Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after Friday at Indianapolis:
Binder meets GP racing
Brad Binders first encounter with 125cc Grand Prix has been a rather mixed experience. The 16-year-old South African is very enthusiastic about the Aprilia he rode for the first time, but he also made twice already acquainted with the asphalt on the circuit of Indianapolis. Binder, who usually races in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, replaces the injured Luis Salom for RW Racing GP in Indianapolis. The contest in America is his GP debut.
That was clear in many ways, says RW GP Racing team manager Marlon Fluit. ,, Brad has never worked with data telemetry and was deeply impressed by it. And he had to get used to the bike, which is hardly comparable to the KTM which he rides in RBRC.''
In the first free practice Binder was one of the many victims of the slippery new surface of the circuit. The bike got pretty damaged, the rider himself not. Binder was not satisfied with the 27th place. Fluit: ,,We have sought to explain to him that the result is not so important. It is the first time he races at this level, on this machine and on this track. Then you can not expect anything.''
In the second free practice Binder had a good start. He immediately took off two seconds of his previous laptime and set the sixth fastest time. After another crash he dared not to go full gas anymore and therefore didn't improved his time anymore. The 28th place is the result. Brad Binder regretted it. ,,I am sorry for the team that I've fallen twice,'' he said. ,,I'm sure there is much more to it, but I did not want to risk another crash. But I have tried a few new things and I learn from each lap.''
NICO TEROL SETS THE PACE ON NEW INDIANAPOLIS TARMAC
BANKIA Aspar rider opens with trademark domination of first day, 0.7 seconds clear of closest rival
The legendary Indianapolis circuit opened its doors to the MotoGP World Championship for the fourth year in succession today, with the 125cc riders the first out onto the newly relaid asphalt. An alarming lack of grip was thankfully less of a problem in the afternoon as rubber was gradually laid throughout the opening free practice sessions and the two leading title candidates, Nico Terol and Johann Zarco, were able to resume their battle for superiority.
It was BANKIA Aspar rider Terol who set the pace today, the Spaniard knocking more than two seconds off his best lap from the morning to the afternoon to establish seven tenths of daylight between himself and the rest of the field. Nico was the only rider to break into the 1'49s today, proving that his mechanical setback at Brno is well and truly behind him. His team-mates Héctor Faubel and Adrián Martín also worked hard to deal with the difficult track conditions, the experienced Faubel lapping seventh fastest, 1.6 seconds off Terol, after running into traffic at the end of the session, and the youngster Martín thirteenth but confident of challenging in the top ten tomorrow.
1st Nico Terol 1.49.381 (33 laps): "I was struggling a little at the start of the second session but I managed to get my rhythm together in the end. The track is quite abrasive and uses up the tyres quickly but we are only seven tenths off the best time here so that is good. The bike is working well despite the intense heat and we have worked hard in the team. The track isn't in the best shape but it is the same for everybody and we have to try to make the best of every situation. Despite the setback at Brno I have come here motivated to do well at a circuit I love and I want to be fighting for the win again on Sunday."
7th Héctor Faubel 1.51.048 (35 laps): "It was really hot today but I don't think that was our biggest problem. The track is very slippery and at times it feels like you're riding in the wet. We thought the new surface would be more grippy but it is not and it also uses up the tyres quickly. It seems tyre choice could be the key to the race. Other than that I am happy with our performance so far, I would just like us to get more out of the engine tomorrow. I was running at the top of the time sheets for the early part of the session this afternoon but ran into traffic at the end, so I am satisfied with the job done."
13th Adrián Martín 1.51.938 (32 laps): "The first session was quite positive and then we had a few problems this afternoon that we overcame on the last run. I felt pretty comfortable and I think by working on a few small areas we can break the top ten tomorrow. I have struggled a bit to get the bike set up but the team have done a great job and we have a new part for the engine to try tomorrow. I spent the day lapping on my own without trying to get a tow, setting my own pace, so I think we'll be ready to push hard in qualifying tomorrow."
CAUTIOUS JULIÁN SIMÓN SIXTH FASTEST AT INDY
Spaniard just three tenths off fastest time despite taking extra care not to crash
It was a day of surprises for the Moto2 class at Indianapolis, firstly with the state of the track and secondly with the riders who were able to adapt to it the quickest - Scott Redding in the morning and Simone Corsi in the afternoon. MAPFRE Aspar rider Julián Simón also raised a few eyebrows, topping the time sheets for much of the second session despite his recent run of crashes and injuries. The championship favourites closed in on the top positions towards the end of the day and will no doubt look to exert their dominance tomorrow.
Simón, who is still recovering from a broken leg, took care to get to grips with the newly relaid track today as his team-mate Jordi Torres also exercised caution on his first visit to the legendary venue. Julián gradually picked up his pace in the afternoon as more rubber was laid on the track and after dominating for long spells he ended up an impressive sixth overall, just three tenths off the fastest time of the day. Jordi did not make the progress he had hoped for around this technical and tricky track, although he knows he has the potential and the means to drastically improve on 36th position tomorrow.
6th Julián Simón 1.46.590 (30 laps): "I took it very easy this morning because the track was in a bad state - one of the worst I have ridden on at World Championship level. It was so slippery it felt like it was wet so I just took it steady out there. I didn't have a good feeling with the bike either so we changed the set-up for the afternoon and lengthened the rear end in order to find more grip, which happened immediately. The track had improved a lot by then and I was able to step up the pace. I think we are in good shape to fight for a top grid position. Today I focused on getting into my rhythm and we have made a good start, although we have to stay calm tomorrow because I am still not in perfect shape and I don't want to hurt myself again."
36th Jordi Torres 1.49.286 (38 laps): "People were telling me the track was slippery this morning so I took great care and tried to get to know the layout. In the afternoon the track was better but I struggled to make progress and maybe I was being too careful because I don't want to bring the bike back in bits. By the time I started to feel confident the session was over but I am sure we can improve a lot tomorrow. The bike is working perfectly and so is the team so we have a lot to look forward to."
POSITIVE START FOR TEAM GRESINI MOTO2 DESPITE CRASH FOR TAKAHASHI AT INDIANAPOLIS
Michele Pirro made an impressive start to his first ever weekend at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Despite the tricky conditions due to a brand new track surface the Italian gradually improved throughout the day to finish up in the top ten. Yuki Takahashi was two positions behind his team-mate after crashing out of the afternoon session when lapping second quickest.
Michele Pirro (10th 1'46"865) "Indianapolis is a new circuit for me and with the strange track conditions this morning, which took a lot of wear out of the front tyre, I just focused on getting used to the layout without taking any risks. With more rubber on the track this afternoon I was able to push harder and set a decent lap time, even though I am still losing my references at some points on the circuit. Even so I am sure we are on the right path to improve our result from Brno. Thanks to the team for all their help – hopefully I can repay them with a good result."
Yuki Takahashi (12th 1'47"000) "This morning was a disaster but the afternoon was going much better. I was riding hard and improving my time lap after lap. I was searching for the limit and maybe should have come in when I started to lose a little feeling. I am disappointed but I will have chance to make up for it tomorrow."
Fausto Gresini "We have to be happy with today despite the crash for Takahashi, especially considering how things went in practice at Brno. This morning wasn't easy but in the afternoon up until the crash Takahashi was amongst the fastest riders on track and Pirro has done very well on his first visit here. The prospects for tomorrow are good and I am sure we will be fighting at the front again."
REDDING SETS FAST PACE AT HOT AND SLIPPERY INDIANAPOLIS
Scott Redding's quest for a second successive podium finish at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway got off to a flying start today, the Marc VDS Racing concluding the opening day of practice in an encouraging fifth position.
The 18-year-old was third in the 2010 Indianapolis race and his liking for one of the most iconic sporting venues in the world was apparent from the off this morning when he produced a breathtaking performance to top the timesheets in first practice.
Redding quickly got to grips with the repaved infield section of the 2.62 miles circuit, despite the new surface offering very little grip this morning. Redding though excelled despite the far from ideal track conditions and his best time of 1.46.689 left him a massive 0.659s clear of his closest rival.
With more rubber laid down ahead of this afternoon's second session, Redding knocked a further 1.1s off his time and ended with a 1.46.574 to finish fifth overall and just 0.3s behind the quickest pace as temperatures soared to a physically demanding 31 degrees.
Mika Kallio's 21st place on the leaderboard was a somewhat false position for the Finnish rider and certainly not an accurate reflection of his potential ahead of Sunday's 26-lap race.
He made major improvements to the turning performance of his Suter MMXI machine for the second session and he managed to slash over 2.2s off his pace from this morning. But he was prevented from bettering his time of 1.47.420 when he repeatedly encountered slower riders on the racing line in the final stages of this afternoon's practice.
Scott Redding #45 - 1.46.574 - 35 laps - 5th position
"That was a really good way to start the weekend and I feel very confident now of fighting for another podium here on Sunday. The most pleasing aspect of today is that this afternoon I didn't use a new tyre at all. We preferred to focus on the bike setting on worn tyres, so with some fresh rubber I'm sure I could have gone a bit quicker. I was fast straight out of the gate this morning even though the track conditions were a bit dodgy. It was dirty and had no grip and each time I tried to get any lean angle the front would close and I had a few hairy moments. It is the same for everybody out there and this afternoon there was definitely more rubber down, but you've got to be totally focussed because if you go off the line then it feels like you're riding in the wet on slicks. It is nice to start so strongly, so hopefully we can continue now for the rest of the weekend."
Mika Kallio #36 - 1.47.420 - 34 laps - 21st position
"Looking at the timesheets it suggests we didn't have a very positive start to the weekend, but actually the situation is much better and I'm quite happy with the set-up of the bike. It was just unfortunate that when I put in new tyres at the end of the session to push for a lap time, I couldn't find clear track and there was a lot of traffic. Without that problem I'm 100 per cent certain I could have been much higher because I lost at least four laps on the new tyres. This afternoon the track was much better than this morning, when frankly it was horrible. It was like riding in the wet and I had a lot of problems with turning. We modified the set-up for the second session and it was much better and I could change direction much faster. So I'm confident of being a lot further up the order tomorrow."
Michael Bartholemy - Team Manager
"Today was a fantastic performance from Scott and he demonstrated the speed we know he possesses. The new tarmac and the lack of grip this morning meant conditions were far from perfect, but Scott quickly adapted himself and his Suter MMXI machine and his pace this morning was impressive when you look at how big the gap was to the rest. This afternoon he didn't use a new tyre and he was still able to improve by over a second, which gives us a lot of encouragement for the rest of the weekend. Today was the first time in a few races where he's gone quicker in the second session, so that also gives us reason to be optimistic of another good result at Indianapolis. It is a pity that Mika was only 21st because for most of the session he was hovering around the top 10, and I'm sure the final result doesn't paint a true picture of where he should be. He couldn't negotiate heavy traffic in the final minutes otherwise he is sure he could have been faster, so we are confident he can be much higher up in qualifying and the race."
Good feelings for Marc Márquez at the United States
The Repsol rider sets the second fastest time in the first practice of the Indianapolis Grand Prix
The Motorcycling World Championship crossed the Atlantic Ocean again for another United States Grand Prix, this time with all classes participating at the historical circuit of Indianapolis. In the intermediate category, Moto2, Marc Márquez was again one of the main protagonists, as he took the second fastest time of the day after the two first free practice sessions.
Since he took the track for the first time, the Repsol rider showed a good level on his bike; the great work of his team and the base setup allow him to ride with good feeling without making too many changes to his Moto2. He was fast from the beginning and improved steadily to place himself at the top of the times sheet five minutes before the end. Several riders improved his time and when he was setting the fastest times in the first and second sectors during his last lap, he crashed in corner 10 due to a loss of grip in the front wheel with hard tyre when braking. Fortunately it was a fall without consequences, nor for him or his bike, and he was able to get back to the garage riding the bike himself.
It did not take very long either in the second session for him to show that he is one of the fastest riders at the American track. Since the first minutes of the session he placed himself in the top five, keeping the second place during most of the session. At the end he was about to set the fastest time, but during the last lap and after improving the fastest time in the first three sectors, he found traffic on track and finished 65 thousandths behind the fastest, Simone Corsi.