Press release previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams, as well as Dunlop:
European stage of season starts for Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders
Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro arrive at the Circuito de Jerez this week for fourth event of the World Championship season. The Frenchman lies fourth overall with 39 points, with Spanish teammate twentieth with 4 points.
After a first three races of the season held outside Europe, the World Championship begins a run of six races in the continent with the Spanish Grand Prix. The Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders proved to be adaptable to unfamiliar circuits in Qatar, Texas and Argentina, as Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro fought for prominent positions during practice and the races.
Besides having ridden at the track during preseason testing, Fabio Quartararo clinched his first title in the FIM CEV at the Circuito de Jerez in 2013, with a comfortable victory he repeated in the opening race of the following season –en route to a second crown. He also broke the track record in testing, which gave clear indications that the French rider is ready for anything in Southern Spain.
Now, with the move to Jerez, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 duo have the opportunity to fight with greater equality, as the Andalusian track is a highly familiar venue.
Jorge Navarro has also shown his quality at Jerez. In recent years he has not only always been among the Moto3 class’ Top 5 in the FIM CEV, but has also starred in dramatic comebacks such as that of 2013; starting from sixteenth position on the grid, he finished fifth.
The talented duo -with the experience of Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 behind them- contest the first European race of the season from Friday, May 1st, at 9am local time. The Spanish Grand Prix itself takes place on Sunday at 11am.
Did you know?
Jerez hosts this year's Grand Prix of Spain as the first Motorcycle World Capital, a title that it will hold up until 2017 and which puts the Andalusian city in the centre of the international motorcycle scene. With the MotoGP race as a finishing touch, this city has hosted the World Supermoto Championship and, just one week after the Grand Prix, welcomes the Enduro World Championship and the Freestyle and Trial series.
4th in the overall standings with 39 points
"Fighting in the leading group at the past three rounds makes me very motivated for the Spanish GP".
"We finally get to a circuit we know and at which we have worked previously. The Circuito de Jerez is somewhere I have competed at as a rider in the CEV FIM and also where we carried out some of our preseason testing this year. I have a good feeling at this circuit and will work to achieve the best results. Fighting in the leading group at the past three rounds makes me very motivated for the Spanish GP ".
20th in the overall standings with 4 points
"It would be very special to get a good result at a circuit like Jerez, in front of the Spanish fans."
"After three races outside Europe, at new circuits for me, we arrive in Jerez. Finally, we are at a track that I know well. At the two previous rounds we did a great job and made progress, but it’s just a shame that this was not rewarded with a good result. At Jerez we have to keep working in the same way and prepare well for Sunday's race. It would be very special to get a good result at a circuit like Jerez, in front of the Spanish fans."
Rabat and Márquez head home to Jerez
Gosselies, Belgium – 28 April 2015: Reigning Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat is determined to get his title defence back on track, as Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS head for Jerez and this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix, the first European round of the 2015 season.
Although Rabat qualified on the front row for all three of the overseas races, the 25-year-old Spaniard has yet to finish on the podium this season after problems in the races in Qatar and Argentina. A fourth place in Austin is his best result so far this year, but the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider has his sights set firmly on the podium this weekend at his home Grand Prix in Jerez, the track at which he claimed his first ever race win in Moto2 just two years ago.
For the first time this season Álex Márquez will be returning to a track at which he’s tested previously with the Kalex Moto2 bike, although dry track time was limited by inclement weather during both preseason outings at Jerez. Márquez, who celebrated his 19th birthday just last week and will make his 50th GP start this weekend, has scored points in all three races this season, but knows exactly where he needs to improve if he is to claim the top ten finish that has so far eluded him.
This weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez is the first of four races on Spanish soil this season and it kicks off a hectic schedule that will see Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS competing in six races in the space of just 11 weeks.
“I’ve been on the pace and competitive since the start of the season but, for one reason or another, I didn’t get the results we were expecting in the overseas races. Now, as we head to Spain for the first of the European races, I need to draw a line under what’s gone before and start again this weekend. We’re only three races in and the season is long. Yes, we’ve made more work for ourselves, but every race we improved the bike and we were fast; and being fast is the most important thing. If we can qualify well and I can avoid any problems at the start of the race then I think it’s possible to fight for the podium again this weekend in Jerez.”
“Riding in front of your home crowd is always special for a rider but equally important is that in Jerez we will be able to refer back to data collected during testing for the first time this season. We need to work to improve my feeling with the front of the bike mid-corner, as this was the biggest issue for me in Argentina. We can see from comparing my data with Tito’s that this is where I am losing almost all my time at the moment, so it’s important that we focus on this during practice and qualifying in order to find a solution ahead of the race. I am looking forward to the weekend ahead and the fact that we’re racing in Spain just adds to my motivation.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“We need to mark our return to Europe with a return to the winning ways that saw us dominating the championship last season. Tito has the speed, that’s obvious, but he needs to avoid the problems at the start of the race that robbed him of decent results in both Qatar and Argentina. Back on his home ground, at a track he knows well, I’m sure we will see a more calm and calculating Tito Rabat back at the front this weekend. Álex made another step forward with the bike in Argentina, where he scored points once again, but we still need to work on his feeling with the bike mid-corner. If we can improve in this area then I think we will see Álex challenging for his first top ten finish of the season in Jerez.”
EUROPEAN SEASON OPENER APPROACHES FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3
Gresini Racing Team Moto3 heads to Jerez de la Frontera in Spain this week as Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli prepare for their first 2015 Grand Prix race on European soil.
The first three races in Qatar, United States and Argentina have always seen Enea Bastianini fighting at the top: thanks to a second, fourth and ninth place finish, the 17-old-year rider from Rimini is starting the long European season in third place in the overall standings with 40 points. His team mate Andrea Locatelli has instead collected points in two out of three occasions, missing the top 15 only in Argentina; therefore in Jerez the 18-year-old rider from Selvino is willing to return to the levels shown in the first two races of the season.
“Jerez is not so fast, but I like it because it’s technical and has many beautiful corners: we have already carried out some tests in the winter with the new bike, but we have always been unlucky because of the bad weather, so we will start again from scratch, also because we will find higher temperatures. In the last two races we could have collected more points, but I’m happy to be in third place in the World Championship: now we are back to Europe and we hope to maintain this position or even gain positions in the standings”.
“In Argentina we have experienced a difficult weekend, this is clear: however, now we want to immediately turn the page. Last year I couldn’t race in Jerez due to a wrist injury, but it’s a track on which we have already carried out some tests during the winter, so the goal is to return to the levels shown in the first two races, trying to find a good bike set-up and try to find what we missed in Termas de Rio Hondo. Also I have been thinking about my mistakes and now I feel ready: every race always teaches you something”.
“In the last two races we could have collected more, no doubt: we were unable to exploit the full potential of our bike, so we must work with the aim of improving competitiveness and return to the maximum level, in order to allow our riders to fight at the top. I think that we can close this gap very quickly, because the team has the skills to do it. As for the riders, I’m happy with their performance so far: Bastianini has demonstrated the ability to do great things and also Locatelli - apart from the Argentinian round - has always been very fast, so I’m confident that in Jerez he will return to be strong. We are in a good position in the championship and the season is still long: it will be important to continue to be consistent and to avoid mistakes”.
JEREZ WELCOMES TEAM FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 AS ACTION RETURNS TO EUROPE
After three races outside Europe, the Moto2 World Championship returns this weekend in the old continent: as has become tradition, is the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez to inaugurate the intensive European season of the calendar.
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 arrive at this important round aware of being able to fight again for a podium finish, as they have proven to be always able to do it so far. The target, however, remains to realize the result: after the fantastic second place finish in Qatar, the 25-year-old Belgian rider retired from the race following a crash both in Austin and in Argentina, while he was fighting for the first three positions.
“Jerez is a great track and I am really determined to maintain the level of competitiveness shown so far: I will continue to work with the team to get the most from the bike. The last test performed here during the winter were not very significant because of the rain; as happens every year, we will find completely different conditions during the race weekend, so we don’t have many references, but we start nonetheless confident we can make a nice weekend. The number one goal is to fight at the top, and we know we can do it”.
“In this first part of the season Siméon proved to have taken a big step forward, racing all the first three races at the top; unfortunately in the last two occasions we didn’t realize our potential with results that would have taken us in first or second place in the overall standings, on the eve of the first European round. However, the most important thing is to be aware of our competitiveness: now that we get back to Europe, we want to continue to demonstrate our strength and I hope that Xavier can find the right tranquility to get what he deserves”.
Moto3 - First European round in 2015 for San Carlo Team Italia
Big motivations at Jerez for Matteo Ferrari and Stefano Manzi.
In Jerez de la Frontera,the Moto3 World Championship will face up the first European round of the 2015 calendar, with the riders of San Carlo Team Italia ready to come back in action on a track that evokes some exciting memories for the team of the Italian Motorcycling Federation, which celebrates this year the 30th anniversary of its foundation (#TeamItalia30anniversary).
On 17th May 1987,during the first edition of the Gran Prix of Spain at Jerez, Fausto Gresini with Team Italia, won in the 125cc and he was on a all-Italian podium with Domenico Brigaglia and Paolo Casoli respectively 2nd and 3rd,who preceded another Italian rider, Bruno Casanova (4th). Always at Jerez, on 29th April 2012, Team Italia FMI celebrated an amazing victory in Moto3 with Romano Fenati: it was the first Italian success in the "entry class" of the World Championship, after three years of waiting.
Talking about the present, San Carlo Team Italia goes to Andalusia with great motivations thanks to the first encouraging results given by the work done until now. With the 15th place of Austin, Matteo Ferrari is among the three riders Mahindra with at least one point in the Championship, and he has good chances to do it again at Jerez.
The top-15 was missed by Stefano Manzi just because of a series of unlucky circumstances; he was the fourth fastest rider on track during the race at Termas de Rio Hondo, and he was author of an impressive comeback,from the 34th to the 18th final position, due to an off-track at the start, to avoid a contact with another rider. Unlike the Argentinian Gp, the sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini knows perfectly the Circuit of Jerez because he has already raced there ( a podium in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2013) and because of the official IRTA tests of last February and March.
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"The World Championship comes back to Europe with the round in Jerez de la Frontera, so we will try to take advantage of this closeness to Italy to start the weekend in the right way. All the protagonists of Moto3 are familiar with the track of Jerez, and for this reason I don't think that the values will change too much. Of course, in our behalf, we will try to work hard to help Matteo and Stefano to show their worth and to reach our goal, the points. Our guys have already tested here during the preseason tests, getting good results; I want to highlight that they trained a lot during these last days, to be at the top of their physical form for this first European round of the World Championship. Our bikes came directly from Argentina to Spain, so we will start from the set up and the 'package' that we had from the first race. We will stay here in Jerez to test on Tuesday during the after-Gp tests, but right now we are completely focused on the race weekend: we will think about the tests starting from Sunday evening."
Red Bull KTM Ajo begin European tour
Red Bull KTM Ajo riders reach Spanish Grand Prix after going closer than ever to podium positions at previous round.
04/29/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder came close to a podium finish in Argentina, whilst Karel Hanika took his best result as a World Championship rider. With those results fresh in the mind, Red Bull KTM Ajo contest the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend -the fourth event of the season and the first in Europe. The young riders are optimistic after feeling much more comfortable and confident on their bikes in Argentina. The podium is the goal for the weekend.
The Jerez circuit is a track where Moto3 riders test frequently, with up to six days of official testing action per year besides the GP weekend. Oliveira, Binder and Hanika hope to use this experience to take the final step to a rostrum finish.
Binder and Hanika, are enjoying their best start to a World Championship season, whilst Oliveira took pole position and fourth at Termas de Rio Hondo. Some of the most important results for the trio of Red Bull KTM Ajo riders in Jerez are the front row by the Portuguese in 2012, and fourth in the race for the South African in 2013.
The schedule for this weekend is the usual one for European events, running from Friday to Sunday with the Moto3 race at 11:00am. Jerez de la Frontera, the 2015 Motorcycling Capital of the World, will host the first of four Spanish events this season and the first of six consecutive Grands Prix in Europe.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"After the fourth place in Argentina, it was good to have had some time at home to recharge my batteries after all the long trips.
I'm leaving for Spain filled with positive energy, with a reinforced objective to score points and to pull back the gap to the championship leader. My goal is to be fast from the first day, because before the beginning of the season when we were testing in Jerez, we didn't feel at ease at the circuit. I hope that from Friday we manage to perform well over the weekend.
My aim is to always be at the front, but the first priority is to finish the race in a points-scoring position. That's the stepping stone to build a good championship campaign."
41 BRAD BINDER
"After the GP in Argentina I have much more confidence with the bike, because we found a race setup that helps me to turn and catch the apex of the corners. I feel much more comfortable.
Now we go to Jerez. It will be very different from preseason, since there you have many hours to achieve a good lap. In the race you do not have much time and the important thing is your pace
In addition, the Jerez Circuit is one of my favourites, I've done well there in the past, so we’ll see how it goes this weekend."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"The last race weekend in Argentina was very good, both for me and for the team, and obviously we want to continue in the same way to get the same or better results in the upcoming European events.
I'm looking forward to Jerez because it's a circuit we all know very well -both the team and the other riders. I think we can get a good result because we have important data collected from preseason testing.
If I'm calm and work the same as in Termas de Rio Hondo, I sincerely believe that we will be back in the front group. That would be important."
Zarco heads to Jerez at his best
Ajo Motorsport rider begins European tour after his first win in Argentina and as leader of the Moto2 World Championship standings.
04/29/2015 - Jerez Circuit, Spain
Johann Zarco could hardly arrive in better shape for the first European event of the year, the Spanish Grand Prix. Pole and victory in the last race and the lead in the Moto2 overall standings allow the Frenchman to face this weekend at the Jerez circuit with the greatest possible optimism. The euphoria should not overwhelm the Ajo Motorsport rider, who knows that only by working as he has done so far will he continue adding good results.
With two consecutive podiums to his name -a victory and a second position- the Frenchman will this weekend try to continue with his best ever start to a season. This will be the seventh GP Zarco has contested at Jerez track, at which he has always scored points and where in 2011, also with Ajo Motorsport in 125cc, he took third. In addition, in the first preseason test in February at the circuit, he was fastest. Confident with his riding, team and bike, he will try to continue his love affair with the Andalusian track.
The Spanish Grand Prix will be a special one for Jerez de la Frontera, this year named Motorcycling Capital of the World. The action begins on Friday with free practice and concludes with Sunday’s race at 12:20pm local time.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"We come to Jerez excited, both me and the team, after this early season form and after getting my first win in Moto2. We must continue in the same way, working hard for the race in the free practices. I hope to feel as good as how we felt in preseason, both in the dry and wet, and enjoy the bike and the circuit. It is true that the conditions will be different from the test, but we already have some data that I’m sure will help us. I will try to use my experience to get a good result. On Sunday I hope to be back fighting for the top positions.
We'll see how this round goes and what strategy we follow, because it is never good to have an idea of a race until it comes. I’m looking forward to getting back with the team."
LEOPARD RACING HEAD TO JEREZ FOR EFREN VAZQUEZ’ HOME RACE
As the FIM Moto3™ World Championship returns back to Europe, the Gran Premio de Espana is for the newly formed German based squad not only a very special event due to the one-two leading with Danny Kent ahead of Efren Vazquez in the series.
After the first back-to-back races of the season in Texas and Argentina a couple of weeks ago, the world’s capital of motorcycle racing, Jerez de la Frontera, welcomed the Grand Prix paddock under bright and sunny skies in the southern part of Spain.
Leopard Racing’s rider trio with Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono arrived at the Circuito de Jerez highly motivated after they displayed stunning performances during each of the first races so far. Due to that fact the team’s more experienced riders Kent and Vazquez are heading the World Standings with a respectable one-two, but also rookie Ono opened his points tally in Argentina last time.
Kent, who won the last two races in Austin and Termas de Rio Hondo respectively in fine style, remains the man to beat as he and his crew are able to build on successful winter tests at the Andalusian track back in February earlier this year. The 21 year young from Chippenham in the UK enjoyed one week off after his blistering start into the season and headed well prepared to the upcoming race weekend.
Meanwhile Efren Vazquez looks forward to a very special occasion for him this weekend as round four is his home Grand Prix. The experienced Spaniard from the Basque part in northern Spain also has good memories to the Jerez track where he finished last year’s Gran Premio there in second place on the podium.
Leopard Racing’s Hiroki Ono knows the 4.423 meters long technical Circuito de Jerez from preseason testing’s last winter as well as from two occasions racing there back in 2011 with a 125cc two-stroke machinery and one year ago in the lower category of CEV Spanish Championship. The talented Japanese rider speaks in his expert view about a constant rhythm through the well-mixed combination of fast and slow section throughout a lap in Jerez.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ:
“Well, we arrived in Jerez, which of course is my home grand prix, with even more confidence than for the first races where we’ve already achieved strong results in each of them and due to that fact we’re second in the championship standings. Although, in Jerez we’ll try and do our best to continue in the same way like during the first Grand Prix, to try to get an even better rhythm for the race. Of course our target is to stay amongst the front group throughout the championship but as for this race weekend we’ll see how the weather is as well as the feeling with the bike, because during preseason tests we missed many laps there due to my ankle injury, but hopefully everything is fine. So for this finally I really look forward to race in front of my home crowd this weekend, which is always something very special, and I’ll try to take as many possible points from this race.”
#52 Danny KENT:
“To enjoy one week off at home after two demanding oversea races was good but now I’m really looking forward to Jerez where I like the track a lot. Preseason tests went pretty well for us there so our plan for the upcoming weekend is as simple as we need to keep working very hard during every free practice session as well in qualifying practice in order to head 100 percent prepared into race day. I look forward to another exciting race weekend for us because Jerez is always something special.”
#76 Hiroki ONO:
“I’m happy that the championship continues in Europe now. Even though I’m from Japan, I feel more familiarize here because I know many circuits from last year when I raced in CEV Spanish Championship and my base during the season is Barcelona. Jerez is a special track which I know also from my entry back in 2011 with a two-stroke KTM. This circuit is very technical and it requires a constant rhythm throughout a lap for fast lap times. But I like it a lot because of its well mixed slow and fast parts. In addition to that the atmosphere is incredible which was also to see at the CEV round one year ago.”
Jerez Brings Opportunities For Breaking More Moto2 and Moto3 Records
All Change In Dunlop #ForeverForward League With Fenati Now Leading
Jerez hosts the next round of the FIM World Moto2 and Moto3 Championships with one of the best prospects of the year for breaking records. The teams have already tested at the track twice earlier this year so will go into the race with more 2015 season data than at any other event on the calendar. Argentina saw records slashed with every record in both categories beaten. In Moto2 an impressive 17 riders set times in qualifying that were under the 2014 pole position time, proving the pace of development in this championship.
While riders continue to opt for similar tyre choices, Efren Vazquez broke the pattern in Argentina by finishing second on a hard option rear tyre compared to the majority of the field on the medium.
Jerez 2014 Highlights
Romano Fenati was on a roll with a second back-to-back victory. It was an amazing race finish with the three podium riders separated by just 0.147 seconds. It was a really hot day and the medium tyres all-round worked very well at the Jerez circuit for Moto3 but Moto2 riders chose medium front with the ‘9854’ soft rear for maximum attack.
Fact: Jack Miller was the fastest Moto3 rider in last year’s pre-season test at Jerez putting in a time of 1:46.348. He set the new best lap at the event by shaving a whopping two-tenths off that just two months later with a lap of 1:46.173.
Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:
“I think Jerez is going to be all about pace, provided we have dry conditions. The riders have more experience on the circuit, current bike and tyre combinations than anywhere else and so have the knowledge and confidence to push hard. Although the soft ‘1’ option was available for Qatar no one chose it so this weekend could be its first outing for the 2015 season. The tests were in both wet and dry, so whatever the weather our riders should be well prepared.”
Dunlop #ForeverForward League
For the third consecutive event there is a new Dunlop #ForeverForward League leader with Romano Fenati’s massive 26 position gain from the Argentinian race catapulting him to the top of the table. The league ranks the riders who have made the biggest improvement from starting position to race finish. 26 places is the most progress made so far this season, beating the previous highest of 19 places by Bastianini and Oettl in Qatar and Austin.
Dunlop to give an Andalusian touch to the Moto2 and Moto3 podium at the Circuito de Jerez
• Spectators will enjoy the amusing salute that the brand has prepared for Jerez, the World Motorcycling Capital
Madrid, April 30, 2015.- This weekend, the city of Jerez, the World Motorcycling Capital, will host the FIM’s Moto2 and Moto3 world championships, with more than 250,000 people expected to attend. Dunlop wants to take advantage of this opportunity to pay homage to this region during the podium ceremony, by giving it an Andalusian touch that the spectators will remember for a long time to come.
Dunlop’s ties to motorcycle racing date back to 1904, when the FICM (Fédération Internationale des Clubs Motocyclistes) was founded and the first motorcycle races were held. Since then, Dunlop has participated in all types of competitions, from speed to trial and motocross, because we feel that there is no better way to test out new tire technologies than under the intense conditions of competition.
Since the start of the Grand Prix of Motorcycling in 1949, Dunlop has stood out from the rest, recording more victories to date than all the other tire manufacturers combined. Since 2010 it has been the sole supplier of Moto2, and since 2012 of Moto3.
For all of these reasons, Dunlop wants drivers and fans to enjoy all aspects of the competition, and with this salute, it hopes to create a memorable moment that will allow drivers to celebrate their hard-fought victory with humor.