Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Misano:
MZ factory rider Finsterbusch uses RTG infrastructure for GP in Misano
Toni Finsterbusch, MZ factory rider in the Moto3 class, makes use of the infrastructure of Racing Team Germany (RTG) for his start at the motorcycle Grand Prix at Misano, Italy this weekend.
This means that the Moto3 bike of 19 year old Finsterbusch from Krostitz near Leipzig in Germany as well as all necessary spare parts and tools needed for the race weekend travel to Misano aboard the RTG truck. During practice and races, Finsterbusch and his MZ mechanic crew will be guests in the RTG pit box. “We made this decision together with RTG manager Dirk Heidolf and Toni’s father, Peter Finsterbusch for the Misano race only”, said MZ CEO Martin Wimmer. The move was mandatory, after Motorenwerke Zschopau GmbH had slipped into a liquidity squeeze last week. “In fact, Motorenwerke Zschopau GmbH and MZ Racing Team are economically independent, but are funded by the same investor”, explains Wimmer. “For this reason, the problems of the GmbH had some effects on the racing team as well.” It will take Wimmer at least the week following the Misano GP to figure out if the MZ Racing Team will in future be present in the GP paddock together with Finsterbusch. Existing contracts with RTG and GP team association IRTA have to be evaluated.
Meanwhile, the activities of MZ Racing Team in the Moto2 class have been terminated. “Our team calculation was based on a certain financial contribution to the budget by the riders, as usual for many teams”, said Wimmer. After Alexander Lundh from Sweden, who started into the 2012 Moto2 campaign together with MZ racing, decided to withdraw from the category mid-season and stopped his promised payments, MZ Racing Team named Frenchmen Mike di Meglio as a replacement rider for three races at their own cost. “However, to continue with di Meglio to the end of the season, some financial backing would have been indispensable. Unfortunately, neither di Meglio himself nor MZ Racing Team have been able to find this sponsorship”, Wimmer justifies the exit from the Moto2 world championship.
Conditions hold up RW Racing GP
Constantly changing weather conditions held up RW Racing GP at the Misano circuit in the first practice sessions for the GP di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. A continuous drizzle made the track wet, but not completely wet. The strong but cold wind helped it to dry out a bit and then the drizzle started again.
Both RW Racing GP riders tried rain tires as well as slicks but by the time the settings of the bike where adapted to the type of tires, the conditions had changed again. This prevented Lui s Salom and Brad Binder to set fast lap times.
Luis Salom (15th): "The weather made it difficult today. It was too wet for slicks but not wet enough for rain tires. I tried rain tires but it didn’t feel good. In the end it was not of much use to push hard. There was nothing at stake. It just doesn’t look nice on the time sheets.’’
Brad Binder (27th): "I did feel comfortable on rain tires but should have tried slicks at the end of the session. We did some proper laps to find a setting and there was not much else we could do under these circumstances.’’
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "The weather is crap. Nothing works properly, you cannot test anything because it is not dry and not wet. Let’s just hope the weather will be better tomorrow. Wet or dry, but hopefully dry.’’
Viñales doesn’t let up
in adverse conditions
Repsol rider second fastest to open weekend at Misano. Rins places seventh, Oliveira thirteenth and Álex Márquez twenty-fourth in wet weather.
Second in the Moto3 World Championship, Maverick Viñales was ambitious and confident today at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit in Misano. The Repsol rider finished second in a changeable day weather-wise to start the twelfth round of the season. He was behind Romano Fenati in the combined standings for the day. Álex Rins, Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez also started well, although they were unable to make the most of slick tyres at the end of the afternoon and placed seventh, thirteenth and twenty-fourth, respectively.
Summer appears to be over at Misano and autumn brought forward, as the San Marino GP kicked off with low temperatures, intermittent rain and strong winds that provided numerous crashes on track.
That did not prevent a good start for the Repsol riders, who had Miguel Oliveira in second in the rainy morning session. Viñales was sixth, Rins seventh and Márquez twelfth. The second session started in identical conditions, but times dropped as the asphalt dried out. Viñales ended the day second, with Rins, Oliveira and Márquez unable to get the slicks on in time. Whilst the former duo took seventh and thirteenth, Márquez was twenty-fourth for his first day at Misano.
FP1 - 1:57.280, 13 laps, 55 km.
FP2 - 1:50.997, 16 laps, 68 km.
“It was a difficult day, especially because of the track conditions, but we had a good feeling. We picked up our wet pace again and had a little bit of track time with slicks on a half-dry surface which allowed for a little more improvement. I felt quite comfortable and I'm happy, because everything is working properly. The bike is going well in the wet and in the dry, so we are thinking about the race and are very motivated. We can do well and I hope that the conditions don’t impede us from working at our own pace.”
FP1 - 1:56.711, 16 laps, 68 km.
FP2 - 1:55.114, 13 laps, 55 km.
“This morning we had a good session. On the wet track we were riding comfortably and eventually finished second, so I am happy with that. In the afternoon we had a small problem with the bike that lost us a few minutes, but when we went back out we managed to take fourth. and in the end we got the second position, so I'm satisfied. In the afternoon we had some doubts about what choice to make with the tyres; we used the wets but should have used slicks, so we only got a couple of laps in. We didn’t have time to adapt to the slicks, but generally I was very comfortable. I hope that tomorrow we can continue with our work –either in the wet or in the dry."
FP1 - 1:57.581, 17 laps, 72 km.
FP2 - 1:53.432, 18 laps, 76 km.
"From the opening session I felt comfortable with the bike, which allowed us to complete a positive first day of work. After ending the first session in seventh, we were eager to ride in the afternoon. We started out with wet tyres, which allowed us to put down fast laps from the start, but later on the conditions changed a little. In any case, we will continue working in the same way that we have been up to now. I hope that tomorrow we can ride on a completely dry track."
FP1 - 1:58.252, 16 laps, 68 km.
FP2 - 1:56.161, 16 laps, 68 km.
"Although the track is completely new for us, at this circuit we had a good feel with the bike. We had top fifteen pace in the afternoon, which is a good sign. At the end of the session we weren’t able to put on slicks, so we have a large margin of improvement with which to work. Learning a track in the wet is difficult, as your braking points are very important and we didn’t have any to go by. I like this circuit as it suits my riding style, so I hope to continue working tomorrow in order to have a good showing."
FOLGER FAST IN ALL CONDITIONS AT MISANO
German third quickest on day one at San Marino Grand Prix
The weather was the biggest rival for the Moto3 riders at Misano today, with a damp circuit for both the morning and afternoon sessions. A dry line formed for only the final fifteen minutes of the second free practice and after dominating much of the opening session Jonas Folger was able to be competitive in both conditions in the afternoon.
The MAPFRE Aspar rider is still on a high after his win at Brno two weeks ago and today he was able to ride with confidence in tricky conditions. Folger made improvements to his chassis set-up and was able to clock the third fastest time overall on the drying track. His team-mate Héctor Faubel also rode well on the wet track but was unable to make the most of the drying line and dropped down the order to twentieth position.
3rd Jonas Folger 1.51.088 (33 laps): "We did a great job today. The track was damp this morning and we were able to set a fast pace and then we adapted well to the dry this afternoon. We have found a really good base setting now and after some problems with the front suspension at Brno we have improved it again here. I didn't care about the weather today to be honest but I would like better conditions tomorrow. My objective is to take the best things from today and hopefully stay up at the front fighting for a good grid position."
20th Héctor Faubel 1.55.827 (35 laps): "Today was a strange one and the conditions barely allowed us to ride. We went out this morning with the same setting as Brno but I didn't feel comfortable so we went to a wet setting this afternoon and changed the balance of the bike, which gave me more confidence. At the end of the session a dry line formed and we were able to put slicks on but the feeling was very strange. We improved but not as much as I hoped so hopefully the conditions are more consistent tomorrow so we can work in one direction or another."
TOUGH FIRST DAY FOR NICCOLO'
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini Moto3 Niccolò Antonelli was less than satisfied with the opening day of practice at his home track today having worked hard without seeing any positive results. Mixed conditions didn't make life any easier for Niccolo, who struggled to find any confidence with the bike and must hope for better weather and performance tomorrow.
Niccolò Antonelli (12° 1’ 55” 005) “Not bad but not great either because I couldn't make the bike do what I wanted todat. Sometimes you have to admit that even though it's difficult to say it at the time. Together with the engineers we'll look at the data tonight and try to understand what's going on. It could be the ballast I have to carry on the bike but I'm not sure. Tomorrow we will try to get the right feeling with the bike to go fast.”
Fausto Gresini “Today's weather certainly hasn't helped because it hasn't allowed Niccolò to push as hard as he normally would. But that wasn't our biggest problem today and now we have to work things out with the mechanics. I am confident that they can give Niccolò the bike he wants tomorrow and if the weather improves he will definitely be up there fighting.”
Márquez makes prudent start at Misano
Repsol rider only uses second session due to intermittent rain and scarce grip on track.
Repsol Media Service
San Marino, Misano Circuit
The first practice sessions for the San Marino GP at the Misano World Circuit —which from this year takes the name of Marco Simoncelli in honour of the late Italian rider— allowed for few conclusions to be taken. With intermittent rain and little grip on track, Marc Márquez and his team preferred to sit out the first session. He later completed 16 laps in the afternoon.
Regaining his feel for the track at which he has won for the past two years, Márquez dedicated 45 minutes to riding with wet weather settings made to his bike at the scene of this weekend’s race. The Repsol rider stopped the clock at 1’53.176, 1.302 seconds off the fastest time from Belgian rider Xavier Simeon.
FP1 - Not classified
FP2 - 1:53.176, 16 laps, 68 km.
“It has been a bit of a strange day, because of the variable track conditions. We hope that the times today are of no consequence, as everything is pointing to a dry race on Sunday. We decided not to go out in the morning because we thought that one wet session would be sufficient. Everything went as planned and that's why we went out in the second session. We put in some laps to get familiar with the track again, and with the track after two weeks off. It went well."
MotoGP Moto3 - Team Italia seizes provisional pole in Misano
Fenati posted the best lap time, Tonucci closed in 11th position
The heavy rain, wind and low temperatures characterized the first free practice sessions in Misano, but the Italian duo was ready to fight and wrap up a positive day 1.
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) was 14th after FP1 (1'58"407) but took advantage of slick tyres with a few minutes to go and posted the best time of the day with 1'49"956, becoming the first and only rider to break the 1'50 wall ahead of Vinales (+1"032), Folger (+1"123) and Calia (+2"630).
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) quickly found the feeling on his home track. Among the best riders on a wet track, he closed the day with a 1'54"828 in 11th position.
Micheal Ruben Rinaldi, Team Italia Moto3 rider in the Italian championship, ended FP2 in 29th position as wild-card.
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 33 laps, 1'49"956
"Im'm happy because we improved in the wet. My team put on slick tires at the right time, and this allowed to me to climb to the top. I hope I can do just as well tomorrow during qualifiers."
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) 28 laps, 1'54"828
"I felt comfortable right away and I'm happy that we found a good setup easily. I'm hopeful about the rest of the week-end."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"Great day for the whole team. Romano showed his improvements in these conditions, and the team worked really well. Tonucci is also close to the front-runners. If the weather improves we can fight at the top."
Kallio shines in difficult conditions at Misano
Misano, Italy - 14 September 2012: Mika Kallio mastered the difficult mixed conditions to finish the opening day at Misano fifth fastest, despite a low speed crash towards the end of this afternoon's wet session. Scott Redding struggled to find a good feeling with the bike in the difficult conditions and ended the day in 17th position.
Mika Kallio was tenth fastest in this morning's 45-minute free practice, which was held in wet conditions after a rain shower arrived over the Misano circuit shortly before the start of the session. Grip was both difficult to find and the level difficult to predict, offering little feedback to Kallio as he pushed to find the limit on full wet tyres.
Conditions were similar for the start of this afternoon's second free practice, with the sporadic rain arriving at the start and soaking the track, but then stopping almost immediately, allowing conditions to improve as the session progressed. Kallio was running consistently near the top of the timesheet throughout, improving on his time from this morning, but had to settle for fifth position after crashing uninjured towards the end of the session.
Kallio wasn't the only Marc VDS rider to crash today, as Redding went down uninjured after losing the front in this morning's free practice. The 19-year-old Briton returned to the track before the end of the session, eventually finishing 17th fastest.
Like his teammate Redding improved his lap time during this afternoon's free practice, but struggled with edge grip in the wet conditions, on a track that offered little in the way of grip or feedback. The Marc VDS rider ended the day 17th fastest, but is confident that, once conditions improve tomorrow, he has the pace to run closer to the top of the timesheet.
Mika Kallio #36: 5th - 1'52.569
"Apart from the crash this afternoon, I think we can be satisfied with fifth position and just 0.5 off the fastest guys in these conditions today. The crash was one of those things; maybe I made a small mistake and got a bit off line, because the rear just came round on me when I got on the throttle and it flicked me over the highside. Ahead of this afternoon's session we made a few small set-up changes, which improved the feeling, but the grip level is so low here it was difficult to know where the limit was. I was on the pace in these conditions today but, like everyone else, I'm hoping the forecast for better weather tomorrow proves to be correct."
Scott Redding #45: 17th - 1'53.998
"The crash this morning was a little bit unexpected; I was just riding around when I gave it a little bit too much front brake, locked the front and it chucked me off. This afternoon's session wasn't too bad, but I didn't quite have the feeling that I normally have in the rain. I struggled a bit to get the bike turned and I was missing a bit of edge grip at the rear. I was trying to be smooth, but the bike was moving around a lot underneath me and lap times just didn't seem to come. I'm not too concerned, as the conditions are supposed to be better tomorrow and we know we have a dry set-up that we can go straight into the race with if we need to."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"Rain, blustery wind and a cold and slippery track; conditions couldn't have been much worse today. Mika did a good job today, quickly finding a set-up and a rhythm that allowed him to continually improve his pace throughout both sessions. Unfortunately he got caught out right at the end, crashing without injury after going off line, otherwise I think he'd have been a bit closer to the top of the timesheet today. Scott's confidence took a bit of a knock with the crash this morning and he wasn't able to find a good feeling with the bike in either session as a result. The forecast is for better conditions tomorrow, and I'm confident that Scott will take advantage to improve his pace and his position."
JORDI TORRES MAKES SOLID START AT MISANO FOR ELEVENTH BEST TIME
MAPFRE Aspar rider reads track conditions well and makes steady improvement on Friday. Teammate Nico Terol places 23rd but has plan for Saturday
The Moto2 riders did not have the best of luck at Misano on Friday. Like the Moto3 and MotoGP classes, they had to put up with the tricky damp conditions at the track, but the difference for the intermediate class was that they could not escape the drizzle even for a moment. The opening Moto2 sessions of the weekend were crash-filled affairs, with much of the blame falling on the adverse weather. The best lap time went to Xavier Simeon, followed by Claudio Corti and Johann Zarco.
Unable to ride at Misano last season because of a little finger injury in practice, Jordi Torres was back for this year's event in strong form. He made a prudent start, but continually made steps forward on Friday -ending the day with the eleventh best time. His fantastic start owed much to his MAPFRE Aspar mechanics, who gave him a simple setting with which to gain confidence.
Teammate Nico Terol was less adapted to the rain. The Spaniard fought to improve his feeling on the bike for the entire day, making some small improvements at the end of the second session. He did not have time to use his findings to ascend the standings, and concluded down in 23rd.
11th Jordi Torres 1.53.029 (24 laps): "After the race in the CEV last Sunday, my priority today was regaining my feel for this bike. Doing that in the wet is difficult, so this morning I took things calmly as I didn't want any surprises. My mechanics knew very well what I needed and this afternoon we took a big step forward with our setting. I gradually went faster and faster and was very comfortable, so I was satisfied at the end of it. The team deserve great credit, because they prepared a bike for me that was very simple to ride, without me even realising how well we were going. I hope that we can continue like this tomorrow, and also that the weather improves."
23rd Nico Terol 1.55.108 (30 laps): "Today was a fairly strange day. I felt good in the wet at Brno, but today wasn't the same. It was hard for me to pick up pace, the bike was better in the second session because we softened the fork settings. That enabled me to open the throttle more safely. We made an improvement with our gearing that will be useful in the dry as well. Personally though, I didn't feel comfortable. The positive is that a chassis improvement in the afternoon has shown me what we should do tomorrow. On day two I will get on with things and try to be ready for any conditions."
ANOTHER CRASH FOR FEEM
Ratthapark Wilairot suffered another crash in practice this morning at Misano, making life very difficult for himself this afternoon. Feem struggled with pain and discomfort throughout the second session at Misano and will need to be assessed by the doctors before tomorrow's qualifying practice.
Ratthapark Wilairot (26th 1’56” 706) “The conditions were not good this morning and I opened the throttle a little early, which caused the crash. We softened the setting for the afternoon but I almost had another highside so we have a lot of work to do on the bike. I have hurt my hand and my backside so I need to get myself checked out by the Clinica Mobile before I know how fit I will be for tomorrow.”
Fausto Gresini “Misano hasn't been good to Feem so far and he had a huge crash. He is really motivated to have a good race at the team's home Grand Prix so hopefully he will be okay tomorrow and able to make up positions.”