2015 Jerez Saturday Moto2 and Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

Repsol and Quartararo take first pole together in the World Championship

French rider sets the fastest time in qualifying for only his fourth race in the World Championship. Teammate Jorge Navarro finishes tenth, and Maria Herrera twenty-fourth.

Only four races into his World Championship career, Fabio Quartararo has already clinched his first pole in Moto3. At the first track of the season that he already knew from the FIM CEV Repsol, Quartararo was able to focus on his riding and setup on Friday and Saturday and reap the rewards in the qualifying session. The Frenchman dominated the second half of the session, never relinquishing the top spot. Eventually he set his best time of 1:46.791 on his penultimate lap, 0.120s ahead of second placed rider and leader of the overall standings, Danny Kent.

Teammate Jorge Navarro, with a best time of 1:47.400, was 6 tenths off Quartararo and clocked the tenth fastest time. He will start from the third row of the grid tomorrow. Further back will be Maria Herrera, who suffered a light crash at Turn 2 at the end of the qualifying session which prevented her from placing higher than 24th.

Tomorrow’s Moto3 race will start at 11:00am local time.

Fabio Quartararo 1st 1:46.791 33 laps 146 km

"Getting pole position was very difficult. There were many riders waiting for a tow to set a fast time, but I managed to find a free space to get mine. On my fast lap I made some mistakes, which I will have to improve on, but I'm happy. I’ve got the pole but now I need to think about tomorrow's race, which is the hardest thing. I want to thank the team and my family."

Jorge Navarro 10th 1:47.400 32 laps 142 km

"This morning we made some changes to the bike and I felt quite comfortable. The pace was good and consistent with the used tyres, and we came into the qualifying session with a good feeling. We saw that the track conditions were changing a lot and we made some small adjustments to the bike, which didn’t work as well as we would have liked. We will start from tenth place, also because I could not pull out a good single lap, so tomorrow we know we have a good pace and I'll have to make a good start and learn as much as possible in the race."

Maria Herrera 24th 1:48.046 30 laps 133 km

"In the first session we went to work on what yesterday we saw we had to improve. I quickly felt very comfortable, although I encountered a lot of traffic as many riders stopped in the middle of the track and I could not get a good lap. In qualifying I was not very lucky, because at the beginning of the session I came up against a lot of traffic. In the end, when it came to setting a good lap time, I slotted in behind Masbou, but at Turn 2 I made a mistake and I lost grip when accelerating. It was only a small crash, but I was not able to improve afterwards. I do not like my starting position for tomorrow, but I know I have a good pace so I’ll try to make a good start and put myself in a fast group on the early laps."


Enea Bastianini will start tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix from seventh place on the grid aboard the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 Honda NSF250RW machine: the 17-year-old rider from Rimini set a lap time of 1’47”251 in the final stages of this afternoon’s Qualifying session at Jerez de la Frontera, closing just 0.4 seconds behind the poleman, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo. Bastianini, who missed the second row for only 53 milliseconds, however, was slowed down by traffic during his last attempt, with many riders who didn’t allow him to improve further.

Bastianini’s team mate, Andrea Locatelli, stopped the clock at 1’47”962 and he will start from the eighth row tomorrow with the 23rd time: the 18-year-old Italian rider failed to reach a good feeling with his bike with high temperatures and tomorrow he will face a difficult comeback race.

ENEA BASTIANINI (7th - 1'47"251)

“I'm not happy, because during the session I always found a lot of traffic and many riders were slowing suddenly, also during my last attempt. We will start the race from a quite good position, but it remains a bit of bitter taste because we could easily achieve more today. I’m comfortable with the bike ahead of the race, although we can always improve something, especially with regard to corner exit and the behaviour of the bike in the fast corners, where we are not yet fully in place. During the Warm Up we will try something different again, although temperatures will be different to what we will encounter in the race, and we’ll see how it goes”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (23rd - 1'47"962)

“Yesterday, and also this morning, I was optimistic: I thought I could improve in qualifying, but I struggled instead. I didn’t feel at ease while I was riding, probably with higher temperatures the bike started to behave differently; I felt it completely different than this morning and I couldn’t find the right feeling. In the final stages of the Qualifying I tried to adapt myself to the bike to try to do a fast lap, but it was not enough and so tomorrow we will start from the back of the grid. The situation is not as bad as it was in Argentina: the gaps are limited and we are all very close, but it is clear that it won’t be easy. I'll have to fight, trying to recover positions in the first laps. Now we’ll try to figure out what was missing for the fast lap, then we will try to prepare the race in the best possible way”.


“Bastianini just missed out the second row for a little, but unfortunately in the final stages, while he was pushing to improve his fastest lap, he met some riders who were proceeding slowly and therefore he has not managed to lower his time as he wanted. Too bad for the second row, but we are still confident for the race: Enea always gives his best on Sunday and we can be in the fight for the first positions. Locatelli continued to struggle today: he was not feeling comfortable with the bike. I hope he can find the feeling he had during the first races, in which he demonstrated his good potential. He just need to stay calm, he can do it”.

Front row for Oliveira and second row for Binder and Hanika

Miguel Oliveira will start from the front row of the Spanish GP tomorrow. Brad Binder and Karel Hanika will do so from the second row in fourth and sixth place, respectively.

05/02/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team had a positive second day of the Spanish GP, reflected by one of the best performances for the team in a qualifying session this season. After his first pole position of the year in Argentina, Miguel Oliveira took a third consecutive first row start with third place. Brad Binder, in fourth, equalled his best ever result in a qualifying session, while Hanika, sixth, repeated his second row start from the last round.

In the third and final practice session of the weekend, Oliveira, Binder and Hanika finished setting up their KTM bikes ahead of the qualifying session. Improving their times from Friday, Oliveira managed to go round in under the 1:47 mark, with a time of 1:46.959 that was sixth fastest in the session. He was followed closely by Brad Binder, seventh at the end of the run. Hanika also lowered his Friday top lap to take ninth place.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders faced qualifying with the clear aim of claiming positions high up on the starting grid for the Spanish GP. Oliveira was the first to set his fastest lap, on his second outing, with a time of 1:46.984. He was only 0.193s off pole position. Binder –fourth, 1:47.180– and Hanika –sixth, 1:47.198– waited until the final minutes to improve their lap times. On his last lap, the Czech rider highsided at Turn 9, but was unhurt in the incident.

The Moto3 Spanish GP, the fourth of the season, will start tomorrow at 11:00am (local time).


"I'm happy with the front row but perhaps not so much with my pace. I have not managed to complete a series of several laps with similar times. Nevertheless, I am satisfied with this front row, as starting without having to make up many positions is important. We are in good position to start the race. I'm happy because this weekend has not been easy for us so far. In the end we were able to gradually improve some details with the bike. The team did a great job. Tomorrow will be complicated from mid-race onwards, as that's where the differences are made. We will give it our best shot."


"It's been a pretty good day. This morning I struggled during the practice session, and in the last six minutes we made some changes to the setup of the bike that I liked a lot. I felt more confident braking on corners, I enjoyed the last three laps and I was able to push hard.

I achieved a fourth place in qualifying several times. For me, fourth position is fine, it's usually in the race that I improve. This time I have a good position on the grid, so it will be easier on the first three laps. I think my pace is good because I completed three consecutive laps in an almost identical time, and my two fastest laps I set when riding by myself, so I feel strong and I’m sure that tomorrow I can do a good job."


"I'm glad to get a spot on the second row, which is not bad, but I think I could have done better because my pace has been very good all weekend. I am one of the few riders who set their best time alone, so this is very important for tomorrow. If we make a good start, I’m sure we can be in the leading group fighting for the top positions. The whole team have done a good job in qualifying. I was all alone for my hot lap with a very good pace. In the end, I got too close to another rider and I had to correct myself, which took me down. Fortunately I'm fine. It was a pretty heavy highside and I have a sore shoulder and right leg, but nothing serious for tomorrow."


Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent was on his run to snap pole position from young Frenchman Fabio Quartararo this afternoon, but he run into traffic on his last lap.

Also day two of practice at round four was accompanied by hot summer weather at Jerez today, but the more hot action was on track at the technical Circuito de Jerez. Whilst Efren Vazquez was the leading man yesterday, the Spaniard was hampered once again by fever suffered last night so therefore he didn’t qualify better than 17th for tomorrow’s grid. But the experienced rider from the Basque part in Spain is confident that also this time it is to count with him due to his vast experience as already shown in Qatar one month time ago.

On the other side of the team’s garage, Danny Kent missed the pole position as the young rider from Chippenham in the UK was hit by traffic during his ultimate effort to improve his lap time. However, Kent sees himself in a strong position to head into Sunday morning’s race.

Meanwhile Hiroki Ono experienced a tough opening day at the scorching Circuito de Jerez but he and his crew never gave up to improve the rider’s feeling and confidence in this demanding conditions. At least during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying practice the young Japanese rider found his form again to show a strong display in the final minutes to qualify for P14.

The Moto3 race at round four of this year’s campaign gets underway on Sunday morning with starting time at 11am (GMT+2). The race distance is 23 laps.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ, Grid position 17th - 1´47.709 (14/14):

“Well, it was a hard day for us because once again I got fever last night so my feeling wasn’t at its best. However, the condition with the heat wasn’t helpful as well I didn’t felt comfortable on track. But the race is tomorrow and I think our pace is strong, we’re able to do a high rhythm. We just missed out a fast lap time already in early stages of this session. I think it is not a big problem, I’m confident for the race.”

#52 Danny KENT, Grid position 2nd - 1´46.911 (9/14):

“Anyway, it’s been another strong weekend for us so far and we qualified for the front row again. For this I’m really happy. Unfortunately during the last lap I got slowed down by some traffic on track, though I think it was possible to catch the pole, but anyway we’re in a strong position to head into the race. Tomorrow there are the points to collect so we just need to be clever and try to do our best. For sure it will be the first race this year in this heat, but anyway I’m feeling strong and well prepared.”

#76 Hiroki ONO, Grid position 14th - 1´47.657 (16/16):

“I’m really happy with the steps we achieved for today and most of all I’m pleased with my last lap and the time as well. It was almost a perfect lap when I was following another rider. This morning it was a tough job to set decent lap times, but after some modifications to the bike’s setup I felt even more confident which was also an issue after yesterday’s crash during the morning session. Now I look forward to tomorrow’s race which will be a hard one for sure due to the hot weather this weekend.”

Sky Racing Team VR46 to get away from third row with Fenati in Jerez. Migno 27th

Romano claims again 8th spot on the grid. Migno ready to start the fight

Third and nine row for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the end of the qualifying session of the Gran Premio bwin de España on the Jerez de la Frontera track.

After spending the morning's FP3 in search for the best setting, Romano Fenati got the most-awaited results in the afternoon qualifying. The rider from Ascoli Piceno made the most of the slipstreams with the overall standings leader Danny Kent thus finishing 8th (1'47.355), the same spot he had clinched in Argentina.

It will be a tough race for Andrea Migno, still struggling with shoulder pain. The rookie from Cattolica still fails to find the right pace, slowing down in some parts of the track still critical for him. Migno is going to get away from the twenty-seventh spot (1'48.155) and will have to fight right from the start to get as far ahead as possible to get some points.


PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

It was a very important day for us. We tried different settings, Romano improved his feeling with the bike and we were able to pull off a good qualifying. Tomorrow it will be a very difficult race as it will be very hot and the tire management will make the difference. We are pleased with the team’s and our riders’ work. Unfortunately Andrea is not 100% yet, as his shoulder is still aching a bit and this has affected his performance so far on the track. He will do his best to try and stay in the top 15 group and he might even give us all a big surprise.


I am truly happy as we managed to clinch the same qualifying spot as we did in Argentina and that’s good news for us in terms of consistency. We are doing well, we are improving our performances as well as the feeling with the bike. Today we headed into qualifying with a new setting and the results were highly satisfactory. I want thank the whole team for enabling me to work at my best.


I did not manage to make the most of the tires and set the time I wished for. There are still some parts of the track on which I fail to keep the right pace. I wish I had come farther ahead in qualifying but I am ready to fight. It will be an uphill race also because of the pain in my shoulder which still hurts. I’m undergoing injury rehabilitation so let’s hope it will help ease the pain.

Moto3 - Top-20 for San Carlo Team Italia in the qualifying at Jerez

Ferrari shows a good pace and will start from the 7th row, Manzi forced to remount.

Qualifying practice with two faces for San Carlo Team Italia at the Circuito de Jerez, fourth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. In a session,in which the sixteen-year-old Fabio Quartararo (Honda) got his first pole position in the World Championship, Matteo Ferrari was author of a brilliant performance awarded with a place in the 7th row, while Stefano Manzi, at his third race in the World Championship, wasn't able to go further than the 33rd place.

Improving during the whole weekend, Matteo Ferrari reached impressive levels in the qualifying session, getting his personal best lap in 1'47"857 (20th), at just 1" from the pole. Encouraged by the renewed harmony with the team and the increasing feeling with his Mahindra MGP3O, "Bigin" aims for an impressive race, learning from the excellent work done between yesterday and today.

The qualifying of Stefano Manzi was not likewise positive, since he was 33rd with a personal best time in 1'49"266 and tomorrow he will be forced to remount, trying to forget a not impressive qualifying day.

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) ​20th, 1'47"857

"It was surely a good qualifying. This morning we made some changes in the mappings that helped us to improve our performances, but we didn't make any big change in the set-up of the bike. In the qualifying I could take advantages of the tyres, I improved the time of the morning and it wasn't that easy, considering the high temperature. I got my best lap immediately, without any problem and we are at just few tenths from the top-15, which is our goal. For the race,we only have to verify a possible modifying on the back, to have more grip, but we can be satisfied overall and confident to do a good race."

Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 33rd, 1'49"266

"It was a difficult qualifying. Due to a series of circumstances, I wasn't able to do my best and to carry on the work started yesterday, so now I only have to give my best tomorrow during the race to remount positions. Finally I want to apologise to Miguel Oliveira for the accident at the end of the session, I am very sorry about it."

Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"I am extremely satisfied with the performance of Matteo. Compared with the first three races, he's recovering and today he proved his worth, being author of a lap with a limited gap not just from the top-15, that is still our goal, but also from the first. Being 1" from the pole, shows the good quality of the work done by Matteo with the whole team, and this gives us hopes for tomorrow. But at the same time I am sorry for Stefano, today he had problems and a newcomer always needs to ride as much as possible, being in track and improving session after session. At the end, he was probably not very concentrated and he made that mistake. We will try to recover something tomorrow morning, to permit him to do a respectable race."

Livio Loi unable to thread his best times

The outlook and the opening phase of the qualifying practice for the Moto3 race of the Spanish Grand Prix were promising. After finishing FP3 in eighth and opening QP in third, Livio Loi was looking good. Unfortunately the Belgian rider of RW Racing GP wasn’t able to thread his best sector times together in one flying lap, leaving him in 22nd.

Loi just couldn’t get to one consistent flying lap. His four best sector times were set in four different laps. Could he have wired those four sectors together, he would have had a lap time good enough for thirteenth.

In FP3 Loi was in fifth until the final minute of the session, when three riders were able to duck under his best time. Rising track temperatures in the afternoon – up to 46 degrees Celsius – didn’t help Loi much. The difference with FP3 in the morning was some 25 degrees Celsius. “But that difference goes for everyone,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen knew. “For sure the higher temperatures make the bike more difficult to control as the tyres are sliding more. Lap times were faster overall in the cooler circumstances of the morning. You can expect track conditions to be better at the time of the race, but that isn’t such a big advantage having to start from 22nd. Looking at how close they are now, with Livio just 1,1 second off the pole-positiontime, I expect another close race, with a big group fighting at the front. We have to make sure we are part of that group.”

Livio Loi – 22 (1.47,941)

“We said it before: qualifying has to be better. Again I couldn’t string the best sector times together to one flying lap, which leaves me further behind than necessary. In the final lap I was behind Quartararo, but he turned off the gas. Just enough to slow down, but not enough to enable me to get passed. Having to start from row 8 will not make it any easier to fight for a good result. The first two laps will be crucial tomorrow to get in the front group.”


Xavier Siméon will start tomorrow’s Moto2 Grand Prix of Spain from the fourth row of the grid after setting the 11th fastest time, 1’43”514, aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine during an hard-fought Qualifying session, which saw the first 19 riders within only 1 second.

Siméon tomorrow will look for further improvements in the Warm Up, trying a substantial change to the bike set-up to try to close the gap of just 0.3 seconds separating him from the riders who today closed the Qualifying behind the poleman, Tito Rabat, and then try to fight with them in the race.

XAVIER SIMEON (11th - 1'43"514)

“We knew that on this track the gaps between riders would be very limited, and so it was: obviously we wanted to achieve a more advanced position on the grid, but the situation is positive because the bike is working well. Unfortunately, however, we still can’t find something that allows us to make a small step forward: during the whole weekend we have been lapping more or less around the same lap time, improving a bit in qualifying, even if it was not enough to stay in the top positions. Tomorrow in the Warm Up we must continue to work hard; we will try a significant change looking for an improvement of 2 or 3 tenths on the race pace, which would be very useful to be able to fight at the top in the race”.


“Today we have seen a very hard-fought qualifying, with very minimal gaps between the riders: apart from Rabat, which showed to have something more, all the other riders are not far; we are only 3 tenths off the second rider on the grid, a gap that is not impossible to close. Tomorrow morning during Warm Up we will try another new set-up solution, especially to try to give to Xavier even more front end feeling, then hopefully we can get a good result in the race”.

Third row start for Zarco at Jerez

Ajo Motorsport rider, ninth in qualifying, suffers small crash in grid-deciding session.

05/02/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain

The second day of the Spanish GP decided the Moto2 grid for the fourth race of the year. Johann Zarco will start from ninth position, on the third row, after a difficult qualifying session which included a small crash. The Ajo Motorsport rider hopes that the pace he showed in the final free practice session will allow him to fight for the top positions in the race.

The third and final free practice session left the Frenchman with a good feeling. Going out on track with used tyres, Zarco faced the morning session with calm, thinking about the race and working with the rear suspension of his bike. In the final stretch of the session and with new tyres, the Ajo Motorsport rider lowered his lap times to finish the morning at the head of the timesheet. With a best lap of 1:42.875, he was the only rider to manage to lap in under 1:43, very close to the circuit record.

With temperatures on track increasingly high, Zarco remained in the Top 10 in qualifying throughout the session. He suffered an untimely crash at Turn 2 with 18 minutes remaining in the session. Zarco rejoined the track to try to improve on the seventh position he has occupied at the time of the fall, but despite his efforts he ended up ninth place -with a best time of 1:43.436.

Tomorrow's race will be held at 12:20pm (local time), and the Frenchman expects a lower track temperature that allows him to show the pace achieved this morning.


"From the start of the weekend it has been difficult for me, not because of the weather but because of my feeling with the bike. I cannot go fast and it's a difficult situation. For qualifying I used the strategy of going as fast as possible, but it was probably the wrong strategy. The grid position is not a big problem for us, but it is a shame not to start from the front row for the race because it makes it harder. I still think I can reach the leading group and keep with them, because when I finished qualifying my feeling with the bike had improved and I enjoyed myself on the bike. I think that is important for the race.

Tomorrow's race will be held earlier, so at midday the track will be cooler than at three in the afternoon. It may be an opportunity for me to have a better feeling. I'm not very pleased but that's the game, everyone wants to be up at the front and sometimes things do not go as you want."

Rabat romps to stunning home pole in Jerez

Jerez, Spain – 2 May 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat delivered a qualifying masterclass in Jerez this afternoon to secure a stunning 14th career pole position in the Moto2 World Championship.

With track temperatures peaking at a tyre punishing 50 degrees for the 45-minute session, Rabat superbly mastered the slippery track conditions to set a best lap of 1.42.874.

No other rider could lap within 0.3s of the Spaniard, who looks well set to challenge for an 11th Moto2 victory of his career in tomorrow’s 26-lap race to kick start the defence of his Moto2 crown.

Alex Marquez continued to make good progress on his Kalex machine and he will start from 17th position on the grid.

The 19-year-old qualified one place higher than 2014 Jerez winner Mika Kallio and was just 0.007s behind last year’s runner-up, Dominique Aegerter.

Tito Rabat: 1st - 1’42.874

“I am really happy to take the pole position today because we did a fantastic job in qualifying. Conditions were incredibly hot again but my team gave me a bike with good and consistent grip and now I am looking forward to the race. We have started from the front row of the grid in every race but not finished on the podium and I’m determined to put that right tomorrow. I will try to enjoy the race and give my team a result they deserve for all their hard work.”

Alex Marquez: 17th - 1’43.843

“I am quite satisfied with my performance in qualifying but you always want more. I’m having too much movement on the front again and on my final run on the softer tyres I couldn’t complete a decent lap. I made too many mistakes trying to push hard to improve my lap time. I have Aegerter and Kallio on the same row as me, so hopefully I can gain a lot of experience from them in the race and push towards the top 10.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“Conditions today were again really difficult but Tito showed his class to claim a pole position he really deserved. Grip levels were not great with such high ambient and track temperatures and it was always going to be who could manage the grip the best that would be challenging at the front. And I never doubted Tito wouldn’t be in contention. We need to get some momentum going into our Championship challenge and starting from pole position gives us a great chance to do that. Alex performed well again and to qualify ahead of Mika, who we know is exceptionally strong in Jerez, bodes well for the future. I am sure he can learn a lot tomorrow and hopefully be in the fight for the top 10.”

Schrotter battles heat in Jerez to qualify in 14th

Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter will contest round 4 of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship from the middle of the fifth row after a tireless performance today at the 4.4 kilometre Circuito de Jerez. When the qualifying practice began in the afternoon, the ground temperature had soared to over 50 degrees in Andalucía and the extreme heat reduced the grip level of the track surface. Nevertheless, the young German rider powered onwards and concluded the session with a top time of 1’43.731 that was set on his penultimate lap in the practice. This effort was just over four tenths from the first row in the incredibly competitive intermediate class that saw the top 18 riders covered by under a second. Schrotter will now seek to lunge forward in the 26 lap contest tomorrow and conclude the weekend with a top ten result.

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team garage, Ricky Cardus will start the fourth Grand Prix of 2015, in front of his home fans from the eighth row of the grid after qualifying in 22nd position despite not being at full fitness. Nevertheless, the Spanish rider produced a determined effort and undertook 19 laps around the famous Jerez circuit, setting his quickest time of 1’44.441 on the 16th lap. Tomorrow, Cardus will intend to climb back through tightly contested Moto2 field to a point scoring finish to close a challenging weekend.

Marcel Schrotter : 14th - Time : 1'43.731 - Laps : 18

"It was a difficult day and to be honest we are struggling to be where we want to be this year. The team and I are working really hard to try and close the gaps, but we have more work to do as only a small issue can cause you to lose a lot of positions due to the very strong competition. From time to time we suffer with grip issues and in conditions like we have here, things don’t seem to come together. We progressed from yesterday and there is a margin of improvement to achieve. Still, I am a bit concerned about our race pace as it will be hard to push for 26 laps at the highest level without risking everything. Anyway, we have to remain upbeat as the team is working really hard and I am sorry to them because I think we deserve better. So tomorrow will be an uphill battle but I will be ready for the fight in order to score some vital points for the championship."

Ricky Cardus : 22nd - Time : 1'44.441 - Laps : 19

"It has been a very challenging weekend so far and I must admit that I am not feeling 100% on the bike as I have not been well during the last few days and with the hot conditions here, my body is struggling to recover. With regards to the bike, we were able to gradually improve over the weekend and today in the qualifying, I felt comfortable. We managed to increase the grip, however I found it tough to run for an extended time and I could only manage two or three laps. What I need the most right now, is a good night so that I can get back up to strength in order to be able to try my absolute best as I intend to have a decent race."

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