2015 Indianapolis Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Indianapolis:

Front row for Oliveira at Indianapolis

Portuguese will start battle for victory at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix from second place on the grid. Second row for Binder and fifth row for Hanika.

08/08/2015 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Miguel Oliveira has returned strong from the summer break, and not even his recently operated-on left hand would prevent him from taking his fourth front row of the season. The Portuguese took second place in the final moments of the qualifying session. There was a positive second row -in sixth- for Brad Binder's and thirteenth place for Karel Hanika -who will start from row five and suffered a heavy crash today.

The final practice session of the weekend did not allow the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to lower their times from yesterday. Although Oliveira led the session in the first few laps, the trio riders focused on setting up their KTM bikes with used tyres. Hanika had a scare with 3 minutes left of the session, falling hard at Turn 16. Oliveira was seventh -1:41.681-, Binder twenty-fifth -1:42.370- and Hanika thirtieth -1:42.973.

Given the all-clear to ride in qualifying by the Clinica Mobile after suffering a cervical contracture, Hanika was able to get his back out on track in qualifying -his mechanics having fixed his machine. The Czech was fourth midway through the session, with a time of 1:41.310 that eventually earned him thirteenth position. Teammate Binder -sixth- achieved his best lap time of 1:41.092 in the last 8 minutes, whilst Oliveira -second- waited until the chequered flag had been produced to set his 1:40.791 and go just 0.088s off pole.

The tenth Moto3 race of the year will be held at 11:00am local time. It was at this Grand Prix that Brad Binder debuted four years ago.


"It doesn't seem like it, but I found it hard to get on the pace these past two days after missing a race -Gerrmany-. In qualifying it was important to use the new soft tyres well, as we had to chose the best strategy for when to put them on. With so much traffic, in the end we had to wait until the last minute to allow enough space to set a clean lap.

For tomorrow we will try to fight for the victory, which is always our goal. However, I must be more careful than ever not to crash, because the bone is not completely fused. I will ride a smart race and go for the win when I see fit."


"The end result for the day is very good. Although we started of with a FP which did not go as we had expected, we used the QP to recover lost ground and get a place on the second row -which is not bad. I am happy with this sixth place because I am not usually so high up the order on Saturdays. This will make the race tomorrow a little easier. I am looking forward to the red lights going out, because I feel confident and strong on the bike and I think I can fight to the final laps."


"Today was a difficult day for us. In the morning we took to the track with some changes to the setup that didn't give us the results we wanted. We tried solving them, but in the end we had a heavy crash. I have to give thanks to all my team for the work they have done to repair the bike and get us out on track in the afternoon. In qualifying we put fresh tyres on and the feeling wasn't bad. Taking advantage of a slipstream, we managed to climb many positions, but later on we managed to repeat the same time riding alone, and that is very important. We are ready for the race."

Second and third rows for Quartararo and Navarro, respectively

Frenchman sets fifth fastest time, his teammate the ninth, and Maria Herrera the twenty-third.

Indianapolis today held the third free practice session and the qualifying session for Sunday's race, with Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro securing places on the second and third row of the grid, respectively. Maria Herrera also improved during the second day and will start from the eighth row.

In the morning free practice session, Navarro felt very comfortable on the American track. He set the second fastest time behind Danny Kent, with teammate Quartararo eighth and Herrera twenty-sixth.

The qualifying session brought many crashes due to a rise in track temperature, which made the surface more slippery. Navarro suffered several scares, but was ultimately able to save them. Times continued to fall and the three Repsol riders responded with faster lap times. Quartararo set the fifth quickest lap, 0.359s off poleman Kent. Navarro was ninth, 0.483s off the top, and Herrera went twenty-third.

Fabio Quartararo 5th 1:41.062 34 laps 142 km

"In the morning session we didn't put on new tyres, because we prefered to use them yesterday to better learn the circuit ‒although today the track was in much better condition. In the afternoon it was quite hot and the track was slippery, but I managed it well and had a good pace. We will try to improve because Kent is a bit ahead of us. I think the race tomorrow will be in a large group, because there are many riders with very similar times."

Jorge Navarro 9th 1:41.186 33 laps 138 km

"I woke up today feeling better and, after the knocks I suffered yesterday, both my elbow and foot bothered me less; on the bike I didn't noticed them. In the third free practice we focused on riding with used tyres and we managed to maintain a good pace. In the qualifying session I started on used tyres and again rode quickly. When we put the new rubber on I was a bit hasty and I wanted to push too hard. I had a couple of fairly serious scares, so I stopped in the pits, had a breather and went back out on track. I was able to ride well again, although I encountered traffic on the two fastest laps I did and the end result is not what we wanted. Still, we will be on the third row. It's not a bad position ‒and I think that with the pace we have, if I start well tomorrow I can have a good race."

Maria Herrera 23rd 1:41.847 31 laps 129 km

"At first we went out on new tyres, to see what pace we had. I tried to stay in a group, though it was not very fast and I decided to ride alone. At the end of the session we put the soft tyre on to set a time for the grid, and I out myself amongst a group of several fast riders such as Oliveira. I managed to do a good lap, although it was difficult to improve it later because there were many riders looking for a reference. I am feeling stronger than I was this morning and I hope to make a good start to the race, which is what matters, to put myself in a good group and go forward."


Championship leader Danny Kent took his fourth pole position of the year for Leopard Racing in such as a closely fought qualifying practice at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway today whilst team mate Efren Vazquez struggled with traffic on track which hampered the Spaniard to confirm his strong performance from yesterday. Meanwhile Hiroki Ono qualified for 14th position thanks to quickly learning the American circuit.

Otherwise to yesterday’s sunny skies some clouds appeared this afternoon but it remained dry for the most important qualifying practice at Indy. Kent, who set already the pace during this morning’s final free practice, went tactically clever into the 40 minutes long timed session, using the hard tyre option for his warm up exit. But as soon he switched tyres, Kent immediately proved as serious pole contender this afternoon. Although, dominating three of four practice sessions, the Honda rider expect a big fight for victory in tomorrow’s tenth race this year.

Otherwise to his team mate Kent, who also set a blistering pace during the latter stages of qualifying, Efren Vazquez ran into traffic on track in his final attempts for a top starting position. But last year’s Indy winner remains confident thanks to his consistent performance this weekend so far.

Due to an outstanding steep learning curve throughout all practice sessions, Hiroki Ono also fended for a big grin in Leopard Racing’s team garage. The young Japanese rider, for whom was the tricky Indy track unknown at all yet, proved once more his talent to qualify for 14th position for tomorrow’s Moto3™ Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The opening race for the second part this season gets underway on Sunday morning at 17:00 Central Europe time.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ, Grid position 7th - 1´41.093 (3/15):

“We did a really good job this weekend thus far but during the final stages of qualifying we had a little bit bad luck. I started so strong into the session with super-fast lap times early on but towards the end I couldn’t find a free track to push for a better time. So unfortunately I dropped down some positions, but I’m confident for the race because our pace is quite strong. Anyway, I think it’s going to be a hot fight within a big group tomorrow.”

#52 Danny KENT, Pole position - 1´40.703 (9/17):

“I’m very happy about this pole which is already our fourth this year. First we went out with the harder tyre option just to get warmed up ready for the last exit for a time attack. Of course we can be pleased with our Friday and Saturday performance but tomorrow is race day where we get the points. At this point I’ve to admit that our pace here isn’t as strong as it was at the Sachsenring, so obviously it will be difficult to pull away. Anyway, I feel good and I’ll give more than 100 percent to try to pull away again, but if not we have to expect a big fight at the front. However, I’m well prepared and ready for a strong race tomorrow.”

#76 Hiroki ONO, Grid position 14th - 1´41.412 (16/16):

“For my opinion everything looks very positive about how this weekend went so far. FP1 of course was for learning the track and already during FP2 I did much better. The next came this morning, but the biggest one I achieved during qualifying practice. Actually it was a really big step compared to FP3 in the morning. I’m really happy about this performance and of course the race will be very difficult, in particular due to the long distance with 25 laps, but I think it’s possible to finish in a good top 15 position. Meanwhile I like the Indy track a lot after it took many laps to get used to it.”

Disappointing 26th place after missed chances

Livio Loi’s eleventh at the end of free practice number 3 for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis gave RW Racing GP and its rider a big boost for the qualifying session. But it didn’t work out as hoped for and as a result Loi will have to start from only 26th on the grid. With his best lap time of 1.41,958 the Belgian was 1,255 from pole position.

Like in so many tracks the field in Moto3 is close together and one small mistake of missing a chance on a slipstream immediately takes a few tenths of a second and thus a difference of a few rows. In FP3 Loi had the luck of being in the good place at the right moment, bringing him to eleventh. In qualifying he simply missed that chance, after just losing contact with the slipstream of Danny Kent, who set another track record for Moto3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Loi was the first rider on track for the final run at the end of the session. “We send him out early, ahead of everyone else, to make sure he had found his rhythm by the time the track was full and busy again,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen explains.

“It looked as if our strategy worked. After the agreed ride-through through pit lane Livio came back on track right behind Kent, but two riders were able to pass and he missed the best of the slipstream. It is a pity Livio didn’t use the maximum of his opportunities, because he made it more difficult on himself to get a good result in the race tomorrow. Sometimes it’s bad luck, but this was a missed chance. Now we will have to start from 26th, which is below what we all would like to see, but with the small differences in mind it is not impossible to get a good result after all. That’s what we will keep on fighting for.”


Enea Bastianini will start from the second row of the grid in tomorrow’s Moto3 Indianapolis Grand Prix: the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 17-year-old rider from Rimini set the fourth fastest time, 1’40”875, during this afternoon’s Qualifying session, missing out the front row for only 0.064 seconds, lapping without the help of other riders’ slipstreams in front of him.

His team mate Andrea Locatelli instead was not able to improve the lap time set in the early stages of the session, 1’41”806, because of the traffic, therefore he will start tomorrow from the seventh row of the grid with the 21st fastest time.

ENEA BASTIANINI (4th - 1'40"875)

“I’m happy because this weekend we did a good job from the beginning and today we managed to complete a good qualifying session, despite having lappen on my own, without the help of slipstreams that are very important at this track. Unfortunately I went out on track when the group of riders I wanted to join was crossing a sector of the track prior to the one where I thought it was. However, I still got a good lap time which will allow me to start at the front with the fastest. Probably with some slipstreams I could fight for the pole position or the front row, but we are equally pleased. Tomorrow I expect a certainly not easy race, as always: our rivals will be the same, the more experienced ones”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (21st - 1'41"806)

“Unfortunately it was a bad Qualifying! I managed to push only at the beginning of the session, then in the second run I could not find any other rider to follow and in the third and final run I was always forced to slow down, with some riders who slowed me down a bit. Too bad, we definitely could get more today. Tomorrow in the race will be tough starting so far back, because there are many riders with a good pace; we will do our best, as always, and we will try to bring home some points”.


“Today Bastianini produced a great performance: he got a great lap time making the last two laps on his own, without exploiting any slipstream: with a reference in front of him he would surely have been able to improve himself further, but the important thing is that we're all set for the race. So far it's been a good weekend and Enea is pleased with the behaviour of the bike, so we look forward to tomorrow with confidence. Unfortunately Locatelli was unable to make the most of the new tyre at the end of the session, lapping together with slower riders and losing the chance of improving the lap time obtained at the beginning of the Qualifying. Too bad, it would have been important to start at the front on this track. Anyway, we hope that he can make a comeback in the race”.

Fourth and Tenth row for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the end of the Indianapolis GP qualifying

Fenati and Migno securing respectively the eleventh and twenty-eighth spot on the starting grid

Fourth and tenth row for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the end of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix qualifying, with Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno getting away respectively from the eleventh and twenty-eighth spot on the starting grid. Both riders on the Sky Racing Team VR46 will be expected to pull off a come-back race.

After yesterday’s crashes, one more today badly affected the final part of Romano Fenati’s FP3 that he finished in 15th (1’42.033). Despite the pain in his shoulder, the rider from the Marche held out, did not lose his heart and thanks to the support of the whole team managed to clinch eleventh spot (1'41.287, 584 tenths off poleman Kent) just in the dying moments of qualifying.

Andrea Migno had quite a bad day upon his debut on the Indianapolis speedway. After he had finished 19th in the morning FP3 session (1’42.112), also his qualifying was marked by ups and downs that prevented him from going beyond the twenty-eighth spot (1'42"150).


PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

It has been a troublesome race weekend so far. Romano’s multiple crashes might have affected the qualifying session as well, but he stayed cool and confident. The eleventh spot on the grid is not ideal but it is a positive result got thanks to the work of an entire team that has been able to find solutions at a difficult time. Andrea unfortunately had some problems in qualifying, he failed to find the right strategy to show his value. I am convinced that tomorrow he will be able to come closer to the positions where he deserves to be.


I judge the outcome of these qualifying as positive, especially considering the crashes that affected all three of my practice sessions, both yesterday and today. Although I lapped very little, I always got a good feedback from the bike and I always managed to push quite hard. I am therefore pleased with the work that we were able to do, we changed the bike setting on the fly and that brought about some improvements. The eleventh position on the grid makes me confident and that is crucial ahead of tomorrow’s race. The shoulder pain is decreasing and so I am optimistic about the race.


Unfortunately we chose the wrong strategies in qualifying and that will force us to get away from further back than where we deserve to be. Tomorrow I’ll have to pull off a comeback race so I’ll have to get off to a good start. The bike is quite good, in my opinion it is competitive and so I am quite optimistic about the race.

Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia looks forward after difficult qualifying

At Indianapolis, Ferrari (31st) and Manzi (33rd) forced to start from behind.

The first qualifying practice of the Moto3 World Championship after the summer break, didn't give results in line with the positive performances of the free practice for the riders of San Carlo Team Italia. In an engaging session that saw the leader of the standings Danny Kent in pole position for the fourth time this year, author, in 1'40"703, of the new record of the track for the 'entry class', the riders of the Italian Motorcycling Federation were not able to go beyond the eleventh row in the starting grid.

Author of an appreciable performance during the third session of free practice, Matteo Ferrari in 1'42"517 got the 31st time, and at the end of the session he was protagonist of a crash at Turn 10, fortunately without any consequences. It didn't go better to his teammate Stefano Manzi, in 1'42"702, who was 33rd, without being able to repeat the impressive pace showed yesterday at his absolute debut on the fast track of Indiana.

Starting from the eleventh row, the two riders of San Carlo Team Italia will do their best to recover position in race, determined to keep a constant pace during the 23 laps to go on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 31st, 1'42"517

"I hope for something better after a positive third session. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the right wake to get a better position for the starting grid, which is always important here at Indy. My ideal time is half a second better than the real lap time, but the position on the grid wouldn't have changed a lot. At the end, I crashed, I lost the front at Turn 10, but fortunately without consequences. Tomorrow we'll do a comeback race."

Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 33rd, 1'42"702

"It was not a positive day at all. I am a little disappointed in myself because I wasn't able to repeat the good times of yesterday, and I was far from the levels highlighted during the second session. With the team, we will work to find something more to improve tomorrow in race and to leave behind a qualifying to forget."

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

"We expected to be with both our riders under the 1'42" but unfortunately we didn't succeed. From our point of view, it was a goal within our reach, thanks to the positive performances of yesterday by Manzi and of this morning by Ferrari, but the qualifying went in the wrong way. Going under the 1'42" would have been an useful injection of confidence for the mood of our riders in view of tomorrow, it would have been a good starting point to show our potential on the distance. Now we just need to do our best to reach again convincing levels, trusting the engagement of our riders to recover position."

Zarco earns a spot on the third row

Ajo Motorsport rider concludes qualifying session for Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix with eighth fastest time.

08/08/2015 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway, USA

After three consecutive Grands Prix on top, Johann Zarco will not start from pole position in tomorrow's race. The Frenchman took eighth place on the grid this afternoon, after a day that did not go as he had wanted. The Ajo Motorsport rider, who acknowledges that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is not one of his favourite circuits, nevertheless will look for a good performance tomorrow.

The day did not start in the best way for Zarco, who 7 minutes into the practice session had to get off his bike due to a technical problem. The unforeseen issue forced him to spend more time than desired in the box, but thanks to the work of the Ajo Motorsport team he was able to get back on track with 22 minutes remaining. Although not able to improve his time from yesterday, the Frenchman took tenth place in the session with a time of 1:37.663.

In qualifying he came out ready to get a good starting position for tomorrow's race. Johann Zarco remained in the background until the midway point of the session, before moving into the Top 5 with a time of 1:37.055 -his best lap of the entire weekend. He tried to improve on that lap in the final moments, but a mistake when on course for pole position denied him the top spot.

Zarco will look to add a ninth consecutive podium to his tally tomorrow, and open his rostrum account at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


"I'm not at all disappointed with eighth place. In the qualifying session we tried a new setup for the bike and the feeling was better. I feel ready to go fast and fight against the other riders at the front. This track is hard for me and I still have a little way to go to find the perfect lines; I succeed sometimes but not consistently. Anyway, I am calm, I want to enjoy the race tomorrow and get as many points as possible. I have a podium finish in mind and it would be nice to do it here in Indianapolis for the first time in my career."

Rabat to start Brickyard battle from front row

Indianapolis, United States - 8 August 2015: Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat showed he will be a leading contender for the victory in tomorrow’s 25-lap Indianapolis Motor Speedway showdown after the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider qualified on the front row of the grid for the eighth time this season.

Rabat overcame early front-end chatter issues in the 45-minute Qualifying session to comfortably beat Mika Kallio’s 2014 pole record with a brilliant last flying lap of 1.36.686.

And his fastest pace was only 0.137s away from securing the 26-year-old a 15th career pole position at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he claimed his first ever Moto2 rostrum in 2011 and won the race in 2013.

Alex Marquez also looks well set to challenge for his best Moto2 result after a positive afternoon on the 2.591 miles Brickyard track.

Marquez was just over 0.4s off the front row of the grid after his best time of 1.37.329 left him down in 13th position on the grid.

Tito Rabat: 2nd - 1’36.686

“You always want to make the pole position but Moto2 is so competitive that to start on the front row again is unbelievable. At the start of qualifying I had some issues with the front tyre and I had a lot of chatter. We changed it and I was able to immediately return to my fast pace. I made a very good job to get on the front row. Now the most important thing is enjoy the race and fight for the win.”

Alex Marquez: 13th - 1’37.329

“I am happy but not completely satisfied because I think we could have been closer to the front. I need to improve my rhythm. In the other races my Qualifying has not been the best but my rhythm has been good. Here it is the opposite and we still have the Warm-up to try and make some adjustments to improve the bike. But I am confident the top 10 is well within my grasp.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“It was a good day. Alex Rins and Tito have the best pace for tomorrow and if the race is run in the dry then I think it will be hard for anybody else to follow them. Tito certainly looks like he can battle for the win and it should be an exciting fight. Alex has made a positive improvement after the struggles of Germany. He’s only 0.7s from pole and not far away from third. He is always stronger in the race than Friday and Saturday, so my wish is to see him inside the top 10.”

Resolute Schrotter to launch from seventh row of the grid at Indianapolis

Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter will jump forward from 19th place at the Indianapolis Grand Prix for round 10 of the MotoGP World Championship as he aims to push to a points scoring finish. The young German rider commenced the second day of action in America with a finish of 20th position in the morning practice whilst he continued to adjust the setup of his Moto2 bike with his team. Together they meticulously made steps forward in order to prepare the Mistral 610 for the 25 lap sprint tomorrow. When the afternoon session began, Schrotter leapt into action and posted a rapid time of 1’37.622 on only his fourth lap before continuing to plug away at the Indianapolis circuit. Eventually, this time remained his fastest lap and saw him qualify just half a second from second row of the starting grid. Schrotter will now be seeking to undertake a strong start from the front of the seventh row and battle his way through the field and into a points scoring finish.

Meanwhile on the other hand, Xavi Vierge will contest his debut Moto2 World Championship race from 25th on the grid after pushing hard to adapt to the tricky American circuit, which he has never raced on before, aboard the Mistral 610. The 18 year old Spaniard opened his Saturday account with a best time of 1’39.597 which left him in 27th position as he continued to learn the ropes in the Moto2 class. In the vital qualifying practice, Vierge progressed further after working restlessly with the Tech3 Racing Team and completed a total of 21 laps around the 4.2 kilometre track. He set his quickest time of 1’38.586 on his 17th lap which will see him begin his first ever Moto2 race from the head of the ninth row, but highlights a big step forward after cutting 1.877 seconds off his FP1 time from Friday morning. Now the Spaniard will aim to gather as much experience as possible in tomorrow’s race in the fiercely contested intermediate class.

Marcel Schrotter – 19th – 1’37.622 – 19 laps

“I definitely tried my best today and remain hopeful that we can have a good race tomorrow even though the qualifying position is a bit disappointing due to a tricky qualifying session. The day began ok, the result was not fantastic but we had to save tyres so that I could use the compound that I wanted to in the qualifying as the hard tyres are not working for us at this track. However, I still felt confident that the new tyre would allow me to post some competitive lap times in the afternoon. The qualifying session started positively and straight away I could improve my time considerably which meant that I was running inside the top 12 for quite a long time. However, we then decided to change to the new rubber but as soon as we did so, I experienced a lot of chatter in the front and the rear of the bike. Unfortunately, this made my confidence drop and it was just too much of a challenge to improve the lap time. Of course that’s not what we hope for, but the weekend is not over yet. If we can solve this issue that we had today, I am certain that we can conclude this weekend with a good result to get us back on track.”

Xavi Vierge – 25th – 1’38.586 – 21 laps

“Today we have made good progress and I am really pleased with what we have achieved. Every time we go out on the track, we improve a little bit more and in qualifying we made a significant step forward as we found a setup modification that made me feel a lot more comfortable on the bike and allowed me to ride more fluently which is really important. So I'm already looking forward to getting back on the bike tomorrow morning where I will continue this adventure of working hard and trying to learn as much as possible as we intend to make the right steps forward which, thanks to the team, we are doing really well


Tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix will see Xavier Siméon start from the sixth row of the grid aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine. The 25-year-old Belgian rider was not able to improve a lot his performance when he put new tyres during this afternoon’s Qualifying session at the famous Indiana track, setting the 16th fastest time, 1’37”419, 0.8 seconds off the pace.

XAVIER SIMÉON (16th - 1'37"419)

“I’m really disappointed... I was not expecting an easy weekend, but also not that difficult, actually. We are experiencing issues that so far we had not seen this during this season and this is the first time that we are struggling so much for the whole weekend. In some races we suffered in the early sessions, then we were able to find a solution, but here we are really in trouble. Today I improved my lap times, but not enough: the gap to the guys in front of us is not much, but we are still far away. We need to find a solution to try to be competitive in a race that promises to be difficult. I'll have to try to stay very focused in order to bring home as many points as possible”.


“We are disappointed, of course: this year we have been competitive on all tracks, but here in Indianapolis we are struggling more than expected. Xavier will start tomorrow from the sixth row and this is certainly not what we expected after the recent good performances. We expect a difficult race, but obviously we will try to get the maximum possible”.

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