Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Misano:
Jack Miller back on pole
The Australian Red Bull KTM Ajo rider lands pole position at Misano, his seventh pole of the season. Karel Hanika is on the seventh row, in nineteenth position.
09/13/2014 - Misano World Circuit, San Marino
The sun finally made an appearance at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, allowing for an electrifying Moto3 qualifying session. The current championship leader of the smallest category, Jack Miller, succeeded in taking his seventh pole position of the year by a mere 0.004 seconds. His teammate, Karel Hanika, missed out on the two free practice sessions yesterday due to rain and managed to qualify in nineteenth place on the seventh row.
A first lap in the half-wet, half-dry Italian track allowed Miller to analyze the situation and return to the box. It was not until 15 minutes, and a slightly drier track, that both Miller and Hanika could begin the real work of the day. Both focused on bike sensation while the tarmac was drying, to end the session with a fifth place —1:44.468— and sixteenth —1:45.323— in a session that was disrupted by a red flag with three minutes to go.
In the qualifying session, and the final track time of the day, the two were finally able to ride at full throttle from the first minute of the session. Times fell continually from the start, until with 4 minutes left, the Australian set his fastest lap all weekend: a 1:42.974. Meanwhile, Hanika gradually worked on bike feedback on the dry track, ending with a best time of 1:44.286 to put him nineteenth on the grid.
The Moto3 race starts tomorrow at 11:00am, marking the 50th Grand Prix of Jack Miller’s career in the World Championship.
8 JACK MILLER
"We've been working a lot with the settings of the bike. We made a major change in the qualifying session and it’s made a difference. I’m very happy we made this step forward. We are headed in the right direction and it hasn’t been easy, because yesterday we lost two sessions due to bad weather. We had to do everything this morning. We found a great set-up and I’m really pleased with how the bike behaves.
Although this doesn’t give me any points, I’m also really happy for the pole position. I think and hope that tomorrow we can break away the group and not have 15 riders in the front. Here it isn’t impossible to escape, though it is certainly going to be difficult. We'll see what happens."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I don’t think the problem today was with the pain in my finger. We could have done much better but with a one session more things would have been different, because we couldn’t work on anything yesterday. We didn’t find the right path to go faster, we needed more laps, but it’s normal, we need a whole day's work. I think honestly, what needs to improve is my riding. I have to get more confidence, especially in the front end, for tomorrow there will be hard braking and overtaking.
We’ll use the warmup to make some changes that we have planned and try to improve. It will be important to make the most of it, to set us up for the race. If we can do this we can have a good race."
Front row for Rins
The Silverstone race winner qualifies third for the Gran Prix of San Marino, while a late crash deprives Marquez from a front row grid spot.
Alex Rins and Alex Marquez demonstrated that they will be protagonists in tomorrow’s Moto3 race as both riders were among the fastest in Moto3. The two qualified third and fourth, respectively, despite a fall by Marquez in the final minutes that prevented him from improving his time in the last laps.
After a day of rain yesterday, bright sunshine shone on the second day of testing at Misano. The final session of the day saw Rins and Marquez among the quickest, verifying the pace they found the day before in the rain they also can produce on dry tarmac. The final qualifying session featured Marquez leading the session, heading the time table until the five minutes to go, with a time of 1:43.163.
In the last five minutes of the session, Marquez crashed in the first corner, preventing him from any further time improvements. Meanwhile, teammate Rins and Jack Miller –who ultimately took pole– overtook Marquez on the timesheet. Niklas Ajo also took advantage of the crash by following the wheel of Rins and launching himself into second on the grid, relegating the Spaniard to third place on the front row of the grid, just ahead of Marquez who will head up the second row.
Tomorrow's Moto3 race returns to its regular schedule at 11:00 CET.
Alex Rins 3rd 1:43.012 33 laps 139 km
"Today went pretty well, I felt comfortable on the bike. I had a good pace this afternoon, but if I had a rider to follow, perhaps I could have improved even more using a slipstream. The important thing is that riding alone, we have a good pace. Tomorrow there will have to be a break at the start, to help reduce the group, and then later I can think about the bike. I hope for a good race and especially that we have a good strategy".
Alex Marquez 4th 1:43.163 31 laps 131 km
"I think today was a good day. We were able to ride in the dry, and that's important. In the morning we were quite strong and in the qualifying session we improved the time from the beginning. We were improving lap after lap, but then I crashed at the very end and that stopped me from fighting for pole. Anyway, we were one tenth behind and tomorrow we can improve a bit –the bike as well as my riding– in a few areas of the circuit. I think we're going in the right direction and despite the crash, I'm happy".
Niklas Ajo just misses pole position at Misano
The Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider secured second position in qualifying, just 0.004 off pole. Kent will start the Moto3 race tomorrow from the second row in sixth position.
09/13/2014 - Misano World Circuit, San Marino
Saturday staged an excellent qualifying session for the Husqvarna riders at the San Marino and Riviera di Rimini GP. On the first completely dry session of the weekend, Niklas Ajo missed out on pole by just 4 thousandths of a second to Jack Miller. This second position by the Avant Tecno Husqvarna Ajo rider is his best qualifying result in his career. Meanwhile, Danny Kent set his best lap of the weekend on his final lap, to place himself in sixth place for a second row start.
Kent and Ajo began the day with an exploratory lap on a track of mixed wet and dry conditions. After waiting for fifteen minutes in the box for the track to improve, both riders returned aboard their Husqvarna bikes to start working on setting up for dry conditions. These 25 minutes proved profitable for Kent, whose 1:44.782 lap time put him in eighth while Ajo, with a 1:45.423, landed the seventeenth best time.
In the afternoon, the track conditions had further improved thanks to the sun which shone for the first time this weekend on Misano. Niklas Ajo took advantage of the conditions to mark his best result on the Husqvarna this year in a qualifying session, a second place, with a time of 1:42.978 -an excellent lap to set the young rider up for an optimistic race tomorrow. Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo rider Danny Kent ended his qualifying with a final lap of 1:43.491, putting the Britain in sixth on the second row of the grid.
The thirteenth Moto3 round of the season will start tomorrow, at 11.00am. Danny Kent and Niklas Ajo will be looking to finish as high up in the top 10 tomorrow as possible.
52 DANNY KENT
"I'm pretty happy with the second row we landed. We are in a good position for tomorrow's start and I've felt good on the bike. It wasn’t just one good lap. I was able to ride with very consistent times and that's what gives me confidence for tomorrow's race. It will be important to make a good start and catch the front group. The bike feels very good.
The lap time that put me in sixth was on the last lap and with medium tyres. Normally this compound isn’t the best for a fast lap, but we know that for the race it’s the best. I hope to get a good position tomorrow."
31 NIKLAS AJO
"We have to be very happy with this qualifying session because we were not getting a good time. This morning I went out on track very carefully because there were areas were still wet. We are pleased, but we think that tomorrow's race will be a little crazy. I think there will be a large lead group. I hope to compete well from the front.
I don’t think it's time to say if I have good pace, because all us riders have had very few dry laps, and everyone has got quicker in the qualification. Still, I have a good feeling with the bike, even when the tyre is a bit worn. We’ll see if we can have a good race."
ANTONELLI ON THIRD ROW FOR MISANO BATTLE TOMORROW. BASTIANINI QUALIFIES 17th
Niccolò Antonelli will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini from the third row of the grid: this afternoon the 18-year-old rider of the Junior Team GO&FUN Moto3 claimed the seventh fastest time during the qualifying of his home race.
Throughout the whole session Antonelli has always been in the fight for the top opsitions, but a crash in the final stages probably prevented him from reaching the front row, aresult he had achieved in the last two Grands Prix, at Brno and Silverstone. However, Niccolò can still count on a good competitiveness, shown today in the first dry day of practice at the Misano circuit, and tomorrow he will try to fight for a podium finish.
Rookie Enea Bastianini struggled more than his teammate in today's qualifying, closing the session in 17th place. Along with his technical staff, the 16-year-old rider from Rimini will try to improve the set-up of his KTM during tomorrow morning’s warm up, then he will try to make a comeback in the race.
NICCOLO' ANTONELLI (7th - 1'43"546)
“I’m so sorry for the small mistake I did at the end of the qualifying, because I would have loved to start at the front here as, although actually it’s not essential: at Brno and also at Silverstone I started the race from the front row, but then I couldn’t confirm the result on Sunday. The race, as always, is another story: the important thing is to stay in the first three rows and we are there, so tomorrow I think we can try to fight for the podium. Given that we rode only one day on the dry, there are still some details to be fixed on the bike, but we’re all in the same conditions”.
ENEA BASTIANINI (17th - 1'44"201)
“Today didn’t go the way we wanted: we’re still working on the bike set-up and therefore we were not able to push hard; I struggle a bit all over the track, but especially in the first sector. Tomorrow morning we will use the warm up to improve and then, even if we start from behind, we will do our best, as always: I am still convinced that we can stay at the top, even though it will not be easy to make a comeback”.
“It was not an easy day of qualifying, for sure: yesterday the track was wet and this morning the track was still in bad condition, so there was little time to work on the bikes. Despite all, Niccolò did a good job: the third row start will allow him to try to fight with the best riders tomorrow. Bastianini is struggling a bit more: tomorrow morning we will work to improve the set-up of his bike, then we count in his comeback. We know that Enea is capable to do extraordinary things”.
Juanfran Guevara works hard for fourth row start
The MAPFRE Aspar rider qualified in 12th position with his best time on the fourth lap of QP
Fortunately, today everything returned to normal at Misano, as the sun shone and mild temperatures allowed the Moto3 riders to work well on their bikes for tomorrow’s race. There was plenty of activity on track, in the two sessions (the last FP and the QP) which the smaller class had to get their bikes ready. Marquez was the fastest this morning, and was the favorite for the pole after dominating much of QP, but a fall in the last few minutes prevented him from cashing in. In contrast, Miller, gathering pace throughout the session, took pole in the final stages. He will start first, ahead of Ajo and Rins, but will have to fight hard for the win because not only his fellow front row starters are strong at Misano. Riders such as Oliveira, Marquez and Vazquez have also shown great form so far this weekend.
MAPFRE Aspar rider, Juanfran Guevara, was back on the job and working hard to try and repeat his successful performance in Silverstone qualifying. Juanfran, who has made his intentions clear in a number of races, pushed hard at the beginning of the session to ensure a good lap time. He then continued to work, and hoped to improve on the last run, but an error and busy traffic prevented him from reducing the time. He concluded the session 12th thanks to his early work and feels ready for tomorrow's race.
12th - Juanfran Guevara 1’43.956 (17 laps): "The start of QP was positive, and we set out quickly to look for a good time. Soon we were lapping almost two seconds better than this morning. Midway through we tried a race tyre to check what pace we had compared to the other riders. Our conclusion was excellent. At the end of the QP we put on a softer tyre to try to lower our time, but it was difficult because there was so much traffic, and I made a small mistake four laps from the end. The important thing is that we have been quick in two sessions. Tomorrow we’ll start from the fourth row, we have a good set up and I am convinced that we can have a good race."
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia on ninth row at Misano Adriatico
Matteo Ferrari and Andrea Locatelli contained the gap with the front in qualifying
Today’s Moto 3 qualifying has not yielded the kind of results San Carlo Team Italia riders would have hoped for. Following a strong performance in the yesterday’s wet sessions, Matteo Ferrari (25th) and Andrea Locatelli (26th) have respectively limited to 1.4s and 1.6s their gap with pole-man and Championship leader Jack Miller (KTM). In any case tomorrow they will be forced to start from ninth row. Despite results not in line with their expectations, the two riders of the Federazione Motociclistica Italiana are keen to show their worth making a strong race tomorrow, in order to celebrate in the best way the second home Grand Prix of the 2014 season for San Carlo Team Italia Moto3.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #3) 25th, 1'43"986
"It was a so and so qualifying: we are behind on the grid despite our deficit to the top being just 1.4s. I lapped alone for the entire session because I was never able to find a good tow to help me to make a good lap time. The positive side is that I have a decent feeling with the bike; we just need to make a little change to the front-end that often tends to fold in corner entry. Tomorrow I’ll try to make a good start, as always, because it will be crucial that our target group don’t pull away in the first laps".
Andrea Locatelli (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #55) 26th, 1'44"456
"Unfortunately it’s a few races that we are not able to exploit our full potential in qualifying. This morning we basically lost the whole session struggling with several little problems and we had to face the qualifying with very few references. We weren’t completely ok with the setup and we just managed to stay in the group of 25-26 riders split by just 1.5s. I hope to make up some positions in the first laps of the race tomorrow so to present our supporters with a decent result".
Virginio Ferrari (Riders Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Looking at the timesheets our gap with the pole is not that wide, just 1.5s. It’s interesting that the first to fourth is covered by a second while the next 12 riders, with ours Matteo and Andrea among them, are split by just half a second. This shows that often few tenths make a great difference, but to be able to drop those few tenths we must make some more drastic changes to the bike’s setup. We’ll try it in the warm-up tomorrow, looking to allow our riders to produce a good performance in the race".
Difficult qualifying session for Hafiq Azmi in San Marino
The SIC-Ajo Team rider will start tomorrow's race from the eleventh row, after a tough qualifying session that landed him in 32nd position.
09/13/2014 - Misano World Circuit, San Marino
Hafiq Azmi will start tomorrow from the eleventh row of the grid at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Under bright sunshine, the Malaysian rider clocked his best time of the weekend in the Moto3 qualifying session, stopping the clock at 1:46.650, putting him in 32nd position for tomorrow’s thirteenth round of the Moto3 season.
In the last free practice session of the weekend, the SIC-Ajo Team rider hit the track 15 minutes after the start of the session, after waiting for the damp tarmac to dry from the rains of the day before. Hafiq Azmi continued to lower his lap times throughout the session to finish 28th, with a time of 1:47.600.
Qualifying saw the young Malaysian rider manage to better his times by over 1.5 seconds, though not as much as he would have preferred. With a completely dry track and a tarmac temperature of 33°C, Hafiq Azmi set a time of 1:46.065 on his ninth lap of the outing, putting him in the 32nd position on the grid.
The thirteenth round of the Moto3 World Championship will start tomorrow at 11:00 local time, wherein the SIC-Ajo Team rider will attempt to position himself closer to the points zone.
38 HAFIQ AZMI
"The qualifying session today wasn’t easy. Yesterday it rained a lot and today was a very sunny day, so that feelings change and you have to start working from scratch. Today was a bit tricky for everyone, both for me and for the team. I didn’t have a good feeling and I couldn’t step up the pace. This evening we will sit down to try to fix whatever is missing and make steps forward for the race tomorrow. It will be important to have a good warmup."
Frustrating qualifying for AGT REA Racing at Misano following a positive Friday
Despite finishing 1.8 seconds from the front, Gino Rea concluded Saturday’s Moto2 Qualifying in 28th position.
Rea lost valuable track time during Saturday’s Free Practice Three session due to the quickshifter failing again. Gino spent over half of the practice in the pits however was able to put in a few laps towards the end. In struggling for grip, Rea had a high side crash, landing on his head and arm, putting an end to the session for AGT REA Racing.
The team were making progress in their second run during Moto2 Qualifying however were unable to improve when new tyres were put in towards the end of the session. Gino Rea comments on a difficult day at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”:
“Today didn’t go as planned and it’s disappointing after a good day yesterday. The morning started off with a technical problem, which saw us miss a lot of the session and then ended in a high side crash. Qualifying started off OK and I went faster on my second run but I was unable to improve when we put new tyres in at the end. The lack of dry time from yesterday and this morning has cost us. I will need a good start in the race and will give it everything I can to improve.”
The AGT REA Racing team will line up for the Misano Grand Prix tomorrow at 12.20 local time. Follow the team on Facebook www.facebook.com/agtrearacing and Twitter @AGT_REA_Racing for live updates.
SIMEON 17th ON THE GRID AND CONFIDENT OF IMPROVEMENT AT MISANO. BALDASSARRI 19th
Xavier Siméon placed the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter machine in 17th position during this afternoon’s qualifying session of the Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, with a lap time of 1’39”040.
The 25-year-old Belgian rider today was able to deepen the knowledge of the new suspension on dry condition, having actually lost yesterday practice because of the rain, and he’s confident he can make further progress tomorrow morning during the warm up.
Aboard the Team Gresini Moto2 Suter, Lorenzo Baldassarri got the 19th position in 1’39”148, despite a problem which slowed him down for most of the qualifying session.
XAVIER SIMEON (17th - 1'39"040)
“Having lost yesterday’s practice sessions because of the rain, it was not easy for us today because we are using for the first time new suspensions and we needed some more time to test it. Despite everything, our performance was not so bad; the position is the same as the one obtained in qualifying at Silverstone, but I think that here there is more room for improvement. We will try to take advantage of tomorrow morning’s warm up, in order to be more competitive in the race”.
LORENZO BALDASSARRI (19th - 1'39"148)
“This morning I had a gearbox problem and this has also affected most of my qualifications. At the end we were able to solve the problem and I was able to push as hard as I could in the last 15 minutes of the session. I improved my lap time despite the short time, so I’m satisfied, though of course we could have done a little better. Tomorrow we'll try some changes in the warm up to try to make the bike less demanding to ride on the many bumps that, then I will give my best in the race”.
“Simeon will start the race from the middle of the grid, as happened at Silverstone: we therefore expect a definitely not easy race, but we are confident that Xavier will show a good comeback. There is still room for improvement, because we had access to only one day of testing on the dry with the new suspension and then tomorrow we will use the warm up to make some more work on the bike. The qualifying time of Baldassarri is not bad and also in this case it will be important to make the most of the last 20 minutes available tomorrow morning to further improve, then we know that Lorenzo is ready to fight in the race!”.
Cardus storms to best personal qualifying result under Italian sun
Ricky Cardus produced the best qualifying performance of his career to clinch 7th for round 13 of the 2014 Moto2 World Championship. The Spanish rider completed yesterday's free practice sessions by finishing 8th in the combined standings in the wet and continued his positive forward momentum today in his qualifying in glorious weather conditions. After 45 minutes with the flag dropping at the close, the Spaniard’s relentless efforts saw him produce a superb lap time of 1’38.499, which was just over four tenths from pole position in the extremely competitive intermediate class with the top eighteen riders separated by only a second. Cardus will aim to undertake a flying start in the race and storm to another impressive placement aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s self designed and built Mistral 610 Moto2 bike.
Meanwhile, Marcel Schrotter delivered a firm performance today to seize 11th, which will see him begin the 26 lap dash around the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from the middle of the 4th row. Schrotter began where he left off yesterday and finished in 12th in FP3, only five tenths from fifth place. The young German continued his positive form in the afternoon’s qualifying and after undertaking some small refinements to the setup of his Mistral 610 and with his confidence high, he sped across the start finish line to complete a best lap of 1’38,671. This time was set right at the end of the intense session plus was under two tenths of a second behind his team mate. Tomorrow he will intend to battle in the scrap for a top points scoring position to consolidate his placement of 12th in the Moto2 World Championship standings.
Ricky Cardus – 7th – 1’38.499
“Finally, I am really happy with my qualifying position, as it is always the hardest part of the weekend for me. I owe a lot the team and must thank them sincerely for their work, guidance and advice which allowed me to be so competitive. The bike was really comfortable today and I posted some strong lap times to get closer to where we want to be. I still need to improve in the corners a little bit, but to be only 4 tenths from pole is a personal highlight so far for me. Now, the important thing to remember is that tomorrow is the big day where I aim to have a great start, push as hard as possible and give my all to get a successful result.”
Marcel Schrotter – 11th – 1’38.671
“Although 11th place is quite a good result for qualifying in this highly competitive class, I am slightly disappointed that I didn’t get any higher in the standings. I had a great feeling this morning even though I didn’t undertake many laps due to an issue with the bike but the team made a fantastic effort to rectify it as soon as possible. After the repairs, I was able to come up to a good pace very quickly in the final part of the FP3 which confirmed that I could have a really strong session. In the qualifying, I could have gone a bit quicker as the laps were not perfect, in particular the last one as I got some chatter on both tyres and lost time. Had this not happened, I could have been as high as 8th but still we finished today practically in our target position which is the top ten. Tomorrow I will launch from the starting line straight away, get in the mix and then fight it out with the Moto2 field to cap a positive weekend off with a great result.”
Deroue and Carrasco don’t get the maximum out of QP
Although the weather wasn’t a spoiler on the second day of the San Marino GP, Scott Deroue and Ana Carrasco paid the price for yesterday’s circumstances.
Carrasco missed two free practices and had to start the day from zero. Deroue did have two practices yesterday, but with completely different circumstances had to start all over again as well.
Both RW Racing GP riders lacked full confidence in the morning session and therefor couldn’t get the maximum out of qualifying. As a result Deroue will start tomorrow’s Moto3 race from 28th (1.45,122) and Carrasco from 34th (1.46,477).
Scott Deroue – 28 (1.45,122)
“You can’t always get what you want. Today was such a day. I can’t really explain, but when you’re not 100% confident it is just difficult to get to the pace. I’m only 2,1 from pole position, but I should have been half a second faster at least.
I’m pretty sure there was more in it. Especially in the last stint. I was on soft tires, but I couldn’t get a clear line nor a nice tow. Everybody was sitting upright, waiting for each other.
Starting from 14th is difficult, but starting from 28th is even more difficult. It’s normal to have ups and downs, but this weekend isn’t really an up, so far.”
Ana Carrasco – 34 (1.46,477)
“There is a lot on my mind and it seems to be getting more and more every weekend. I refuse to give up trying, but it is really frustrating that I can’t make the most of it. I wish it was different, but it is another difficult and disappointing weekend.”
Qualifying one-two for Marc VDS at Misano
Misano, Italy – 13 September 2014: Mika Kallio will start tomorrow’s 26-lap Moto2 race at Misano from pole position, with his Marc VDS teammate, Tito Rabat, lining up alongside him on the grid in second place.
After the rain dampened proceedings of yesterday, conditions were almost perfect today at Misano, with warm and sunny weather greeting the riders as they headed out for qualifying this afternoon.
Rabat made the early running, but it was Kallio who topped the timesheet as the chequered flag brought qualifying to a close, despite encountering brake issues during the session.
It is Kallio’s third pole position of the season – he won from pole both times previously – but it’s also the third time the two Marc VDS riders have lined up one-two on the grid this year.
With the front row of the grid separated by just 0.071s and the top ten within 0.5s of each other, tomorrow’s Moto2 Grand Prix promises to be a real battle.
This morning’s Moto3 free practice was Jorge Navarro’s first dry session at Misano, but he adapted quickly to finish inside the top ten aboard the Marc VDS Kalex-KTM. The 18-year-old Spaniard looked all set to claim a top ten finish in qualifying too, but he lost time to a minor crash at the midpoint of the 40-minute timed session and will start tomorrow’s 23-lap Moto3 race from 13th on the grid.
Mika Kallio // Pole Position // 1’38.042
“I’m really satisfied to be on pole here, as Misano has never really been one of my favourite tracks, but now we are faster than last year. It’s really tight, with the top five really close, so it’s going to be a tough race tomorrow. The bike felt okay at the start of qualifying, but when we switched to new tyres I immediately had a problem with the front brake. To not lose time, we switched back to the front wheel with the used tyre we’d used at the start of the session and that was better. I knew I had to push for in the last ten minutes and I was really on the edge during my fastest lap, but that’s what was needed for pole position today.”
Tito Rabat // 2nd // 1’38.110
“It’s good to be on the front row for tomorrow, but I’m not happy because Mika was faster today and I missed the focus I normally have in practice and qualifying. We had some issues with the bike, which the team did a good job of sorting out, but by then we were into the last minutes of qualifying. It will be a tough battle tomorrow, as the top ten are so close on pace, but I’ll be pushing as hard as always for the win.”
Jorge Navarro // 13th // 1’43.974
“Today was a good day for me. From the beginning this morning my lap times were good and I ended the free practice session in tenth. In qualifying it was difficult at the start because of the traffic, but after we pitted for new tyres I managed two flying laps that put me into the top ten. Unfortunately I then had a small crash, which lost me both time and a bit of confidence. On my final run I was on a quick lap behind Alex Marquez when he crashed right in front of me and then, on my final flying lap, I had a bit of a moment myself. I’m happy, because today was my first time on this track in the dry and I’m just one second from pole. Now I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Nico Terol continues getting back towards his best
MAPFRE Aspar rider improves to 16th position, qualifying less than a second off the fastest time
Less than a second between the first 17 riders and less than a tenth of a second between the riders on the front row – those are the margins in Moto2. Kallio and Rabat began QP on the pace but Luthi, who had led the final practice session, took over and dominated the middle part of the qualifying session. The Swiss rider seemed to have things clear in his mind and appeared ready to take pole, but the title fight between Kallio and Rabat drove them on. Rabat was on target, but the Finn produced a perfect penultimate lap to take the pole and show he means business after the race in Silverstone. Several riders look like possible Sunday race winners, but certainly the Kallio and Rabat remain the main men.
Friday was too early to draw any conclusions but today, after the second day at Misano, in perfect conditions, MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol, is back on track. The break has done him good and he is gradually getting back to his best. He ended up 17th morning after nearing the top ten. In the afternoon he continued with the same mentality, to ride and enjoy himself without thinking about anything else, and although the end result was not as much of an improvement as expected, he really enjoyed the first half of QP. Ultimately he was classified in 16th position, nine tenths off the best time. Four places and two tenths behind is teammate Jordi Torres. The MAPFRE Aspar rider has had problems with set-up and even though he improved his time on the last lap, his feeling with the bike was not as he had hoped for.
Nico Terol 16th 1’39.028 (20 laps): "The feeling until halfway through QP was great. I went out looking forward, slowly improving my times and my pace. It was a shame that in the end with the new tyres, I couldn’t take full advantage. At the end we made a change to the front end but it was wrong because it was hard to turn the bike, so tomorrow we’ll go back. Clearly, we've taken a step forward compared to the rest of the season. I am very happy because we have progressed enough this weekend, and we’ve also achieved the highest position of the year, but we are still far from where we should be. Now more than ever we must go step by step. The important thing is that I feel much better on the bike and that makes me enjoy my riding. Tomorrow we will try to make a good start and be aggressive to get a good result from the race."
20th Jordi Torres 1’39.177 (23 laps): "Today was a difficult day for us. We had high expectations for this circuit, because I like it a lot and usually I'm good. But today the bike did not feel really with us. It’s proving hard to get into the corners and to get it to run smoothly. I don’t feel comfortable riding. The suspension doesn’t seem to help with braking as I go into the corners. We've done a thousand different tests but still haven’t found the solution. I hope the warm-up session will help us get back on track."