Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of this weekend's Red Bull Indianapolis GP races:
Jorge Navarro to replace Livio Loi at Marc VDS
Gosselies, Belgium – 29 July 2014: Jorge Navarro will replace Livio Loi on the Marc VDS Racing Team’s Kalex-KTM Moto3 machine for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Navarro, currently second in the Spanish Moto3 Championship standings after taking his first win of the season at Albacete three weeks ago, will make his debut for the Marc VDS Racing Team at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
The 18-year-old Spaniard is no stranger to the Grand Prix paddock, having made three wild card appearances in the last two seasons, but Indianapolis will his first race as a permanent rider in the Moto3 World Championship.
Navarro will continue to contest the Spanish Moto3 Championship for Team Machado-Came alongside his World Championship commitments.
“It was a difficult decision to replace Livio in our Moto3 team, but we set him clear, realistic goals at the beginning of the season and he failed to achieve them,” declared Marc VDS Team Principal, Michael Bartholemy. “As a team we could do no more to improve the results, which is why we took the difficult decision to replace Livio on the bike.
“In Jorge Navarro we have a young rider who has already shown his potential with some impressive performances in the Spanish Moto3 Championship, but was unable to make the step up to the World stage due to a lack of funding. We have the budget and Jorge has shown clearly he has the pace so, for us, it was a perfect fit. It’s a big opportunity for any rider, and one that I’m confident that Jorge will grab with both hands.”
Nico Terol excited to visit talisman track
MAPFRE Aspar rider hoping scene of three career victories can be catalyst to season revival
The MotoGP World Championship returns from the summer break with two races in as many weekends, starting with a second visit to the USA followed by the Czech Republic Grand Prix. This weekend's race takes place at a remodelled Indianapolis circuit that has been modified in five of its sixteen turns (3, 4, 7, 15 and 16), with a new track surface and slightly shorter overall length. Tito Rabat crosses the Atlantic as the Moto2 series leader but with Mika Kallio, Maverick Viñales and Dominique Aegerter all hoping to mount a title challenge in the second half of the season.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol has sixteen Grand Prix victories to his name and no fewer than three of them came at Indy. The Spanish rider stood on the top step of the 125cc podium in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and he is hopeful of adding some Moto2 success to that list this weekend after a difficult season so far. Terol and his team-mate Jordi Torres have been training hard over the summer break, with Torres heading to Indy looking to recapture the good form he showed at the last round in Germany before his crash. A positive result for both riders this weekend would be the perfect way to initiate a strong finish to the 2014 season.
Nico Terol: “I have barely stopped over the summer break – just a couple of days to rest but during the week I have been training hard. I have spent a lot of time working on my physical fitness but I've also done a lot of riding, away from the races, which I needed. I am really happy, with my batteries fully recharged and looking forward to the second half of the season. I really like Indianapolis, I know it's a good track for me and the goal is to put the first half of the season behind me and enjoy my riding again. I usually get into a good flow at Indianapolis so I will push hard from the first session. They have made a few changes for this year but I am sure the essence of the track is still the same.”
Jordi Torres: “It is always nice to get back to racing. Over the summer break I have been reflecting on the first half of the season and training hard. I have also taken some time to rest and analyse what we need to work on. Indianapolis is quite an unusual track and I have found it tricky in the past but we will maintain the fighting spirit we have shown in the last few races before the break and push hard again. We have done a good job with the set-up of the bike and we were running up front all weekend in Germany so we just need to back it up with a good result now. I am sure that if we keep working like this the results will come quickly.”
The 2014 season resumes at Indianapolis
Juanfran Guevara targets regular points finishes in second half of campaign
After a three-week summer break the Moto3 youngsters should have fully recharged their batteries for the second half of the season and they will need plenty of energy over the next two weeks, with back to back races at Indianapolis and Brno to come. The smallest World Championship category arrives in the USA with a wide open battle for the title, Jack Miller currently leading the way but with just 35 points covering the top five riders in the standings.
Juanfran Guevara has taken precious little time off over the summer 'break' – the youngster training hard in his native Spain as he looks to build on a morale-boosting tenth place last time out in Germany. Guevara is now confident of more strong results in the second half of the season as he looks to become a regular points-scorer.
Juanfran Guevara: “I am really looking forward to racing again. I have enjoyed the summer break and am very motivated for the second half of the season. I didn't have much luck last year at Indianapolis, I ran off track a few times and had a crash but I go there in a different state of mind this time. I quite like the track and I have heard they have remodelled it slightly so I am looking forward to seeing it. In the last race before the break we saw that we can be near the front and that has given me confidence and motivation for this weekend. We have found a positive and reliable set-up for the bike and it's a case of getting the most out of it without making major changes.”
Moto2 Championship battle resumes at the Brickyard
Gosselies, Belgium – 5 August 2014: After a three week summer break the Moto2 World Championship battle resumes this weekend in Indianapolis, with Tito Rabat and Mika Kallio both determined to start the second half of the season with a strong showing in America.
Rabat heads to Indianapolis with a 19-point advantage over Kallio at the top of the Championship standings; a lead he is keen to extend this weekend at a track where he won convincingly last season.
However, the 25-year-old Spaniard will have a fight on his hands, as Kallio enjoyed a strong finish to the first half of the season and heads to Indianapolis determined to finish round 10 of the Moto2 World Championship ahead of his teammate once again.
But it’s not just each other that the two Marc VDS riders will have to contend with this weekend. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been extensively revamped over the past 12 months, with five of the 16 turns reconfigured to offer more passing opportunities, while the whole of the infield circuit has been resurfaced.
Jorge Navarro will join Rabat and Kallio in the Marc VDS Racing Team for the first time this weekend. The 18-year-old Spaniard replaces Livio Loi and will campaign the team’s Kalex-KTM Moto3 machine for the remainder of the season. Navarro heads to Indianapolis off the back of his first win of the season in the Spanish Moto3 Championship, in which he’s currently second in the series standings.
“I’m happy with how the first half of the season went, but now we must focus on the second half, starting this weekend in Indianapolis. My approach for these last nine races will be the same as for the first nine; work hard, put in 100% every time I get on the bike and fight to win races. On paper the Indianapolis track layout has changed a lot, but tracks always look different from the seat of the bike than they do on paper, so we’ll see just how big a change there’s been when we get there.”
“I like Indianapolis, the atmosphere and the history of the place make this race a little bit special. Unfortunately, my history in Indianapolis isn’t quite as good as I’d have hoped for, while Tito has been strong there in the past. Previously we’ve had to use the harder option tyres at Indy and the changes in the tarmac have been an issue, so it will be interesting to see what impact the resurfacing and reconfiguration of the track have on tyre choice. Whatever we find when we get there the aim remains the same. If I want to fight for the championship then I need to finish in front of both Tito and Maverick Viñales again this weekend.”
“This will be my first race with the Marc VDS Racing Team and I’m very happy to be given this opportunity. Everything is new for me this weekend; the team, the bike and the championship, so we just need to work hard and progress step-by-step. This is a great opportunity and I hope that I can finish my first race for the team in a good position.
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I suspect the battle between Tito and Mika is about to hot up, starting this weekend in Indianapolis. Tito won here last year, but Mika was the rider on form immediately before the summer break, so it will be an interesting weekend indeed. The fact that the track has changed significantly since last season will also add some interest, as it will be new to everyone. There is no pressure on Jorge this weekend. Because we had to send the bike direct from Germany to Indianapolis, it wasn’t possible for him to test during the summer break, so this weekend will be all about him familiarising himself with both the bike and the team. Jorge has been competitive in the Spanish Championship this season, winning last time out at Albacete, but the step up to the World Championship is a big one and expectations must remain realistic. Most important for me is that he enjoys racing our bike this weekend.”
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia get back on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli ready to get back in action at Indianapolis
After the summer break, the Moto3 World Championship is ready to tackle Round 10 of the season at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend. San Carlo Team Italia riders are keen to get underway on their Mahindra MGP3O. Boosted by their increasing competitiveness, Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli have prepared carefully and are motivated to do their best to express their full potential in the second half of the season.
After his brilliant performance at the Sachsenring, awarded by the ninth place as best Italian rider under the chequered flag, Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O # 3) aims to hold to these levels at Indianapolis. 'Bigin' gained his first World Championship point at this track last year, after a great comeback on race-day.
Instead it’s a totally new track to Andrea Locatelli (Mahindra MGP3O #55) who is growing steadily and is now well capable to keep the pace of his reference group of riders, in line with the path of growth planned with the Italian Motorcycling Federation. ‘Loka’, together with Marco Faccani and Andrea Tucci (San Carlo Team Italia riders in the Superstock 600 European Championship), on July 15-16 took part in two days of physical testing and training at the CONI Olympic Training Centre in Rome, followed step by step by the federal technicians.
The San Carlo Team Italia pair, together with Riders Manager Virginio Ferrari, will discover and familiarize with the new Indianapolis layout next Thursday. The track in fact has been revised, with lap distance actually reduced to 4.170 km (48 meters shorter) and five corners (3, 4, 7, 15 and 16) slightly modified and resurfaced.
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"We are going to Indianapolis aiming to follow up on the excellent Sachsenring weekend. In the last few races our level of competitiveness has grown exponentially: the results achieved by our riders prove it, while we are steadily reducing our deficit from the front-runners of our category. Matteo and Andrea are working methodically, with total commitment to the cause and never surrendering to the initial difficulties. Our target now is to get closer to the front, giving our riders the opportunity to display their full potential, in line with the spirit and purpose of our project".
JUNIOR TEAM GO&FUN MOTO3 CAMPAIGN RESUMES AT HISTORIC INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines: the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 will be back on track this weekend for the tenth round of the season at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, home of the famous Indy 500 automobile race.
Following the injury on his right collarbone, sustained during a training session last July 23rd, Niccolò Antonelli is still determined to do his best: the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica, who has successfully undergone a surgery conducted by Dr. Giuseppe Porcellini last July 24th to repair the fracture, has been able to make a good rehabilitation program and will race in the United States, even though he will better assess his physical condition only once he will ride, on Friday morning during the first free practice session.
After a first half of the season above all expectations, rookie Enea Bastianini trained hard over the summer break to face the second half of the season even more prepared: the 16-year-old rider from Rimini will re-start the game from the 46 points collected so far, despite the unlucky races in Assen and Sachsenring.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI “After the surgery, last Monday, July 28th, I immediately started the rehabilitation and the therapy is progressing well: however, it’s clear that in Indianapolis I won’t be at one hundred percent physically. However, it’s difficult to evaluate it now: I will understand it better when I will ride my bike. Apart from that, I saw that the track has been modified in some areas and that’s positive, because now it appears smoother to ride and therefore more enjoyable compared to last year”.
ENEA BASTIANINI “I can’t wait to get back in the saddle: the summer break was long and it it's been hard for me to stay away from my bike! I trained a lot, even in the gym, to get well prepared when the championship resumes: in Indianapolis first of all we must try to learn the track well, then we'll see if we can be fast there too. The first part of the season has been fantastic, with great races such as Mugello and my first podium finish in Barcelona; in the second half of the season, however, we will continue to keep our feet firmly on the ground, looking for a step by step progress, trying to learn from the best riders, as always”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “We are going to resume our 2014 campaign after a first half of a season marked by lights and shadows: on the one hand, Niccolò definitely got results below the expectations, and in addition the collarbone injury suffered during the summer break complicates things ahead of the Indianapolis race. On the other hand, Enea learned quickly, getting his first podium after a few races. In the USA we start another important period of our season, in which we hope that our efforts can finally turn into good results, because we were a bit unlucky in the last few races”.
CONFIDENCE HIGH FOR SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI AHEAD OF BRICKYARD BATTLE
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 are ready to fight this weekend at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, tenth round of an extremely fought and levelled Moto2 World Championship: the Belgian rider is even more determined to fight back and he expects to return to the good level of competitiveness shown at the beginning of the year at the famous American track.
Like Siméon, Lorenzo Baldassarri trained hard during the summer break, and following the two points scoring finishes achieved in the first half of the season - in Barcelona (11th) and Assen (9th) - the 17-year-old Italian is aiming to collect more precious points in Indy aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter machine.
XAVIER SIMEON “Finally we are back on track and I am confident because in the upcoming races we won’t use the hard compound tyres with which we struggled a lot in Barcelona and at the Sachsenring: we know that our bike has a great potential and we know that if we are able to exploit it we can get better results. During the summer break, I continued to work hard to arrive in Indianapolis even stronger and more prepared: I trained a lot, doing also Supermoto and Dirt Track with the team in Italy. I’m excited and I can’t wait to start the first free practice session”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI “During the summer break I was able to make a good training and I rode a lot as well, doing especially Supermoto and Flat Track; of course I also took a little time to relax, I needed it! In Indianapolis we will start the second part of the championship, in which I expect to improve the two points scoring finishes scored in the first half. Indy is certainly not one of my favourite tracks, but it must also be said that it has been resurfaced and the modifications made it faster, so it should be more funny to ride than in the past”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “We are all eager to get back on track after the summer break, especially Siméon: Xavier is very determined and during the break he trained a lot to be prepared in the best possible way for the second part of the season. He knows he has the potential to be back on top and also the team is working very hard. Therefore, we are very confident: we need to wait to see how our bike behave on a track which in some ways is unknown because it has been resurfaced and modified in several corners.Recently, Baldassarri took a major leap in quality, so we expect that he can continue his positive trend”.
Red Bull KTM Ajo begin second half of the season on top
The Moto3 World Championship returns this weekend in Indianapolis with Jack Miller leading the overall standings. Karel Hanika debuts at the U.S. circuit, where he hopes for a good result to continue on from recent performances.
08/06/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
After the three-week summer break, Indianapolis will host the return of the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders and the rest of the Moto3 World Championship field. At the halfway point in the season, Jack Miller leads the overall standings by 19 points –and looks to extend his advantage in America. Karel Hanika, meanwhile, will try to continue his learning process at a circuit where he rides for the first time this weekend. The historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, built in 1909, this year features modifications to turns 3, 4, 7, 15 and 16, and a new asphalt.
The fourth win of the year for Jack Miller, at the Grand Prix of Germany, has motivated the Australian more than ever to start the second half of the season strong. The Moto3 World Championship leader has worked hard these past three weeks in order to try to maintain and increase his 19-point lead in the overall standings. The track Indianapolis is unlike any other, but Miller is a big fan of its layout. He DNFed in the race last year, after starting from the second row. Miller already has more points this year –142– than the total achieved in all his previous Grand Prix campaigns –127.
Teammate Karel Hanika, wants to return to points-scoring ways after excellent performances in Holland and Germany –where he had a leading role in the Top 10 before two unfortunate crashes. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie is again facing a completely unknown track, and a new step in his learning phase of the World Championship.
The first practice of the second half of the season will be held on Friday at 9:00am local time; qualification takes place on Saturday at 12:35pm and the race on Sunday at 11am.
Circuit information - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Length: 4.170 metres / 2.591 miles
Width: 16 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 6
Longest straight: 872 m / 0.542 miles
8 JACK MILLER
"This three week break has felt long, although I have not stopped training because there is no time to relax. We must continue at the same level or better. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a good track and I personally like it very much. It's a special track in many aspects, starting with the atmosphere, and this makes it unique. lt's different from any other circuit on the calendar, and the track also gives it a different feel. In past years we’ve needed a completely different set-up, like we use in rainy conditions. I want to get there and play about a bit with the grip on the track with the KTM. We'll see how it goes this year with the new asphalt. I can’t wait for Friday."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"We start the second half of the championship with strange feelings, because despite good races at both Assen and Sachsenring, in the end we did not get the results we wanted. Nevertheless, I am calm, because we're in very good shape. For much of the last three weeks I have been in Spain, training enduro, cycling and going to the gym. I have also been away a bit, which is good and necessary. Though I have never ridden at Indianapolis, I hope to adapt quickly and achieve a Top 10 finish; that will be the goal."
Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo arrive in form for second half of the season
Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider will seek his first podium of the year in Indianapolis, where Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo will return after missing German GP through injury.
The Moto3 World Championship returns this weekend after the summer break. Indianapolis is the location at which the Husqvarna riders will be back out on track to start the second half of the season –with nine races remaining. Danny Kent, on a clear upward trend, will try to take his first podium of the season, whilst Niklas Ajo is back from his ankle injury and will try to resume the fast riding which gave him his best placings in the World Championship to date.
Danny Kent finished the first half of the season in his best form. This is reflected by his performance in Germany, where he took his top result so far this season with fifth. The aim for the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider will be to continue in the same manner after a three-week rest and try to place on the podium.
Husqvarna rider Niklas Ajo has spent longer on the sidelines, after a right ankle injury suffered at Assen prevented him from participating at Sachsenring. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider has fully recovered, thanks in part to some hard work over the summer. He will look to regain his feel for the Husqvarna and match his best results as soon as possible –namely eighth place in Catalonia and fifth at Mugello. His best finish at Indianapolis is eleventh last year, as he gained 13 positions.
This will be the second visit to the United States for the World Championship this year, after the Grand Prix of the Americas back in April. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has some new features this season, like the resurfaced asphalt and five minor modifications; Turns 3, 4, 7, 15 and 16 have all had changes made to them. Practice will begin on Friday with the first Free Practice session at 9:00am local time. The tenth race of the year will start at 11am on Sunday.
52 DANNY KENT
"I’ve looking forward to getting back onboard the Husqvarna. These past three weeks I have been training hard in order to continue my form from recent races. Indianapolis is a favourable circuit for me I've always enjoyed riding at that circuit. In 2012 I qualified well, as I was on the front row, although the race was certainly not good. Hopefully we will maintain our form from before the summer break and take another step forward to reach the podium. This is a different circuit to Assen and Sachsenring and the asphalt used to be a bit slippery, but this year it has been resurfaced so could be quite different. I really like the layout, in any case."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"I cannot wait to return at this race. It was very hard to watch the German race on television, but I'm very focused on riding my Husqvarna again this weekend. These last three weeks have been perfect for me and I’ve been training to recover fully from my injury. Though this is not one of my favourite tracks, I think the fact that I am making a return to competition will give it a different feel. This year the track has been resurfaced and several corners have been modified, so Thursday will be more important than ever when it comes to making a reconnaissance lap to analyse all the changes."
Dunlop supplying both proven and new specification tyres at resurfaced Indianapolis
After a three week break, Dunlop’s FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championship riders will be back on track in the USA. Indianapolis hosts the round 10 of the series and the revised and resurfaced track brings a new factor to the event. The six right and ten left turns remain.
The 4.170 km circuit has been altered slightly, shortened by 46 metres but critically has been resurfaced. Experience shows that it can take three grand prix events for a new track surface to develop. The surface begins life at its most aggressive and with use and time mellows to its eventual degree of abrasion.
Dunlop is allocating the Moto2 rear tyre that proved popular with the riders last year and as chosen by current leader Esteve Rabat to win the race. The more durable alternative is the 067 ‘special hard’ tyre developed for the most abrasive tracks such as Phillip Island and Catalunya. Moto3 riders will have the medium and hard options that have proved themselves in harsher conditions.
Tyre allocation and colour codes:
Fronts 120/75R17, 4 x 302 (medium - black Dunlop logo on silver background) and 4 x 102 (hard - yellow Dunlop on black)
Rears, 195/75R17, 4 x 3838 (yellow Dunlop on black) and 5 x 067 (special hard - white Dunlop on black)
Fronts: 95/75R17, 5 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver) and 3 x Hard (yellow Dunlop on black)
Rears: 115/75R17 , 6 x Medium (black Dunlop on silver)and 3 x Hard (yellow Dunlop on black)
The riders will have three sets of wet tyres with an additional set being permitted if all sessions are declared wet.
Race Stat: 302 Dominates
The Moto2 medium compound front tyre – the ‘302’ has gripped the top three riders in every dry race so far this season.
Clinton Howe, Operations Manager Motorcycle Grand Prix
“Dominique Aegerter taking his first Moto2 win the last round was a great way to finish the first half of the season and it was good to see the tyres working so well with many riders setting their fastest laps in the latter stages of the race. The pace was great too with the race being a full seven seconds faster than last year. Looking forward, Indianapolis is one of the flattest in terms of negligible camber on the corners and previously had a low grip surface. The new surface gives everyone a big unknown so we are bringing tyres that give us a range to cover all eventualities.”