Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Silverstone awaits for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0
The historic Silverstone circuit in Great Britain will be the scene of the latest challenge for the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders this weekend, as Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro contest the twelfth round of the season.
The Moto3 World Championship continues its frenetic pace and heads to England this week. Starting from Friday, the grid will take part in the British Grand Prix as the season heads into a crucial stage.
Emilio Alzamora's proteges, Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, come to Silverstone following mixed results at the Czech Grand Prix, where Navarro finished fifth and scored 11 points that keep him tenth overall -with a total of 74 points. Teammate Quartararo, who failed to finish at Brno due to an incident with another rider, lies in eighth position in the overall standings with a total of 79 points.
Last season, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 took a one-two at Silverstone: Álex Rins claimed victory from pole, whilst Álex Márquez finished second in the race.
Did you know...?
The Silverstone circuit is located in the south of England, about 125km from London. A section of the racetrack is in Northamptonshire and the remainder in Buckinghamshire. The prestigious track has over 60 years of history, and at 5.9 km is one of the longest and fastest on the World Championship calendar.
Having served as a runway during World War II, the circuit began to be used again to contest races in 1947. The British Grand Prix was first held at the track between 1977 and 1986, and then from 2010 to the present day.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
8th in the overall standings with 79 points
"After a difficult race at Brno, we are eager to do a good job at Silverstone"
"After a difficult race at Brno, we eager to do a good job at Silverstone. I want to work very hard from day one with my technicians to quickly learn the track, have a good feeling and find an optimal setup that allows us to get good results on what is an unfamiliar track. Silverstone is one of the longest circuits on the calendar and has a series of flowing corners that are key to the race, so it is something that we will have to study well.”
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
10th in the overall standings with 72 points
"We go to Silverstone eager to keep moving forward"
"We have had a few days to train hard and get very strong for Silverstone. We have had two races following the summer break: The Indianapolis GP and the Czech GP. We have worked very well at both of these events and we have gained points and experience, so we go to Silverstone eager to keep moving forward.”
Confidence high as Rabat and Márquez head to Silverstone
Gosselies, Belgium – 25 August 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders, Tito Rabat and Álex Márquez, go into this weekend’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone looking to build on their strong performances last time out in Brno.
Rabat took a hard fought second place in the Czech Republic, but heads to Silverstone with the top step of the podium well and truly in his sights. The 26-year-old Spaniard, who won from the second row of the grid at Silverstone last year, currently trails championship leader Johann Zarco by 79 points, a gap he is keen to close this weekend in Great Britain.
But it’s not just Zarco that Rabat has his eye on. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider reclaimed second place in the championship standings in Brno, but leads his compatriot Álex Rins by just a single point, a margin that he is determined to increase at Silverstone.
Rabat may be assisted in his goals this weekend by his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS teammate Márquez, who heads into the Silverstone race with his confidence at an all time high after a fourth place finish in Brno, the best result of his rookie Moto2 season to date. The reigning Moto3 World Champion has stated that a podium finish is his target in the second half of the season and the ultra fast nature of the Silverstone circuit, where he finished on the podium in the Moto3 race last year, may well provide him with an ideal opportunity to achieve this goal.
The weather is always a concern at Silverstone, where the infamous British summer can bring sunshine, rain and wind, sometimes all in the same day. However, while rain is expected on Thursday, the forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday remains relatively good.
“Silverstone is really one of my favourite tracks. It’s old style, very wide but quite technical, with a good variety of corners, both fast and slow, together with some long straights, hard braking areas and chicanes. It’s a track at which the rider can make a big difference and I always enjoy racing at Silverstone. We’ll need to keep an eye on the weather, like always in England, but the forecast looks good at the moment and even if it does rain, it’s not so much of an issue as this is a track that retains a lot of grip in the wet. I’m happy to be racing at Silverstone this weekend and I will be pushing hard to improve on the result in Brno.”
“I’m happy to go to Silverstone after my best result of the season at Brno, because the confidence and motivation, both of myself and the team, is very high. We made some steps forward in Brno and now we need to continue in the same direction, which means working hard but also enjoying riding the bike. I have had a really good feeling before at Silverstone, where I finished second in Moto3 last year, and I’m sure the track will be equally enjoyable on the Moto2 bike. Our focus this weekend will be to find some improvements in the last part of the race, but we have some ideas and I’m confident we can make another step ahead of the race. I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead and I think we can come away on Sunday with another good result.”
BASTIANINI HUNTING FOR GLORY IN ENGLAND. LOCATELLI DETERMINED TO BOUNCE BACK
The historic Silverstone Circuit, the longest on the calendar with its 5900 meters, awaits this weekend Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli: the British Grand Prix, round number 12 of the 2015 campaign, represents an important event for both Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers, with Bastianini engaged in a fight with championship leader Danny Kent and Locatelli determined to bounce back after the unfortunate incident that forced him to retire right at the start of the Czech GP.
Fresh from his fifth podium finish of the season, in the last two Grands Prix Bastianini has recovered 21 points on Danny Kent, who has now a 45-point lead. At Silverstone, where the 17-year-old rider from Rimini was already third last year at his debut, the target is to continue to make up ground on British rival.
On the other side of the garage Bastianini’s team mate, Andrea Locatelli, will try to quickly forget the unfortunate weekend in Brno, where he first struggled during practice, then a crash in the race put him out of the game after only three corners: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino arrives on a favourable circuit and is willing to increase his tally of points in the championship, currently standing at 31.
“Last year I loved the Silverstone track at first glance: after a good Qualifying I did a great race, going so close to the victory that the third place was like a bitter end… This year we will try to be competitive again, with the target of recovering more points in the standings on championship leader Kent. Danny will race at home and of course I expect that he will be very fast, but it must be said that he will have more pressure on him than usual; we will see if he can actually transform it into something positive. However, we will be there, ready to take advantage of every opportunity”.
“This year the British Grand Prix was originally scheduled at Donington, but I’m glad that we return to racing at Silverstone, a track that I know from last year and I really love. After an unlucky weekend at Brno, with some falls during practice which affected our work and a race that was immediately over due to a contact, we will try to bounce back. I’m confident because our base set-up is good, and I think that at Silverstone we won’t have the issues which slowed us down at Brno, especially on corner entry. I look forward to this race: from now on I would like to grow every race, reaching the positions that we think we deserve”.
“We arrive in England hoping of being able to follow up the positive trend of the last races: in the last two GPs Bastianini managed to significantly reduce the gap from championship leader Danny Kent. It must be said that at Silverstone we will race at home of our rival in the championship, who will be very motivated, but it’s also true that last year Enea was immediately very strong at his debut on this track. Therefore on paper we have all it takes to try to beat him. After Brno disappointment, we want to bounce back with Locatelli: Andrea has a good potential, but recently for some reasons he failed to realize it in the race, so we hope that Silverstone may represent a good chance to see him in the positions he deserves”.
HISTORIC SILVERSTONE THE PERFECT VENUE TO MAKE UP FOR BRNO DISAPPOINTMENT
Round number twelve of the 2015 Moto2 campaign, the British Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend at the historic Silverstone Circuit, represents an unmissable opportunity for Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 team to return to fight at the top and to continue to battle for a top five finish in the overall standings.
After leaving brno without points, the 25-year-old Belgian rider is determined to bounce back on a track that suits his riding style. Siméon is currently sixth in the overall standings with 92 points, thanks to two podium finishes (one win and one second place) and seven points scoring finishes out of eleven races.
“At Silverstone we absolutely want to be back fighting for the top positions: I like the track very much and from a certain point of view the track reminds the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, where I’ve always been very fast. After the disappointing weekend at Brno I have a great desire to bounce back, so I can’s wait to get back on track for the first practice session”.
“Silverstone is a long and demanding track, but on the paper is well suited to our technical package and to Siméon’s riding style: therefore we are keen to return to the levels of competitiveness we have been showing since the beginning of the season, determined to quickly forget Brno. We are keeping the sixth place in the overall standings, not far from the fourth position: in England we would like to collect a lot of points, because we have the potential to do that”.
Moto3 - British challenge for San Carlo Team Italia
Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari ready for Silverstone.
It's a non-stop August for San Carlo Team Italia. After two Grand Prix in a row in Indianapolis and Brno, in the weekend of 28th-30th August, the Moto3 World Championship will face the twelfth seasonal round at Silverstone, historic British track that has been in the calendar since 2010. For the riders of San Carlo Team Italia, it's an opportunity to carry on the path started in the last round in Czech Republic, learning from the work done to improve their level of competitiveness during the whole weekend.
After having fought for the points for most of the race in Brno, Stefano Manzi wants to get closer and, if possible, to reach this goal at Silverstone, track that he knows thanks to his experience of three years in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, where he got remarkable results as his double podium of last year.
At his third participation at Silverstone in the Moto3 World Championship, Matteo Ferrari wants to carry on the positive trend highlighted in the Brno's race, proved by a constant pace during the whole race.
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"During the race in Brno, we had a little improvement compared to the practice and to the previous Grand Prix of Indianapolis, highlighting different positive aspects concerning the performances of our riders. Manzi rode well and for most of the race he had remarkable times, while Ferrari matured encouraging progress, keeping a constant pace for the whole race. From this point of view, there was a reaction of the riders, which was helpful for the morale, and to get ready for Silverstone, with a moderate enthusiasm in line with the steps forward of Brno. For this reason we are quite positive, even though the current results are not in line with our expectations. The team is always ready and is working hard to get, as soon as possible, the satisfaction that we deserve, possibly proving the positive trend already at Silverstone."
Zarco looks to continue breaking records at Silverstone
Ajo Motorsport rider focuses on extending run of 10 consecutive podiums and his lead in the championship, at one of his favourite tracks.
08/26/2015 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
After his victory two weeks ago in the Czech Republic, Johann Zarco now has 10 consecutive podiums from the 11 races held in 2015, including 4 victories. These excellent numbers allow the Ajo Motorsport rider to face the British GP this weekend as Moto2 World Championship leader, with an advantage of 79 points. With seven races to go, the Frenchman is still hungry for wins and intends to fight for victory at Silverstone this weekend.
On Sunday, Johann Zarco will attempt to increase a run of podiums that is unprecedented in Moto2. As World Championship leader with 224 points, Zarco's current overall points tally is the highest achieved after the first eleven races in the intermediate class of Grand Prix racing since Dani Pedrosa’s 226 points at the same stage of the 2005 250cc championship. This weekend, the Ajo Motorsport rider arrives at one of his favourite tracks, where last year he took his first pole position in Moto2 and claimed fourth in the race. However, his best memory is of 2011, with a second place in the 125cc class.
As usual at the British Grand Prix, the Moto2 race will be responsible for starting the proceedings on Sunday. The start will be at 11:20am local time.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"The Silverstone circuit brings back good memories for me. Last year I got a nice pole position, so this proves that I can be fast. We must not relax, because at every GP there are many conditioning factors. It is a very long and fast track and one of my favourites on the calendar. That's not to say that it suits me perfectly, so we must work to get as ready as possible for Sunday.
We are at a moment of the season in which there is still a long way to go, so we'll go for the win. I hope to have clear ideas at all times and hope we can have a good performance."
Red Bull KTM Ajo look to stay on the podium at Silverstone
Oliveira, Binder and Hanika face the twelfth round on the calendar hungry after South African’s podium at Brno.
08/26/2015 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
The 5.9km Silverstone circuit, one of the longest on the Moto3 World Championship calendar, this weekend hosts the twelfth round of the series. In it, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will again look for places on the podium. Brad Binder was on the rostrum two weeks ago, with third place in the Czech Republic, and the team will look to put together a podium run. Points for the overall standings will also be important, with just seven races remaining until the end of the season. Oliveira is now fourth -111 points-, Brad Binder sixth -99 points- and Karel Hanika sixteenth -33 points.
Fifth in 2013 and fourth last year, the next step for Miguel Oliveira at the British Grand Prix should logically be the podium. The Portuguese rider already showed in Brno, where he led at various stages of the race, that he has now recovered from surgery on his left hand. He will be hungry for a good result at Silverstone after a previous race that did not end as well as he had hoped.
Brad Binder is enjoying his best season in the Moto3 World Championship, just 10 points off his total from the entirety of last year. This is thanks to two podium finishes and six consecutive Top 10 placings. His third place in the Czech Republic allows the South African to face the visit to Silverstone with confidence, heading to track that is not to his liking but at which he feels fast. His best result there was last year, with fifteenth place after starting from the second row.
Karel Hanika will start his 30th Grand Prix on Sunday. Bad luck prevented him from completing his home race, a blow from which he will look to recover at Silverstone -a track where he has already won and been on the podium in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. The first objective for him will be to improve on the twelfth place he took at the British GP in 2014.
The Moto3 race will be the closing attraction of the British round, taking place on Sunday at 2:30pm local time.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"We arrive at the Silverstone Circuit very motivated, after a final lap in Brno that did not go as we wanted. We were having a great weekend and we showed that we could be on the podium.
The circuit that we face this weekend is one that I like. It is quite long, if not the longest in the championship, and it is somewhere that I think other aspects will be important when configuring the setup. For example, the feeling with the front will be key, as the track is quite bumpy. We will fight for a place on the podium once again."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Honestly, Silverstone is a track where I have always been quite fast, but it is really is not to my liking. We go there off the second podium of the season, so I hope this gives us confidence for the whole weekend -and especially Sunday's race.
The target has to be to continue on the podium -not only at the British Grand Prix, but at all the remaining rounds. We have the potential to do it, so we must fight for it."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I can’t wait for the British GP. Silverstone is a nice track and somewhere I have fond memories of from my previous visits. Last year I had good race, as throughout I was in the leading group before finally crossing the finish line in twelfth place. I like the track, with its long straights; there are a lot of corners which make it a bit tricky, but we will definitely enjoy ourselves there. I hope to work well with my team on the bike and find the limit quickly in order to be fast. It will not be easy, of course. This past week I've been sick and I'm still recovering, but I hope to take advantage of the time before Friday to get back to 100%."
The Sky Racing Team VR46 set to maintain continuity
Fenati and Migno head to the UK ready to confirm their great form after their stunning comebacks at Brno
The Sky Racing Team VR46 heads to Silverstone for the Octo British Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the Moto3™ Championship. The British circuit does offer several passing chances and in the last few seasons has featured highly spectacular races.
The riders on Valentino Rossi’s team get into the away race across the Channel in excellent shape, building on their great performances from the Czech GP. The several positions pulled back at Brno by Romano Fenati (from 22nd to 6th running for the win) and Andrea Migno (from 26th on the grid to a 13th place finish) allowed the two talents on the Sky Racing Team VR46 to climb up the Dunlop #ForeverForward standings featuring those riders who have pulled back the greatest number of positions from the starting grid spot to their finish. After Brno’s race, Fenati clinched the second spot of this special table with 82 points just behind Philipp Öttl (98). Andrea Migno tied for third place with Livio Loi (76 points).
This will be Fenati’s fourth attendance on the "Arena GP" track, where in 2012 he secured a 7th place finish as his best result. Third appearance in the UK for Migno who last year at Silverstone made his very debut as regular rider in the Moto3 ™ World Championship, thus starting his full-time adventure in the light-weight class on the official team Mahindra Racing.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
The Silverstone circuit is a very technical track. It features a lot of subsidence that makes it difficult to find the best set-up. Also the weather is a variable to be reckoned with, but our team will be ready to deliver at all events. It will be key to make the most of qualifying, to identify the suitable changes and improvements right from the very start to get away from as high up as possible on the grid. Romano is in quite a stunning form and this gives us hope. Also Andrea has improved a lot and he is now a regular in the top-15.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
My sixth place finish at the Czech GP has once again confirmed we are highly competitive. Unfortunately, starting from the back of the grid badly affected our race, so we have to improve this aspect and make the most of qualifying. This week I have been going on with my training program: going into the second half of the season in the best shape possible is key to aim at major goals. I have never got great finishes at Silverstone, but my aim is to be there in front at all GPs.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
We head to Silverstone with a strong motivation and reassured by the brilliant racing we produced at Brno. Our aim is to try and keep going on this path, getting off to a flying start in free practice so as to get into the race in the best possible conditions. My career as regular rider in the Moto3 World Championship started just at Silverstone and being part of the Sky Racing Team VR46 is something I am really proud of. I’ll give all my best to celebrate this special anniversary with a bang.
SILVERSTONE WELCOMES LEOPARD RACING FOR DANNY KENT’S HOME RACE
Round twelve of the 2015 Moto3™ World Championship marks a very special occassion for Leopard Racing riders as Danny Kent sees him racing in front of his home crowd at the British Grand Prix whilst experienced Spaniard Efren Vazquez has a score to settle with the 5.9 kilometres long Silverstone Circuit. Meanwhile the team’s rookie Hiroki Ono is declared fit to race after he broke his right foot in a race accident last time in the Czech Republic.
21 year young Briton Danny Kent is all set to increase his championship lead further after he lost 21 points in the last two races over Italian rider Enea Bastainini, who lies second in the world standing currently. Coming to Silverstone, Kent targets to display his season dominating performance thus far over the course of the weekend again, not only to cheer the British race fans this Sunday.
Team mate Efren Vazquez looks back to an unfortunate outcome of last year’s visit to the famous English circuit when he crashed out of the race. But not only due to that fact he faces an important race weekend for him and his crew as Vazquez wants to score as many points in order to close the gap to the riders in front of him in the world standings.
On the other side in the garage of Leopard Racing, Hiroki Ono underwent surgery in Barcelona last Wednesday to fix the broken fifth metatarsus with seven screws. Ono sustained this injury in an accident during the opening lap of the Czech Grand Prix two weeks’ time ago and he will try to ride his Honda machine this weekend.
The Silverstone Circuit has a rich racing heritage stretching back over 60 years and has become an iconic motorsport venue. The 5.9 kilometres long track, which of course is the longest on the calendar, is popular with rider and is one of the fastest circuits of the series. Time schedule for the race day is different this time with the Moto3 pack will leave the line at 3.30 pm this Sunday afternoon.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - World Championship position 5 (109 points):
“Well, we’re going into the Silverstone Grand Prix, the next race in the championship which of course will be a very important one for us because of the length and unusual width of the track. My target is to give my team a good result, first because I crashed out of the race there last year, so from this point of view it is a special circuit for me too. Anyway I want to collect as many possible points this Sunday and to continue working in the same way as always. A close view on this year’s championship course shows that my worst race finish is a fifth place so I think we’re quite in a good level. We just need to keep working hard so we should be capable of always finishing a race in the top group, like last time in Brno. We’ll see how the weather conditions will be, but in any case we’re in a strong position to fight for everything.”
#52 Danny KENT - World Championship leader (199 points):
“I’m really looking forward to my home Grand Prix. The atmosphere is going to be great, as we’re going into it leading the world championship, so I’m feeling happy and ready for the upcoming weekend which of course will be a busy one for me too. Silverstone is a track I enjoy very much and I’m looking forward to getting back out on this fast and flowing circuit with my Honda. We lost 21 points to our main rival Enea Bastianini in the last two race so we need to work hard and try to extend our championship lead again! I really look forward to the challenge.”
#76 Hiroki ONO - World Championship position 22 (15 points):
“Finally I got the green lights from the race docs after my visit to them today. I’m happy to be declared fit to race but honestly speaking we must wait and see how things will go during tomorrow’s first free practice. However, my condition in the right foot is getting better day by day as well the operation went well on last week’s Wednesday in Barcelona. But as said we must wait and see how I’ll be capable of riding the bike which I didn’t check before my departure to England with any kind of bikes. Anyway, we face a tough weekend ahead of us, first due to the fact that it’s my very visit to this track which is really a special one because of its length and width. After I settled with my condition it will take some laps to find the right way around here for sure.”
WILL Silverstone bring yet another new Dunlop FIM Moto2 & Moto3 World Championships winner?
• Fenati Closes On Oettl In Dunlop #ForeverForward League
Silverstone will be the 12th race of the year in the Dunlop equipped FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships on August 30th. The eleven races have produced seven different winners in Moto2 and six different winners in Moto3 with seven races remaining. In 2014 both series only had six winners each over the full season showing that the intensity of the competition is getting stronger and with closer racing.
Silverstone’s tyre choice is dictated more by temperature requirements than track surface. The track is classed as medium energy but the long straights allow the tyres to cool on the critical outer edges and riders need to ensure that they take the tyre temperatures into account when deciding how they approach the following corners.
Silverstone 2014 Highlights
Silverstone gave us spectacular racing in tricky conditions last year. The Moto3 race was just over five seconds quicker than in 2013 and a new circuit best lap time was set during qualifying. The Moto2 riders took advantage of the then-new ‘9855’ rear tyre with 68% choosing it for the race which was talked about as being one of the best of the year.
Fact: Despite finishing only 0.011 seconds ahead of Marquez, Alex Rins didn’t have the closest finish of the season at Silverstone. That honour went to Romano Fenati who finished 0.010 seconds ahead of Maverick Viñales in Mugello. As ever, close racing was the norm in Moto3. Only two 2014 races had margins of over 0.3 seconds all season.