2014 Indianapolis Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the first day of practice at Indianapolis:


Successful start for Hafiq Azmi at Indianapolis

SIC-Ajo Team rider undertakes first laps off American circuit and finishes opening day 18th on combined timesheet.

08/08/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Hafiq Azmi got back onboard his KTM today after a three-week summer break. The tenth round of the World Championship began this Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a track where the young Malaysian rider debuts this year. Despite never having ridden at the American circuit before, Hafiq Azmi took a creditable 18th on the combined timesheet and improved with every session.

The first practice session of the weekend began under light rain. Riding with wet tyres, the SIC-Ajo Team rider felt very comfortable and was up into the Top 10 shortly before the end of the session. The track continued to dry out, although he was only able to put in one lap with slick tyres. Hafiq Azmi finally ended the session in 27th place, with a time of 1:51.439.

In the second Moto3 free practice, rain also made an appearance, although at no time were the conditions sufficiently wet to require a change from slicks. As in the morning, Hafiq Azmi felt comfortable on his bike and improved his time by more than 7 seconds at the very beginning. His fastest lap of 1:44.095 allowed him to move up into fourth until the rain intensified. With 10 minutes remaining, the Malaysian rider went back out on track -but could not lower his time and finished 18th.

Tomorrow will see the third practice session and then qualifying, in which Hafiq Azmi hopes to improve on his best result to date; a seventh row start at Le Mans.

38 HAFIQ AZMI

"This first day here in Indianapolis was a little difficult for all riders because of the conditions. Mixed track conditions make you doubt things all the time. Anyway, I was able to complete my first laps here and I think I like it. It's fun to ride here, but it is not easy to go fast. We can still improve a bit with the feeling with the front, but what I need to improve especially is my riding. In the afternoon I also felt good until we had to stop. When we went back out on track I didn't feel comfortable because of the unclear track conditions; I didn't want to take too many risks. I hope to lower my times tomorrow and improve on the sections where I am losing most time."


BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI ON THE PACE IN INDIANAPOLIS FREE PRACTICE

Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3’s Enea Bastianini and Niccolò Antonelli starred on the opening day of the Indianapolis Grand Prix, having obtained respectively the sixth and the eighth fastest time at the end of the first two practice sessions.

After a morning session on a damp track, Enea Bastianini was able to learn quickly a track for him completely unknown in the afternoon session, completing 15 laps - all with the same tyres - the best of which in 1’43”466, 0.9 seconds off the pace.

His teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, who last July 24th had a surgery to reduce the fracture to his right collarbone sustained during the summer break, he managed nevertheless to complete 17 laps in the afternoon, ending the day with a best time of 1’43”505.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (8th - 1'43"505)

“I’m really happy! This result is a surprise for me too, because when I came here I didn’t know how I would feel physically when I would have been back in the saddle, but actually I can ride the bike well, although of course now I'm tired. I did a lot of laps and after a while the shoulder began to bother me, but this is normal. Among other things, today I didn’t want to use pain killers, I think I will use them only for tomorrow’s qualifying”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (6th - 1'43"466)

“In the morning session we couldn’t do much: the track was damp and it was hard to understand how to ride. In the afternoon, however, the few drops of rain didn’t bother us and I could start to push harder; I was fast and I made the entire second session with the same tyres; this means that we have taken a big step forward. The track is fast and I like it a lot, I think we can do very well this weekend”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“It was definitely a good start, especially if we consider that for Bastianini it was a completely new track, while Antonelli is recovering from a fractured right collarbone surgery. Both our riders have therefore done a great job, despite the damp track in the morning has further complicated the things, causing us to lose valuable time. Niccolò is obviously not physically one hundred percent and he’s annoyed by the right shoulder, but he still managed to do a lot of laps, so we are confident. Today went well: tomorrow it will be important to be again consistent in qualifying”.


Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo adapt to modified IMS track

Husqvarna riders undertake first two free practice sessions at adjusted Indianapolis circuit. Kent takes ninth fastest time, whilst Ajo, twenty-third, returns to action following an ankle injury.

08/08/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo were able to ride at the modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time on Friday. The track has been shortened by 48 metres and 5 corners have undergone changes since last year. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider quickly adapted to the track, finally taking the ninth fastest time of 1:43.543. Meanwhile, Niklas Ajo returned to action after missing the Grand Prix of Germany through injury. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo man placed twenty-third in the combined timesheet with a 1:44.743 lap.

Having ridden most recently at the Assen round of the series almost a month and a half ago, Niklas Ajo got back onboard his Husqvarna bike on Friday. He did so with rain tyres after encountering a wet track. The damp surface soon had a dry line established, and both he and Danny Kent were able to switch to slicks and lower their times considerably. Kent was thirteenth quickest with a 1:47.636 lap, whilst Ajo’s 1:49.205 lap put him nineteenth.

The Husqvarna riders went back out on track in the afternoon and immediately improved their previous times. However, light rain obliged them to return to the garage for 10 minutes in the session. With fifteen minutes to go, Kent and Ajo were able to make another runout and again improved their times. The Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo man led the session with eight minutes to go, but his 1:43.543 lap eventually placed him ninth. Ajo was twenty-third with his 1:44.743 time.

After a third and final free practice session tomorrow, qualifying takes place at 12:35pm local time. On Niklas Ajo’s last participation in qualifying, at Assen, he achieved the best position of his Grand Prix career with third. Third is also the best grid spot achieved by Danny Kent thus far this year, in Argentina.

52 DANNY KENT

"The truth is that this first day in Indianapolis went very well. We were able to conserve tyres due to the track conditions. Despite this, when we were able to ride on the track we had a great feeling with the bike, because we have not changed much with it from Assen and Sachsenring. The final impression is very positive. We have only used soft tyres, so tomorrow we can use two sets for the qualifying session. I'm satisfied with this first day."

31 NIKLAS AJO

"It was nice to get back on the Husqvarna after weeks of recovery work for my ankle. It did not hurt much when I was riding, but at some points I did notice some discomfort, especially when pushing hard. But I can't complain, I can ride very well.

Today the conditions have been pretty bad, because it rained a little this morning and we all had wet tyres on. With slicks we could not get a good feeling, because I did not take too many risks after my injury. I want to take it easy in order to avoid getting hurt again. The important thing was to return. I hope it's dry tomorrow, that we can start riding well and get a good feeling with the bike again."


Guevara struggles for feel at damp Indianapolis

MAPFRE Aspar youngster struggles for confidence on damp track and finishes in 24th position

The Moto3 World Championship resumed following a three-week summer break today as the second half of the season got underway at Indianapolis. The first day of free practice was an opportunity for the riders to get to know the modified layout, which features five new corners and a relaid asphalt, that makes for a slightly shorter and faster track. Jack Miller set the pace in the first session of a day interrupted by intermittent rain, with Isaac Viñales edging out the Australian in the afternoon.

Juanfran Guevara admits to being a fan of the 'new' Indianapolis even though he struggled to adapt today. The MAPFRE Aspar youngster never quite managed to get comfortable with the mixed conditions in either session today and he struggled to find confidence on his machine around the damp American circuit. Juanfran finished the day in 24th position but he is determined to improve on this tomorrow.

24th Juanfran Guevara 1.44.831 (31 laps): “The track was quite damp this morning and we had to go out on wet tyres. My feeling wasn't good and I was pretty slow in those conditions. Ten minutes from the end the track dried out and we were able to salvage something from the session on slick tyres. The afternoon session started out with a light shower and with the track conditions neither one thing nor the other I struggled to focus. I made a few mistakes today so tomorrow I have to learn from them because it looks like the weather will be the same. The modifications to the track have made quite a different, it is faster now and the grip is more reliable so hopefully we get the weather we need to push harder.”


Deroue and Carrasco having difficulties adapting to weather changes

Changing weather conditions are always of influence on riders’ rhythm and concentration. Some adapt easier to changes than others. But Scott Deroue and Ana Carrasco had too much difficulties with the changing conditions on the first day in Indianapolis, bringing up the rear of the time sheets.

The day began promising for Scott Deroue, who ended FP1 in 24th. Ana Carrasco ran into (mechanical) troubles early in the session, which saw her losing valuable practice time.

The second session was upset by rain after ten minutes, forcing the complete field to sit it out for another ten minutes. As soon as it dried the lap times dropped dramatically. Also the lap times of Deroue and Carrasco, but not as much as they should.

Scott Deroue – 32 (1.46,817)

“This really isn’t the result I hoped for. Yesterday, when we went round the track with the scooter, it didn’t seem that difficult, but with the changing conditions it was much trickier than I expected. I hope the conditions will be more steady tomorrow, whether that means wet or dry – nothing in between.”

Ana Carrasco – 33 (1.47,788)

“I had a technical problem with the bike this morning, already very early in the session. I had to go back to the garage to have it solved and that took some time. It is difficult to step in again when everybody is on the pace already. You are running behind in every possible way. Constantly changing weather doesn’t make it easier to catch up. We’ll have to reset mentally tonight for better results tomorrow.”


Miller takes to new Indianapolis layout

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider gets on the pace on first day of Indianapolis GP, taking the third fastest time. Karel Hanika debuts at the American track in sixteenth place.

08/08/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Moto3 World Championship leader Jack Miller resumed his season as one of the fastest riders at Indianapolis on day one of the latest Grand Prix. The track has been shortened by 48 metres and changes have been made to 5 of the 16 corners, but Miller adapted well to the new layout and set the third best time of Friday: 1:42.717. Meanwhile, rookie Karel Hanika debuted at the American track and improved session-after-session, to take a time of 1:43.898 and place sixteenth.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders and the rest of the Moto3 grid undertook their first laps at the modified Indianapolis circuit with wet tyres. Jack Miller took the early initiative and led the timesheets from the early stages. Once a dry line was established, the riders switched to slicks and proceeded to considerably lower their times. Miller was again the quickest in the dry, with a 1:45.824 lap. Karel Hanika, a debutant at the American track, was twenty-second with a 1:49.609 time.

Although they only needed two laps in the afternoon to improve their times from the first session, Miller and Hanika were forced to stay in the garage for 10 minutes when a light shower fell on the track. With 15 minutes remaining before the end of the session, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders were able to get back out on track -although only the Moto3 series leader was able to lower his best time. The Australian finally set the third fastest lap -1:42.717-, two tenths off first, and Hanika was sixteenth -1:43.898.

Tomorrow will see qualifying for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix at 12:35pm local time. The Australian Red Bull KTM Ajo is gunning for his third consecutive pole position, whilst Hanika wants to repeat or approve upon his best grid position of fourth from the German GP.

8 JACK MILLER

"Despite the weather, in the end it was a good day. I'm happy with how the KTM is going at this track, which has undergone many modifications. We did not do as many laps as we wanted, but we are satisfied with the conclusions we could draw. Tomorrow is another day and I hope the weather improves, so that we can have a free practice session and qualifying session with stable conditions and without intermittent rain."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"The day did not go badly. We had difficult conditions under which to learn the track, but in the end we could put in many laps. Now I know how to go into many of the corners. In the second practice we improved our times. It is important to be able to put in many laps, although in both sessions it rained. It was a day for learning the track and getting a good feeling. I am very happy with the circuit, I really like it. The grip on the track is quite good and we are not so far from the front. If we continue like this tomorrow I think we can set a good lap, and I hope that on Sunday we could also have a good race."


Moto3 - First day of work for San Carlo Team Italia at Indianapolis

Andrea Locatelli and Matteo Ferrari managed to make several tests for the race despite bad weather

Back to action after the summer break, young Moto3 talents found variable weather conditions in the opening day of Round 10 of the season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rain made it demanding for riders and teams to follow their regular work plan during both today’s sessions which finally saw Isaac Vinales (KTM) at the head of the FP2 timesheet with a best time of 1'42"507.

Andrea Locatelli, riding for the first time at the track, has been one of the fastest riders in the morning despite the track surface was spotted with damp patches when the session kicked off, and held second position for a time. In the afternoon’s few dry laps he posted the 21st best lap time in 1'44"383 and he was feeling positive for the rest of the weekend.

After his brilliant ninth place finish at the Sachsenring Circuit, Matteo Ferrari (Mahindra MGP3O #3) and his team have focused their work on the search of the best setup to save tires’ life over race distance. After ending FP1 in ninth place, 'Bigin' put in a 1'44"849 (25th) in the afternoon but he remained confident to get closer to his reference group in the tomorrow qualifying.

Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 21st, 1'44"383

"It has been a strange day for us under a certain point of view. I found a good feeling with the new rack almost immediately but the weather conditions didn’t help us. The afternoon session hasn’t certainly been among our best this season: we suffered a few problems with the throttle opening and with the suspensions’ settings. We hope to find a solution for tomorrow because I like the track and I look forward to do well on Sunday".

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 25th, 1'44"849

"Compared to our last few races, unfortunately today we struggled with some problems. Track conditions haven’t certainly helped our work schedule, with the rain coming down at times so that we couldn’t complete our work on the setup and find a solution to our problems. We took a bet with a change to the bike’s front-end but the spring was too soft and we had not the desired effect. Anyway we hope to find a solution for tomorrow".

Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"Unfortunately it hasn’t been a particularly positive day for the team. Contrary to what happened in the last races, here we are struggling a lot compared to our rivals. Partially it’s because we lack acceleration in the long straight, as usual, and partially because we haven’t yet found a good setup for our riders. Today Andrea was struggling with some under-steer while Matteo wasn’t able to keep the best lines due to a front-spring setting that was too soft. Besides, both have encountered problems when they opened the throttle; another thing that we will try to sort out tomorrow. However I feel confident in case of rain because our riders have always been at ease and fast in wet conditions".


Rabat impresses on revised Indy track

Indianapolis, USA – 8 August 2014: The Marc VDS Racing Team’s Moto2 World Championship leader Tito Rabat made an impressive return to action after the three-week summer break, finishing third quickest on the opening day of practice at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Spaniard was quickly up to speed on a modified, faster layout that also features new asphalt to set a personal best time of 1.37.697 that left him less than 0.2s off Dominique Aegerter’s fastest pace.

The second half of the 2014 World Championship commenced in challenging circumstances for Mika Kallio, who ended 11th after encountering front and rear grip issues in this afternoon’s second practice session.

Spaniard Jorge Navarro enjoyed an encouraging if somewhat challenging Moto3 debut with the Marc VDS Racing Team to finish 22nd quickest on the timesheets.

Rain disruptions in both sessions didn’t make the challenge of adapting to a new team, bike or circuit any easier but he acquitted himself well to finish just 0.3s outside of the top 20.

Tito Rabat // 3rd //1.37.697

“I am satisfied to be inside the top three in both sessions today. I feel good on the bike after the summer break and I like the changes to the track. I like this track a lot and have had good success here, but the new layout and the new tarmac makes the track even more fun. The main focus today was to understand the grip of the new surface and it feels good, but we can still make some improvements before we make the tyre selection for the race.”

Mika Kallio // 11th // 1.38.353

“I’ve never liked this track so it was the difficult day I expected. Even though the new surface is a big improvement compared to the past, I had some issues with the tyres today. I saved the soft tyres for this afternoon’s session and at the beginning I was very fast and challenging for the top three. But after six laps something happened with the rear tyre. It started to vibrate a lot and nothing we did with the set-up changed it. It got worse and it was jumping going into the corner and suddenly I was a second slower. We need to analyse this problem and understand why we destroyed the tyre. I am running the same tyres as Tito and his look really good and mine are finished.”

Jorge Navarro // 22nd // 1.44.576

“Today was a fantastic day for me to make my debut with the Marc VDS Racing team. It is such a high level team and I really enjoyed working with the crew. Everything is new with the team, the bike and the track but I am satisfied with my performance given the conditions were not ideal in both sessions with the rain. If we can improve braking and corner entry to give me more confidence I am sure I can make a good step tomorrow.”


SIMEON AND BALDASSARRI GET BACK TO BUSINESS ON UPDATED INDY TRACK

The first two practice sessions of the Indianapolis Grand Prix have officially reopened today the Moto2 World Championship 2014 after a loong summer break: the Team Federal OIl Gresini Moto2 and Xavier Siméon were back in action on an updated track, amended in several places to make it more flowing

At the end of the day, Siméon clocked the 15th fastest time in 1’38”522: the Belgian rider struggled in the beginning to find the rhythm, reaching the right feeling with the bike only in the final stages of the afternoon session, and tomorrow he will continue to work on the set-up of his Suter machine to try to reduce the gap from the first positions.

In the Team Gresini Moto2 garage, Lorenzo Baldassarri started well the second race weekend of the year on America soil, closing the morning session in ninth position and then closing the combined classification of the two sessions in 14th position with a time of 1’38”522. The Italian rookie will work tomorrow to improve the behaviour of his bike under the changes of direction.

XAVIER SIMEON (15th - 1'38"522)

“Today, unfortunately, I took a bit too much time to find the rhythm and get the right feeling with the bike, so I'm not very happy with my performance. However, the important aspect is that at the end of the second session I began to feel more at ease, so tomorrow we can definitely improve and get closer to the top. The bike is not perfect at the moment, but we're not even in bad shape, we just need to fix some details, then we can be competitive”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (14th - 1'38"508)

“I'm happy with this first day fo practice, I started the first session this morning in a determined mood and with a good feeling, while in the afternoon I struggled a bit more to find the pace, but then when I put new tyres the feeling came back. Tomorrow we will try to improve the bike in order to be stronger under the changes of direction, because at the moment I'm struggling in this area. I like the revised track, which now is more flowing: it was fun to ride today”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“The outcome of this first free practice sessions is quite positive: Xavier struggled more than we expected, but at the end of the afternoon session he began to improve, therefore we remain confident that we can make further progress tomorrow. Baldassarri started right away with a strong attitude and we are satisfied with his performance: Lorenzo is following the positive trend shown before the summer break”.


MAPFRE Aspar riders impressed with Indianapolis changes

Jordi Torres tenth and Nico Terol 23rd fastest as they mount a solid base for tomorrow's qualifying

Esteve Rabat and Dominique Aegerter dominated the first and second free practice sessions respectively as the Moto2 season resumed following the summer break at Indianapolis today. With changes to five corners and a new track surface there was plenty for the riders to get used to on their first day 'back at school' but the pace was as hot as ever in Moto2, with the lap times tumbling by five seconds compared to last year's layout and with plenty of contenders for Rabat and Aegerter to consider in the battle for the podium on Sunday.

MAPFRE Aspar pair Jordi Torres and Nico Terol are hoping to close the gap tomorrow, with Torres lapping inside the top ten today as he evaluated an update to his Suter chassis. The Spaniard clocked a best lap of 1'38.293, seven tenths of a second off top spot, with plenty more to come tomorrow. His team-mate Tero also reported positive feelings for his bike and the new track, having set a series of long and consistent runs that saw him finish with the 23rd fastest time on track.

10th Jordi Torres 1.38.293 (47 laps): “The changes they have made to the track here at Indianapolis have been very positive. I think all the riders agree it is safer and gives you more confidence to ride, especially with the wider corners. In the past a lot of crashes were caused by the necessity to change direction aggressively but that has changed and it is a good thing. I didn't expect the new surface to have so much grip, so that's a nice surprise too. We have a chassis update for this weekend so the objective for us is to make it work and we had a good first session this morning. We made some more steps forward this afternoon that made me feel more comfortable again but I need to learn to let the bike run through the corners here. The feeling after the first day is good and hopefully we can take another step tomorrow.”

23rd Nico Terol 1.38.833 (44 laps): “The new circuit is quite interesting and also faster. The chicane onto the straif=ght is really cool and the surface is good too because it has more grip. They have done a lot of hard work to improve the circuit and that's positive. We worked hard all day to close the gap to the guys at the top but we're still struggling. Anyway, we're doing a good job and I'm hopeful we can tae a step forward tomorrow. I am satisfied because we are on the right lines and we did some long and consistent runs today. If we keep going like this we will close the gap to the guys in front of us. We did a lot of work today with the hard tyre and found some good grip, we just need to get the bike turning better in the flowing sections.”


Home Round for AGT REA Racing kicks off at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

AGT REA Racing made their debut appearance at the newly modified Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Gino Rea on Friday. Although it was Rea’s second outing at the infamous ‘Brickyard’, having competed for Gresini Honda in Moto2 in 2012, he had to adapt to the changes made to five corners on the circuit and the new tarmac.

Adjusting quickly, Rea improved in all three runs in the first free practice session however dropped down the order because a new tyre was not used. In the afternoon session, the team encountered severe chatter problems as Gino Rea explains:

“We didn’t make the progress we needed to make in the second session, mainly because of a chatter issue which came on when we changed tyres after my first run. When the session got red flagged we made a change to the suspension, but the chatter remained the same. It looks like it was a tyre issue so hopefully we can get that worked out and try to continue to work on the chassis settings. I did my best lap with the chatter at the end so we should have room to improve even with the current settings. I’m giving it everything and I really want to be in a higher position especially at American Green Technology’s home race so I hope we can come up with a solution to improve tomorrow.”

Concluding Friday’s free practice sessions two seconds from the front, AGT REA Racing are out to close the gap in the third and final free practice and in the qualifying practice tomorrow afternoon. The only American team in the MotoGP paddock welcome their second ‘home’ race of the season following the Austin Grand Prix, with Indiana being the home state of their title sponsor American Green Technology.

The Moto2 qualifying practice takes place tomorrow at 15.05 local time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tune in to AGT REA Racing’s Facebook www.facebook.com/AGTREARACING and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for updates throughout the weekend.


Round Number: 
10
2014

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