Press releases from some of the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone:
Redding heads home to Silverstone
Gosselies, Belgium - 12 June 2012: Scott Redding heads for his home Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend brimming with confidence after a podium finish in France and the best start to a season since he joined the Moto2 World Championship in 2010. Mika Kallio is also looking for a good result this weekend at the British Grand Prix, after a spirited ride at Catalunya saw him maintain his unbroken run of top ten finishes this season.
Redding currently lies fifth in the Moto2 standings, 38 points behind championship leader, Tom Lüthi, with Kallio just ten points further back in sixth. Both Marc VDS riders will be looking to close the gap on Lüthi even further with two good results this weekend at Silverstone.
Winner of the 2008 British 125cc Grand Prix at Donington Park, Redding remains a firm favourite with the British race fans. The 19-year-old Gloucestershire teenager can be sure of strong support this weekend, as he looks to repeat the podium success of Le Mans in front of his home crowd.
Kallio is also a former British Grand Prix winner; having stood on the top step of the 250cc podium the same year his Marc VDS teammate took victory in the 125cc race. The 29-year-old Finn has his sights set firmly on a top five finish this weekend at Silverstone, where he'll also be looking to qualify on the front three rows of the grid after struggling to battle his way through the field last time out in Barcelona.
Scott Redding #45:
"I love racing at home, for me it's always very special. You see all the support in the stands - the banners, the Union Flags - and it just gives you that little bit of extra motivation. It's a real buzz to come home to Silverstone and that's down to one thing; the British race fans. We've had a good start to the season and I've really gelled with the Kalex Moto2 bike, so I hope we can give everyone something to cheer about this weekend. Of course, in typical fashion, the weather forecast doesn't look great, but then it wouldn't be the British Grand Prix if it wasn't lashing it down with rain and blowing a gale! I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead. Bring it on!"
Mika Kallio #36:
"The plan this weekend is simple; we need to focus on qualifying. We know from the last few races that we have a good race set-up, but we also saw in Barcelona that when you qualify so far back on the grid your race is already destroyed. In the past we've chased a better set-up in practice, but this has meant the bike felt different every time I exited pit lane and that doesn't inspire the confidence needed to push to the limit in qualifying. This weekend we'll limit set-up changes to Friday morning and then use the remaining practice sessions to build my confidence in the bike ahead of qualifying. I don't need to be on pole, but if I'm to aim for the top five in the race then I certainly need to be starting from the front three rows."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Scott is immensely popular with the British race fans and he seems to feed off this energy whenever we come to Silverstone. This time we arrive off the back of a strong start to the season, so the sky really is the limit. He likes the track, he loves the atmosphere and he wants to give his home crowd something to cheer about. A win may be asking too much, but I'm confident he'll be fighting for the podium. Scott may find he has competition from Mika this weekend though, as he's going from strength to strength on the bike. If he can improve his qualifying position here at Silverstone then I expect to see him fighting up at the front too. Race results aside, both riders need to close the gap on the top four in the championship and that remains our main aim this weekend."
MOTO3 HEADS FOR SILVERSTONE AFTER WEEKEND OFF
Faubel targets repeat of last year's podium as Moncayo hopes for change of luck
Almost six kilometres of wide open, fast and flowing tarmac beckons the new Moto3 class this weekend as the Silverstone circuit in the UK plays host to the sixth round of the championship. The longest track on the calendar is also one of the fastest and bumpiest due to F1 racing, with the British summer weather always another factor to take into account. After four different winners from the opening four round of the season last time out in Catalunya Maverick Viñales became the first rider to double up, although the Spaniard still trails to the current series leader Sandro Cortese. Heavy rain and high winds made life particularly difficult for the minor category here last season and the forecast is for similar weather this weekend.
BANKIA Aspar rider Héctor Faubel coped better than most in the wet and wild conditions last year, finishing third - a result he would love to repeat after showing podium potential in practice over the opening five rounds without being able to realise it on a consistent basis. His team-mate Alberto Moncayo will run the new Kalex this weekend and after a difficult Grand Prix in Barcelona he is hoping to return to the fight at the front, where he featured in the previous round at Le Mans.
Alberto Moncayo: "We'll have a new update for the bike at Silverstone and according to my team-mate Héctor it should make the bike perform much better. I know that we are going to take a step forward and our aim is to put a bad weekend in Barcelona behind us. Motivation is high and we are looking forward to working hard with the new material to make sure that we are improving at least at the same rate as the rest of the field. We are getting closer to the points and we need to make another push this weekend. I am not a big fan of Silverstone but everything will be new with the Moto3 bike so we have to be positive and work hard from the first session because as usual every minute will be crucial."
Héctor Faubel: "We have performed to a high level over the last two rounds but we've been out of luck in terms of turning our potential into results. I hope it's third time lucky because we were in with a good chance at Le Mans and Montmeló but for various reasons missed out twice. We are not going to let that affect us though and the objective will be to push hard from the first session to be as competitive as possible on Sunday. I finished third at Silverstone in the wet last weekend and I hope I can be back on the podium this time, on the top step if possible. Silverstone is a very fast circuit and I hope it is as good to us on the Moto3 as it was on the 125."
SILVERSTONE OFFERS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO MAPFRE ASPAR PAIR
Elías and Terol hope to close in on their individual goals in England, with a podium and a top ten finish their respective priorities
It's all eyes on the skies this weekend as the Moto2 World Championship heads for Silverstone, venue of the sixth round of the season. The longest circuit on the calendar at almost six kilometres is also one of the most unpredictable in terms of the weather and it promises to be a dramatic weekend in the intermediate category, with Spanish pair Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró renewing an increasingly tense rivalry whilst in pursuit of series leader Thomas Lüthi of Switzerland.
MAPFRE Aspar Team pair Toni Elías and Nico Terol have their own objectives for the British round, with the vastly experienced Elías looking to complete his return to the front of the field and the rookie Terol hoping to continue his progression into the top ten positions. Elías still has work to do to find the best setting for his Suter machine and a little more rear grip is the target for this weekend, after sliding out of the podium battle last time out in Barcelona. Terol has finished in the points at the last two races and is now looking to make the next step in his adaptation to the bigger category after stepping up as 125cc World Champion.
Toni Elías: "I am really looking forward to getting to Silverstone and continuing the work we have started. We have been on the right lines for the last few races without being able to convert our progress into a result so we're going to do our best to make it happen this weekend. You never know whether you will get rain or shine in England and although the temperatures are usually quite low I always enjoy racing at Silverstone. If we do our job well with the bike set-up we can come away with a good result. We are closer to the front every week and I hope we can take the next step this weekend and finish where we belong."
Nico Terol: "We have been in the points for the last two races and I feel like I am getting to grips with this category. The next step is within our grasp and when we make it we will be able to make up a lot of positions. We want to be consistently in the top ten and I think we have the pace to do it. The next goal is to qualify better so that we start higher up the grid and give ourselves a better chance. I have to admit that I find Silverstone quite difficult but everything will be new on the Moto2 so we can't rule anything out. There are circuits I found easy on the 125 where I have struggled at on the Moto2 so this could be the reverse scenario. All I know is that I will have to push to be as fast as possible from the first session."
RESULT MISSION FOR REA AT HOME RACE
Gino Rea finally gets the chance to race on familiar ground this weekend as the Moto2 World Championship heads to Silverstone, a circuit he knows well and the scene of his first podium in the World Supersport series. It is an important opportunity for the British youngster to turn his fortunes around after a difficult start to the season, which has been riddled with bad luck and a change of chassis manufacturer as well as the task of learning a string of new tracks.
Gino Rea "In Catalunya we had more bad luck. I was taken out by another rider's crash at turn one after I had made a good start. We really needed the track time in the race to get more feedback on the new forks and unfortunately I was unable to restart the race. I am really excited for Silverstone. Of course we never know what the weather will do in England but I'd like to have some dry time to develop our bike and get it working how I want. It will be great to compete in my first home GP with support from the British fans! Silverstone is a circuit I like and it's the first circuit this year that I have raced at before, I scored my first podium position in World Supersport there. It will be good to be able to push the bike hard in the first session instead of having to learn the circuit first, then we can get the development with the bike underway from the start of the weekend. I hope all of the bad luck is out of the way now, I can't wait to get to the circuit!."
Fausto Gresini "Apart from the crash which was caused by another rider in Barcelona it was a positive weekend for Gino. You could see he was making progress and his feeling for the bike was improving. Now at Silverstone, a circuit he knows particularly well, he can concentrate on the set-up of the bike and improve his confidence with it. I think the home support can help Gino achieve the result we all know he is capable of."
WILAIROT TARGETS THE POINTS AT SILVERSTONE
Ratthapark Wilairot continues his points quest at Silverstone this weekend after narrowly missing out in Catalunya last time out. The Thai rider's disappointment in Barcelona has since turned into determination to establish himself once more as a top fifteen finisher in the Moto2 class and with his confidence increasing on board the Suter chassis he is convinced it can happen this weekend.
Ratthapark Wilairot "We were not so bad in terms of lap times in the race in Barcelona but not strong enough. After about seven laps I lost the group and had chatter problems with the front and rear. I understand the bike more in dry conditions now but we still have a lot to do. In England we always get rain showers so I hope the weekend goes well with the weather. We are getting help from Showa with a new system on the front and rear shock and in general my feeling with the bike has improved a lot after the change of chassis. Hopefully we can get good weather and a good result this weekend."
Fausto Gresini "Again in Barcelona "Feem" showed that he is easily able to finish in the top fifteen. He is making great progress and Silverstone should see him confirm his good form. He is improving his feeling with the bike and making constant positive steps forward. He just needs another push to break into the points in what is a very competitive category."
POINTS TARGET FOR ANTONELLI ON SILVERSTONE DEBUT
Fresh off the back of another impressive charge through the pack at Catalunya, exciting youngster Niccolò Antonelli is looking forward to providing the British crowd at Silverstone with a show of his precocious talent this weekend. His confidence and feeling for the Moto3 bike continues to improve race by race and he is looking forward to building still further at another new circuit for him.
Niccolo' Antonelli "The weekend went well from the first day in Catalunya and we did a great job that allowed me to set the same pace as the guys at the front in the race. Unfortunately I lost some positions at the start but I made up ground quickly and I was the fastest guy on track until we suffered a technical problem that halted my progress. It was a shame but I was happy because I showed that I have the pace to run with the guys at the front. Silverstone is another new circuit for me so I will have to learn it as quickly as possible on Friday. I have already tried to pick up as much as I can from watching last year's races on the television and it looks like Silverstone is a nice track with some fast corners and direction changes so I can't wait to get out there and ride it."
Fausto Gresini "The last race at Montmelò was another example of Niccolò's constant improvement as he gathers experience. It is an important year from him and the priority is to learn and make constant progress. The ease with which he is able to adapt to new tracks is important and I am sure he can give another demonstration of his talent at Silverstone. He is full of energy, which is great, but we are just asking him to progress calmly without pressure. We are increasingly convinced of his potential and we are sure that the results will come naturally."
The Hertz British Grand Prix
Following a spate of bad luck during the Moto 3 Season Opening Rounds, 16 Year Old South African Brad Binder has been somewhat lucky in that he has managed to escape serious injury. However, even that bit of luck escaped him at The Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya. Following the most magnificent start where he shot to 8thfrom 22ndposition on the grid and sitting comfortably in the Top 10, his race was cut short prematurely on the 6thlap when another rider took the hapless Brad out. This time, to add insult to injury, Brad did not walk away unscathed but suffered a bad blow to his head and fractured ribs. He left Catalunya battered, bruised, bitterly disappointed but not defeated.
The last week and a half has been spent training around his injuries and preparing for the Hertz British Grand Prix. Brad is really looking forward to racing at Silverstone, he is familiar with the track as he has raced there in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup. Coming from sunny South Africa, Britain’s typical wet weather conditions are not what Brad has grown up with, but rain conditions are what Brad has been getting his psyche around and he has had to learn to love the rain! Brad has shown great improvement in wet weather conditions and his aim to is dominate irrespective of the weather.
Brad Binder : " I'm really looking forward to getting back to racing on my KALEX-KTM ,my ribs are much better. It seems like the weather won't be very good in Silverstone during our race weekend, but this isn't really a surprise, and I'm prepared for it. I believe we can have a good weekend and I am determined that everything will go well. I can't wait to racing in front of the British fans, who always send me messages of support on Twitter and Facebook!"
The 5.900 metre long circuit of Silverstone, constructed in 1948, has become one of the fastest tracks in the MotoGP calendar. A multimillion pound investment that greatly improved the whole venue and facilities are breathtaking boasting a brand new Pit and Paddock Complex. Silverstone has more than 60 years of history and is indeed itself, part of history. Built on the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station – RAF Silverstone – which opened in 1943, the airfield’s three runways in a classic WWII triangle format, lie within the outline of the present track.
MotoGP Moto3 - Team Italia ready to resume action in Silverstone
Moto3 hits the sixth round of the season: Fenati wants to cut the gap in the standings, Tonucci is looking to add more points
A shiny sun welcome Team Italia in Silverstone, the historic British venue. After Barcelona and a week's worth of rest, the two Italian riders and the whole team are ready for another race week-end.
Romano Fenati, who signed a spectacular comeback in Catalunya after a mistake early in the race, is determined to extend the positive streak that could allow him to get closer to the championship lead. He is the best rookie thus far, with 52 points to his tally, just 3 points behind the overall podium with Cortese on top (87 pts), Viñales (80), and Salom (55).
Alessandro Tonucci wants to put behind once and for all a season start that doesn't pay due to his talent. In the past races he has shown a remarkable resilience, though a crash slowed him down in Barcelona, and he is eager to climb his way back.
The biggest variable will be the weather. With a dry track, the riders have proved themselves capable of fighting for prestigious positions. In case of rain, they will have to make the most of past experiences such as Le Mans and try to make the best of what they have.
"Silvestone could be a key race for us – said Massimo Vergini, team manager of Team Italia FMi – The track is wide and rather flat. Romano needs to study the track like he did in Qatar. We can do well is the weather is clement, otherwise it will be a lottery. The riders are young and need to experiment in difficult conditions. We hope for a dry and proficient week-end for both of them."
Dunlop heads home for Silverstone action
Dunlop’s Moto2 tyres head homewards to the circuit of Silverstone for the sixth round of the Moto2 World Championship - the British Grand Prix - on June 15-17.
Dunlop Motorsport’s Moto2 racing tyres are produced just an hour’s drive away from the 5.91 km Silverstone circuit in Birmingham.
The inland location, 130km north-west of London, is hosting its third Grand Prix since the British round of the MotoGP World Championship moved to Silverstone from Donington Park. The event takes place on the full Grand Prix circuit which was extensively revised for the arrival of MotoGP.
Dunlop will bring the tyres from the Group C ‘Durability Focused’ range, with the 3855 medium and 3838 hard rear compounds allocated. This is the tyre allocation for circuits with for high wear characteristics.
3855 is a new compound for this season in Moto2 which was debuted successfully in Qatar at the season opener. 3838 is the harder option core compound with high wear resistance with good consistency over race distances. This gives riders the confidence to open the throttle early out of the apex. The season-familiar front allocation of the 717 and 302 compounds will join their rear brothers.
Dunlop’s Moto2 Operations Manager, Clinton Howe:
“Silverstone is a very flat circuit with even forces acting on both sides of the tyre and abrasion levels from the circuit surface are in the middle of the range we experience. It has a relatively high speed layout, and from our personal experience, we know that the UK can serve up a wide range of weather conditions. After it proved successful in Qatar, we are using the new-to-Moto2 3855 medium compound for Silverstone, instead of the previously planned 4886 compound. We saw good results from this compound in Qatar and it has proved very successful in the FIM Endurance World Championship too. As the weather in past years has not been to kind we are still learning about the circuit and surface. Silverstone is one of the longest tracks we visit at almost 6 km long and it has a bit of everything in those 6 km. It’s good to go to a UK circuit with facilities as good as the best around, located in the heart of the England. For all the Dunlop personnel we able to stay in the best hotel around, home.
Moto3: Danny Webb, Mahindra Racing:
"Silverstone is always a good event, especially as it's my home race. I will have all my home fans and my family watching so I’m really looking for it. Making the right call on the tyres is always difficult but fortunately we get good advice from the guys from Dunlop. At this stage I’m thinking of a hard compound for the front and a medium on the rear, but this will depend of course how the weather! The Moto3 bikes are a lot of fun and we're working hard at Mahindra Racing to get to the front of the pack. The Dunlop tyres give you lots of confidence so we'll keep pushing."
Moto2 Tyre Allocation Silverstone
Front Moto2 slicks per rider
4 x 302
4 x 717
Rear Moto2 slicks per rider
5 x 3838 (ATR05)
4 x 3855 (ATR05)
Wet Moto2 tyres per rider
3 x Front 125/80R17 KR191 414 (4 tyres allocated if all practice sessions are wet).
3 x Rear 190/55R17 KR393 414 (4 tyres allocated if all practice sessions are wet).
Silverstone: It has everything - fast straights and corners and slow twisty bits
For Silverstone the following Moto3 tyres will be allocated:
Front Moto3 slicks per rider
5 x Medium
3 x Hard
Rear Moto3 slicks per rider
5 x Medium
4 x Soft
Wet Moto3 tyres per rider3 x 95/70R17 KR189 WB (4 tyres allocated if all practices are wet).
3 x 115/70R17 KR389 WB (4 tyres allocated if all practices are wet).
Tech Section – Moto2
Dunlop’s 2012 Moto2 Tyre Range
For 2012, Dunlop is set to retain two front tyre compounds with the rear compounds reduced from last year’s seven flavours to five.
Dunlop’s initial 2012 Moto2 tyre range will comprise of two different dry front compounds and five different dry rear compounds. The profile of the front has been modified from Jerez onwards to mean a more responsive and receptive front end.
For the rear tyres, the five compounds will be seen predominantly in the ATR05 construction which was refined last season. There will also be a new ATR10 construction for Qatar. Dual compound W919 construction tyres will feature at a number of circuits too.
Two main compounds for the season, with a new profile introduced at Jerez – a slightly smaller tyre, meaning faster handling and a more precise feel for the riders.
Five compounds, predominantly in ATR05 construction. ATR03 used for Sachsenring and Phillip Island. New ATR10 for Qatar. W919 dual compound seen at certain tracks.
3757, 3854, 4886, 3855, 3838
ATR05, ATR03, ATR10, W919
Tech Section – Moto3
Moto3 tyre range
This season there are three different compounds for Moto3 – hard, medium and soft. A combination of two front and two rear compounds will be allocated for each event.
The non-science bit
Unless something is not quite right, the tyres are the only part of a motorbike which makes contact with the ground. Tyre performance and management is therefore a crucial factor to help win races.