2014 Indianapolis Moto2 And Moto3 Saturday Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Indianapolis:


CHALLENGING QUALIFYING FOR BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI IN INDIANAPOLIS

Today was a difficult qualifying day for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: during the 40-minute session which determined the starting grid of tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, Enea Bastianini set the 16th best time in 1’41”691, while Niccolò Antonelli, still recovering from a broken right collarbone, will start from the 20th place on the grid with a time of 1’41”814.

Slowed by traffic during the decisive stages of the qualifying session, Bastianini will line up in fifth row: the 16-year-old rookie will therefore face an uphill race, although he remains confident as he can rely on a good set-up of his KTM, reached this morning in the third and final free practice session.

Also Enea’s teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, has not been able to significantly improve his lap times from this morning because of the traffic encountered on the track: the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica, considering the injury to his right collarbone, preferred not to risk too much and tomorrow will start from the sixth row of the grid.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (20th - 1'41"814)

“Even today I had to deal with my injured collarbone: after a few laps the shoulder starts to annoy me, although to be honest the real problem today was the traffic. To get a good lap time in this afternoon’s qualifying was necessary to risk, overtaking the slow riders who proceeded slower, but considering my injury I preferred to stay calm, there was no need to risk too much. Even today I didn’t use painkillers, but I will tomorrow for the race, so I think that physically I shouldn’t have any problems on the distance”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (16th - 1'41"691)

“I could do a better qualifying time today, but I have always encountered a lot of traffic during the entire session and I’ve never been able to complete a clean lap. In the last 10 minutes of the session every time I tried to make a fast lap there was always some other rider in front of me going slow, or riders behind me ready to take my slipstream. It was a complicated qualification, though it must be said that this morning I felt comfortable on the bike: we made ​​some adjustments that allowed us to solve some problems that we had before. It will be a difficult race because we start back, but we will try our best, as always”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Sixteenth and twentieth are certainly not the positions that we expect to get, so I can’t say that I’m happy. Unfortunately we were not able to use in the best way the qualifying session, so now we will face an uphill race. However, we trust in a comeback both by Enea and Niccolò, because they have the potential to do it, even if starting back undoubtedly complicates things”.


CHALLENGING QUALIFYING FOR BASTIANINI AND ANTONELLI IN INDIANAPOLIS

Today was a difficult qualifying day for the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: during the 40-minute session which determined the starting grid of tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix, Enea Bastianini set the 16th best time in 1’41”691, while Niccolò Antonelli, still recovering from a broken right collarbone, will start from the 20th place on the grid with a time of 1’41”814.

Slowed by traffic during the decisive stages of the qualifying session, Bastianini will line up in fifth row: the 16-year-old rookie will therefore face an uphill race, although he remains confident as he can rely on a good set-up of his KTM, reached this morning in the third and final free practice session.

Also Enea’s teammate, Niccolò Antonelli, has not been able to significantly improve his lap times from this morning because of the traffic encountered on the track: the 18-year-old rider from Cattolica, considering the injury to his right collarbone, preferred not to risk too much and tomorrow will start from the sixth row of the grid.

NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (20th - 1'41"814)

“Even today I had to deal with my injured collarbone: after a few laps the shoulder starts to annoy me, although to be honest the real problem today was the traffic. To get a good lap time in this afternoon’s qualifying was necessary to risk, overtaking the slow riders who proceeded slower, but considering my injury I preferred to stay calm, there was no need to risk too much. Even today I didn’t use painkillers, but I will tomorrow for the race, so I think that physically I shouldn’t have any problems on the distance”.

ENEA BASTIANINI (16th - 1'41"691)

“I could do a better qualifying time today, but I have always encountered a lot of traffic during the entire session and I’ve never been able to complete a clean lap. In the last 10 minutes of the session every time I tried to make a fast lap there was always some other rider in front of me going slow, or riders behind me ready to take my slipstream. It was a complicated qualification, though it must be said that this morning I felt comfortable on the bike: we made ​​some adjustments that allowed us to solve some problems that we had before. It will be a difficult race because we start back, but we will try our best, as always”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Sixteenth and twentieth are certainly not the positions that we expect to get, so I can’t say that I’m happy. Unfortunately we were not able to use in the best way the qualifying session, so now we will face an uphill race. However, we trust in a comeback both by Enea and Niccolò, because they have the potential to do it, even if starting back undoubtedly complicates things”.


Marquez qualifies third and Rins twelfth at Indianapolis

Alex Marquez 0.081s off Jack Miller's pole position time. Rins will start from the fourth row.

After the second day of practice for the Indianapolis Grand Prix with the qualifying session completed, the Repsol Moto3 riders will tomorrow occupy a place on the front row of the grid –Alex Marquez– and the fourth –Alex Rins. Today the weather was favourable for the riders and the sesions were carried out without rain interruptions. Alex Marquez came close to claiming the pole position finally taken by Jack Miller, and Rins improved his feeling to move up to twelfth.

Despite a morning crash in the third practice session at Turn 11, when he lost front grip, Alex Marquez will take off from the front row tomorrow in Indianapolis. His best time of 1:40.808 gave him third on the grid.

Alex Rins, who is not looking particularly comfortable at the American track where he won the race last year, improved steadily over this second day of action to earn a spot on the fourth row of the grid. He will start from the fourth row after setting the twelfth best lap, 6 tenths off Miller's time.

The Moto3 race will be held this Sunday morning from 11am local time.

Alex Rins 12th 1:41.387 37 laps 154 km

"We have taken a step forward but not enough to get onto the first few rows. We need to find a little more pace. Slipstreams are important for a good time, and we were riding alone in the end. We tried to improve the times from the morning and we did that, but we still have plenty of room for improvement. If we make a good start, then maybe I can catch the leading group –which would be the most important thing. It will be a large group, because with such a long straight I don't think anyone can escape. Still, we must improve our pace".

Alex Marquez 3rd 1:40.808 36 laps 150 km

"I think we should be optimistic for tomorrow, because all day long we have taken small steps forward in the qualifying session and we were fighting for pole position from the outset. Finally it eluded us and we start from third. Everything is very tight, so the first few laps of the race tomorrow –and the last few ones– will be very important. On the opening laps we will try to escape in a small group, and on the final laps we will have to make sure our tyres are in good shape; the new asphalt seems to degrade the rubber a lot. We must be vigilant from the start and very focused".


Juanfran Guevara takes fantastic fifth on Indianapolis grid

MAPFRE Aspar rider makes perfect last lap to secure career best grid position at legendary track

The lap times at the newly reformed Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit continued to tumble today with the Moto3 riders finding two seconds compared to yesterday as they increased their pace in the push for qualifying times. After Isaac Viñales set the pace yesterday it was Efren Vázquez that set the benchmark in free practice this morning, only for Tonucci, Fenati, Márquez and Miller to come through and challenge the experienced Spaniard for pole in the afternoon. It took Miler to break into the 1'40s to seal top spot on tomorrow's grid but with some close lap times behind him it looks certain to be a tight group race at the front.

Juanfran Guevara's best qualifying performances so far this season have come in Italy and Germany, where he was unable to build on eighth and ninth place respectively on race day. His target is to put that trend right tomorrow after sealing a career best fifth place on the grid with a fantastic final run that was the culmination of a weekend's hard work. The Spanish youngster set three quick times at the very end of qualifying, somehow finding three tenths in the final sector of his final lap to close to within two tenths of pole and secure a second row start in fifth place.

5th Juanfran Guevara 1.41.007 (19 laps): “We pushed hard on new tyres in the first half of qualifying and then at the end there were a lot of riders on track looking for a tow but I stayed patient and managed to find some more pace. I pushed harder again on my final lap and found three tenths of a second in one sector, which lifted me up to fifth. I am happy with the weekend in general so far but especially with our pace in qualifying. I feel comfortable on the bike, I can more or less ride it how I want and I feel confident enough to take risks. The important thing is that we have been consistent throughout the weekend and we have taken a step forward from yesterday to today. It will be a tough race and I guess there will be a big group at the front because of the importance of slipstreams here. We'll have to be on our guard from the start and I will need to ride aggressively if I want to hang on to this position.”


Moto3 - Difficult qualifying for San Carlo Team Italia at Indianapolis

Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli on tenth row

Moto3 Qualifyingsession at Indianapolis Motor Speedway hasn’t brought the expected results to San Carlo Team Italia riders. While championship leader Jack Miller (KTM) took his sixth pole of the season in 1'40"727, the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana pair will have to go for a comeback race.

Matteo Ferrari (28th, 1'42"574) and Andrea Locatelli (29th, 1'42"927) are confident to solve their problems in the tomorrow’s warm-up, working together with their team.

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 28th, 1'42"574

"We struggle a lot on this track. With our engine-power we aren’t able to stick with the others and I’m not happy with the chassis setup either. Perhaps today we could have done a little bit better in qualifying, but not so much. Anyway I’m ready to give 110% to make up some positions in the first laps of the race and, if possible, to gain some more points. It comforts me I haven't had problems with tire endurance over race distance: the hard compound doesn’t wear out and this can help us in the final stages of the race".

Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 29th, 1'42"927

"Clearly it was not a day to remember. On this track we struggle under acceleration out of the slower corners and, obviously, on the straight. I can’t stay with the others and also having two or three tows is of little benefit. It’s a shame because the chassis setup of our bike is just fine and I like the track a lot. It will be a tough race but we don’t give up: we are here to do our best and to try to get the most out of every situation".

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

"Unfortunately I was prepared for such a result even before arriving here. Our engine power deficit is particular penalizing on such tracks as Indianapolis. We are working hard to find a solution: clearly we have made a few progresses in the last races but not enough yet. Here we struggle on the long straight and also under acceleration on corner exit. I could see that Matteo and Andrea defend themselves quite well in the slowest parts of the track and even in the long fast corner after the main straight but they struggle under acceleration. Anyway they won’t give in and tomorrow they’ll try to make up as much positions as possible and to increase their experience for the future".


Fifth and sixth row for Husqvarna riders in Indianapolis

Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent take steps forward on the second day of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix for 13th and 17th on the grid, respectively.

08/09/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The starting grid for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix was decided this afternoon in a calm qualifying session under favourable track conditions. Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent lowered their times from Friday and, on the last runout of the day, took thirteenth and seventeenth place on the timesheets, respectively. The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider will start from the fifth row, whilst the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo man will be a row behind on the sixth line.

On a completely dry track, the Husqvarna riders were able to enjoy a full 40 minutes to finish adjusting their setups in the morning, ahead of the afternoon qualifying session and the race tomorrow. Both riders lowered their times from yesterday in the first half of the session and used the remaining 20 minutes to ascend the timesheets. The final results were positive for Niklas Ajo and Danny Kent, who finished sixth (1:41.322) and eleventh (1:41.773), respectively.

A first return to the garage after a few minutes of the qualifying session allowed the Husqvarna riders to link up with Jack Miller and Karel Hanika, head out together and assist one another to set the best lap possible. Kent completed his best lap on his sixth time around, setting a 1:41.710 for seventeenth. Ajo further improved after an additional six laps for thirteenth, with a 1:41.419 time. Only the Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo managed to lower his time in the morning, as Ajo lost precious minutes due to a crash.

The Moto3 race takes place tomorrow at 11:00am local time. Ajo and Kent will be pushing for the podium and for Husqvarna's best results of the year.

52 DANNY KENT

"The qualifying session did not go as expected, and I'm a little disappointed with it. My expectations were for much higher than seventeenth position. Somehow, I did not feel as comfortable as before, especially in the front, but looking at the telemetry we know what we have to change, so tomorrow I hope will be a better day and we can make up positions."

31 NIKLAS AJO

"This morning's free practice session went quite well. I've found a good feeling on the bike again. The Husqvarna worked very well and I felt comfortable, setting a good, steady pace that allowed us to be amongst the fastest riders.

In the qualifying session we also started well, setting a good lap in the second stint. On the final run I was little nervous and I suffered a crash that could have been avoided perfectly well. I lost a lot of time as a result. Overall, the feeling is very good. I think tomorrow there will be a large lead group and I hope to be in there. Whoever takes best care of the tyres will win."


Miller on Moto3 pole again

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider claims sixth pole of the season from ten Grands Prix starts at Indianapolis. Karel Hanika places in the Top 10.

08/09/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Jack Miller took a sixth pole position of the season and a third straight qualifying top spot on Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The current Moto3 World Championship leader carried over his excellent pace from practice and, after employing a good team strategy, took pole for tomorrow's race. Karel Hanika took another step forward on his debut weekend at the American track to make it onto the fourth row in tenth position.

The final practice session for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix was not as calm as planned for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders. Karel Hanika was the first to suffer a light crash 7 minutes in at Turn 10, escaping unhurt, then a few minutes later Jack Miller had a highside at Turn 4. However, both riders improved their times from yesterday, and Miller finished in fifth position -1:41.264-, Hanika in eighteenth -1:42.002.

These times were blitzed in the qualifying session, in which Miller was the first to go round in 1:40 at the midway point. The Australian worked alongside his teammate Hanika, Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo to ride as fast as possible together. Thanks to this strategy, Miller claimed pole with his twelfth lap, setting a 1:40.727 time, whilst Hanika broke into the Top 10 with a 1:41.311 lap.

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix takes place at 11am local time, and will be the tenth race of the year in the Moto3 World Championship. So far, Jack Miller has four victories and leads the overall standings by 19 points. Hanika hopes to complete the race after a run of two DNFs.

8 JACK MILLER

"Today the whole day went very well. The end result was great and I'm very happy to take another pole position and with how everything went. We worked very hard and we have a very good setup for tomorrow, with which I'm very satisfied. We can still improve on a few details, but we are very close to getting everything right. I want to thank the team for the excellent strategy that we used together with my colleagues, because it allowed to achieve the best time and help each other out.

I'm looking forward to tomorrow; I think it will be very hard because the front group will feature many riders. Hopefully I can get the best possible result."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"The qualifying session did not start badly. At the start we put on new tyres and I was able to lower my morning time. I had a very good feeling. During the second outing on track I also felt good, after working with Jack [Miller]. I just need to improve my feeling with the front a little, but otherwise the bike is working very well. I think I still could have gone faster, but I made a mistake. I've got to learn from it for the future, because I cannot pass up these opportunities. Tomorrow I will have to try to stay calm and try to be consistent in order to have a good race."


Eleventh row for Hafiq Azmi at the Brickyard

SIC-Ajo Team rider improves times from yesterday in both of Saturday's sessions and will start Indianapolis Grand Prix from 31st place.

08/09/2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Hafiq Azmi will start the Indianapolis Grand Prix from the eleventh row on the grid. After lowering his times in the final practice session today, the young Malaysian rider achieved his fastest time of the weekend in the qualifying session, stopping the clock in 1:43.026 and allowing him to debut tomorrow in Indianapolis from the 31st position.

In the third practice session this morning, Hafiq Azmi completed just 6 laps due to a heavy crash suffered six minutes in. The Malaysian rider escaped unhurt, but his bike was damaged. Thanks to the excellent work of his crew, the SIC-Ajo Team rider was able to get back on track and make three flying laps. In the final one, he improved his time from Friday with a 1:43.215.

In the afternoon qualifying session, the rookie used the 40 minutes to complete a total of 18 laps. It was on the last of these laps in which the young Malaysian was able to beat his own best from the morning, with a time of 1:43.026. With this thirty-first position on the grid, Hafiq Azmi will race at Indianapolis for the first time, starting from the eleventh row.

The Moto3 race will take place tomorrow at 11:00am local time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the SIC-Ajo Team rider will fight to try to close in on a points-scoring finish.

38 HAFIQ AZMI

"This second day was a little difficult for me. I suffered a small crash in the first few minutes of the third free practice session, at the first corner. I lost a lot of time because I had to wait until the bike was ready to get back on track. I want to thank my team for the work they did, as thanks to them I was able to put in a further three laps. Then in the qualifying session the weather was much better. I have a good feeling, but it's hard to go fast and ride at the limit. I have many things still to improve with my riding in order to go faster. I will try to have a good warmup and be consistent in the race."


Indianapolis Qualifying: So near yet so far for AGT REA Racing

AGT REA Racing concluded Saturday’s qualifying practice in 25th position despite closing the gap to the leaders from 2 to 1.2 seconds.

>From the start to mid-session, Gino Rea held positions between 13th and 16th, before dropping down the order after two pit stops, as he explains:

“I’m pretty annoyed with the final position because the start of the session went so well. At the beginning, I was in the top 15 on an old tyre from the morning free practice session. We made a change to the suspension and tried a different compound rear tyre. But the tyre wasn’t so good so we changed the tyre again for the final run. The suspension setting caused more chatter on the front so I wasn’t able to go faster. I’m annoyed because I felt with a new tyre and the bike settings at the start of the session, we could have had those crucial two or three tenths which would have moved us up around 10 positions.

We’re making progress with the bike. We’ve gone from being 2 seconds off the leaders down to 1.2 seconds. And I’m only 0.2 seconds from 12th position. It’s incredibly close! Tomorrow I need to get away with the battle for the points and I will be giving it everything to bring the team a points finish at our home race.”

Tomorrow AGT REA Racing line up for their second ‘home’ race of the season; Indiana being the home state of their title sponsor American Green Technology. The only American team in the MotoGP paddock will be out to impress in front of their home crowd.

The Moto2 race from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will take place tomorrow at 12.20 local time and 17.20 in the UK. Follow the team on their Facebook www.facebook.com/AGTREARACING and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for live updates.


Kallio and Rabat dominate Indy qualifying

Indianapolis, USA – 9 August 2014: Mika Kallio and Tito Rabat dominated today’s Moto2 qualifying session at the revamped Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as the Marc VDS Racing Team celebrated an eighth pole position in 10 races.

Finnish rider Kallio clinched his second pole position of 2014 with a brilliant early lap of 1.36.883 that left teammate and World Championship leader Rabat trailing in second by 0.173s.

Only one other rider could lap within 0.5s of Kallio’s blistering speed, though Rabat’s quest to claim a seventh pole position of the campaign ended in painful fashion with less than 10 minutes of qualifying remaining.

The Spaniard, who holds a 19-point advantage over Kallio heading into tomorrow’s 25-lap race, fell heavily but unhurt at turn 8. He was still able to comfortably secure a vital front row start courtesy of an earlier lap of 1.37.056.

Marc VDS Racing newcomer Jorge Navarro staked a claim for outstanding performance of the season in the earlier Moto3 session after he stormed to a sensational top six position on the grid for the 23-lap race.

The Spanish rider was almost 1.5s faster than his practice pace and he finished just over 0.5s behind World Championship leader Jack Miller with a lap of 1.41.248.

The 18-year-old’s sixth place is easily the best Moto3 qualifying result since Marc VDS Racing entered the competitive category at the beginning of 2013.

Mika Kallio // Pole Position // 1’36.883

“Today was perfect because I didn’t expect to be challenging for the pole position on a track where I’ve never had really good results. But this year I have been much more competitive and I am happy with my preparation for tomorrow because my race pace is not too bad. We just need to see the conditions because the new surface is coming better each day and maybe tomorrow the lap times will be even faster. This can have an impact on the setting of the machine, so we need to pay attention to that. I also need to say a big thanks to the Marc VDS Racing Team for the work they did. Yesterday was very difficult and I wasn’t even in the top 10, and now I am starting from pole position. So they deserve a lot of credit and I am looking forward to a good battle with Tito.”

Tito Rabat // 2nd // 1’37.056

“It was not an easy qualifying session, so I am happy to be starting on the front row with Mika. I have been happy with the performance of the tyres on the new asphalt all weekend, but a bit like in Assen, the tyres didn’t work as well as we anticipated in qualifying. I am confident we can find a solution but the big crash at the end finished my session. Thankfully I am not injured and I am confident I can challenge for the win tomorrow.”

Jorge Navarro // 6th // 1’41.248

“I am so happy to qualify on the second row because honestly I really didn’t imagine a top six was achievable considering this is only my second day with the team and I have no experience of the bike or the track. The Marc VDS Racing Team has done an unbelievable job to help me adapt quickly and each time I go out on track I improve. I am strong on the brakes and there are some hard braking points here and this is helping and I have a lot of confidence with the Kalex KTM package. My objective tomorrow is just to learn as much as I can from the best talent in Moto3 and gain some experience. I don’t know how the bike will be in the race because I’ve not done 23-laps together but the goal is to finish.”


SIXTH ROW FOR SIMEON AFTER UNLUCKY INDY QUALIFYING. BALDASSARRI HOPES TO BOUNCE BACK

The Indianapolis Grand Prix will start uphill for Xavier Simeon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2: the Belgian rider will start from the sixth row of the grid tomorrow with the 16th fastest time, 1'37”981, after an unlucky qualifying session that saw him hit by home rider Josh Herrin in the final stages of the qualifying, just when Xavier was preparing for his last fast lap attempt with new tyres.

Without that crash, Siméon could climb a few places in the standings, given the limited gap from the riders that tomorrow will start the race in fron of him: the second row is in fact is just over 0.4 seconds away.

Lorenzo Baldassarri instead produced today a disappointing performance: the 17-year-old Italian struggled to find the right feeling with the front, then was slowed by traffic and couldn’t replicate the lap times achieved this morning, finding himself in 32nd position with 1’39”084.

XAVIER SIMEON (16th - 1'37"981)

“I’m very angry, because at the end of the qualifying session, just when I was preparing to make my fast lap with new tyres, Herrin braked so late to hit me, making me fall... I was able to rejoin the track and I did two laps, but the handlebar was bent so I couldn’t improve my lap times. The bike today was better than yesterday, we would have definitely been able to get a better position on the grid. Tomorrow we will try to make a good start to recover some positions, then it will be important to manage the tyre life to be consistent in the final stages of the race”.

LORENZO BALDASSARRI (32nd - 1'39"084)

“Today was really a disaster, I could not even do a clean lap during the qualifying. At the beginning I lost the front end and I lost confidence then, in the end, I never found a clean lap because of the the traffic; in addition, trying to find my way through the traffic, I took a different line and Cortese hit me, making me fall. In the end, my lap time is very bad and I am very disappointed. However, tomorrow is another day: today everything went wrong, tomorrow we hope to make a nice comeback”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“We cannot be satisfied with today’s results: Siméon was hit by another rider in the final stages of the session, and this prevented him from improving his lap time. Without this disadvantage probably Xavier could get a better position on the grid, although it is clear that we are struggling more than expected. Baldassarri made a disappointing qualifying, with higher lap times than those obtained during this morning’s practice, and this is quite inexplicable; we hope that Lorenzo may bounce back in the race, even if tomorrow he will start from the back of the grid”.


Jordi Torres snatches twelfth place with final lap of qualifying

MAPFRE Aspar rider secures fourth row start after setting up new chassis

The lap times continued to fall on the second day at the remodelled Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit in the Moto2 class, which saw Dominique Aegerter continue his domination from yesterday in this morning's free practice session only for Mika Kallio to strike in the afternoon. The experienced Finnish rider was the only man to dip under the 1'37 mark, claiming pole position ahead of Tito Rabat, who suffered a nasty crash eight minutes from the end, and Aegerter.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Jordi Torres continued to work with the chassis updates the team have brought to this race but after a positive showing in free practice his confidence was affected slightly at the start of qualifying by a faulty tyre. The Spaniard stayed calm and patient to improve his lap times in the final moments and move towards the top end of the time sheets, qualifying twelfth fastest with a lap that was just a second shy of pole. His team-mate Nico Terol has struggled to find a strong pace over the past two days and he will be looking to make improvements tomorrow from 29th on the grid.

12th Jordi Torres 1.37.891 (21 laps): “Today was a strange qualifying session, which started with some tyre problems that caused us some issues. I had to come in and change but when we did that I rediscovered the feeling I had this morning and yesterday. We had some chassis updates to evaluate this weekend and we have had to gradually adapt to them. So far we've managed to do that so I am happy. I would like to have qualified a little closer to the front but we have to be patient and keep working with the chassis. It will be a tough race tomorrow but we have a very stable bike in mid-corner so we have to play to our strengths.”

29th Nico Terol 1.38.505 (22 laps): “We are struggling more than we expected to make up positions but we kept going and worked hard all day. Rear grip is quite good but I don't have the confidence in the front to make the bike turn like I want. We have to keep trying things though and we have some ideas for the warm-up that will hopefully turn the situation around. It's a long race so hopefully we can improve the feeling with the bike and make up some positions.”


Round Number: 
10
2014

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