait and see how the injury develops and what that means for tomorrow’s race.”
Don’t forget: the clocks change to winter time tonight. The Moto3 race will start at 06.00 Central European Time
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia ready to attack at Sepang
Eighth and ninth rows for Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli respectively.
The high level of the Moto3 World Championship has made the qualifying session of the penultimate round of the season at Sepang particularly exciting. Jack Miller (KTM) took his eighth pole position this season smashing the 2013 track record of Luis Salom (2'13"867) with a fastest time of 2'12"450. Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli featured in rows eight and nine respectively.
Twelfth after his first time attack with a 2'15"509, Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) was slowed down by the traffic in his second attempt and dropped to 23th on the overall standings. Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) will start from 27th slot on the grid, confident to make the best of the positive signs he has got from the practice to make a strong race tomorrow.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 23rd, 2'15"509
"I’m pleased with today because I set my best lap time in qualifying but in the same time I’m not satisfied to be so far behind on the grid. I did my best lap on my first attempt but I found a lot of traffic but no a slipstream in my second time attack. I have a good feeling with my bike but we still have to improve the front-end on corner entry. If we do that we will have some better chances to make a comeback race tomorrow".
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 27th, 2'15"750
"My feeling with the bike is good and this is encouraging. Unfortunately it was to be expected we would struggle more than usual at this track due to its characteristics. While at Phillip Island there were 30 riders covered by just 1.6s here our gap to the leaders is 3s. I loose a lot of time in the first and in the last splits, the two faster sectors of Sepang. We’ll work on that in tomorrow’s warm-up and I’ll give my best to make up as much positions as possible in the race. It will be crucial to make a good start and to stay with the right group".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"I think our guys deserve more than their position on the grid. Watching Matteo and Andrea riding at this track you can see that they keep the right lines and give their best at all times. We can be proud with their determination: the whole team is working hard for the race aiming to make up some ground when the lights go off tomorrow".
SIMEON TO LAUNCH SEPANG CHALLENGE FROM THE FIFTH ROW. BALDASSARRI 23rd
Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 rider Xavier Siméon will be looking for another good result into the top ten in tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit: the 25-year-old Belgian rider will start from the fifth row of the grid with the 14th fastest time, 2’08”344, set in this afternoon’s qualifying session. Siméon, however, showed a good pace ahead of the race and he will continue to work with the team to improve the behaviour of his Suter especially in the fast corners.
Lorenzo Baldassarri will start from the twenty-third position after a qualifying session affected by an early crash, in which he has damaged the handlebars of his Suter. The 17-year-old rookie rejoined the track for a final attempt, scoring the time of 2’08”865, slightly better than the one obtained in the morning, in the third and final free practice session.
XAVIER SIMEON (14th - 2'08"344)
“Today we missed only the fast lap, which unfortunately we were unable to get during qualifying; for the rest I'm pretty happy with the bike: at the moment our problem is that we are losing a lot of time in three fast corners of the track, where the bike is sliding because we can’t exploit the edge grip of the tyre. In any case, we have a good pace: we will continue to work to improve and I think that tomorrow we can fight for a top ten finish”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (23° - 2'08"865)
“Too bad for the crash at the beginning of qualifying: I went out on track with a used front tyre, I tried to push and I lost the front. I was able to rejoin the track, but in the fall the handlebar was bent and as a result I lost a lot of time. I could only make the last run and in the end the grid position is not so good: anyway, we still know that we can do well tomorrow. I feel at ease with the bike, we just need to make some changes with regard to the rear end. We will also have to see how I will react in the heat: it will be a tough race, for sure”.
Rabat chases World Championship from pole position at Sepang
Sepang, Malaysia – 25 October 2014: Tito Rabat will start from pole position for the tenth time this season in tomorrow’s Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix, after posting the fastest time in today’s qualifying session, which was held in sweltering conditions at Sepang.
Mika Kallio will join Rabat on the front row for the Malaysian Moto2 Grand Prix, after overcoming rear grip issues to qualify in second position, just over a tenth behind his teammate.
It is the fourth time this season that the Marc VDS riders have lined up alongside each other in position one and two on the grid, but never before has the outcome of the race been so important for the championship battle, which has raged between Rabat and Kallio since the first race of the season in Qatar.
Should Rabat finish seventh or higher in the race then he will be crowned as the 2014 Moto2 World Champion on Sunday afternoon at Sepang, regardless of where his Marc VDS teammate finishes. All Kallio can do is race to win, while hoping that the rich vein of form that Rabat has enjoyed since Brno finally deserts him tomorrow.
Jorge Navarro was disappointed to secure a start only on the seventh row of the grid for tomorrow’s 18-lap Malaysian Moto3 Grand Prix, after qualifying in 20th position this afternoon at Sepang. The 18-year-old Spaniard will look to make improvements in warm up tomorrow, before heading into the race with the goal of another points scoring finish.
Tito Rabat // Pole Position // 2’07.429
“Today I had a good feeling on the bike, both with a full fuel load and later in the session with less weight. My rhythm was also good from the start, but maybe I worked a little bit too hard today, with too much stopping and starting. I also came across too many riders on track, which meant I wasn’t able to improve my lap time further. The race will be hard tomorrow, not just because of the conditions but also because all the riders are so close on time. Like always, I will focus only on the race tomorrow, not the championship. I will try to make a good start and then fight at the front, hopefully for the win.”
Mika Kallio // 2nd // 2’07.587
“If I want to win the race tomorrow then there is no place for a plan; I need to brake later, open the throttle earlier and fight from the first metre to the last! The conditions are really difficult, it’s hard to find a good setting but as we saw in qualifying, it’s the same for everyone. We do need to think about the tyres as the grip is good initially, so you can be aggressive, but then it drops off quite quickly and then you need to a little bit more gentle, more smooth, to maximise the grip. We are in not too bad a position at the moment, and we’ve closed a lot on Tito in qualifying, but we could do with another two tenths per lap and a bit more consistency in the race. I need to win here and I need to win in Valencia, but it’s really down to Tito at the moment. He has a big advantage, but we will keep putting on the pressure and see what happens.”
Jorge Navarro // 20th // 2’15.277
“This morning the feeling with the bike was good and the lap time was coming, but then I hit the limit and couldn’t seem to get past it to improve my lap time further. Now we need to break this limit because I expected much more than 20th position in qualifying and, more importantly, the gap to first place is too much. For tomorrow we need to work, because we are not where we should be yet.”
Hafiq Azmi takes best grid position of the year at Sepang
SIC-Ajo Team rider takes 16th fastest time in qualifying, allowing him to fight for points tomorrow. Hafiza Rofa will take off from the eleventh row.
10/25/2014 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Hafiq Azmi made his home experience count at Sepang to do better than ever in qualifying. The 16th position he took in the grid-deciding session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, his home round, was his best showing in a qualifying session this season and puts him at the head of the sixth row grid for the penultimate round of the year. Hafiza Rofa debuts in the World Championship this weekend as a wildcard, and will begin the race from 31st position.
The day started with the final free practice session of the weekend, in which both SIC-Ajo Team riders improved on their times from yesterday. Hafiq Azmi was not entirely comfortable in the third practice session, but bettered his lap times by almost half a second. On the last lap of the session he set the 23rd fastest time, with a lap of 2:15.472. Hafiza Rofa has also lowered his time from yesterday, placing 33rd with a 2:16.589.
Qualifying was more productive for Hafiq Azmi. The Malaysian rider set very consistent lap times throughout the session at the Sepang International Circuit. On the penultimate lap he achieved his best time this weekend –2:14.413– claiming his best result in such a session so far this season. Hafiza Rofa also set his best lap of the weekend –2:16.104– and leads the eleventh row of the grid for tomorrow's race.
The seventeenth race of the season will start tomorrow at 1 pm local time. Hafiq Azmi will have the opportunity to fight for the points in front of the Malaysian fans, whilst Hafiza Rofa will seek to finish his first Grand Prix.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"I am very happy with the qualifying session we had today. It is definitely our best weekend of the year so far, with the best result of the year in a qualifying session. Starting the race 16th is not bad and the objective tomorrow will be to get a good start and try and fight for points. For the race I have little confidence at Turns 5 and 12, because the bike shakes a lot there. Tomorrow in the warmup we will work to improve and get a better feeling for the race."
Third and fifth row starts for Husqvarna riders at Sepang
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo take 7th and 14th place, respectively, in a hot qualifying session in Malaysia.
10/25/2014 - Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo had a positive qualifying session for the Malaysian Grand Prix. The seventeenth round of the year will see Kent start from 7th, after he set a 2:13.529 best time in the runout. Ajo, who missed most of yesterday's second practice session, will take off from the fifth row of the grid. He set the 14th fastest time of 2:14.155.
The two riders improved their times from yesterday by more than half a second each in the third practice session, continuing their constant evolution. Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider was ninth with a 2:13.567 lap and took another step forward with the setup of his bike. Likewise, Ajo made an improvement and was sixteenth with a 2:14.670 best, able to complete 14 laps after missing much of the second session yesterday.
In the qualifying session, Kent and Ajo again dropped their times. Kent set a 2:13.529 lap on his final attempt, allowing him to start from 7th on the grid. His lap was all the more impressive as he had suffered a crash with another rider shortly beforehand. Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider improved by more than half a second and qualified in 14th position, after putting in a 2:14.155 lap.
Racing at the Sepang International Circuit begins tomorrow from 1pm local time. This will be the penultimate race of the season, and both Kent and Ajo are chasing a strong result.
52 DANNY KENT
"I'm happy with seventh place but I'm not happy with the qualifying session I had. In the first two runs we put on two used front tyres, and when we put new tyres on the front and rear another rider clipped me and I went down. In the end I could only complete one good lap and the bike was a little damaged. However, I am pleased that in spite of this we qualified seventh. We need to work a little harder to be prepared for the race tomorrow. I'm not as confident as at the last race that we can be up at the front, but you never know."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"The qualifying session today was pretty hard, just like the entire day. Missing a session yesterday with a mechanical problem hindered us a lot this morning and we could not find the right setup. We've been trying things out, but not going in the right direction. I also didn’t have a great feeling. We still have plenty of work to do. The final time was not bad, but I have not been able to adapt my riding style to the track. The team is doing a great job with the bike, but I have to look at my data and analyse my style to see if we can have a good race."
Schrotter to surge from the fourth row in Sepang
Tech3 Racing team rider Marcel Schrotter will commence his 19 lap battle at the Sepang International Circuit from 11th having worked persistently to clinch a strong starting position on the Moto2 grid. The young German began the day by finishing in 15th in this morning’s free practice 3 session and completed the prelude to qualifying with a lap of 2’08.663 which was set on his final run. This time was 0.569 quicker than his best lap yesterday and put him in good stead for the afternoon challenge. Here the 21 year old ran at speed immediately aboard the Mistral 610 as he continued to make some final alterations to the setup of his Moto2 bike and aimed to lower his time even further. Schrotter aggressively battled through the qualifying where his hard fought efforts were rewarded by snatching 11th place as the chequered flag marked the end of the session. His time was 2’08.169 which was only 0.463 from third place and the young German rider will start tomorrow’s fight from the middle of the fourth row. Schrotter’s sights are firmly set on another top ten finish in the Moto2 class as he intends to ascend from 11th in the championship standings.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing team garage, Ricky Cardus will begin round 17 of the Moto2 world championship from 24th on the grid. The Spanish rider concluded yesterday’s morning session in 7th position with a best lap of 2’08.616 which left him only 0.568 from the top time. Cardus continued his tireless efforts in today's FP3, where further steps forward were made to the setup of the Mistral 610 ahead of the qualifying. Once the 45 minute practice started, Cardus rode with determination instantly but unfortunately suffered a small fall during the shootout. He finished with a time of 2’09.254, leaving him to begin the race from the eighth row in the highly competitive intermediate class. Tomorrow he will aim to undertake a trademark strong start and leap through the field to storm to another points scoring result in the final fly away race.
Marcel Schrotter - Position : 11th - Time : 2'08.169
“Today was very positive for us and to qualify in 11th is a good place to start from in order to hopefully scoop another great result. We had already improved this morning but afterwards, we made a further big step forward with the bike for the qualifying which meant that I was able to do a rapid lap right at the beginning of the session. This was when I was riding without any slipstream and therefore gives me a lot of confidence for tomorrow. At the end of the practice I was behind Folger and managed to lower my time even more. However, while the slipstream on the straight was positive, I was a bit too close in the corners so I couldn’t take full advantage of my strong points. Yet, starting from the fourth row on the grid will enable me to get right into the mix instantly and I am certain that I can have a competitive race. My main ambition is to finish in front of Salom and Lowes as they are the main rivals for the 10th place in the world championship. So therefore, a top ten or higher is the aim as I need to collect as many points as possible. It will be a long and demanding fight but I am ready for the challenge in Malaysia.”
Ricky Cardus - Position : 24th - Time : 2'09.254
“It was a tricky qualifying session for us today at Sepang and to start tomorrow from 24th is far from ideal and definitely not near where I want to be. However, despite the grid position, I remain confident for the race as it is a very long one and a lot can change in 19 laps. Today my feeling with the bike just wasn’t the same as yesterday and I still don’t really understand why. During the qualifying session I was a bit too nervous at the start and made some mistakes in each lap as a result, as well as having a small crash. There are no excuses but fortunately we have tomorrow to fight back as the aim still remains to score another top 15 finish, even though it will be a tough race from the 8th row. For certain, I must ensure that I undertake a really strong start and try to overtake as many riders as I can in the first lap in order to close in on a points scoring position and then after that I need to remain consistent so that I can continue to climb through the order.”
MAPFRE Aspar riders toil in the heat of Sepang
Jordi Torres and Nico Terol face long race tomorrow from 22nd and 27th on the grid
Unlike the stratospheric lap times seen in MotoGP and Moto3, the pace in qualifying for the Moto2 was not as hot as the searing temperatures at Sepang, probably not helped by the fact that the intermediate category riders took to the track at the hottest part of the day. Just like he did in Australia last weekend series leader Tito Rabat dominated both sessions today, picking up pole position by just over a tenth from his team-mate Mika Kallio, the only man who can deny the Spaniard the championship in tomorrow's race.
It promises to be a long and hard race for the two MAPFRE Aspar riders, who both struggled to make headway in the tortuous conditions this afternoon. Jordi Torres and Nico Terol are hoping for a positive warm-up session in order to find some set-up solutions ahead of the race tomorrow, which they will start from 22nd and 27th position respectively following a disappointing qualifying session today.
22nd Jordi Torres 2.08.835 (17 laps): “Today was a tough day, we really struggled to find a good feeling and no matter how I try I can't get my head around it. I am trying to relax, to let the bike run, but I just can't get comfortable. Every time there is a little movement from the bike I tense up and the lap times don't come. We have to try and turn this around tomorrow in the warm-up. We need the bike to be more precise in corner entry but I also need to change something in my head so that everything comes more easily.”
27th Nico Terol 2.09.441 (17 laps): “We are struggling with the same things as we have in recent weeks. We find a good base on Friday but then hit a wall on Saturday and I can't ride the bike like I want. I tried to get some references off other riders in qualifying this afternoon but it wasn't possible. The bike was chattering and I couldn't get it to turn. I am really pushing hard but things are not working out. We'll just have to keep working tomorrow in the warm-up and then focus purely on myself in the race.”
Gino Rea fighting for a Top 15 in tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix
Gino Rea qualified 21st for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday, finishing just 1.4 seconds from pole position. Rea was within the Top 20 for most of the qualifying session however a few minor setbacks hindered his progress as he explains:
"Qualifying today didn’t exactly go to plan so to finish 1.4 from pole in 21st is still a big improvement over last weekend. I was inside the Top 20 for most of the session but when I went out on new tyres I had to make an extra pit stop to change my helmet because my drink tube opened and splashed inside the visor. When I got back out on track I was on a quick lap but I lost the front in the tight turn 9 and crashed. Luckily I managed to get going again with just a bent handlebar. There wasn’t enough time to pit in so I continued and did my best lap after that. I feel good going into the race so I’m hoping I can make up some positions to battle for the Top 15.”
AGT REA Racing will line up for the Malaysian Grand Prix tomorrow at 14.20 local time.