2015 Barcelona Friday Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after practice at Barcelona:


Positive start for Repsol riders

Quartararo places seventh, Navarro eighth and Herrera fifteenth on first day of free practice at Barcelona track.

The three Repsol Moto3 riders made a good start to the seventh round of the season. After the first two free practice sessions, Fabio Quartararo had set the seventh fastest time, Jorge Navarro the eighth quickest and Maria Herrera the fifteenth fastest. On a day dominated by World Championship leader Danny Kent, Quartararo was just 0.169 thousandths behind, Navarro 0.264 and Herrera 0.637 at the final count.

The weather was good for both practice sessions on Friday, despite forecasts for rain. Previous experience at the track –all three have competed there in the FIM CEV Repsol– allowed Quartararo, Navarro and Herrera to focus on setting up their bikes in the opening session. Navarro was quickest, with a time of 1:51.988, and Quartararo 0.777 back in eighth. Herrera was fifteenth –just over 1 second behind Navarro.

In the afternoon the lap times improved and the three Repsol riders were all amongst the Top 15, with Quartararo seventh, Navarro eighth and Herrera fifteenth. Tomorrow sees the third free practice and a qualifying session to define the grid for Sunday’s race.


Fabio Quartararo 7th 1:51.806 33 laps 156 km

"It's been a difficult day of practices, but we’ve begun to find the feeling we need to prepare the bike with Sunday's race in mind. I struggled a bit to find my usual pace and I had to push hard. Today we have to work with the team to try to improve and take that little step forward that we need. The track conditions changed significantly during the day, because in the morning the temperature was very good but the track was dirtier. In the second session the opposite happened: We had increased grip but the temperatures were also higher. This makes finding a setup more difficult, but it gives us an idea of how to work tomorrow. Hopefully it will not rain again tonight and the track won’t be dirty."

Jorge Navarro 8th 1:51.901 35 laps 165 km

"Today was a positive day because I set a good pace right from the morning session. In the afternoon we did a lot of laps with the hard tyre and tomorrow we will work with the medium compound, but on the last stint today we used a choice that went well. I couldn’t set a top time because I had some problems with other riders, but the feeling and my pace are good. The important thing is that we obtained some conclusions that will allow us to continue to improve tomorrow."

María Herrera 15th 1:52.274 33 laps 156 km

"It was a very positive start to the weekend for us. We worked hard on the setup of the bike for this circuit, even though it is a bit bumpy, and so far it is going well for us. I rode with some fast riders and I was able to follow them without too many problems. Tomorrow the track will be a bit cleaner and I will have to lower my times. Hopefully on Sunday we can fight for my first points."


POSITIVE START FOR LEOPARD RACING IN CATALUNYA

Despite different conditions at the famous Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from this morning to the afternoon, the championship leading team underlined it’s strengthens at any time during both Friday sessions with the fastest lap time set by Danny Kent.

After this morning’s FP1 Leopard Racing rider’s Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez were amongst the front group throughout the 40 minutes long session till Kent finished second fastest ahead of his team mate Vazquez. Track conditions were not at its best due to some heavy downpours Thursday evening.

However, till the start of FP2 this afternoon the weather became sunnier and also after further practice sessions in the bigger grand prix categories the grip level increases in the same way at the 4.7 kilometres long track. During this session championship leader Kent and his crew were working with different setups for this fast and flowing layout with the result that both were working well which allowed superfast Kent to finish Friday in prime position.

Meanwhile team mate Efren Vazquez, who was third fastest this morning, did also a great job during FP2 even though he dropped down the ranking to eleventh, but at this point it is to admit that the experienced Spaniard was riding alone along the 1 kilometres main straight where a good slipstream is always a great help. Vazquez concluded day one with just 0,4 seconds off the pace.

Hiroki Ono started round seven of the series somewhat of complicated, because it took almost a full session to get his confidence for the track in combination with his Honda machine. However, the young Japanese rider quickly found his form in the afternoon as soon as track conditions improved a lot compared to this morning.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ (FP1: P3 - 1´52.339 (16/17) / FP2: P11 - 1´52.046 (16/16)):

“Well, our position in the combined timesheets isn’t a perfect one, but I think we’ve done a great job today. Most important, the feeling with the bike was good straight away so we could take benefit from both sessions. Finally our gap to the top is just 0.4 seconds and after a closer look to the data we saw that we’re losing this four tenth of a second just on the long straight because I was riding alone without any slipstreams. However, my rhythm is good which is also the case for my high level of consistent lap times. We just now need to keep focussed on riding and find the best setting for tomorrow.”

#52 Danny KENT (FP1: P2 - 1´52.094 (16/16) / FP2: P1 - 1´52.637 (16/16)):

“Of course it was a positive start into the weekend after second fastest this morning and in the afternoon we topped the combined practice times after the first day, so we can be happy at all. We tried two different settings from this morning to the afternoon and both settings are working quite well. But we just need to look the data in order to make something in the middle, to see how we can improve for tomorrow. Though I’m happy with our progress today and hopefully we’re able to continue in this way.”

#76 Hiroki ONO (FP1: P32 - 1´55.207 (11/11) / FP2: P9 - 1´52.031 (16/16)):

“Unfortunately FP1 this morning wasn’t our best session because I think the track was quite dirty after some overnight rain showers. However, I wasn’t able to build any confidence for the conditions and with the bike even though the situation became a little bit better during the session, but in the end FP1 was useless. For the second session we didn’t change a lot on the bike, just small adjustments to the gearbox and also due to the different tyre option I felt a lot better immediately. Although it was a positive session we’ve a new plan for tomorrow, because I think there is a lot of room for further improvements. But finally I’m happy to finish the day with a top 10 result.”


Positive first impressions in Catalonia for Red Bull KTM Ajo

Miguel Oliveira finishes sixth on first day in Barcelona, whilst Hanika and Binder go just a second slower in twentieth and twenty-third place, respectively.

06/12/2015 - Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, Spain

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders worked on finding the best setup for the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit on Friday, taking into account its mix of corners. Miguel Oliveira was sixth overall and Karel Hanika twentieth, whilst Brad Binder placed twenty-third and still has significant room for improvement. Oliveira and Hanika were both satisfied with their pace.

Despite being amongst the fastest riders throughout the first practice session, Miguel Oliveira completed the morning session in eleventh place with a time of 1:53.055, set on his final lap. His teammate Brad Binder, sixth with a 1:52.651, ascended positions in the final minutes, whilst Karel Hanika finished the first free practice in twentieth place with a best time of 1:53.466. A lack of grip had a big say in Friday’s proceedings.

Under a cloudy sky but with very good track temperatures of around 25ºC, the second free practice session was a chance for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to take an important step forward. Improving his times in each of his three stints, Oliveira managed to set 1:51.801 that was the sixth fastest time of the day. In a tight timesheet with as many as 22 riders within the same second, Hanika and Binder were relegated to nineteenth and twenty-third, respectively, for the session.

Qualifying for the Moto3 Catalan GP will be held on Saturday at 12:35pm local time. The most recent pole position for Red Bull KTM Ajo at the track was in 2013, with Luis Salom.

44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA

"For the first day, I am satisfied. In the first session I could not ride as much as I would have liked because here, in Catalonia, we have fewer race tyres than at Mugello and we have to conserve them. The second session went a lot better. I found that I have a good pace, although there are still some things to improve with corner entry and exit -where I notice a lot of movement when there are bumps. Tomorrow morning we will focus on this and then try to have a good qualifying session."

41 BRAD BINDER

"We had a test in Almeria where we were able to get rid of the chatter problems, and today we really did fix that -but were unable to turn the bike in as I would have liked. I can’t turn into corners like I should, because unless I put a lot of pressure on the front brake I have no feeling with the front. The positive thing is that we know exactly what we have to do tomorrow, because looking at the data we can see in what the problem is. We can only get better. The result is not bad and I'm sure we can improve by 8 tenths with the bike operating normally, so we'll see how it goes tomorrow."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"I'm happy, because although we are not at the front, today we did a great job. Honestly, I am equally as satisfied as if I had finished third or fifth, as I am one of the few riders who did not use new tyres in the second practice session. I rode with used tyres and we saved the new ones for tomorrow. Despite this, my pace was good. We still have room for improvement, so I am very optimistic about tomorrow and I think we will be in the fight for the top positions."


The Sky Racing Team VR46 getting the hang of Montmelò track

Fenati looking for the right feeling on the Spanish track. Successful strategy change for Migno

Montmelò, June 12, 2015. First day on track for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya, with Romano Fenati looking for the right feeling on the Spanish circuit – still wet during the morning session – and Andrea Migno improving after a successful change in strategy.

Romano struggled during the FP1 also due to the track conditions and finished in 13th with a 1’53.121. In the afternoon, he managed to improve the feeling and also his times, sticking to the front group for most of the second session. But then, after facing some difficulties because of the shift to the new tyres, he ended in 14th 1’52.237. Next step for him will be trying and fine-tuning the set-up to overcome difficulties in the last two corners of the track.

THE TEAM

PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

We started the weekend fairly well, through the ups and down, even if Romano struggled more than usual to find the fastest lap, so we need to work on that. Even if Romano has not excelled today, we can be happy anyway as we are within 0.6, not that far. Surely Sunday race will be a hard-fought one as always, but we have to put Romano in the best possible conditions, so that he can enjoy the right feeling with the bike.

Today Migno pulled off a very good first free practice session. For him we implemented a change in strategy that made him improve, but there is still work to be done.

ROMANO FENATI / Rider

We have been struggling a bit more on the Barcelona track. Especially in the first practice session the track conditions were awful after the rain that had poured earlier in the morning. In the afternoon, conditions improved and I managed to make the most of the new tyres. I think tomorrow morning we will be okay.

ANDREA MIGNO / Rider

Things are better now even if we are 7 tenths off. We have been pushing hard throughout the track, except for the last two corners where we are still struggling a bit, that is where I am losing tenths. We have to try and fine-tune the bike set-up that in any case is already quite good but we can still improve it.


MIXED FEELINGS FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3 AS ACTION BEGINS IN CATALUNYA

It was a first day of practice with lights and shadows for Gresini Racing Team Moto3 in Montmelò, home this weekend of the Catalan Grand Prix, seventh round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. In this morning’s first Free Practice session Enea Bastianini crashed after only two laps and he was not able to re-join the track to continue working on his bike; back on track in the afternoon for the second session, the 17-year-old rider from Rimini was still able to stay immediately amongst the fastest, clocking the fifth fastest time with 1’51”750.

Andrea Locatelli struggled in both sessions, closing the combined classification of the times in 28th position with a lap time of 1’53”170: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino was slowed down by a chatter problem on the rear end, which will try to solve tomorrow together with his technicians.

ENEA BASTIANINI (5th - 1'51"750)

“I’m sorry for the crash of this morning, because we could make a good job in the first session, like we did in the afternoon. It was my mistake, I found Oettl in front of me and I had to make another line. However, in the second session we managed to do a good job; already in my first outing I was fast, then we improved the bike again; In the final stages in fact I set it my best lap time, with a new tyre. I think that tomorrow we can be competitive, even though it’s early to say it: after all, we only did one practice session, so there is still a lot of work to do. Moreover, I’m not hundred percent, I have a bit of pain on my left shoulder, and consequently I struggle under braking entering left corners. However the feeling with the bike is already good”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (28th - 1'53"170)

“The rear of the bike has a lot of chatter and I had to fight against this problem: I’m feeling it in the fast corners, especially those on the right, where I lose a lot of ground from the other riders. Apparently, however, late in the day we started to take the right way to solve it; now we will analyze all the data to better understand everything. All in all, the gap to the front it is not very high, so if we can solve this problem we know we can recover positions, because in the areas of the track where I’m not slowed down by this problem, the bike is working well. We are working to solve this issue and tomorrow we can improve, no doubt”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“This morning Bastianini made a mistake, taking a big risk: we could avoid it, too bad. The important thing however is that in the afternoon Enea has proven to be immediately fast and to be able to stay at the top. Locatelli struggled today and I think that in order to regain competitiveness we must to return to a more standard set-up and perhaps more suited to this bike”.


MIXED FEELINGS FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3 AS ACTION BEGINS IN CATALUNYA

It was a first day of practice with lights and shadows for Gresini Racing Team Moto3 in Montmelò, home this weekend of the Catalan Grand Prix, seventh round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. In this morning’s first Free Practice session Enea Bastianini crashed after only two laps and he was not able to re-join the track to continue working on his bike; back on track in the afternoon for the second session, the 17-year-old rider from Rimini was still able to stay immediately amongst the fastest, clocking the fifth fastest time with 1’51”750.

Andrea Locatelli struggled in both sessions, closing the combined classification of the times in 28th position with a lap time of 1’53”170: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino was slowed down by a chatter problem on the rear end, which will try to solve tomorrow together with his technicians.

ENEA BASTIANINI (5th - 1'51"750)

“I’m sorry for the crash of this morning, because we could make a good job in the first session, like we did in the afternoon. It was my mistake, I found Oettl in front of me and I had to make another line. However, in the second session we managed to do a good job; already in my first outing I was fast, then we improved the bike again; In the final stages in fact I set it my best lap time, with a new tyre. I think that tomorrow we can be competitive, even though it’s early to say it: after all, we only did one practice session, so there is still a lot of work to do. Moreover, I’m not hundred percent, I have a bit of pain on my left shoulder, and consequently I struggle under braking entering left corners. However the feeling with the bike is already good”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (28th - 1'53"170)

“The rear of the bike has a lot of chatter and I had to fight against this problem: I’m feeling it in the fast corners, especially those on the right, where I lose a lot of ground from the other riders. Apparently, however, late in the day we started to take the right way to solve it; now we will analyze all the data to better understand everything. All in all, the gap to the front it is not very high, so if we can solve this problem we know we can recover positions, because in the areas of the track where I’m not slowed down by this problem, the bike is working well. We are working to solve this issue and tomorrow we can improve, no doubt”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“This morning Bastianini made a mistake, taking a big risk: we could avoid it, too bad. The important thing however is that in the afternoon Enea has proven to be immediately fast and to be able to stay at the top. Locatelli struggled today and I think that in order to regain competitiveness we must to return to a more standard set-up and perhaps more suited to this bike”.


SIMEON FAST DURING PRACTICE AND LOOKING FOR MORE CONSISTENCY AT MONTMELO'

The first day of free practice for the Moto2 Grand Prix of Catalunya, on the circuit of Montmelò, saw twenty riders separated by less than a second: aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex, Xavier Simeon finished the combined classification in 14th position with a lap time of 1'47 "513, just over half a second off the fastest, Frenchman Johann Zarco. Siméon got his best time in the afternoon session, closed with a gap of just 3 tenths of a second from the top.

Tomorrow Siméon, together with his technicians, will try to improve the behaviour of the bike in the last sector of the track, the T4, and will try to reach a better consistency in order to be competitive throughout the whole race.

XAVIER SIMÉON (14th - 1'47"513)

“It was a very positive day, in the second session we lapped just 0.3 seconds off the fastest, that’s a very limited gap. I’m still not entirely happy with my pace, I’m struggling to be constant over the distance. The bike is already quite in place, we only need to find a little more consistency in order to be competitive throughout the whole race. In general, however, I’m satisfied with the work done today, tomorrow we will try to find a solution to keep a better pace”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“The riders are all very close and Siméon in the afternoon was just three tenths off the fastest, so we can be satisfied. We only need to improve the behaviour of the bike in the last sector of the track, the T4, where we lose more ground than expected. I’m happy with the work done today, now we just have to take this small step forward”.


Rabat makes confident start to Barcelona battle

Montmeló, Spain - 12 June 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat made a confident start to his bid for a second successive victory on his home track near Barcelona today.

Rabat was one of seven riders inside the top 10 that set his personal best lap of the day in cooler conditions this morning.

Track temperatures rocketed by nearly 20 degrees for FP2, but reduced grip levels and a small front chatter issue didn’t prevent Rabat from setting the fifth fastest time of the day at 4.727km track.

Alex Marquez excelled in the hotter conditions this afternoon and the 19-year-old was able to lap 0.5s faster than his pace in FP1. He finished in 18th position and a clear indication of the rapid progress he is making on the Kalex package was the fact that he was less than 0.8s off the best pace and only 0.6s behind Rabat.

Tito Rabat 5th - 1’47.196

“Today was a little bit more difficult than we anticipated. We had some chatter issues but we definitely know that we can improve tomorrow. My rhythm and consistency is actually pretty good but we just need to improve the feeling of the bike to help me be a little bit faster. The lap times are really close but I am confident we can aim for the front row in qualifying tomorrow.”

Alex Marquez 18th - 1.47.750

“Today was positive and we made a lot of progress with front feeling. We can still improve but for my first time on this track in Moto2 I am happy. We need to concentrate on making one fast lap in qualifying because my rhythm for the race is good. I feel really confident on the bike and I am enjoying riding in front of my home crowd. They are pushing me and it is really special to be here. Tomorrow will mean more fans, so that means more gas from me!

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“Today was a good start to the home race for Tito and Alex. Both of them have a good race pace but they are losing too much in the fourth sector. Tito was losing much more than we expected and he preferred not to pit in FP2, which would have given us some chance to find a solution. But he is fast and I am confident. Alex had a positive day but he was losing a lot of time in the last section too. We will work on that tonight to make them both faster in that sector.”


Strong performance Loi on first day in Barcelona

Livio Loi put up a good performance on the first day of the Catalan Grand Prix. With tenth in FP1 he already made a good start, and with fourth in the second practice at only 0,089 from the provisional pole position RW Racing GP’s rider made his ambitions for the weekend clear.

Circuit de Catalunya is one of the favourite tracks of Livio Loi and it showed from the beginning. Right from the start the Belgian youngster was stuck in the top 10 of the timing sheets, consistently improving his lap times and finishing in tenth (with 1.53,049).

After analysing the first practice RW Racing GP’s technical staff decided to make a few changes in the setup of the Honda NSF250RW and that helped Loi to improve even more in FP2. He managed to reduce the gap to the fastest time from about a second to 0,761 halfway through the session. In the final stages Loi took over a second from his earlier best time, setting the fourth fastest time (twice) at only 0,089 from the provisional pole position.

RW Racing GP’s team manager Jarno Janssen was satisfied. “A first practice day according to the book. This is how it should be. The goal is to be strong in every session, so the message for tomorrow is to keep up improving and being at the front also in qualifying.”

Livio Loi – 4 (1.51,726)

“I had a good feeling right from the start. In the morning the rear end of the bike was moving too much but a few adjustments helped me to have a better feeling going into the corners. We have made a few very good steps and even had the opportunity to do 26 laps on the tyres we want to use in the race. In the final stage of the practice we put in new tyres and I could quite easily set the fast lap times that brought me to fourth. Of course we are looking for improvement everywhere, but the main focus for tomorrow is on the final sector of the track, because that’s where I still lose too much time. When we can improve there, I should be in a good position. That is the goal for tomorrow and that is where we are working on.”


Zarco strikes first in Catalonia

Ajo Motorsport rider completes first day of Catalan GP leading combined timesheet, thanks to morning lap.

06/12/2015 - Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, Spain

The Catalan GP began with a very positive day for Johann Zarco. The current Moto2 World Championship leader started Friday by quickly taking the initiative, and was the only rider to go round in the 1:46’s on Day 1. In the afternoon, the Ajo Motorsport rider again shone, taking second position with used tyres.

An overcast sky and springtime temperatures welcomed the Moto2 riders to the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit. Putting in 21 laps in just two stints, Johann Zarco quickly found a fast pace that allowed him to move high up on the timesheet. Consistent with his pace, the Frenchman closed FP1 in first place with a best lap of 1:46.941 –the only rider to breach the 1:47 barrier on Friday.

In the afternoon, with temperatures much higher than in the morning session, the Ajo Motorsport rider improved on each of his two stints. Located in the Top 5 for almost the entire session, Zarco shaved tenths off his lap times without the aid of new tyres. He completed the second session in second place, with a time of 1:47.144.

The qualifying session for the Moto2 Catalan GP will take place tomorrow at 3:05pm (local time). The main goal for Zarco is to qualify for the front row, a feat he has achieved for three of the six races held so far.

5 JOHANN ZARCO

"At Mugello we did well. We almost got the win, and I have been able to relax and get fully fit to fight for victory again in Barcelona. From the first lap this morning I rode fast. I like this track and enjoy riding here. The feeling is good and we are working to further improve and get steadily faster. Consistency is the most important thing in this category, and since last year we have improved greatly with managing our tyres.

It's a very good feeling, because I don’t have to fight with the bike. We have some things to improve for tomorrow in order to prepare well for Sunday, which is the most important day. We will try to get on the front row, because that is one of the keys for the race. It doesn’t make it easier, but it gives you more of a chance to fight for the victory."


Round Number: 
7
2015

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