Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying:
Hanika takes second in British GP qualifying session
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes best result to date in a World Championship qualifying session. Oliveira places ninth, just ahead of teammate Binder.
08/29/2015 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
For the first time in his Grand Prix career, Karel Hanika took second place in qualifying today at Silverstone. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider took advantage of his last chance on track to claim a front row spot -his third of the season. Miguel Oliveira will take off from the third row, as he -like teammate Brad Binder in tenth- completed his best lap in the first half of the session.
He was the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider that struggled most to lower his time from yesterday, but Karel Hanika had an excellent final lap in FP3 to go second fastest in the session with a 2:13.807. He was just 0.022s off the combined timesheet top spot. Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira also improved on their fastest laps from yesterday to end the run eighth -2:14.565- and seventeenth -2:14.945-, respectively.
On such a long and wind circuit, slipstreaming is very important in the Moto3 class. This fact led to the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders going out together on their three stints in qualifying. The strategy kept them in the Top 10 throughout the session. Oliveira and Binder, ninth -2:13.591- and tenth -2:13.593-, respectively, set their best laps in the first half of the afternoon session, whilst Hanika -2:12.979- waited until the last second to finish the job and take second. The Czech was one of only two riders to lap under the 2:13 mark.
The Moto3 race will be the last to be held tomorrow, taking place at 2:30pm local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo will be aiming for a second consecutive podium after Binder's rostrum at Brno. The team last won at Silverstone in 2013, courtesy of Luis Salom.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"It is not the position we had to be in, but the truth is I felt much better on the bike and I rode a second and a half faster than this morning. I feel good and happy about that, because the result also depends a lot on luck in getting a good slipstream.
For tomorrow, I do not believe that pace matters so much at such a long circuit, as it will be difficult for anyone to escape. If we can make the group a little smaller, then I will try to be among the frontrunners and fight as hard as possible on the last lap.
In this type of race you can't use much strategy, other than to push hard on the final laps and give everything. I will try to control my closest pursuers in the championship -Efren [Vazquez] and Fenati- and finish ahead of them."
41 BRAD BINDER
"It is not the final position we had hoped for, but overall we are positive and our pace is very good. Today I was able to complete many laps close to my best time, which will certainly be important in the race tomorrow and will allow me to be strong from start to finish. I think that there will be a big fight at the front, considering that Silverstone is a track with long straights where it will be difficult to escape. But it could be that three, four or five riders break away. Whatever happens, we will have to be prepared for it and get into the leading group."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"It was a good qualifying session for us. Tomorrow we will be on the front row, and that is always positive. We have been strong in every practice, riding in the Top 8 at all times, so I am optimistic for the race. At the beginning of the session I rode with my teammates and we worked well, taking advantage of the slipstream and putting ourselves in the top positions. In the end, catching a slipstream was a lottery, but on my last lap I slotted in behind Jorge [Navarro] and I could complete my best lap. Tomorrow it will not be easy to keep up with him and Danny [Kent], but I hope to fight with them in the lead group."
LEOPARD RACING STRIKES BACK WITH BRILLANT QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE IN SILVERSTONE
The team’s riders Danny Kent and Efren Vazquez qualified in a hard fought timed session this afternoon for third and fourth position respectively for tomorrow’s Moto3™ British Grand Prix whilst Hiroki Ono struggled with pain in his recently operated right foot.
The weather for today’s qualifying practice was good with some cloudy skies at lunch time but less windy compared to yesterday, so perfect conditions for teams and rider to fight out tomorrow’s grid at the fast and flowing Silverstone Circuit.
World Series leader Danny Kent, who endured a tricky opening day at his home round as he lost the first practice session due to technical issues, was back on form as soon the track was opened for the Moto3 pack today. The Honda rider topped the time sheets for the most parts of the 40 minutes long session before he was snatched out from the top spot by Spaniard Jorge Navarro, who delivered an excellent lap in the last minutes, giving a great slipstream to Karel Hanika, who qualified for the second spot finally.
Efren Vazquez, the experienced Spaniard in Leopard Racing’s colours, displayed a strong form too this weekend thus far. The 28 year old from the Basque part was also on his way to qualify for the front row, even though for a possible pole position today. But likewise team mate Kent, Vazquez’s priority during both days of practice was to work on race performance.
Unfortunately for Hiroko Ono, who sustained a broken right foot two weeks’ time ago in the Czech Republic, struggled with his injury today to qualify just in 31st position.
The schedule for race day here in Silverstone is different to the usual one with starting time for the Moto3 race at 3:30 pm Central Europe time.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ, Grid position 4th - 2´13.124 (12/13):
“Yes, I’m happy about today’s qualifying but also for both days of practice because I think we did a really good job during each session. Just in my fastest lap towards the end of qualifying I run into some traffic and I also made one mistake through one of the last corners. But in general our starting position for tomorrow’s race is quite good and if the weather remains dry for race day I’m quite sure that we’re ready to fight for a possible podium finish.”
#52 Danny KENT, Grid position 3rd - 2´13.044 (9/10):
“Of course I’m a bit disappointed to miss out pole position today from which I would like to start tomorrow, especially because it’s my home race. But we can be happy with third place too, because as you may know we started the weekend with some difficulties as we lost FP1 on Friday morning. So at this point I want to thank my team for their hard work done to catch up to our competitors. Anyway, I qualified for a good position to start into the race and we’re feeling confident to do well tomorrow. In case of rain tomorrow I’ve to say that I also enjoy riding in the wet and the conditions are the same for all riders. So I’m confident that we’ll be well prepared for both possible conditions. I’m not worried about the big gap to Navarro’s pole time because I’m pretty sure that he’ll not be able to race that high pace during the race. On the other side we’re strong and consistent with race tyres so no worries about that. In any case I’ll try my utmost to give the amazing British race fans something to cheer tomorrow afternoon.”
#76 Hiroki ONO, Grid position 31st - 2´15.394 (7/13):
“It’s a pit how the day went. Of course I’m a bit disappointed about the outcome, but honestly speaking it was more difficult for me than yesterday. This morning I felt more pain so I took pain killers before qualifying went underway. It was a little help but during the session I wasn’t able to find a rhythm as well as I had some bad luck with traffic. The only thing I can say is to wait and see how things will go tomorrow.”
Third and sixth row for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the British GP
Good race pace for Fenati who sets his flying lap in the traffic. Migno proves to be able to stay in the fight as the top ten group does not appear that far
Silverstone, August 29, 2015. The Octo British Grand Prix race weekend saw the Sky Racing Team VR46’s potential come out especially in the frantic final moments of qualifying: Romano Fenati secured third row thanks to a great race pace and an excellent feeling with the bike that he was able to get thanks to the untiring efforts by his team that gave the rider a fast and competitive bike. Romano managed to fight his way through the traffic just in the final laps only to miss out the second row by a hair’s breadth and settle for third. Tomorrow he will be getting away from eight spot.
Also Andrea Migno secured for himself a place in the first half of the standings: after his crash in the morning FP3, he was able to react promptly. He actually pulled off a good qualifying as he stayed close to the top ten group. Tomorrow he will be starting from seventeenth with fair chances to catch up with the leading pack.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
We have done a great job so far, but unfortunately Romano will get away from farther behind than he would have deserved to be. He has proved to be the rider to beat and has been keeping a good pace.
Andrea has made further steps ahead during the weekend, I am sure the real Migno is coming out just at this stage of the season. Too bad for this morning’s crash and yet he was able to immediately get back on track. Tomorrow he is expected to pull off a stunning race.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
It was a good qualifying, getting away from the third row is still a positive result. That’s not the best we could hope for but we are ready for anything. I’ve got a great feeling with the bike and a good pace, so all the necessary conditions to put in a good race are there.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
I’m not completely happy. We are competitive but we still have to improve in qualifying. The good thing is that over the weekend we have been able to stay in the top ten, so tomorrow we’ll try to fight for top positions, by always breathing down the neck of the leading group that is expected to be formed.
BASTIANINI TO START SILVERSTONE SHOWDOWN FROM THIRD ROW. LOCATELLI 20th
Enea Bastianini will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix at the historic Silverstone Circuit from the third row of the grid: after struggling yesterday, the young Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racer set the seventh fastest time during today’s Qualifying session, solving part of the set-up issues experienced during practice.
Bastianini will thus start the race ready to fight with his Championship rival, Danny Kent, which will start tomorrow from the front row of the grid with the third fastest time. To try to beat the Briton, Enea together with the team will try to further improve the beahaviour of his Honda making the most of tomorrow morning’s Warm Up, especially to try to reduce the vibrations encountered today in Qualifying.
Bastianini’s team mate, Andrea Locatelli, will instead line up his bike on the seventh row with the 20th time: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino was slowed by traffic is in his first attempt and also in the final stages while he was trying to improve his 2’14”498, which remained unchanged. Locatelli, who is happy with the feeling reached with the bike, will aim to make a good start tomorrow to try recover immediately some positions.
ENEA BASTIANINI (7th - 2'13"525)
“Overall I’m pretty happy because we have improved our performance in the centre of the corner: so far during all practice sessions the bike tended to go wide, but now I am much more at ease. However, we still have some vibration problems: I feel a lot the bumps on the track, so we need to work some more on this issue. We know that today in Qualifying we could have achieved more, so I’m not worried about the gap from the pole position time; if we can make another improvement I think we can fight with Kent tomorrow, but to be able to stay with him we will have to be almost perfect, because he has a good rhythm”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (20th - 2'14"498)
“During my first flying lap, at the beginning of the session, I found myself in a group of riders who was pushing hard, but at some point they slowed down, forcing me to do the same... The same thing actually happened also on my last attempt, so it was not possible to get more. Anyway I’m confident because we have solved the problems we had yesterday, with the bike which was going wide on the fast corners. Session after session, I regained the confidence that I was missing for some races and now I can push hard, so tomorrow will be important to make a good start to recover immediately positions and have a good race”.
“We could get more in today’s Qualifying. However, Enea is not worried so much for the lap time obtained today, but for the vibration problems that still are slowing him down: our priority is therefore to try to solve this issue before the race, in order to help him to fight. Locatelli has perhaps made a mistake not pushing until the end of his flying lap despite the traffic: starting from the twentieth position is certainly not an exciting prospect, but Andrea is confident for tomorrow, so we hope he can be strong at the start and in the early laps to try to stay close to the fastest”.
Moto3 - Steps forward for San Carlo Team Italia at Silverstone
Improvement in the lap times for Manzi and Ferrari during the official qualifying.
Despite a non-exciting position on the grid, the riders of San Carlo Team Italia were able to actualize encouraging progress in terms of speed, during the official qualifying of the Moto3 World Championship at Silverstone, twelfth round of the 2015 season. In a session that saw Jorge Navarro (Honda) destroying the previous record of the track with a remarkable 2'12''440, Manzi (26th) and Ferrari (32nd) were able to improve their times of the first free practice session.
Riding in 2'15'' with a best lap of 2'14''973, Stefano Manzi got a place in ninth row, proving to be confident for an attack race tomorrow, starting from the very beginning of the race scheduled at local 14:30.
Step by step, also Matteo Ferrari perfected the feeling on his Mahindra MGP3O #12, finding some interesting confirmations in order to realize a comeback race, even if he will be forced to start from the eleventh row of the grid.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 26th, 2'14"973
"The positive aspect of today was that I was able to keep a constant pace on 2'15'' with a best lap on high 2'14''. Of course it's not enough yet, we can and we must do better, but with some expedients, we can work for recovering some positions during the race."
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 32nd, 2'15"462
"I am a little bit disappointed by my performance. I wasn't able to realize the perfect lap, we missed just a little to get the low 2'14 that could have allowed us to gain some rows on the starting grid. Objectively we still have some scope for improvement, tomorrow with a little modifying on the front, we hope to find a set-up that should be more suitable to my riding style. At the start of the race, it's important to start very well and then, as always, I have to give my best to reward the engagement of the whole team."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"After the good purposes of the third session of free practice, I expected something better honestly. With a further step, the pace of 2'14''5 could have been within our reach, but except for a lap in 2'14''9, we couldn't reach this target. Manzi was able to go under 2'15'', improving compared to yesterday, and I want to underline the steps forward of Ferrari who rode with interesting times during the FP3. With hard work, trying to maximize the characteristics of our riders, we will do our best to make up ground in race, getting closer to the 2'14'', necessary to get a place in the top-20. We will use our professionalism, courage and determination to reach impressive levels, while we ask to our riders to give their 101% to reach this goal."
First World Championship pole for Navarro
Repsol rider sets fastest ever Moto3 time at Silverstone and claims pole position. Fabio Quartararo takes eleventh on the grid and Maria Herrera completes a good session with fourteenth position.
Jorge Navarro today took his first Grand Prix pole position, grabbing the qualifying top spot for the British GP. The Repsol rider, who has been very competitive since arriving at Silverstone, put in a superb last lap in the qualifying session that earned him the place at the head of the grid.
This morning in the third free practice session, Navarro again showed his speed at the British track, achieving the third fastest time and going just 0.057s off the top spot. In the afternoon, the Repsol rider was always amongst the Top 5 before making his definitive push; on his final lap, Navarro found the opportunity to set a perfect lap, with no mistakes and unfazed by heavy traffic, to break the track record with a 2:12.440 time. He was some 0.539s quicker than his nearest rival.
Quartararo, who is not especially comfortable at this weekend's venue, set the eleventh fastest time in the qualifying session and will start from the fourth row of the grid. Just behind the Frenchman -on row 5- will be Maria Herrera, who is enjoying a good performance at Silverstone and in the qualifying session went fourteenth. She was 1.640s off Navarro's pole time.
Tomorrow's Moto3 race will be held at 2:30pm local time.
Fabio Quartararo 11th 2:13.850 28 laps 165 km
"The qualifying session was a bit difficult for us, because I rode alone for most of the time and here you need to catch a slipstream. I couldn't find another rider to latch onto, and would have had to brake too hard to let those behind me get past -which is not allowed. Despite starting from low down on the grid, I know I have a good pace for tomorrow and will be able to fight at the front. We have seen several times that riders starting far back have been able to fight for victory or the podium, so tomorrow I will try to do the same."
Jorge Navarro 1st 2:12.440 29 laps 171 km
"I am very happy, because I set a great lap time. We have been working hard since the beginning of the season, doing a good job and improving race by race. It's my first pole in the World Championship and I am very satisfied. We have done a great job with the bike throughout the weekend, trying different setups and finding a good base. Even so, I did not expect to break the record in the manner that I did. For tomorrow, we know we have a good pace and if it is dry we will be up there fighting. If it is wet we will also have to push. The points are awarded tomorrow and we must try to give everything we have."
Maria Herrera 14th 2:14.080 29 laps 171 km
"I am very happy with the work we have done as a team throughout the weekend. Silverstone is a track that seemed easy, as it is very fast, but you still need to find a good setup because it is very bumpy. We have worked hard and tried to push from the first lap of the qualifying session. It went well and I'm satisfied. Tomorrow I hope to make a good start and fight in a group for points, which will be a large group because you can slipstream a lot here. I'm ready to do my best for the whole race."
Loi can’t take advantage of tyres and speed
RW Racing GP focussed the strategy for the qualifying practice for the British GP on tyres and tows to get Livio Loi in a position that suits the bike, the team and the rider. But unfortunately the strategy didn’t work out as planned. Livio Loi could not take advantage of new rubber and a tow from the other riders. With 2.15,174 the Belgian rider is due to start the Moto3 race from 28th.
RW Racing GP send Loi out on new tyres, medium front and rear, to start the qualifying session. After four laps he came back in for soft front and rear and after another four laps for a new soft rear. The idea was to build up rhythm first at the long Silverstone circuit and then set a lap time, but the improvement on new tyres wasn’t what the team had in mind. Even following Quartararo, Antonelli and Danilo did not help to improve enough to be in the top 15, as he had been in FP3 for most of the time.
“We had high hopes based on FP3 and therefore tried to get Livio in the best possible position to qualify well,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen stated. “A good tow or a series of slipstreams around this long track can give a rider a second of advantage. But Livio lost the connection too soon to profit. That’s a shame, because again we are too far off from where we belong.”
Livio Loi – 28 (2.15,174)
“We had hoped for a better starting position, but again we will have to make up in the race. The weather forecast for tomorrow is very changeable, which might be in our advance. But anyway, whatever the weather, we will have to pull out all the stops once again.”
The schedule for the British GP is different than other GP’s because of the time difference with Europe. Moto2 will be the first race of the day, followed by MotoGP and Moto3 at 15.30 CET.
First row for Zarco at Silverstone
The Ajo Motorsport rider overcame yesterday’s crash to take third place in qualifying, just 0.074s off of pole position.
08/29/2015 - Silverstone Circuit, Great Britain
Johann Zarco recovered rapidly on Saturday's crash at the British GP. The Ajo Motorsport rider quickly put a fall that occurred in the second free practice session behind him to place himself on the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s race. In a tighter than ever qualifying session, the Frenchman paced just 74 thousandths off of pole position.
FP3 served as a session for Zarco to regain confidence on the bike following yesterday’s crash. It did not take much for the Frenchman to find that confidence, who paced within the top ten from the session’s start. As the minutes passed, the Ajo Motorsport rider beat his time from the previous day and proceeded to move into fourth place in the timings -2:07.345-.
After working with worn tires during his first outing, Zarco made a run for pole, moving into second position with 25 minutes remaining. In the final moments of qualifying, the Ajo Motorsport rider had several red helmets on the time screen to finally finish with a 2:06.419. This was just short of the fastest lap of the weekend by less than a tenth of a second.
Sunday’s Moto2 race will begin at 11.20am local time, where Zarco will have a chance to achieve his eleven consecutive podiums, the longest ever in this category.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"I'm not at all disappointed with third place. In fact, I have to be happy because after the fall I had yesterday it could have been much worse. The race is important and I think starting from the third position is a positive and the first corner is a right. Our times were very fast and we are pleased with how we've improved. I trust the team's work and hope we will be able to improve some small details this afternoon that will help us even more to feel comfortable and to fight for the victory tomorrow."
Battered Rabat ready to fight in British Grand Prix
Silverstone, Great Britain - 29 August 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat is preparing to ride through the pain barrier from fourth on the grid in tomorrow’s British Grand Prix after a heavy crash in the closing moments of an incident-packed Silverstone Moto2 qualifying session.
A blistering early lap of 2.06.588 saw Rabat smash the 2013 pole position record by 0.5s and put him firmly in contention for a ninth front row start in 12 races.
Lap times continued to tumble in a record-breaking 45-minute session and Rabat dropped back to fourth when the Spaniard's session ended in painful fashion. He lost control of his Kalex machine at The Loop left-hander on his final lap and the 2014 British Grand Prix winner was violently thrown over the handlebars and landed heavily on his right leg.
Extensive medical checks in the Silverstone Medical Centre confirmed Rabat had suffered heavy bruising to his right knee and no fractures and he will be fit to start tomorrow’s 18-lap race.
A late crash at the opening turn also cost Alex Marquez the opportunity to battle for a first Moto2 front row, which looked a distinct possibility when he finished this morning’s third practice session in a stunning second place.
He too was unhurt in the late spill and a lap of 2.07.076 secured him a place on the third row of the grid.
Tito Rabat: 4th - 2’06.588
“The most positive part of today is that I am uninjured after what was a very big crash. It was a big impact on my leg but luckily I only have some bruising and I can start the race tomorrow. The pace in qualifying was really fast and I was pleased with my pace on the first tyre. But with the second tyre the behaviour of the bike changed completely and we don’t really understand why. I am still looking forward to the race and it should be another exciting battle.”
Alex Marquez: 9th - 2’07.076
“We have enjoyed a really positive weekend so far in Silverstone and that was confirmed this morning when I was very close to setting the fastest time. I was confident for qualifying but that crash in the last 10 minutes cost me. I am sure I could have improved, so I am happy but not completely satisfied because we could have been higher on the grid and probably on the second row for the first time. I feel good on the bike and I feel confident for the race tomorrow because my rhythm has been strong all weekend.”
Excellent qualifying for Lorenzo Baldassarri at Silverstone
Lorenzo Baldassarri got today his best result ever in qualifying at the Silverstone track which tomorrow will be hosting the Grand Prix of the United Kingdom. The young Italian, in fact, will start tomorrow from the 8th place and stay with the Top guys. His teammate Simone Corsi was 15th.
After an all-attack session, Baldassarri posted a good 2.07.059, which earned him the third row on the grid just over half a second from the leader. For Baldassarri, which aims to stay with the fastests in the race, it is the best result achieved in qualifying in Moto2 after the 9th place in Assen last June.
Further back, on the limit of the point-zone will start Simone Corsi with a best of 2.07.443. The Roman, who has struggled to find the right setting for his Kalex on the very technical English track, is still feeling confident for the race. It will be important for him to have a good start to stay close to the leading group.
DISAPPOINTING SEVENTH ROW FOR SIMEON IN SILVERSTONE QUALIFYING
The Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 experienced a disappointing qualifying day today at the Silverstone Circuit, home of the British Grand Prix, with Xavier Siméon who was unable to go beyond the 21st position with a lap time of 2’08”016. The 25-year-old Belgian rider will therefore start from the seventh row in a race that promises to be very uphill, in which he will still try to collect valuable points for the championship.
XAVIER SIMÉON (21st - 2'08"016)
“Unfortunately, this weekend is proving to be even more than complicated... I cannot explain the reason for all these difficulties. Today we tried many changes to the bike and there was some improvement on the lap times, but the other riders have improved even more and consequently the gap from the fastest remained very large. Tomorrow I expect a very difficult race, because also our pace is not so fast. Now we have to stay focused, in order to try to collect points”.
“Unfortunately today we couldn’t change the difficult situation experienced yesterday: we are still very far from our usual levels of competitiveness and the gap from the fastest is proving it. We made several changes to the bike set-up and tomorrow we will make the most of the Warm Up to continue to work hoping for an improvement in the race. We would like to close this weekend in a positive way, although of course we expect a very uphill race”.
Schrotter to begin Silverstone fight from 6th row of the grid
Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter will launch from 18th position on the grid in what will be a fiercely competitive intermediate class race tomorrow at Silverstone after a tireless effort in qualifying today. The young German rider began the day positively as he rode the Mistral 610 to 13th in the morning FP3 session after making some positive steps forward with the setup of his Moto2 bike together with his Tech3 Racing Team. This left the 21 year old fully confident of the qualifying assault at the 5.9 kilometre circuit and when the 45 minute practice began, Schrotter got back into gear and pushed relentlessly. He undertook a total of 15 laps and sped to a top time of 2’07.582, which will see him begin the 12th round of the Moto2 World Championship from the rear of the sixth row. In addition, his time was only half a second from the back of the third row. From here, the German will seek to battle through the field and then complete the weekend with a points scoring finish.
On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Spanish rookie Xavi Vierge will begin his first ever race outing at Silverstone from 24th on the grid after a determined effort in the qualifying today. The 18 year old rider started his day with a positive finish of 23rd in the morning practice after setting a best time of 2’08.784 that was only just over half a second from his teammate. When the all important 45 minute qualifying session began, the Spaniard leapt into action as he intended to clinch a good grid position for tomorrow’s race. After progressively lowering his time, he rode his personal best lap of 2’08.397 on his fifteenth out of 18, which will see him begin the race from the eight row aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s self designed and built Mistral 610. The promising rookie will then aim to set into a solid race pace in order to complete the GP and gather some more valuable Moto2 World Championship experience.
Marcel Schrotter – Position : 18th – Time :2'07.582 - Laps : 15
“I am happy that we managed to make some progress today even though our final starting position is not as high as we would like it to be. During yesterday’s sessions as well as this morning, I felt comfortable on the bike again. I ran a good lap time in FP3 with another positive being that we had some spare tyres that we could use so I was feeling confident for qualifying. Therefore I am a little disappointed with the final result this afternoon. At the beginning of the session, I had a really strong pace and I was able to follow the leading riders. Furthermore, my fastest lap was over half a second quicker than this morning’s time, but I wasn’t able to improve further as the session continued, which is a real pity as the gap to 10th was not much. Having said that, we definitely made an improvement even if the final result is not a dream position. We just need some more track time and a bit of luck and we will be more competitive. Lets see what we can do tomorrow where I will try and fight for some points again.”
Xavi Vierge – Position : 24th - Time : 2'08.397 - Laps : 18
“Overall, I am happy with how the weekend has unfolded so far as I achieved my goal of making a good step forward whilst steadily reducing the gap to the leading bikes. As soon as we started yesterday, I was much more competitive than the previous two rounds and our rhythm in particular was stronger. This is our aim and we must continue to improve step by step whilst trying to get closer to Marcel’s level. I have to be pleased with the work we undertook today as it was another new circuit for me and the level in this category is really high. So we need to continue to be patient and I can’t miss the opportunity once again to thank the team as well as the sponsors as they are giving me this opportunity.”
LOWES THE FIRST BRITISH SILVERSTONE POLE SETTER SINCE BARRY SHEENE
Twenty–four year old Sam Lowes became the first British rider to take pole position at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone since Barry Sheene way back in 1977. The Speed-Up rider took the Moto2™ pole position after running out of petrol with just 15 minutes remaining of the 45 minute qualifying session around the 3.67 miles circuit. The patriotic crowd went crazy as the Lincolnshire rider got back to the pits, fueled up, pumped his chest and then set a new lap record for the circuit.
Moto3™ Championship leader Danny Kent, on course to be the first British world champion since Sheene again in 1977, starts from the front row of the grid after qualifying third fastest in the 40 minute session. The twenty-one year old Wiltshire – based rider defends a 45 point lead in the Championship and is joined on the front row by new pole setter, Spanish teenager Jorge Navarro and Karel Hanika from the Czech Republic.
World Champion Marc Marquez decimated the Silverstone lap record to take the MotoGP™ pole and is joined on the front row by joint Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa. Local rider Bradley Smith starts from the second row for the third race in succession after qualifying in sixth. He is joined on that second row for the 20 lap race by joint Championship leader Valentino Rossi, and team-mate Pol Espargaro. There is a strong British third row with Scott Redding seventh and Cal Crutchlow eighth.