Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at Le Mans:
RAIN DISRUPTS LE MANS QUALIFYING FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3
This afternoon’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s Moto3 French Grand Prix was anything but smooth at Le Mans with a few drops of rain falling as the clock began its 40-minute countdown. Both Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders Enea Bastianini - who led this morning’s final free practice session - and Andrea Locatelli were able to complete only one fast lap with a damp track, before the rain forced all the riders into the pits with no chance of improving.
Enea Bastianini, who had shown the potential to take a spot on the first rows of the grid, will therefore start from the sixth row with the 18th fastest time, 1’47”220, while Andrea Locatelli got a good 1’47”019, thanks to which tomorrow he will start from 13th place, on the fifth row of the grid.
ENEA BASTIANINI (18th - 1'47"220)
“I’m pretty disappointed: we’ve been fast all weekend, and the rain came right at the start of the Qualifying... Unfortunately, in the only lap that I was able to complete I made some mistakes, it was already raining and I also lost control of the bike on the T2. I hope we can still have a good race tomorrow, if it will be dry; obviously starting from this position complicates things. It will be important to be able to be fast in the early laps, because Quartararo, Navarro and Bagnaia are very strong and definitely they will try to open a gap. We will try to stay with them, even though it won’t be easy”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (13th - 1'47"019)
“In this morning’s free practice we found a good set-up solution that allowed me to gain a better feeling with the bike and we had plans to try other changes during Qualifying in an effort to further improve, but the rain didn’t allow us to do it. I could only complete one lap and after all I can say that it didn’t go badly: I will start the race from the fifth row, while other riders with a good potential will be forced to start from the back. Tomorrow morning in the Warm Up we will test the modifications that we couldn’t try today, then we will decide with which configuration start the race”.
“Today’s result does not reflect our potential: Enea has always been very fast durign the whole weekend, closing the last free practice in the lead. Unfortunately, at the very beginning of the Qualifying it started to drizzle and the riders who left the pit lane just before us were able to take advantage. Enea will start instead from the sixth row and consequently he will face a tough race, even though we know he has the pace to stay with the leaders. I’m disappointed, of course, because we were expecting a lot from these qualifications. Locatelli was able to take a little more advantage of the situation and all in all he will start the race from a good position: hopefully he can fight for a good placement tomorrow”.
Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro, the top two in qualifying at Le Mans
Fabio Quartararo got his second World Championship pole and Jorge Navarro accompanies him with the second fastest time, despite both crashing in the rain.
Minutes before the qualifying session started at the Le Mans circuit, the rain started to fall at the French track making the first laps of the QP essential to the fight for pole position.
Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro went full gas in the drier conditions, achieving the fastest times in a qualifying session which effectively lasted just over three laps.
Gradually conditions worsened and in the wet on dry tyres the situation became so complicated that neither Fabio nor Jorge could avoid falling at Turn 1, where both drivers lost the front. The Frenchman took a blow to his right hand but did not suffer major consequences and he will not be hindered by the knock, with a best time of 1’44.763s. He will therefore start tomorrow in pole position on the grid. Jorge, meanwhile, notched a time of 1’44.885s, to put him just behind his teammate on the front row of the grid.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
"We have shown that we are a great team and Jorge achieved second position."
"Although I crashed, QP went very well. We managed to do a very good lap and we secured pole. The best thing is we have shown that we are a great team and Jorge achieved second position, so tomorrow we will try to work together to push hard and take advantage of Danny Kent being behind, to try to prevent him reaching us. Getting pole in front of the French fans is really exciting. I feel great support from them and it’s something very special. I think we have a very good pace and I am sure that tomorrow we can have a great race."
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
"I feel good because it is the first time I'm on the front row, so I have to enjoy it."
"It was a very strange qualifying session. When we went out on track we saw it was starting to rain a little and the team told me I had to go out and do the work as soon as possible because it could start raining harder. That is how it worked out. On the first lap the rain started to get a little stronger and we had to make the most of that because we needed to lay down a good time. It went well and I ended up second. After putting down that lap I found it had stopped raining so I decided to stay on track, but when I saw that Fabio had crashed I tried to slow down. However I couldn’t avoid crashing. I feel good because it is the first time I'm on the front row, so I have to enjoy it."
Mahindra takes first front-row of the year
Le Mans, 16 May 2015: Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix at Le Mans, after a combination of good riding and good timing put him third fastest.
The 18-year-old Italian racer arrived at the French circuit already holding the lap record from his last visit in 2014, and quickly showed that his liking for the technical stop-and-go Bugatti circuit has not waned, claiming a strong top-ten slot in free practice.
Circumstances for the crucial single qualifying session demanded sharp team tactics, as a light drizzle started just minutes before the green light. Bagnaia’s Aspar team played the game perfectly, sending its riders out on new tyres, with instructions to go for a lap time immediately, before conditions became worse.
In this way the top positions were decided in the first five minutes of the 40-minute session. Both top two qualifiers – Honda riders Quartararo and Navarro – crashed out after their fast laps; joined by a number of other riders as the track became more treacherous.
Bagnaia’s best qualifying position so far on the Mahindra is fourth, and he has run with the front men at every race, although circumstances have denied him a top-three finish. Le Mans is another chance for Pecco to secure Mahindra’s first podium of the season.
Mahindra’s young-gun rookies were spread through the field, with Tatsuki Suzuki tenth and Stefano Manzi 14th, sandwiching the more experienced Matteo Ferrari (12th). Second Aspar rider Juanfran Guevara was a brave 15th, riding injured after suffering a broken collarbone two weeks ago. Remy Gardner was 17th.
Third Aspar rider Jorge Martin was out of luck: one of the first to crash while laying down his own fast lap, which would potentially have put him on the front row as well.
Mahindra is the only Indian constructor in World Championship racing.
Pecco Bagnaia – Third Position
I am really happy. This is my first front-row; and tomorrow it will help for a good result, because I have a good rhythm; and my feeling on the bike is really good. I am happy with the work Mahindra have done. I think we can do more, but we already have a good level … I can fight for first position. Our qualifying tactics were to push from the beginning because of the conditions, and that is why I will start from third position. I want to stay in the front, and push 100 percent to try to open a little gap.
Mufaddal Choonia – CEO, Mahindra Racing
That was a bizarre qualifying session. Sending our riders out right at the beginning worked for us, when it started to rain after a few minutes. By then, the fastest times had already been set, and Pecco made the most of it. This is the kind of luck we’ve been missing and needing, to back up the strong performance of our motorcycle. Martin was very unlucky, crashing on his fast lap, and he would have been up at the front too. We look forward to the race tomorrow.
Qualifying practice against the clock for Red Bull KTM Ajo
Miguel Oliveira to start from the third row after a qualifying session cut short by rain after 5 minutes. Karel Hanika and Brad Binder go 24th and 25th fastest, respectively.
05/16/2015 - Le Mans Circuit, France
An unusual qualifying session decided the grid positions for the French Grand Prix, as early rainfall meant riders had only one or two attempts at a hot lap. Miguel Oliveira was the highest placing Red Bull KTM Ajo rider with eighth position, whilst Brad Binder had to settle for a spot on the ninth row. Karel Hanika, who has to start from pit lane for this Grand Prix, set the 24th quickest time.
Progressing steadily despite track temperatures of just 12°C, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders went out this morning with a strong pace. During the first part of the final practice session, Hanika was up in the Top 5, whilst Oliveira climbed positions to get closer to the front. Preparing for qualifying, Oliveira and Hanika made an excellent last stint to close FP3 in 3rd and 7th place, respectively. A little further back, Brad Binder finished in twelfth place.
The qualifying session began with maximum caution shown. After just three minutes, light rain began to fall on Le Mans, throwing plans into disarray. With delicate track conditions, Binder suffered a light crash at Turn 12. Without wishing to take unnecessary risks, the riders then headed back to the pits to conclude the qualifying session. Thus, Miguel Oliveira will start from 8th position and Brad Binder from 25th. Karel Hanika, 24th in the qualifying session, will start tomorrow from pitlane after the sanction received at the Spanish GP.
The Moto3 race will be held tomorrow at 11:00am local time.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"To tell the truth, although I know that the conditions are the same for us all, not being able to ride is disappointing. This morning we had a good feeling with the bike and we had improved the setup; in the afternoon we wanted to confirm some of this work we had done, but we could not do so.
At Jerez I was not 100% but this morning I felt that I had a good pace. We did not use the soft tyre because we were going to save them for qualifying. In the end we have not fully confirmed everything we wanted, but starting from eighth with these conditions is not bad. It isn't ideal, but we will try to have a smart race and try to take advantage of having very fast riders behind us to move forward."
41 BRAD BINDER
"On the first lap I was able to push until another rider cut me off after missing a chicane. I made another attempt but there was much more rain at Turn 12 and I went down. Starting from twenty-fifth position is not the end of the world. Obviously I don't like starting from so far back, when I had thought I might have been at least amongst the Top10. Unfortunately it will be very hard at first, but I'm confident that if the group does not break from the beginning, we can get to the front. In free practice we saw that we still have to change an aspect of the setup for the race, but we know how to do that."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"The result is obviously not what we wanted but the position in qualifying has not been important for us. We were concentrating on finding a good setup for the bike in the third practice session and I think it went well. My pace is fast and I think I am one of the fastest for that, so that is more important to me for the race tomorrow -because I'm going to spend much of it trying to make up positions.The work we have done is good, my laps were good and tomorrow I hope I can do likewise in the race.
Tomorrow morning I start from pit lane and I will try to do my best. The first laps will be tough because I'll be alone, but I will concentrate on doing my job and catching those in front of me. If we can score points, it will be like a victory for me."
Second and sixth row for the Sky Racing Team VR46 on the French GP starting grid
A qualifying heavily affected by the rain. Fenati to start in fifth, Migno in sixteenth
Second and sixth row for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the end of Monster Energy Grand Prix de France qualifying. On the Le Mans track, heavy rain badly affected the smooth running of the session, forcing the riders to return to the pits after very few laps.
The Sky Racing Team VR46’s strategy paid off as the riders took to the track very soon looking for the fastest lap, before the track became completely wet.
In the few minutes available, Romano Fenati claimed an excellent fifth place in 1'45.665 (best qualifying time of the season) while Andrea Migno secured sixteenth spot, very close to the point-zone, with a time of 1'47.130.
It’s been some time, namely last year’s Malaysian GP, since Romano last got away from the second row.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
It was quite a strange qualifying, but our strategy to have our riders take the track soon paid off, particularly with Romano clinching fifth spot. Also Andrea pulled off a good qualifying, a great lap that allowed him to stay close to the top 15 group where he deserves to be. The most important thing is that we are doing a great job and we should be pleased. Tomorrow it will be a tough race, there are nearly 20 riders within one second but we are there too, ready to fight.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
It was quite a peculiar qualifying, unfortunately we had very little time available. I could have done better if I had not gone wide on corner 6 losing a few tenths, but I am very happy with my performance. It’s my best grid of the season. I got a great feeling with the bike and a good pace so I hope I’ll be able to pull off a great race.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
It’s hard to judge this qualifying as it started to rain right from the start and then we hit the track soon to try and make the most of those few moments with a still dry track. Fortunately I did not slip and managed to get the 16th time. I hope tomorrow it won’t rain, as we were lapping well in the dry and I was enjoying the setup of the bike. Tomorrow morning’s warm up will give us clearer hints ahead of the race.
LEOPARD RACING COULDN’T TAKE BENEFIT FROM PROMISING FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS
Unexpected rain at lunch time ruined the entire qualifying session for Leopard Racing’s rider trio Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono who will start tomorrow’s Moto3™ Grand Prix de France down on the grid.
All free practice sessions had shown competitiveness of the rider line up at the tricky 4.2 kilometre Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans. In cold and tricky track conditions series leader Danny Kent set the fourth fastest lap time whilst team mate Efren Vazquez concluded the final preparation for the most important qualifying session in P6 despite a heavy fall. Meanwhile Hiroki Ono and his crew were able to made some changes to the Honda machinery’s setting after which the young Japanese rider made big steps towards the top ten positions to finish in P14.
Optimism was high for QP this afternoon but as soon as track time started some drizzling already was in the air before it started to rain heavily a couple of minutes later. After strong performances by all riders during free practice sessions it is all set for a great comeback in Sunday’s fifth race of the 2015 season.
The lights for the Moto3 race on Sunday morning will go out with starting time at 11am (GMT+2) and a race distance of 24 laps.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ, Grid position 29th - 1´52.610 (2/3):
“I’ve to admit that my condition is ok after that nasty crash this morning. From this point of view everything is in its place. But during this qualifying practice everything went wrong because I think the only way was to push straight from the beginning to qualify for a good grid position. Unfortunately our strategy was wrong because as soon I went out on track I already saw some rain drops on my windscreen and one lap later as I tried to push for a lap time it started to rain. From this point of time the slick tyres were completely useless as well it didn’t made sense to go out on track again. Our grid position is of course a disaster, but like in Jerez two weeks ago we need to push as soon as the lights goes out and I need to try to find my rhythm quickly in order to catch as much points as possible. Anyway, I’m still quite confident after we’ve proven a good and consistent pace during free practices.”
#52 Danny KENT, Grid position 31st - 1´52.819 (2/3):
“The result of this qualifying practice is more or less a big disaster with starting down on the last row. However, the points are to collect tomorrow so I need to be aggressive as much as possible from the opening laps. We’ve shown a fast pace all weekend long so there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to display a strong comeback and fighting up to the front.”
#76 Hiroki ONO, Grid position 32nd - 1´53.276 (2/3):
“The outcome of today’s qualifying is somewhat of a disappointment because FP3 went pretty well this morning as we found a very good setup compared to yesterday. We changed the bike a little bit which brought good improvements so I was very confident for this qualifying practice to do much better than likewise P14 after the final free practice session. But unfortunately the rain started very early in this session and I also was a bit too worried about track conditions during the very early stage of the session. So it wasn’t possible to do a good qualifying lap time. But after our strong FP3 I look forward to tomorrow’s race for which I’m focussed to recover as much as possible. It will be an interesting race for me to fight through the groups battling for positions.”
Miscalculation leaves Livio Loi in 22nd
Looking at the three free practices one could expect Livio Loi well within the top 10 at qualifying for the Moto3 race of the French GP. But a miscalculation – waiting just a little too long to go out on track – has left RW Racing GP’s rider in 22nd position to start tomorrow’s race.
Just before the start of the qualifying practice the air in Le Mans was humid and cold but there was no sign it was really going to rain. Loi waited for a few minutes to go out, in order to stay out of the busy first horde. But that was the wrong decision as at the end of his first lap it began to drizzle. Loi tried his best to go as fast as possible to set a decent lap time, but with a dark visor on his helmet he couldn’t see enough to go fast. Only after three laps it was already raining too much and several riders crashed, including the top two of that moment.
Loi had no other choice but to sit out the practice. Going out on rain tyres wouldn’t make a difference as it would not be possible to improve his lap time. Qualifying times were therefore determined by the first lap times.
RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen was disappointed. “With the results from the free practices we were aiming for the first two rows. With that in mind we should have been the first on the track as soon as the green lights were on, especially with this grey and humid weather. As a team we should have send out Livio immediately. That’s a mistake.”
RW Racing GP and Loi were not the only one: also Danny Kent, who topped the time sheets for all of the practices, missed the single lap on a dry track and is even behind Loi on the grid. Fabio Quartararo will start his home race from pole position.
Livio Loi – 22 (1.48,004)
“To be honest I was caught by surprise. I didn’t expect it would start raining more intense. Because of the dark visor I couldn’t even see how hard it was raining. I had to open the visor to see. Being this far back on the grid is bad and I’m really fed up with this result, especially after being on the provisional front row for most of the time in practices. We are absolutely up the creek because of this rain. With another few riders in the back of the grid, like Kent, Vazquez, Binder and Bastianini, the start of the race will be very tricky.”
Moto3 - Best seasonal qualifying for San Carlo Team Italia
Matteo Ferrari (12th) and Stefano Manzi (14th) in fourth and fifth row
The variable weather conditions made unpredictable the official qualifying of Moto3 World Championship at the Circuit Bugatti of Le Mans, offering a wonderful opportunity to shine to the riders of San Carlo Team Italia. Taking advantage of the only useful lap before the rain, Matteo Ferrari and Stefano Manzi qualified respectively in 12th and 14th place, in a starting grid led by the national idol Fabio Quartararo (Honda).
Competitive from the morning, getting the 18th time at just 8/10 from the top, Matteo Ferrari knew how to take advantage of the track conditions and, making no mistakes, he was able to reach the fourth row (12th) with a time of 1'46"974, his best result in qualifying in the World Championship.
The performance of the rookie Stefano Manzi was likewise positive, as he qualified in 14th place at his fourth round in the World Championship, proving to be confident for the race, where he will start from the fifth row.
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 12th, 1'46"974
"We succeeded in taking advantage of the only useful lap and we got this good result for the starting grid. I am more satisfied with the work done this morning than with the positive result of the qualifying. With the team, we found a good compromise of setup, that allowed us to have a competitive race pace, constantly on 1'43". My thought are already for tomorrow, if it's a dry race, we can do well. We will try to take advantage of the opportunity of starting from the fourth row."
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 14th, 1'47"027
"It was a good qualifying! Because of the rain, we had just one lap for the time attack, but we succeeded in taking advantage of it. The team chose the best time to get out on track, I didn't make mistakes and we got this important result. I want to thank my team for the strategy and the work done this morning, when we were able to improve the setup of the bike. I am happy with this position on the grid, tomorrow we will do our best to repeat!"
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
Today there was just one strategy to adopt and we succeeded. Our riders got out on track quickly ,almost immediately, and they were able to complete at least one lap on dry track. It's not easy to make the right decision in a short time, so the team deserves an applause for the work done and also our riders, who took advantage of this opportunity. From this point of view, we are very satisfied with the position on grid of Matteo and Stefano, they interpreted very well the conditions of the track, making no mistake. A good start will be essential tomorrow, and also a good level of concentration: for us, this is like a "penalty" that we have to kick in the best way, even more if we think at the good pace that Ferrari highlighted today. We are confident, we can do well and achieve a good result with both our riders here at Le Mans."
Second row start for Rabat in Le Mans
Le Mans, France - 16 May 2015: Having set a strong pace throughout the weekend Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat will line-up fourth on the grid for tomorrow's French Grand Prix. The reigning Moto2 world champion completed more laps than anyone else in the intermediate class during qualifying and his race pace has been both strong and consistent throughout the weekend.
Rabat has concentrated on getting the most from his bike in longer stints and for tomorrow's 26 lap race the Spaniard looks set to be able to challenge for his first win of the season. The 25-year-old Spaniard was unable to improve on his fastest time after being caught out by a small rain shower with 15 minutes of the session remaining. The rain came just as he had changed to a new set of tyres and when conditions improved too little of the session remained for him to set a better time.
Alex Marquez will line up 21st on the grid in what has been a very challenging weekend for the reigning Moto3 World Champion. Despite finding an improvement in FP3 Marquez wasn't able to get the most from his bike on his fastest lap in qualifying. Having made some mistakes during that lap he felt that a top 15 placing had been possible but overall he is focussed on improving his setup for tomorrow's race.
Tito Rabat: 4th - 1'37.329
"We have had a very good weekend, with good pace in all three free practice sessions, but in qualifying when we used the new tyre it started to rain and I had to stop. There was a lot of rain but afterwards I tried to improve again, but I just couldn't do it. We'll see tomorrow how things are, but the times are close, we have a good rhythm, a good setting and I’m looking forward to the race here at Le Mans."
Alex Marquez: 21st - 1'38.511
"In FP3 we made some improvements compared to yesterday, which was reflected in both my lap time and position, but in the end in qualifying we didn't find a good lap. We could have been in the top 15 but tomorrow we have the warm up to improve the setting. I'll try and enjoy the warm up because in the race I'll have to give everything. From this position there's no difference between finishing 20th or not finishing at all, so I'll be going all out to try and catch some points."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"It was a strange day. Tito has led three sessions so far this weekend so it's a shame not to lead the session that matters. But I think that he has shown all weekend that he has got good speed for the race. We knew from the beginning that this would be a difficult race for Alex. After this morning's session I thought that he would improve so 21st isn't what I was expecting for him this afternoon, but we'll see what he can do tomorrow."
SIMEON AIMS TO FIGHT FOR THE TOP FIVE AFTER A STRONG QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE AT LE MANS
A determined Xavier Siméon produced a solid performance during today’s Qualifying for the French Grand Prix at Le Mans: despite the pain in his left ankle, a result of a fall during this morning's final free practice session, the 25-year-old Belgian rider improved significantly his lap times, taking the eighth fastest time in 1’37”645, only 0.5 seconds from pole position, thus showing an excellent consistency. Siméon will therefore start tomorrow’s race from the third row of the grid, with the aim to fight for the top five.
XAVIER SIMÉON (8th - 1'37"645)
“This morning I had a big crash, in which I hurt my left ankle. Therefore I’ve not started the qualifications in the best conditions, but I was still confident because until then we had been very fast. Then, during the qualifying session, we took another big step forward, lapping consistently. Perhaps we lacked a new tyre to for the final stages, to try to improve further, as I made the whole session with the same tyres, but overall I’m happy with this third row. Tomorrow I think we can fight to stay in the top five, but now I just need to take care of my ankle; today, probably because of adrenaline, I felt no pain, but it will definitely hurt tonight, so I want to prepare myself to be fully fit tomorrow”.
“Siméon today completed a good qualifying session: Xavier and the team worked really well and perhaps the only thing that we lacked to get something extra was a new tyre to put in the final stages of the session. Too bad for the morning crash, without which we would have been even more competitive today; however, we know that we have a good race pace, so tomorrow it will be important to get a good start, then we can stay in the fight for the top positions”.
Johann Zarco returns to the front row
Frenchman has excellent final lap in qualifying to take third place on Le Mans starting grid.
05/16/2015 - Le Mans Circuit, France
On the second day of the French Grand Prix, home rider Johann Zarco showed that he is one of the favourites for victory tomorrow. After setting a frenetic pace in the final practice session, the Ajo Motorsport rider took a late spot on the front row for his home GP. A 1:37.222 lap gave him third place on the grid.
Saturday started with a final practice session, in which Zarco ran a very good pace. High up on the timesheets during the opening minutes of the session, the Ajo Motorsport rider continued strongly to further improve his times. With a best lap of 1:37.796, Zarco finished the session second -0.050 off the top time in the session.
On a cool and wet track, Zarco went into qualifying wanting to get a good starting position for Sunday. The Frenchman took things cautiously in the early stages but went from strength to strength on his three runs. In his last outing he has fought to put his Ajo Motorsport Kalex on the front row -doing so with a great final lap of 1:37.222.
Starting from third tomorrow, Zarco will be out for a second win of the season -and a fourth consecutive podium- when the Moto2 French GP gets underway at 12:20pm local time.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"I'm happy, because the qualifying session did not start very well and I was pretty slow. With the new tyres my feeling improved and I could get myself into first, so that has been positive. Some riders bested my time, it started to rain a little and from then on it was not easy. At the end of the session the track was in good shape, so I pushed hard and I managed to get onto the front row. That will be important for tomorrow. My pace is good and I'm happy. My goal for tomorrow is to finish the race, fight for victory and enjoy the moment. We'll see what happens with the weather."
Schrotter to contest Tech3 Home Grand Prix from 14th on the grid
Marcel Schrotter will line up in 14th position for tomorrow’s 26 lap battle at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France after a resolute performance in qualifying today at the Le Mans circuit. The young German kicked off his qualifying campaign strongly as he aimed to post a competitive time for tomorrow’s race. On his 6th lap, Schrotter scored a 1’37.941 that was his quickest time of the session, which ensured him a start from the middle of the fifth row. Impressively, his time was merely less than half a second back from the second row, with only a second covering the first seventeen riders in the highly competitive intermediate class. Schrotter now looks towards the race tomorrow where he will intent to seize success at the team’s home race by clinching a top ten finish.
Meanwhile, Ricky Cardus endured a challenging qualifying campaign and will begin Sunday’s race in Le Mans from 25th on the grid. The Spaniard began the day by continuing to work on the setup of his Mistral 610 with the Tech3 Racing Team in preparation for the qualifying session. When it began, Cardus jumped into action and after undertaking 20 laps, he finished with a best time of 1’38.787 which he set on his 9th lap. Tomorrow, he will intend to undertake a typically strong start and climb back into a points scoring position in the fifth round of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship.
Marcel Schrotter : 14th - Time : 1'37.941 - Laps : 18
"I’m a bit disappointed in all honesty as the grid position is not where I want to be, but we did the best that we could and to have a good race from the fifth row of the grid is not an impossible task. I crashed in the qualifying, so to fall once or twice is bad but three times is just too much, especially for me as I don’t fall often. At the beginning of the session we were running competitively straight away and I was able to improve my time by more than half a second from this morning. However, I wasn’t able to make the next step as we seem to reach the limit quite quickly and we must amend this. Anyway, I think we have some margin to improve in the warm up tomorrow to be ready for the race. In any case, I will try my best to bring the Mistral 610 home in a strong point scoring position at the Tech3 home race."
Ricky Cardus : 25th - Time : 1'38.787 - Laps : 20
"Of course, I am not pleased with my grid position and all I can do now is try my best in tomorrow’s race. I finished with a best lap of 1’38.7 but I experienced a few issues in the qualifying session. I rode this time with a soft tyre in the front and it felt wrong from the word go as there was a lot of chatter, but I did my best to ride through the issue. I then changed the tyre but it started to rain so I returned to the pit box. I went back out on another new tyre and I felt more confident straight away. Yet, unfortunately during my fast lap, two riders disturbed me so I couldn’t improve my time. Nevertheless, tomorrow I will do my best to get a good start and then I hope to get up to Marcel’s position and follow him into the points."