Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the second day of practice at Qatar:
Red Bull KTM Ajo ready for first QP of the year
Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika improve their times from the first night in Qatar and end the practice sessions with the third, eighth and eighteenth best laps, respectively.
03/27/2015 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar
This Friday night in Qatar saw the third and final free practice session for the first Grand Prix of the year. The three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders lowered their lap times from yesterday, showing improvement in each of the sessions. For the second straight night, Miguel Oliveira was one of the Top 3 fastest riders, setting the third best lap and just 0.097 off the top spot. Brad Binder climbed to eighth, while Karel Hanika was eighteenth.
Only 40 minutes of work time was available to the lower cylinder class on the second night of the Qatar Grand Prix. Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Portuguese rider, like yesterday, led the timesheets from the start. Always riding alone and finding his pace, Oliveira was able to set his best lap so far -2:06.510- with five minutes remaining. Less than half a second behind -2:06.939- was teammate Binder, who entered the Top10 with eighth place. Hanika dropped below the 2:08 barrier for the first time, with a 2:07.681 for eighteenth.
Tomorrow sees one of the highlights of the weekend: The Moto3 qualifying session. From 6pm local time, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will chase the first pole position of the season.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"The day went very well. We finished the session in third place. At the end I could not catch any slipstream, but that's good because it means we can still gain a few tenths and that is important. We are on the right track, and in the qualifying session we will push strongly to find a good time, because we know that the other riders also will try this. The objective must be to get onto the first or second row, to have a place where there is not too much traffic. I think we are ready to compete."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Today went much better than yesterday. When I started, I already noticed a better feeling with the front. I had a small problem when braking hard with the rear. On the second stint, when we changed an important aspect of the setup we improved a lot, but when I pushed hard, we had the same feeling as before. Anyway, we are calm because we know what we have to change, and it is under control. I hope to have a good qualifying session tomorrow."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"Today was a difficult day, because we made some completely different experiments to yesterday and they have not gone as well as expected. For a few laps I struggled a lot, and unfortunately I had to do them alone. Tomorrow in the qualifying session we have to focus on that in order to improve. We have to sit down and see what we have to adjust with the bike and how I can improve my riding style. I think tomorrow will be a better day."
Fabio Quartararo continues to dazzle on Grand Prix debut
Repsol rider, who finished fifth today, fights for the top time in the only free practice session. His teammate, Jorge Navarro, goes tenth and Maria Herrera, 33rd.
In the only free practice session held on Friday at the Qatari track, Fabio Quartararo put in a great performance and finished just 0.152 off the best time of the night, set by Danny Kent. The Repsol rider surprised the paddock on his antepenultimate lap, in which he was on course to clock the fastest time until the last corner –where he came up against a large group of riders and lost time. He improved his best lap from yesterday by 9 tenths.
Jorge Navarro also improved his best time from yesterday and finished tenth, 6 tenths off Kent. The Spaniard improved by just over half second compared with his best time from Thursday. Maria Herrera, continuing her adaptation to the Qatari track, today completed the session thirty-third –improving half a second from yesterday.
Tomorrow the Moto3 riders will go directly into the first qualifying session of the 2015 season at the Losail circuit.
Fabio Quartararo 5th 2:06.565 15 laps 81 km
"Today I felt very good on the bike; we achieved a good pace using worn tyres and we were able to go much faster when we fitted new tyres. I set a 2:06.565, but another rider got in my way and I think I could have improved the time. During practice yesterday and early on today we rode alone all the time, so in the latter part Jorge [Navarro] and I worked together to help each other improve our times. Tomorrow it will be important to look for good references to help us improve, or a fast group or a slipstream that allows me to lower my times. Although I have improved in every outing, I have to keep progressing. I think for the race we will have a good pace and I can be very competitive."
Jorge Navarro 10th 2:07.013 16 laps 86 km
"The practice session today was mainly to test things with my riding. We can see that there are places where I need to improve, so we focused on making two long runs to improve these things. In the first stint I felt very good at first. Afterwards the tyre wore down a lot, but once we changed it we had a good feeling again. The opening laps I rode alongside Fabio [Quartararo], using a bit of teamwork. When I was doing my best lap another rider blocked my path and prevented me from improving more, but the goal today was not to set a fast lap. We've got a good feeling and a good pace; I think tomorrow we will have a good qualifying session."
Maria Herrera 33rd 2:10.312 16 laps 86 km
"Today we continued to try more things with the bike and I feel better than yesterday, but I still need more laps to adapt to this circuit. Tomorrow we will continue working on the setup in order to get to the race in the best possible shape. This first Grand Prix will not be easy; you have to be mentally prepared because it's all new, so I have to stay calm and gain as much experience as possible."
Zarco presents candidacy for first pole position of 2015
Ajo Motorsport rider improves times from yesterday and again takes second fastest time, in the third free practice session in Qatar.
03/27/2015 - Losail International Circuit, Qatar
Johann Zarco had a great second night at the Losail International Circuit, performing at the same excellent level as yesterday. The Ajo Motorsport rider repeated second place in the third and final free practice session of the weekend, lowering his times to below the 2:00 mark. Only three riders were capable of doing this, and the Frenchman did so by setting a best lap of 1:59.677. He was just 0.136 off the top spot.
An intense and exciting duel between Johann Zarco and Sam Lowes in the final Moto2 free practice session saw the two alternating possession of the top time. Finally it was Lowes who prevailed, but the Ajo Motorsport rider and his Kalex completed the most laps -4- in the 1:59s.
Tomorrow at 6:55pm local time, the riders in the intermediate category will go out on track to compete for the first pole position of the season.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"This third practice session went very well, because yesterday we started the day very strongly but ultimately could not improve my time. Today we could. Along with the team we did a good job today, and we have gone in the right direction with the bike. I think we can still improve, and we will see this tomorrow in the qualifying session. I'm happy because I'm being very consistent, and that's important. We want to start on the front row for the race, in order to be well prepared. We'll see what tyres we choose ahead of Sunday to get a good result."
A HARDENED FENATI AND A BETTER MIGNO:
THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 IS ALREADY LOOKING AHEAD TO QUALIFYING
Romano crashes out but he soon puts things right. Andrea looks more at ease on the new track
Losail, March 27, 2015. Romano Fenati pulled out an outstanding comeback in the FP3 of the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar: the Sky Racing Team VR46 rider managed to make up for an early crash-out in corner 15 by quickly climbing up the timesheets and sneaking into 13th with 2.07.356 (14th overall time at the end of the three sessions) in the last 10 minutes left. In the ten minutes before in fact, the team had been busy to fine-tune the setting thus allowing Romano to get back on track with a more competitive bike.
Andrea Migno improved his performance as he appeared more at ease on the new track after yesterday’s debut. Rider number 16 finished 29th with 2.09.032.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
“When you only have one test available over a day, everything gets more complicated. Today we implemented a specific planning for Romano, but the crash-out did affect it and such a complication actually thwarts any ambition to get more. I am happy, though, because after that crash, Romano rode well, he was very fast, almost like yesterday and that’s a very good thing. Because when a rider is able to produce such results despite difficulties, it means we are doing a great job. We will now focus on trying and pulling a flying lap thus getting as far ahead as possible in qualifying. Unfortunately today we failed to do so because of Romano’s crash-out.
As expected, Andrea did better than yesterday. If today he had had another session to ride, I’m sure he would have improved further. In any case his attitude and his performance were quite better, he was more confident and competitive. One of the positive aspects is that Andrea has already got a better feel for the track and that’s encouraging for him”.
ROMANO FENATI / Pilota
“Unfortunately this third session was badly affected by a crash-out that in any case I managed to make up for very shortly. In the first minutes before the crash I had been struggling to find the right feeling with the bike, as I was feeling vibrations that held me back from pushing hard. Tomorrow we will fix the bike ahead of the race and we’ll try to pull out good qualifying”.
ANDREA MIGNO / Pilota
“I’m happy I was able to improve a lot compared to yesterday. The track now appears a bit less tough to me as I got acquainted with it, even if we still have to find the perfect set-up. Our aim is to quickly take other steps forward in order to do well in qualifying”.
Moto3 - The work of San Carlo Team Italia continues at Losail
Practice looking to the race for Matteo Ferrari and Marco Bezzecchi.
The riders of San Carlo Team Italia went through the third session of free practice, during the second "evening" of activity of Moto3 World Championship at Losail International Circuit, already thinking at the race planned on Sunday evening. In this session, which finished with Danny Kent (Honda) again on top of the classification with a time of 2'06"413, Matteo Ferrari and Marco Bezzecchi worked methodically, respecting the plan decided with the Team.
Author of a best lap in 2'09''346, Matteo Ferrari tried to perfect his feeling with the new Mahindra MGP3O 2015, riding constantly with used tyres. Marco Bezzecchi made some encouraging steps forward: at his debut in World Champioship, as substitute of the regular Stefano Manzi (who will debut in two weeks at Austin), the rider from Rimini affirmed to be satisfied of the progress made during the session.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 30th, 2'09"346
"We succeed in making a step forward today too, but I am not completely satisfied. While riding, I don't feel at 100%; for this reason I know that I will have to try to improve my feeling with the bike. The gap is wide even if I did only one lap with new tyres. I think that tomorrow in qualifying we will be able to improve: it won't be easy, but we will try our best to get closer to the top-15, that still remains our goal."
Marco Bezzecchi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #53) 31st, 2'09"546
"I am happy because I found a good feeling with the bike. In comparison to yesterday, I was able to manage well on track also with riders who have already experience in World Championship; every time that I was with them, I didn't lose any time. Moreover, I did my best lap while riding on my own, and that's a good sign for tomorrow: if we actualize these progress, we will be able to materialize something good."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"With our riders, we were able to limit the gap to the top-15, that still remains our goal for this first race. Tomorrow in qualifying we will try to reduce this gap even more, in order to be in good form for Sunday. I underline that we are working exclusively looking to the race: the performance on the single lap is important, but not too much. Losail is a fast track, where it's easy making up places even more if, as in our case, we have a fast bike. This will help us in the race, with no doubt."
GOOD PROGRESS FOR LOCATELLI AND BASTIANINI AHEAD OF TOMORROW'S GRAND PRIX OF QATAR QUALIFYING
Both Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders, Andrea Locatelli and Enea Bastianini, took advantage of the only track session scheduled today for the Moto3 class in Losail, immediately improving the performance produced yesterday and closing the combined classification of the three free practice sessions respectively in 11th and 19th position.
Locatelli, who has already reached a good feeling with his Honda NSF250RW machine, set a good 2’07”190, remaining for most of the sessionin the top positions, while his team mate Bastianini, who got 2’07”683, was able to improve some of the of the set-up issues he experienced yesterday and tomorrow he will continue to work on the setting together with his technicians to try to climb some other positions during qualifying.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (11th - 2'07"190)
“Since the beginning of the session we have significantly improved the performance obtained yesterday. I honestly didn’t expect such a sharp improvement, but of course I’m very happy because this means that we are on the right path. I reached a good feeling with the bike and with the track and this was the most important thing coming from winter tests in which we have never had the opportunity to ride a lot and to make changes on the bike. Now we just have to take more advantage of the new tyre to be able to improve our position in qualifying, however starting from tenth for the race would not be a bad result at all”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (19th - 2'07"683)
“Today was a bit better than yesterday, and perhaps we understand some things, but it’s clear that we can do much better. We still have some issues, but we are trying to solve them. The gap from the other riders in front of us now is smaller and if tomorrow we can shave some other tenths we can start from a good position on the grid”.
“Today we have made good progress compared to yesterday, although there is still work to do. We are not yet in top form, but now we are a little closer to our rivals and this is important. Obviously our target ambitious and at the moment is certainly not easy, but we remain confident: the bike is working well and is very competitive, we just need time to get acquainted to it”.
Top three for Rabat as Marquez ups the pace
Losail, Qatar – 27 March 2015: Both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders improved their lap times significantly during today’s single Moto2 free practice session in Qatar.
Tito Rabat was one of only three riders to break the two minute barrier at the Losail International Circuit to finish third today, while Alex Marquez improved his lap time by more than a second to finish 11th.
Rabat was hampered by traffic during the session, making it difficult for the reigning Moto2 World Champion to find a good rhythm, but he eventually found a clear track and posted a time of 1’59.993 on his very last flying lap.
Marquez’s fastest lap came a little earlier in the session; when he took advantage of a tow from his Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate to fine tune his lines around the 5.4km Losail International Circuit.
Both Rabat and Marquez are confident of further improvement during qualifying, which is the only session for the Moto2 class tomorrow.
Tito Rabat: 3rd – 1’59.993
“Today we improved a little, making another step forward, but we weren’t the only ones to do so, as the timesheet shows. I came across many slower riders on track, which made it difficult to find a good rhythm today. For tomorrow we need to make another big step and cut the deficit to the leading two riders if we are to be in the best position for the race on Sunday. We have some ideas for further improvements, especially now that there is more grip available on track, and we will look at these in more depth tonight.”
Alex Marquez: 11th – 2’01.030
“I’m happy because we made another step tonight and that’s the important thing; to always improve. In the session I had a really good rhythm, so for tomorrow in qualifying we just need to decide when and how we try to make our fast laps. I want to say thank you to Tito, because he helped me a lot tonight; he’s a great teammate to have. So, overall I’m very happy. Yes, we need to improve further tomorrow but today, only our second in Qatar, it was very positive for us.”
SIMEON TARGETS SECOND ROW OF THE GRID FOR TOMORROW'S GRAND PRIX OF QATAR QUALIFYING
Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex, Xavier Siméon closed today the combined classification of the three free practice sessions of the Moto2 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail with the tenth fastest time, 2’00”961, a performance which improves by 0.2 seconds the best lap time obtained by the 25-year-old Belgian rider yesterday evening.
Siméon, who can count on a good race pace, tomorrow will try to take off a few more tenths in order to grab a starting position in the first two rows of the grid.
XAVIER SIMEON (10th - 2'00"961)
“Today I was expecting to get a most significant improvement on the flying lap, but we made some minor changes to the bike that have not had good effects. Our race pace is not bad, but we can improve on the single lap. We want to start from the first two rows, or from the third row at maximum, so we can fight among the fastest during the race”.
“I am satisfied with the work done so far by Simeon and the team: single lap we are still a bit 'far from the first, but we hope to improve for qualifying: our goal is to start in the first eight grid positions; we hope to do it, it would be a good start to be able to play a good result in the race”.
CAME TO JOIN LEOPARD RACING AS NEW PARTNER
LEOPARD RACING is pleased to announce a new sponsorship agreement with CAME GROUP, a leading Italian and international player in the automation, security and space control sectors.
Founded in 1972, CAME GROUP built an international following with 21 dedicated subsidiaries throughout the world.
The sponsorship between CAME GROUP and LEOPARD RACING is aimed at increasing global awareness of CAME, one of CAME GROUP’s brands, as well as to consolidate and support its international expansion.
The LEOPARD RACING team will be for CAME a significant springboard towards global visibility.
Paolo MENUZZO, President of CAME GROUP
“Following CAME GROUP’s successful growth strategy in Italy and the launch of subsidiaries in France, the Benelux, Spain, the UK, Germany, Russia, India, Poland, and the USA, we wished to give fresh impetus to the development of the CAME GROUP by promoting the CAME brand through exceptional media coverage alongside the high technology LEOPARD RACING Moto 3 Team.
“The partnership will be a key part of CAME GROUP’s development strategy, to launch our brand CAME in new markets. This new agreement with the LEOPARD RACING team will definitely strengthen CAME internationally”.
Stefan KIEFER, Team manager
“We are delighted to welcome CAME GROUP to our network of team partners. This sponsorship agreement and we believe that this sport’s unique global footprint, allied to our team’s growing competitiveness in the coming season, will enable CAME GROUP to exceed its objectives for this partnership. We look forward to a strong and successfully relationship together”.
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