2015 Aragon Moto2 And Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:


Jorge Navarro joined by Sena Yamada as Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 take on Aragon Grand Prix

Jorge Navarro, having further recovered from injury, will participate in the Moto3 round at Alcañiz. Estrella Galicia 0,0 Junior Team rider, competing in the FIM CEV Sena Yamada, will replace Fabio Quartararo.

With Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Fabio Quartararo recovering from injury to his right foot, caused by a crash during the second free practice of the San Marino GP, the team will run a stand-in for the Aragon Grand Prix. Japanese rider Sena Yamada will be participating on the Frenchman’s Honda.

After the difficult San Marino Grand Prix, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 head to their designated test track, where a few weeks ago they undertook a successful private test. MotorLand Aragon is also a track well known by Jorge Navarro and Sena Yamada, as besides being part of the World Championship calendar it is also a venue in the FIM CEV Spanish championship (in which Navarro is the reigning runner-up and Yamada a current competitor).

Last year, Aragon saw a second place finish for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Alex Marquez, providing the seventh podium of the ten he managed all season. Teammate Alex Rins took pole with a time of 1:58.318.

This year, Navarro and Yamada will be the men fighting to get the best results possible right from the first practice session, which will be held on Friday at 9am.

Sena Yamada (02/17/1994, Oyama, Japan):

Sena Yamada currently competes for Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 in the FIM CEV, in the Moto3 Junior World Championship class. The Japanese rider was previously twice consecutive champion in the Japanese national competition "All Japan Road Race" in the Moto3 class. This season he rides alongside Aron Canet and Jaume Masia under the Monlau Competition Technical School banner. Sena has 34 points in the overall FIM CEV standings, putting him in tenth position.

Honours:

2014: 1st All Japan Road Race Moto3 W

Japanese GP wild card

2013: 1st All Japan Road Race Moto3

Japanese GP wild card

2012: 3rd All Japan Road Race GP125cc

2011: 5th All Japan Road Race GP125cc

2010: 20th All Japan Road Race GP125cc

2009: 20th All Japan Road Race GP125cc

2008: 13th All Japan Road GP 125cc

Did you know...?

As is the case in the region of Sachsenring (Germany) or in Brno (Czech Republic), at MotorLand Aragón there is a long tradition of racing on street circuits. The Alcañiz street circuit held car races from 1963 to 2003. Later, for safety reasons, it was decided to build the circuit we know today, inaugurated in 2010.

The Aragonese track, designed by German Hermann Tilke, is 5.07km long, has 7 right hand corners and 10 left hand corners. It is a fast circuit that has several changes in elevation, most notably the ‘inverted corkscrew’ of Turns 7 and 8, which many compare with the American track at Laguna Seca.

Jorge Navarro

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

10th in the overall standings with 72 points

"In the recent test we saw that we can do very well at this track"

"After the San Marino Grand Prix, at which unfortunately I could not participate in the race, I face the Aragon Grand Prix motivated. I still have a few days to finish recovering and try to get back to one hundred percent. In recent races I have made great improvements, so we go to Aragón with even more motivation –especially after the test a few weeks ago there, where we saw that we can do very well at this track."

Sena Yamada

Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider

10th in the FIM CEV with 34 points

"Racing against World Championship riders will give me a lot of experience"

"Being able to participate in this race is a very lucky break for me, because competing against World Championship riders will give me a lot of experience. MotorLand is a track I am familiar with, because this year, in addition to testing there, we contested two rounds of the FIM CEV there and I had a good pace. I hope Fabio Quartararo will recover soon from his foot injury, and in the meantime I will use his bike and his team. I really appreciate this opportunity."


Rabat and Márquez head home to Aragon

Gosselies, Belgium – 22 September 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders, Tito Rabat and Álex Márquez, will have the home crowd advantage this weekend, as they head to Motorland Aragon for round 14 of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship.

Rabat has been on the podium in the last three races, with second place in Brno and Misano and third place in Silverstone. The reigning Moto2 World Champion is looking to extend his run of podium finishes at Aragon but, after finishing in second place there twice in the last two years, he heads into this weekend determined to fight for his second race win of the season.

The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider is also keen to extend his lead over his compatriot Álex Rins in the Championship standings. Rabat currently lies second, 17 points ahead of Rins and 93 points adrift of current Championship leader, Johann Zarco.

Márquez heads to Aragon with some confidence, despite crashing out of the last race in Misano. The 19-year-old has twice finished on the Moto3 podium at Aragon and completed a very successful two-day test at the circuit just a few weeks ago.

The reigning Moto3 World Champion has targeted a podium finish in the second half of his rookie Moto2 season but, while he came close with fourth place in both Brno and Silverstone, so far this goal has eluded him. Márquez will be pushing hard this weekend to achieve his goal and he can count on the support of the partisan Spanish crowd, including the Álex Márquez fan club, who will be out in force this weekend in Aragon.

Tito Rabat:

“We head to Aragon with the same objective as every other race; to make one step more with the bike and to fight for the race win. We’re getting there. Misano was a good race for us, with a good rhythm in the final laps, so we’re definitely close. Aragon is a home race for me, but it doesn’t really change my approach, which is always to work hard in practice and qualifying and then push for the win. The track is one I like, especially the very fast part! The weather looks like it’s going to be good over the weekend, without the wind that can sometimes cause problems at Aragon.

Álex Márquez:

“Misano was a difficult weekend, but despite not securing the result we’d hoped for, we still learnt a lot in the race and in the one-day test afterwards. It means I head to Aragon completely motivated and looking forward to racing on a track at which we’ve tested with the Moto2 bike previously this season. It’s also my home race and there will be a lot of people making the trip to Alcañiz from my hometown, so I’ll have plenty of support this weekend. If we work hard from FP1 until the race then I hope we can give them something to cheer about on Sunday, maybe even my first Moto2 podium!”


GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3 HEADS TO ARAGON IN HIGH SPIRITS

After the sensational first victory clinched by Enea Bastianini at Misano, the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 is ready to get back on track this weekend for the Aragon Grand Prix, the last European stop before the triple-header in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.

As happened in Misano, Bastianini will wear again a special Skylanders SuperChargers leather suit: on the technical and demanding Spanish circuit Enea will start the race weekend from the good base set-up achieved during the two-day testing session of last 3rd and 4th of September and therefore he’s aiming to enter again in the fight for the victory. With 55 points to make up on Championship leader Danny Kent, the target of the 17-year-old rider from Rimini is also to keep open the games for the World Title.

Bastianini’s team mate, Andrea Locatelli, will return to the track after being forced to miss the home race after the tailbone injury remedied during Misano Qualifying session: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino underwent various check-ups to recover well from the injury and thus face the last part of the season in the best possible way.

ENEA BASTIANINI

“Last year the Aragon Grand Prix was a strange race: the track was half wet and half dry, and right before the start we choose a wet set-up which made us struggle a bit. This year we arrive in high spirits, having recently completed a positive two-day test at the Spanish circuit; moreover, we are fresh from the great win at Misano. It will be nice to get back on track after this first victory and we will do our best to try to recover some other points in the standings on Kent. As long as we can, we will try to catch him!”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI

“After the weekend at Misano I underwent some medical controls that showed the movement of the bones of the coccyx: last Friday, September 18th, the doctors made them come into place and since then the situation has been improving a lot. I feel much less pain, so I think I won’t have problems to ride my bike at Aragon, even though obviously I will not be one hundred percent physically, having not been able to train during these days. I'd like to make a nice weekend, because this Grand Prix marks starts the start of the last part of the season: five important races where it will be crucial to collect some good results. As I made a good start to the season, it would be nice also to close it in a good way”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Obviously we come to Aragon with a really high morale: at Misano we got our first win with Enea, in a perfect weekend during which the whole team has worked at its best. In Spain we hope to be able to continue this positive moment: we will start from a good base, thanks to the tests carried out early in September on the Spanish track, where both Bastianini and Locatelli proved to be fast, also identifying some good set-up solutions on their Honda machines. With Enea we will try again to fight for the win, while we hope that the injury that Andrea suffered at Misano won’t create him too many problems”.


SPAIN BECKONS AS SIMEON AND TEAM FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 PREPARE FOR ARAGON

This weekend Xavier Siméon and the Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Team head to Motorland Aragon to face the third of the four Spanish races of the 2015 Moto2 campaign: back into the points in the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix, closed in twelfth place, the 26-year-old Belgian rider is determined to bring back his Kalex machine in the top positions.

Siméon and the whole team arrive in Spain motivated by the good feelings achieved during the post-race test at Misano, in which Xavier regained a good feeling with the bike, putting in fast and consistent lap times.

XAVIER SIMEON

“At Misano we collected some valuable point for the Championship, but it’s clear that we want to return to collect better results: last September 14th, just after the Grand Prix, we completed a very useful testing day, trying different set-up solutions on the bike, in an attempt to regain the confidence that had been lacking during the race weekend. We hope that the good work done and the sensations obtained can finally help us to return to a good level of competitiveness at Aragon: we are approaching the final part of the season and it’s important to get good results in order to finish the season on a good position in the standings”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“We hope to start the weekend in a good way at Aragon: in the last races we couldn’t reach our normal level of competitiveness and we are working hard to improve. From this perspective the tests performed at Misano the day after the Grand Prix were really useful: it seems that Xavier found the right feeling to be fast and to exploit the full potential of the Kalex”.


Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia in Aragon with Manzi and Pagliani

New rider line-up for the remaining five rounds of the 2015 World Championship.

Fourteenth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship,scheduled in the weekend of 25th-27th September at the MotorLand Aragón of Alcañiz, in the spirit of innovation for San Carlo Team Italia. Taking advantage of the excellent result in race in Misano Adriatico, the team of the Italian Motorcycling Federation works for improving further the level of competitiveness for the remaining five rounds of the calendar with Stefano Manzi next to the rookie Manuel Pagliani.

Protagonist of a great race in Misano Adriatico, finished with the fourteenth place, as the ninth fastest rider on track and second Mahindra rider on the finish line, Stefano Manzi wants to reconfirm these levels and, when possible, to improve his position in the standings, since he has already had convincing results on the track of Alcañiz with a series of podiums in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to be highlighted.

Next to the sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini, for the remaining five rounds of the calendar, San Carlo Team Italia will entrust the second Mahindra MGP3O to Manuel Pagliani. Born in '96, current CIV Moto3 champion with excellent precedents in Minimoto, MiniGP and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

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

"We arrive in Alcañiz with the right premises to be every time closer to our reference target represented by the points and to the best Mahindra riders of the grid. The great race of Misano allowed Stefano to "break through" completely: it was a good injection of confidence, self-esteem and conviction for him, and it was a personal regeneration that will help him in the weekend of Aragón. So we count to carry on in this positive trend with him, trying to be again in the points. Next to Manzi from this Grand Prix, there will be Manuel Pagliani. We will help him in his growing path without any pressure, and we'll try to support him in his absolute debut in Moto3 World Championship.".


First chance at Moto2 title for Zarco

Ajo Motorsport rider has first opportunity to clinch Moto2 crown this weekend at Aragon Grand Prix.

09/23/2015 - MotorLand Aragon, Spain

93 points clear at the top of the overall standings in Moto2, Johann Zarco has a chance to fight for the world title this weekend at the Aragon Grand Prix. With five races of the season remaining, the Ajo Motorsport rider only has to place 7 points ahead of nearest rival Tito Rabat and fewer than 10 points behind Alex Rins to clinch the title. Despite these circumstances, the Frenchman is targeting a continuation of his run of 12 consecutive podiums -the last three of which have been victories.

Johann Zarco has a personal record of 274 points to is name, and holds the biggest advantage of all the category leaders in the World Championship. Although he has not done any testing with the Kalex at MotorLand Aragon, the circuit is one at which he has placed on the podium several times. A front row and a third place the last year, and a second place in 2011, are his two best results from five visits to the Spanish track.

Work at the MotorLand Aragon Circuit, the scene of the third Spanish race of the year, will begin on Friday. The race takes place on Sunday at 12.20pm, and will be the 100th Moto2 Grand Prix.

How Johann Zarco can win the Moto2 title this weekend:

1st Zarco - Rabat finishes 3rd or lower

2nd Zarco - Rabat finishes 4th or lower

3rd Zarco - Rabat finishes 7th or lower

4th Zarco - Rabat finishes 10th or lower and Rins no higher than 2nd

5th Zarco - Rabat finishes 12th or lower and Rins no higher than 2nd

6th Zarco - Rabat finishes 13th or lower and Rins no higher than 2nd

7th Zarco - Rabat finishes 14th or lower and Rins no higher than 3rd

8th Zarco - Rabat finishes 15th or lower and Rins no higher than 3rd

9th Zarco - Rabat does not complete the race and Rins finishes no higher than 3rd

5 JOHANN ZARCO

"I go to Aragon without thinking about the possibility of the title, because although this is the goal for the year, I have a big advantage and it is important to win it, not where I do it. If I see that I have a chance and I'm strong, I'll go for the win. I will try to be calm if I'm not the strongest, but I am convinced that the team will prepare the best bike possible for me.

It's a track where I managed to get on the podium last year, and I've had other good races there, so I have good memories of Aragon. It is a circuit I like; fairly new, fast, with very interesting corners and where it can be quite windy. I will try to be calm, fight for the victory if possible and, if not, pick up points for the championship."


Red Bull KTM Ajo head to MotorLand for Aragon GP

Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika want to reaffirm their good feelings from Misano with podium finishes at MotorLand Aragon.

09/23/2015 - MotorLand Aragon, Spain

The San Marino Grand Prix and the subsequent test at Misano saw important breakthroughs for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, as they took their sixth podium of the season through Miguel Oliveira and also debuted a new KTM chassis with which they made continual improvements. Oliveira, Binder and Hanika will face this weekend's Aragon Grand Prix looking to further increase the number of victories and rostrum finishes to their name this season.

Second at Misano, Miguel Oliveira was close to another victory and had his appetite for glory whetted. The Portuguese wants to fight for the win at Aragon, where in the last three years he has always finished in the Top 10. A fifth place in 2013 is his best finish to date there. He is only 16 points off beating his personal record of points in a single season.

Already experiencing his best year in Moto3 is Brad Binder. The South African was strong at Misano, putting in his best ever qualifying performance, but his pace dipped in the race itself. Eighth last year after starting from the fifth row, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider is chasing top positions this weekend.

The day of testing the Monday after Misano was key to Karel Hanika finding the ideal setup for his bike. Having experienced misfortune at the last three rounds, his goal is to do a good job on Friday and Saturday and score points on Sunday.

The Moto3 race takes place on Sunday from 11am, and is the fourteenth round of the 2015 season.

44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA

"Moto3 races at MotorLand Aragon often feature large groups, because of the long straights. I hope the weather will be kind to us and that we can continue working with the new chassis which we debuted at Misano. It gave us a good feeling from day one. The day of testing was important for continuing to add experience with it and making improvements. I think this circuit could suit it very well and we will continue taking steps forward with the setup. We must fight for victory, as usual."

41 BRAD BINDER

"MotorLand Aragon is a circuit which is only three hours from where I live, and where I enjoy riding. It is to my liking and it will be important to have a good engine for the long straight there.

I don’t have very good memories of the track, but I should change that because I feel comfortable riding there.

I will try to fight for the victory. At Misano I had the pace in practice to do that, but was unlucky in the race. I hope my story with this circuit changes on Sunday."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"I really want to move on from the last few races, where we have not been lucky. We need to start well this Friday, and quickly find a good setup. That’s something that didn’t happen for us at San Marino GP.

MotorLand Aragon is a nice track and I especially love the first part, where there are some quite fast right corners.

It is possible that a large group will be formed in the race, so I hope to be up there."


The Sky Racing Team VR46 is back at the friendly Aragon circuit

Fenati is back on the track that saw him on the highest step of the podium in 2014. Also Migno racked up great performances at Alcañiz

The Moto3 World Championship gets back to Spain for the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, fourteenth round of the season. A GP evocating fond memories for both Sky Racing Team VR46 riders.

Last year at MotorLand Aragon Alcañiz, in fact, Romano Fenati secured a thrilling victory at the end of a stunning comeback, starting from thirteenth on the grid. Lap after lap, and despite tricky track conditions because of the rain that fell just before the start, the Italian rider managed to take the lead, holding out against Alex Marquez’s last-gasp attacks. For rider number 5 on the Sky Racing Team VR46, that’s an extra motivation ahead of next weekend at Aragón, in pursuit of a major achievement to consolidate his third place in the Moto3™ World Championship (best KTM rider in the standings).

Among the 18 circuits hosting the World Championship, the MotorLand Aragón is one of the tracks Andrea Migno knows best. In addition to last year’s lightweight class outing with Mahindra Racing, when he failed to complete the race, the Italian rider can boast glorious past experiences at Alcañiz in the CEV Moto 3, where he finished 6th in 2013 and 4th last year, crossing the line just 113 milliseconds off third place.

THE TEAM

PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

We're coming off a good race at Misano, where a podium finish would have been the icing on the cake. Now we’ll take another shot at it at Aragon, before getting ready for the challenging Asian tour. Romano really likes this track and we hope he will be able to repeat last season’s success. In the last few outings, Andrea has improved a lot and he has been doing a great job, even if he still has a long way to go in qualifying. He will have to try and get away within the first five rows in order to have a better chance to fight for top ten positions.

ROMANO FENATI / Rider

We have taken stock of the Misano weekend and we can be happy with the results even if we were left with a sour taste in our mouth after missing out on the podium. Home races are always very intense and it is very important to give one’s all: we tried our best, we did a great job and rode fast throughout the weekend. We will keep going like this on a track I like a lot and where I’ll try to have fun while giving 100%.

ANDREA MIGNO / Rider

The MotorLand Aragon is a track I like a lot, we will have to give our best with the team to fix the bike adjusting it to the circuit. The goal is to do well from the very first day of practice and especially in qualifying, to try to get away from as high up as possible on the grid.


MOTORLAND ARAGON WELCOMES LEOPARD RACING FOR EFREN VAZQUEZ’ HOME RACE

Leopard Racing’s Efren Vazquez looks forward to an outstanding event ahead of him, racing at the Gran Premio de Aragón, round 14 of the season and the championship’s third visit to Spain out of four, in front of a massive crowd coming from his home town whilst series leader Danny Kent targets to increase his points lead after the bad Misano outcome. Hiroki Ono, the team’s third rider in turquoise colour, also eyes a points scoring finish at the Aragon circuit, a track he knows from racing in Spanish Championship in 2014.

Not many may find the ultra-modern MotorLand Aragón race facility, located approximately 250 kilometres southwest of Barcelona, but the Gran Premio de Aragón became a fixed date to the World Championship’s calendar meanwhile. So teams and riders look forward anxious to the upcoming weekend as the 5.1 kilometres challenging track also hosts many testing occasions throughout the year.

It’s somewhat of a special weekend for 29 year old Efren Vazquez as the experienced Spaniard is highly excited to race in front of his local fans coming along the short way from the neighbouring Basque part. Vazquez, as well as his team mates such the likes of Danny Kent and Hiroki Ono arrive in Aragon in good shape thanks to positive conclusions after a one-day test straight after the Misano race one weeks’ time ago. Highly motivated for his home race, Vazquez looks forward to obliterate his crash last time out at the San Marino Grand Prix.

But also Danny Kent approaches the Aragon round top motivated after he lost a possible top result in Misano last time out because of a penalty when the 22 year Briton had to drop down one position during the race. Kent eyes to increase the championship further before the series goes overseas for the annual Asia-/Australia races in October.

Meanwhile Hiroki Ono is familiarized with the Spanish track too, so the 22 year old Japanese rider targets a top-15 comeback this weekend after he endured some difficult races recently.

The MotorLand Aragón facility hosted as venue for the Gran Premio de Aragón the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship for the first time back in 2010 and since then it’s a regular entry to the series’ calendar dated end of September with ambient temperatures to expect. Time schedule is normal with race start for Moto3 category on Sunday 11am.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - World Championship position 6 (116 points):

“I look forward to this weekend in a very particular mood because the Aragon Grand Prix is my real home race as the Motorland is located so close to my home town. So many fans from there are to expect. For sure I want to give them a smile on Sunday thanks to a strong result, which I also want to give to my team especially after two difficult races for us recently. We had a productive one-day test in Misano on Monday after the race there where we worked so hard, but we just need to continue this way even harder particularly during this weekend because the Aragon circuit is the home for the Monlau team where they do testing’s so many times during the year. So we have to try and do our best to reach their level. Anyway, we have to be at the maximum possible level in order to be able to fight for a podium finish during the final laps this Sunday, but I think we are well prepared thanks to our positive test recently and we will give our best during the whole weekend for sure – I’m ready for the challenging Aragon weekend.”

#52 Danny KENT - World Championship leader (234 points):

“I’m really excited for the upcoming race weekend in Aragon as it is one of my favourite circuits of the year. I was able to achieve a podium there last year and I would like to do the same this Sunday again. We lost some points over Bastianini last time out in Misano, so we need to work hard and try to extend our championship lead further before the series goes overseas. In any case I can’t wait for the start of the Aragon Grand Prix with Friday’s first free practice sessions and to get back out on my Honda Moto3.”

#76 Hiroki ONO - World Championship position 23 (15 points):

“Well, I know the Aragon circuit from racing there last year in Spanish Championship, but honestly speaking the first sensation from then wasn’t as good due to that much heat in midsummer. However, I like the track’s layout with its many fast and flowing parts but it also contains some slow corners which is a well-done mixture for my riding style. In terms of targets I definitely want to score some points this Sunday particularly after difficult races recently for us. I’m confident to tackle this because we had a positive test last week in Misano. During the short break after I enjoyed some days off in Barcelona in order to rest and prepare for the final stage of the season which is to expect to be a busy one too.”


Moto2 World Championship to find 100th race winner at Aragon

• Loi knocks Oettl off top of Dunlop #ForeverForward League

Aragon

Centenary

The Aragon World Motorcycle Championship Grand Prix will feature the 100th Moto2 race. The series began in April 2010 and has featured 33 different tyre specifications with 26 different race winners on seven different motorcycle brands in the 99 events to date. 13 of the current MotoGP riders have graduated from the Dunlop-shod Moto2 ranks.

The current generation of Moto2 tyres have evolved over the six seasons of competition with performance improving year-on-year. Tyre technology has improved with dual compound tyres no longer necessary with advances in compound performance. Constructions have developed too with the construction itself now contributing to the heat generation and cooling performance of the tyre.

Aragon Tyre Choice

Dunlop’s team of designers put a high degree of emphasis on creating tyres that have a broad operating window. Compounds have evolved so much so, that we do not have the need for dual compound tyres now. Tyre heat generation is key to tyre life. Constructions now add the extra heat or lessen the extra heat build up in tyres. By providing tyres that can compete is as diverse conditions as possible, riders gain confidence in a product and there are fewer unknowns when teams can use the same tyre more often throughout the season. For the fourth consecutive Grand Prix, Dunlop engineers have allocated the same combination of compounds for both Moto2 and Moto3. Brno, Silverstone, Misano and Aragon are by no means similar but the tyres are now designed to cope with the varying temperatures and surface characteristics. The only factor that the designers cannot control is the weather: Aragon is notorious for unpredictable weather but as usual Dunlop will be prepared with the wet specification just in case.

Aragon 2014 Highlights

Aragon was where Jack Miller lost the championship lead that he’d held from the start of the season with Marquez taking over for the following four rounds.

Fact: Three of the 2015 tyres were introduced six months early at Misano and Aragon last year for the Moto2 riders. The new 2015 specifications used in Misano (‘hard 3’ and ‘medium 2’) and Aragon (‘soft 1’) were all used very successfully. The medium 2 and hard 3 had their first wins with Maverick Viñales taking the flag in Aragon using the front while Tito Rabat sported the hard rear to win in Misano the previous time out.

Moto2 Option 1 Option 2

Fronts: 120/75R17 Soft ’1’ (black ’Dunlop’ on yellow background) Medium ’2’ (black on silver)

Rears: 195/75R17 Medium ’2’ (black on silver) Hard ’3’ (yellow on black)

Moto3 Option 1 Option 2

Fronts: 90/80R17 Soft (black on yellow) Medium (black on silver)

Rears: 115/75R17 Soft (black on yellow) Medium (black on silver)

Dunlop #ForeverForward

Livio Loi was the one to knock Philipp Oettl off the top spot in the league that rewards riders for their overtaking. Points are awarded for the positions gained during a race and Loi moved up from 20th to 12th at the Misano race. The eight points were enough to just put him in the lead. Jakub Kornfeil was the biggest Moto3 scorer of the weekend after starting in 32nd and finishing an impressive 17th while in Moto2 Thitipong Warokorn crossed the line in 20th, some 11 places higher than his grid

Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:

“It’s great to be looking forward to crowning Dunlop’s 100th Moto2 winner – a great milestone to have achieved. Our riders and tyres have come a long way in those six season.

“Riders like having consistency so being able to use the same tyres race after race can only be positive. We work hard to make sure that the tyres are suited to the range of conditions and having events such as Moto2, Moto3 and the endurance championships gives us plenty of data to work with to find the improvements. The data from the test last week at Misano will help us refine our next generation of tyres – we are always looking at how we can make the tyres better and it’s great to see the tyres allocated suiting so many circuits.”


Dunlop’s 100 Moto2 races in numbers

Dunlop celebrates the 100th win in Moto2 at Aragon. Who will take the 100th top step some 65 months since Shoya Tomizawa lifted the first trophy at Losail in April 2010?

26 different race winners

42 different podium riders

16 – the most races won by a single rider (Marc Marquez)

5 different champions (Toni Elias, Stefan Bradl, Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro, Tito Rabat)

7 Winning Manufacturers: Kalex (47), Shuter (32), Moriwaki (8), Speed Up (7), Motobi (2), FTR (2), Tech3 (1)

55% history of breaking records:

90 circuit and best lap records broken out of 162 opportunities**

2.01 seconds / 1.95% - The average improvement in pole position lap times*

55.4 seconds / 2.2% faster races – the average improvement in race time*

33 Dunlop Options - 14 Front & 29 rear Dunlop compounds have been available for the 100 races

674 points have been scored by Dominique Aegerter – the most of any Moto2 rider

6 – the number of riders competing in all six seasons: Aegerter, Corsi, Luthi, Pons, Simon, Simeon and West

346 – the highest number of points scored in one season (Rabat 2014)

75 riders have scored points in Moto2 races

316540 km – the distance covered by Moto2 riders in the first 99 races

633080 km – the distance covered by Dunlop tyres in Moto2 races – that’s more than 15 times round the earth’s circumference and nearly twice the distance to the moon

61238 km – the largest distance covered by Moto2 riders in any season - 2011

67857 laps have been ridden during the 99 Moto2 races

3464 grid positions have been occupied from the first Moto2 race

35 – the most riders to ever complete a Moto2 race (Indianapolis 2011). Just 19 riders finished at the same track in 2014 and 19 also finished at Le Mans in 2012.

*comparison between 2015 and 2010 at circuits in similar weather conditions without modifications

**100 races – 19 records initially set – 81 races where records could have been broken with two records per event possible

Clinton Howe, Moto Race Central Business Manager:

“We are very proud of our 100th Moto2 race. We have had 100 fantastic races and seen some amazing performances throughout the six years. Our tyres have evolved to help contribute to the pace that we see today and we’re looking forward to continuing to see improvements over the seasons to come.”


Round Number: 
14
2015

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