2015 Sachsenring Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying:

Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro take step forward at Sachsenring

Quartararo sets fourth fastest time in qualifying and Jorge Navarro places eighth. Maria Herrera gets caught in heavy traffic and finishes session twenty-eighth.

The German GP weekend has not been easy for the Repsol riders at Sachsenring, but despite the difficulties they continue to improve session-by-session. In the morning practice, the third of the weekend, Fabio Quartararo ‒ 1:26.793 ‒ finished second. He was 0.619s off Danny Kent, who has dominated proceedings so far. Teammate Jorge Navarro set the eighteenth fastest time, 1.7s off Kent's time, and Maria Herrera was twenty-sixth ‒ 2 seconds off the Briton's pace.

In the qualifying session, heavy traffic on track and riders looking for a tow hindered work considerably. Quartararo left it until the last moment to make his attempt at a pole lap. With just 30 seconds to go before the end of the session, he put in a time that placed him third behind Kent and Karel Hanika, but eventually Enea Bastianini snatched second and the Repsol rider dropped to fourth place. He will take off from the second row tomorrow.

Jorge Navarro improved his lap time from the morning by just over half a second, and that allowed him to clinch eighth place in the qualifying session. That ensures a start tomorrow from the third row of the grid. Maria Herrera suffered considerably from the heavy traffic. Her times in the two sessions were practically identical ‒ with a crash in the morning ‒ and she will start the German GP from twenty-eighth.

Fabio Quartararo 4th 1:26.968 38 laps 139 km

"I wanted to be on the front row, but starting from the second row is also good. It was a rather difficult session because this morning we had more favourable temperatures, then for qualifying they rose again, like yesterday. In addition, many riders stopped in the middle of the track ‒ we'll see if this time a penalty is applied. For tomorrow I think I have a good pace, because I rode a lot of laps in the 1'27's by myself. Kent will try to pull away tomorrow, but I will do my best to stay with him, because I think that with him as a reference I can improve my pace by about three tenths."

Jorge Navarro 8th 1:27.253 41 laps 151 km

"This weekend we have found it a bit tricky to adapt to the circuit, but we are working very hard and we are taking steps forward, which is the most important thing. From yesterday to today we have improved the setup and I've also changed my riding. For tomorrow, we have to go a step further and improve the feeling with the rear tyre ‒ especially in the twisty sections. At the beginning of the qualifying session I was able to ride alone, but the last few laps were done in a group. This lost me a couple of tenths, but it is also true that I benefited from a tow and could improve my lines in places. If we continue to work well, I hope to have a good race tomorrow."

Maria Herrera 28th 1:28.162 32 laps 117 km

"It was a tough day. In the last session I crashed, I have some pain in my shoulder and I did not feel entirely comfortable on the bike. The team worked very hard, but I still have to improve some things -since Sachsenring is not a track that quite suits my style. For tomorrow I think we have a good setup and a good pace, so I will need to make a comeback: I'll try to make a good start and position myself in a group, which I think will be large."

Second consecutive front row for Karel Hanika

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider achieves second consecutive third place on the grid, and will start tomorrow from the front row at Sachsenring. Brad Binder to start from fourth row, with Miguel Oliveira operated on today in Portugal.

07/11/2015 - Sachsenring, Germany

Karel Hanika qualified on the front row of the grid for the German GP, placing third. With this, he equals what had until now been best his qualifying result in Moto3 -achieved at the Dutch TT a fortnight ago. Brad Binder will start the German round from eleventh place -on row four- after finding optimal pace for the race tomorrow. Miguel Oliveira has undergone surgery on Saturday in Portugal, to treat the fractured fourth metacarpal of his left hand.

With temperatures 3 degrees warmer than yesterday morning -22ºC- Hanika and Binder took another step forward in the final free practice and improved their lap times by more than half a second. The Czech was the rider to make the most progress, showing that he will be a contender for the podium with the sixth best lap. Meanwhile, Binder -among the three fastest riders in the first half of the session- went under 1:28 for the first time with a 1:27 638 for twelfth.

Confident of a good position on the starting grid at Sachsenring, Hanika faced qualifying calm and focused. He was slightly down the order during the first half of the session, but launched his definitive attack midway through to set a 1:26.941 time. That had him second on the timesheets until the final minutes, in which he dropped to third. A light crash 14 minutes from the end did not prevent him from going back out on track. Just outside the Top 10, Binder got his best time in his second run and put together a run of good laps. His final time of 1.27.355 placed him eleventh.

In tomorrow's race -which starts at 11am- the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will try to continue the successful streak at Sachsenring for their team over the last three years in Moto3 -which has seen two wins for Sandro Cortese and Jack Miller and a second place for Luis Salom.


"My pace with worn tyres -what we will use in the race- was good. I put them on for my first two stints and on the last one I used the qualifying tyre. I encountered a lot of traffic and even riders stopped still in the middle of the track, so it was impossible to do a good lap. They ruined my qualifying session and those of several others. For tomorrow I will try to fight for the front positions. With the race tyre I have a good pace -better than many of my rivals. It will be important to make a good start and not waste much time on the early laps, in which I will have to overtake several riders."


"It was not easy to fight with Danny [Kent], who is very strong and achieved a fantastic time. We tried to work well with used tyres, which will be important for the race. By putting new tyres on the bike I set some good laps, but I also found traffic and suffered a small crash at Turn 3 while trying to increase the pace, to cut a few tenths and close in on the pole time. I'm happy. We're on the front row, with a good setup and the bike working well. That is a good starting point. I am already looking forward to the race tomorrow."


The series dominating Honda rider from Great Britain took his third pole position of the season despite a crash during this afternoon’s qualifying practice at the Sachsenring rollercoaster whilst Efren Vazquez missed the front row by a whisker and Hiroki Ono will start from P23 into Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

But before that Kent was the man on top of the timesheets, leading every free practice session during the German round of this year’s Moto3 World Championship. In doing so he underlined his outstanding consistent performance again to outclass his competitors by more than half of a second. Kent suffered a low-sider with ten minutes to go in qualifying practice without any consequences for him and his bike as well as for the German rider Maximilian Kappler who unfortunately was hit by Kent’s bike.

Another happy face in Leopard Racing’s team garage was to see in person of Efren Vazquez who qualified for fifth position after another solid performance today. The experienced Spaniard looks forward to race day in German thanks to a good pace he and his crew were working on during both days of practice.

Meanwhile young Japanese rider Hiroki Ono wasn’t pleased with his starting position for tomorrow’s ninth race of the season but his smile came back early after a concrete view on the classification where he improved his lap time significantly despite hard learning sessions at the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit.

The race gets underway on Sunday morning at 11:00 am. Race distance is 27 laps at the 3.6 km circuit. Tomorrow’s race marks also the halfway point of the season before all teams and riders head into a well-earned three weeks summer break.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ, Grid position 5th - 1´27.005 (17/17):

“Well, this qualifying went not that bad for us as our gap to the front row is really small, we missed it by somewhat of a whisker. Unfortunately we were a bit unlucky in the final stage as it was the plan to follow Danny, but he had a crash during his second outing. I think without this happening I could set a faster lap time and in doing so I would start from the front row tomorrow. Anyway, we have a good pace but most probably not strong enough to fight for victory, but in any case we’re in a good position to fight for a podium which would be so important to achieve to head on a high into the summer break. I really look forward to tomorrow’s race.”

#52 Danny KENT, Pole position - 1´26.420 (9/9):

“It was just a simple crash without any affects to us. We put in a new rear tyre and kept the old front and its normal that things happen like this as the new rear pushes the front. I tried to get a bit more to the inside line and as soon as I opened the throttle the rear pushed the front too much. Unfortunately I lost the front and the bike hit another rider. I’m so sorry for Kappler to destroy his session too. But at the same time it’s a bit disappointing because I wasn’t able to ride the last ten minutes as we had another new tyres to our allocation for this part of qualifying practice. For sure we could have been improving in a few places and furthermore we could improve the lap time. But so far everything went according to our plans, so I look forward to race day with confidence.”

#76 Hiroki ONO, Grid position 23th - 1´27.921 (18/18):

“Another difficult day of practice at this really difficult track which is so hard to learn. Of course I tried to follow fast riders some times in order to see how they are able to run their times and how to choose the right line, but it was impossible to stick with them. In terms of starting position I’m disappointed but the lap time is ok as I improved by eight tenths of a second in comparison to yesterday. The gap is close, so the target for tomorrow is to finish the race in the points.”


After claiming the pole position in the last two races, Enea Bastianini will start again from the front row of the grid tomorrow in the Moto3 German Grand Prix at Sachsenring: the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 17-year-old rider from Rimini set in the final stages of the qualifying session the second fastest time, 1’26”939, beaten only by English Danny Kent.

Also Enea’s team mate, Andrea Locatelli, produced a good performance: despite a lot of traffic on his flying lap, the 18-year-old rider from Selvino managed to clock a time of 1’27”130, thanks to which tomorrow he will line up in sixth position.

ENEA BASTIANINI (2nd - 1'26"939)

“I’m very happy, especially because so far we have experienced a difficult weekend, but ahead of my last outing in Qualifying we were able to solve the front end issues we had yesterday and as a result I was able to get a good lap time. Tomorrow Kent will be very fast, as always, but we can try to stay with him. I think we will see another hard fought race, with a group of riders battling for the victory, and we also must pay attentio to the tyres, because I predict that there will be a drop in performance, even before mid-race”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (6th - 1'27"130)

“I’m really satisfied, but today I think we could even get the front row! On my fastest lap, in fact, I met a group of riders that slowed me down. Apart from that, I’m very happy because I was able to push hard, I kept a good pace throughout the whole qualifying session and I really like the behaviour of my bike. We have worked well throughout the weekend and we deserve this position, both me and the team. Now we just have to wait for the race: the set-up satisfies me so I don’t think that we need to make other changes. I expect a hard fought race, as always, but we can try to stay in the leading group”.


“A good result for all the team, that satisfies me! With Bastianini we reached the top positions at the very last moment, but the important thing is that we succeeded: for Enea it’s been not an easy weekend so far, but now we can look forward to the race in a positive way. Probably Locatelli would have been able to get a little more without traffic on his fastest lap. Nevertheless, I’m obviously very happy with his performance. We are very confident for the race: to be in the first two rows of the grid is a good starting point!”.

Moto3 - At Sachsenring, San Carlo Team Italia gets ready for the race

Manzi and Ferrari reduce the gap from the pole, but they will start from 10th and 11th row.

The work done and the engagement of San Carlo Team Italia didn't give the expected effects during the official qualifying of the Moto3 World Championship. In a session dominated by the leader of the championship Danny Kent (Honda), author, in 1'26"420, of the new record of the track and at his third seasonal pole position, Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari reduced the gap from the top, even if they will be forced to start respectively from the tenth and eleventh row.

In 1'28"171, author of the 29th time at 1"7 from the poleman Kent, Stefano Manzi wasn't able to benefit from the potentialities of new tyre at his last attempt. The young rider from Rimini has still the satisfaction for the rising feeling with the bike, as it's happening to Matteo Ferrari, who was not particularly lucky during the session, since he was 31st on the grid, with the time of 1'28"227 at 1"8 from the top.

Tomorrow at 11:00, both the riders of San Carlo Team Italia will try to recover positions in race, as they have a pace in line with their referential group, close to the points.

Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 29th, 1'28"171

"It was a difficult qualifying, under our expectations. In the last time attack, I wasn't able to benefit from the new tyre, for this reason we will start behind. The positive aspect is that, compared to yesterday, we improved the balance of the bike, the work done by the team paid off. I hope that tomorrow in warm up we will find something more to give our best in race."

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 31st, 1'28"227

"I am regretful for this qualifying. We could have done much better, but due to vicissitudes, we are forced to start from the eleventh row. I rode the whole session on my own, without following any other rider: in the first attempt there wasn't anyone in front of me, and only in the last time attack, I gained something on the first straight line, thanks to the wake of Locatelli and Navarro. It's just about few hundredths, nothing more. Here at Sachsenring you only need little wake to gain half a second,and that's what we missed to qualify well. It's a pity, but all things considered, I am more confident for the race than for the performance of today: the feeling increased, I feel good on the bike and we are all close to the pace in 1'28. So we will try to do our best and to finish this weekend with a remarkable result."

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

"Of course this qualifying doesn't satisfy us, it was under our expectations. Our hope for tomorrow is that our riders, with willpower, engagement and spirit of self-sacrifice, will be able to repeat for the whole race, the time of today's qualifying. In my opinion, with a pace on low 1'28", they can get closer and achieve the points. This is our goal, achievable only with constance of performance, without making any mistakes as the race will last 27 laps."

Good outlook after better qualifying result

Being eager to show his best Livio Loi was the first one out in qualifying for the Moto3 race of the German GP. It was this eagerness that brought the Belgian rider the progression he wanted to place himself in fifteenth with 1.27,536.

With Danny Kent, despite missing the final part of the session due to a crash, still way ahead of the rest of the field the differences had become smaller. Loi was 1,116 from the fastest time, but given the fact that the gap from Kent to number 2, Enea Bastianini, is already half a second that difference is far from bad.

Again the biggest difference was made in sector 2 of the Sachsenring, with its 3671 meters the shortest track on the calendar. “That second part of the track remains difficult for us,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen admitted. “We have to keep on working to improve there. In the race this section might be crucial in terms of not losing too much in that area. A good start will be important. Fortunately we are much further up the grid than in the last few races, which makes the outlook quite a lot better.”

Livio Loi – 15 (1.27,536)

“The result is much better than the last few races, but still I think it could have been better. There was more in it. To be honest, I had only two good laps. It was difficult to find a good rhythm and I still had trouble with rear grip when exiting the corners. I could not get on the gas the way I wanted. With the soft tyre the feeling was a bit better, but we have to see what the temperatures are like tomorrow to know if that is an option to use in the race. The first few laps have been the weak point in the past few races and so a good start will be crucial to make things easier for myself.”

Fifth and eleventh rows for the Sky Racing Team VR46 on the German GP starting grid

Fenati (13th) and Migno (32nd) still looking for the best set-up ahead of the race

Fifth and eleventh rows for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the end of qualifying for the German GP. Quite a demanding practice day for both the Italian riders, still looking for the best setting on their bikes. Tomorrow Romano Fenati will be getting away from 13th on the starting grid after he lapped the Sachsenring in 1’27.378. Andrea Migno will start from 32nd as he ended qualifying in 1’28.232.

Fenati had to deal with a problem on the rear single shock absorber that affected the whole FP3 morning session. The Italian rider went into qualifying with a completely new setting that allowed him to get a good feedback from his KTM, lapping just two tenths off the front pack. Also Migno struggled to find the right set-up and the right feeling with the bike. The traffic slowed down his performance and prevented him from getting a better feel of the track.


PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

It was quite a complicated day for both our riders. Romano struggled to find the right setting on his KTM. But we are confident as in the last outing we found a set-up that gave us a positive feedback. It’s true we are not getting away from the front rows, but we are just two tenths off the fifth place and that is a gap that can be bridged ahead of the race. I am sure Romano will be able to make it. For Migno this track turned out to be more challenging than he expected, he had some difficulties in finding the best bike set-up. We still have tomorrow’s warm up to try and improve and be as competitive as possible in the race.


We did a good qualifying, all the more so considering the problems we had with the rear single shock absorber. We managed to replace it during the session and to take steps forward, even if this change inevitably slowed down our work plan thus affecting my performance in qualifying. But the important thing is that we have identified the problem in time and collected data to work on in order to get ready for tomorrow’s race.


It was not a good qualifying for me, also due to the traffic that prevented me from lapping as I hoped for. I also had very few chances to ride on my own to get a greater feel of the track. I struggled to find the right feeling with the bike and there are still things to fix ahead of the race. Now we will continue to work to get away under the best possible conditions.

Top six qualifying for recovering Rabat in Germany

Sachsenring, Germany – 11 July 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat will start his quest for a career first Moto2 rostrum at the Sachsenring track from the second row of the grid.

The Spaniard will start tomorrow’s 29-lap race from sixth position, with a best lap of 1.24.507 leaving him less than 0.3s away from a sixth front row start of 2015.

Rabat was an impressive third fastest in FP3 this morning, but he inevitably began struggling with pain and fatigue in his right shoulder this afternoon, with today’s action in Germany taking place just one week after he broke his right collarbone in a training accident in Almeria.

Two crashes this morning were not only physically demanding for Álex Márquez, but the falls at turns 4 and 12 dented the 19-year-old’s confidence heading into this afternoon’s qualifying session.

As a result, the reigning Moto3 World Champion found it difficult to break into a fast rhythm and his personal best lap of 1.25.506 left him down in 24th place on the grid.

With overtaking notoriously difficult on the tight and twisty Sachsenring track, Márquez remains confident that an aggressive first phase of the race can see him mount a challenge for a points scoring finish.

Tito Rabat: 6th - 1’24.507

“The team have done a fantastic job this weekend in helping me be as comfortable as possible on the bike. But I must admit that towards the end of qualifying after another day of pushing to my absolute maximum, I had some pain and tiredness from the shoulder and I just couldn’t do any more. The front group have a very fast pace but I am happy with my rhythm and I will try and challenge them from the start tomorrow.”

Álex Márquez: 24th - 1’25.506

“The big problem of today was the two big crashes in FP3 this morning. They definitely hit my confidence and we changed a lot on the bike during the day but I just couldn’t get a good feeling to push any harder. We will make some more modifications in warm up tomorrow morning and try and make the best result possible. It will be difficult starting so far back, but I hope to score some points and salvage something from a very tough weekend.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“In Tito’s condition he has delivered the best result we could possibly expect and it is easy to forget it was only one week ago he broke his collarbone. I am confident he can still be fighting for the podium tomorrow and that would be a great reward for his determination to overcome difficult circumstances with the injury. Álex has had a very difficult weekend. He was struggling yesterday and the two big crashes this morning meant he lost a lot of confidence. The race is another story and hopefully he can go into the summer break with some of his confidence restored by a top 15 finish.”


Xavier Siméon will start tomorrow’s Moto2 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring from the front row of the grid: aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine, the 25-year-old Belgian rider produced a sensational performance during this afternoon’s qualifying session, at the end of which he set the second fastest time, 1’24”133, just 0.089 seconds from pole position.

For Siméon, who tomorrow will try to join the fight for the podium, this is the second best qualifying performance of the season, after the pole position he had conquered in Texas.

XAVIER SIMÉON (2nd - 1'24"133)

“Already this morning in the last free practice session I had taken a big step forward compared to yesterday, getting the fourth fastest time. I knew that in Qualifying the fight would have been really tight, but we made the most of the experience collected in the last races, in which we couldn’t get what we were hoping in Qualifying… this time we were determined and we succeeded, so I’m very happy. In the final stages of the session, when I put the new tyres, I focused at 200%: I knew that the front row was a goal within our reach, and it was important to take advantage of this opportunity. Once again, it was not necessary to make a lot of changes to the bike set-up, because the base was immediately very good also on this track, even if it’s quite different from the others. Tomorrow our target is the podium: today we have already done 70% of the work, but we have to stay focused because many riders - Zarco, Rabat, Corsi, Folger, Luthi and also Morbidelli - can keep a good pace. But we can stay in the fight with them”.


“Today the qualifications went very well: starting from the front row in Moto2 is very important, especially on this track. Xavier made the most of the session: yesterday, after the fall, he was a little behind his rivals, but after that he worked well together with the team and he was rewarded with a very good lap time. Tomorrow we can have fun, no doubt”.

Third consecutive pole for Zarco

Ajo Motorsport rider takes top spot on grid for German GP with fourth pole position of the season.

07/11/2015 - Sachsenring, Germany

Moto2 World Championship leader Johann Zarco dominated qualifying for the German GP, taking pole position after making important progress from Friday. In addition to a third consecutive pole (his fourth this season), he also has a strong pace for tomorrow's race.

Satisfied with the outcome of the first day, Zarco began the second day at Sachsenring finishing setting up his Kalex. A successful job with his crew allowed him finish the final free practice for the German GP in second position, improving over half a second from his best time from Friday to set a 1:24.559.

Focused and determined to get another pole position, he decided to push hard early in qualifying. The series leader set the top lap of the session on his 13th of 18, doing so on his second stint and with race tyres. No rider was able to match his 1:24.044.

With this latest pole he could take his fourth 'double' of the year, having won every time he has headed the grid. The Moto2 German Grand Prix will be held tomorrow at 12:20pm local time.


"It was a good session. I was able to ride fast right from the first run, and when that happens I can ride even more relaxed. I knew that with the second set of tyres I could push harder, because I had already done a good time, and I managed to improve my times. I really enjoyed it, because yesterday didn't go completely well, but at this track I had always struggled in Moto2. With a new bike and a new team, things have been better at every track. The goal for tomorrow is victory and if I can, to try to escape. That is the strategy, but I will have fun anyway, even if I have to fight with other riders."

Cardus to take on Sachsenring challenge from 20th on the grid

Tech3 Racing Team rider Ricky Cardus will commence the ninth round of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship from the seventh row after battling the tight and twisting German circuit in qualifying today. The Spaniard kicked off his day by producing a best lap time of 1’25.336 in the morning practice as he continued his work with the Tech3 Racing Team in adjusting the handling of the Mistral 610 in preparation for the 29 lap dash tomorrow. When the all important afternoon session began, Cardus jumped straight into the action and made steps forward as the time progressed before ultimately producing a personal best of 1’25.097 on his 19th lap out of 24. His performance saw him barely over a second from pole position in the extremely competitive Moto2 class and tomorrow, he will aim to undertake a rocket start before climbing through the field.

Meanwhile on the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team pit box, Marcel Schrotter will begin the final race of the opening half of the 2015 season from 21st on the grid after a tricky qualifying campaign at his home Grand Prix. Schrotter started the day by making continual progress in FP3 and finished with a personal best lap of 1’25.363 that left him in 19th position, but suffered a fall whilst improving his time in the final moments of the session. Nevertheless, the young German was not injured and continued his work this afternoon with the Tech3 Racing Team to overcome the handling issues he was experiencing. He rode a personal best of 1’25.216 on his 10th lap out of 19, which will see him begin the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from the rear of the seventh row and right behind his teammate. He will now seek to bounce back into the points in front of his home crowd tomorrow.

Ricky Cardus - Position : 20th - Time : 1'25,097 - Laps : 24

"Even though the position is not as high as I want to be, I feel that we have to look at the positives as we have made some steps forward in every session so far. The gap to the front is only a second from 20th position which shows how competitive this class is here, but despite that, every time we run we are making progress with the new suspension. This morning I had a lot of confidence in the front and rear of the bike and I was optimistic of getting a good qualifying position in the afternoon. However, the feeling changed when the session started and there was a lot of sliding and chatter. I told myself to remain calm and I just focused on setting a good lap when I was with another rider as it was too difficult to post a fast lap time on my own due to the issues I had. Tomorrow I will begin the GP with full power and then I will seek to pick my way through the field and get into a good finishing position. There’s no doubt that it will be a tough 29 lap battle and there will be a lot of close fighting."

Marcel Schrotter - Position : 21th - Time : 1'25,216 - Laps : 19

"It was a disappointing qualifying session even though I gave my absolute all. We made some improvements this morning and were able to lower the gap to the top ten, but we are still too far from where we want to be and it has been a tricky weekend until now. My main issue is with chatter on both the front and rear end of the bike which is making it very hard for me to feel confident in riding to the limit. In all honesty, I was losing the front several times during a lap, plus this was the reason I crashed this morning. Therefore, we have some more work to do to solve this issue, as well as a few others. Of course we are still adjusting to the new suspension as well which is taking some time. For sure, tomorrow is going to be a real challenge, however, I don’t want to let my home fans down so I will do my best to give them something to cheer about and I hope that we can find some solutions so that we can get back to where we need to be."

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