2015 Barcelona Saturday Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Qualifying Press Releases

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


Jorge Navarro secures spot on front row of grid

Positive qualifying session for Repsol riders in Barcelona, with Navarro third, Quartararo seventh and Herrera fourteenth.

Jorge Navarro continued his positive progression at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Saturday. After heading the first practice session on Day 1 and finishing eighth in the second, today the Spanish rider was again very fast and consistent. Fifth in the morning session, in the afternoon the Repsol rider made steady progress in qualifying to set the third fastest time, allowing him to start from the front row of the grid tomorrow. His fastest time of 1:50.840 put him 0.700s off the pole lap set by Enea Bastianini.

Teammate Fabio Quartararo also fought for the top positions on the grid, putting in a lap just 0.056 slower than Navarro. He will take off from the third row, in seventh.

Maria Herrera has also been fast at the track rapidly throughout the weekend. The Repsol rider remained in the Top 15 in each practice, and in the qualifying session was able to overcome heavy traffic to earn fourteenth place on the grid, with a best lap of 1:51.586.

The Moto3 race will be held at 11:00am Spanish time on Sunday.

Fabio Quartararo 7th 1:50.896 30 laps 142 km

"Today was a difficult day. In the morning the track temperature was very good and I managed to ride at a solid pace. However, in the afternoon it was too hot and I ended up on the third row. I have still got work to do on the setup, because today it was quite windy. I think things look good for the race tomorrow; I think it will be a race in a group like last year."

Jorge Navarro 3rd 1:50.840 34 laps 161 km

"Today was a good day, like yesterday. We are working very well this weekend and I feel very comfortable on the bike, and that is being reflected every time we go out on track. The qualifying session was difficult because there was a lot of traffic, as often happens in Moto3, but in the end I managed to put in a clean lap and I'll start from third tomorrow morning. The most important thing is the race and I think we're ready."

Maria Herrera 14th 1:51.586 31 laps 147 km

"I'm happy because we have worked hard and well. Since Mugello I have felt comfortable on the bike. Today it was hard to get a clean lap because there were many riders almost stopped still in the middle of the track, but I had a go, pushed and in the end got a quick time. We know that tomorrow we have the pace to fight in a large group, as there are many riders with times very similar to mine. It will be interesting."


Oliveira fifth in Catalan GP qualifying

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will start from second row of Moto3 grid, with Hanika and Binder twelfth and eighteenth, respectively.

06/13/2015 - Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, Spain

The second day of the Catalan GP began with good track conditions, and the three Red Bull KTM Ajo riders improved their feeling from Friday to progress further. In the qualifying session, Miguel Oliveira took a spot in the middle of the second row on his last lap, and is one of the riders with the best pace for Sunday’s race. Karel Hanika in twelfth and Brad Binder in eighteenth will start from the middle of the grid, after being hampered by traffic.

Binder said yesterday that he had to change the setup of his bike and, having done that, in the first five minutes of FP3 he led the way on the timesheets. The South African was the first Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to improve his time from Friday, something which Oliveira would replicate shortly afterwards. The Portuguese completed the session in second -1:50 814- whilst Binder was seventh -1:51.451. A small crash with 21 minutes remaining prevented Hanika from making the most of the entire 40 minute session, going 31st with a 1:52.969.

Attempting to fight for pole position, Oliveira shaved tenths off his times in each of his three stints in qualifying, although traffic on track did not allow him to find the pace necessary for the perfect lap that he wanted. A best time of 1:50.857, set on his final lap, gave the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider fifth place on the grid. Meanwhile, Hanika did not feel completely comfortable. He put in a total of 14 laps and will start tomorrow from the fourth row in twelfth position. Binder also got stuck in traffic on the track, and went wide on his flying lap to take eighteenth on the grid -row 6.

The Moto3 Catalan GP will take place on Sunday at 11am local time. Red Bull KTM Ajo are looking to get the team's second straight win and another victory in Catalonia, after doing so in 2013 with Luis Salom.

44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA

"It was a typical Moto3 qualifying session, with many riders sitting around in the middle of the track, and perhaps today it was the worst it has been this year. It is a problem that maybe should be resolved differently, because everyone thinks they can’t go fast without a slipstream. It is dangerous to encounter so many people almost at a stop.

We have solved most of the problems we had yesterday and from the morning I felt pretty good with the bike, so tomorrow we will go out to attack 100%. I think in the end we can consider ourselves fortunate to be on the second row, because it could have been much worse. I see myself having a good pace and we must be calm and have a smart race, but without giving up on attacking."

41 BRAD BINDER

"The feeling was not bad and we have taken a step forward compared to yesterday, but tomorrow we will try to improve a little more. The biggest problem has been that there was a lot of traffic at the end of the session and it messed up my last three laps, because people decided to stop right in front and there was no way to pass. When you miss out three times for this reason, it is not fun. Also on my last attempt I was all alone and I went wide on the back straight. Looking ahead to the race, I don’t think we will have trouble, but starting from eighteenth will not be easy. I have to give 110% in the race and try to overtake people gradually, without rushing, and progress lap by lap."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"Yesterday I ended up very satisfied with the job we did, because the bike was very good and responded to perfection. I’m not very clear about what happened today. We have not made big changes to the bike but the track conditions have changed. Putting new tyres on made it hard for me to open the throttle on some corners, and I suffered chatter in some places. That has been our main problem. We have to work at it and fix it for tomorrow, and we will. Fortunately, in this category the position on the grid is not too important and being on row six means we still have a chance."


FRONT ROW START AGAIN FOR LEOPARD RACING IN CATALUNYA

Championship leader Danny Kent heads a perfect qualifying result for Leopard Racing with all three riders qualified for the top ten positions on Sunday’s grid at the Gran Premi de Catalunya.

It was again Danny Kent who underlined his dominating performance throughout this season so far when he mastered the heavy traffic situation on track towards the end of today’s qualifying practice in a brilliant way. Likewise the weather, lap times were blistering hot but Kent’s final effort for a top spot on the grid pays off using a slipstream to his benefits.

The 22 year young Englishman qualified for the runner up spot, just beaten by somewhat of 0.1 of second off the pole setter’s pace, Enea Bastianini. The team’s perfect qualifying result was rounded up with Efren Vazquez in sixth position whilst Hiroki Ono set the tenth fastest lap time during this session.

Both Vazquez and Ono were satisfied with their qualifying session respectively although they’re missing some tenth of a second in order to do better. Whilst Vazquez is still looking for improvements to his machine, Ono ran into traffic during his final time attack.

Starting time for round seven of this year’s the Moto3™ series will be at 11am (GMT+2) on Sunday morning with a race distance of 22 laps at the 4.7 kilometres long Catalan circuit.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ, Grid position 6th - 1´50.894 (14/15):

“The result of course is a good starting position for tomorrow’s race but we need to look on the data now in order to find a solution for one minor issue. However, in general I’m pleased with today’s qualifying and I look forward to the race, which is a very important one for me. We just need to regain as much points as possible.”

#52 Danny KENT, Grid position 2nd - 1´50.281 (15/15):

“Well, we can be very satisfied with our job done today because we were working a lot with the bike in order to try to improve it and all changes worked out well. We were trying a few things to the setting and in doing so we were able to confirm some of these few things. Qualifying practice was a difficult session as you have seen a lot of riders were waiting for a slipstream. But we managed the situation well, although I was a bit lucky to find a fast lap in the end, which brought us in a good position for tomorrow’s race. Enea (Bastianini) looks like he has a strong pace although he and me are similar in terms of lap times. We were almost half of a second faster than Jorge Navarro in third position, which makes the situation even more interesting. Maybe we have to expect both situations with a possible big fight up to ten riders or maybe trying to pull away.”

#76 Hiroki ONO, Grid position 10th - 1´51.290 (16/16):

“As it was the plan we tried a different setup this morning which was not 100 percent perfect yet. But then we made another step for qualifying, which turned out very good. I had a superb feeling with the bike immediately and I already set a very good lap time in my first outing during this session. So I was confident to improve my lap time a lot but during my last run in the final stage the traffic was a big problem. I could have done much faster, but I was blocked by another rider one time. Apart of that happening I’m satisfied with today’s qualifying practice and its outcome. But I’m also confident that it will be possible to do another step faster tomorrow. I really look forward to Sunday.”


5th and 7th row for Fenati and Migno on the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the Montmelò circuit

Good pace in qualifying for Romano slowed down by the traffic towards the end of the session. Migno looking for solutions to problems on the last two corners

Montmelò, June 13, 2015. Fifth and seventh row respectively for Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno from the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya. Rider number 5 had to fight through the traffic and was able to keep a good pace for the whole session only to slow down in the home stretch amid riders waiting on the track.

Tomorrow Romano will get away from thirteenth spot hoping for a comeback race, confident of the progress made today. This morning, during the third free practice session. Fenati managed to make the most of the worn-out tyres to preserve the new ones, pulling out a good session.

Andrea Migno, on his part, is confident about tomorrow but still waiting for new solutions to solve the problems in the last two corners of the track and still looking for the best feeling with the bike. His aim will be once again to try and get some points. He will be starting from 21st spot (this morning he finished FP3 in 25th with a 1’52.360). 5th e 7th row

for Fenati and Migno on the

Sky Racing Team VR46 at the Montmelò circuit

Good pace in qualifying for Romano slowed down by the traffic towards the end of the session. Migno looking for solutions to problems on the last two corners

Montmelò, June 13, 2015. Fifth and seventh row respectively for Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno from the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the GP Monster Energy de Catalunya. Rider number 5 had to fight through the traffic and was able to keep a good pace for the whole session only to slow down in the home stretch amid riders waiting on the track.

Tomorrow Romano will get away from thirteenth spot hoping for a comeback race, confident of the progress made today. This morning, during the third free practice session. Fenati managed to make the most of the worn-out tyres to preserve the new ones, pulling out a good session.

Andrea Migno, on his part, is confident about tomorrow but still waiting for new solutions to solve the problems in the last two corners of the track and still looking for the best feeling with the bike. His aim will be once again to try and get some points. He will be starting from 21st spot (this morning he finished FP3 in 25th with a 1’52.360).

THE TEAM

PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

It was quite a frantic qualifying, typical of Moto3 class. As it often happens, nearly all the riders were waiting on the track in the last 10 minutes. However we can be satisfied as Romano did a great job and was able to keep a good pace despite today’s positioning on the grid. Tomorrow’s race will be a tough one, but I think we’ve got what it takes to stay there. Andrea made some improvements this weekend and I am sure that again this time around he will be able to fight in the top 15. Today he struggled a bit but I am very confident about tomorrow’s race.

ROMANO FENATI / Rider

The traffic of the last few minutes was a key variable affecting the timesheets. Our times are much below expectations, all the more so considering we kept a good pace and that is a key aspect ahead of the race. We are going to get away from behind but we’re sure we can fight in front.

ANDREA MIGNO / Rider

Unfortunately I’m still struggling on the last two corners of the track. We haven’t find the best set-up yet, but we’ll try and do our best to go into the race under the best conditions. If the set-up and the feeling improve, we’ll have the chance to put in a good race.


Moto3 - Ninth and eleventh row for San Carlo Team Italia in Catalunya

Difficult qualifying for Stefano Manzi (27th) and Matteo Ferrari (31st).

It is supposed to be again a comeback race for the riders of San Carlo Team Italia at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, seventh round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship. In the official qualifying, in which the rider from Rimini Enea Bastianini (Honda) got his first ever pole position in the World Championship, Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari were not able to go beyond the 27th and 31st place on the starting grid.

After having improved the feeling with his Mahindra MGP3O #29 compared to the first day of practice, Stefano Manzi progressively recovered positions in the standings during the FP3 and he was able to be very close to the top-20. Unfortunately the commitment didn't give the expected results in the official qualifying session, so the sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini, author of a best lap in 1'52"564, will start from the ninth row.

In contrast with the great performance of yesterday, Matteo Ferrari had a very difficult day and he got the 31st time; tomorrow he will have to give his best to recover from the eleventh row of the starting grid.

Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 27th, 1'52"564

"It was a difficult qualifying, we were not fast enough. I was able to do just a lap useful for the time attack, and we paid for it. Tomorrow we will try to find a solution in the Warm Up in order to recover positions in race."

Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 31st, 1'52"869

"I can just say that it was a very difficult day, maybe our worst qualifying. We are not at the levels where we should be and it is supposed to be an uphill race. We will try to find a solution tomorrow."

Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)

"When we think we are on the right way to reach our reference target, there's always something that doesn't allow us to reach what we hope. Ferrari yesterday had good results, but today he was not at ease with the modifications on the set up,which were supposed to help him in terms of competitiveness. He had the same times of the free practice and we must understand why, since it has already happened in several Grand Prix. Stefano still has some "rookie" difficulties in the crucial moment, in this case in the qualifying. Probably it is about the method and strategy on track and the fact that he got only one useful lap out of a total of nine laps, proves it. Of course we don't give up and we will work nonstop to do our best tomorrow in race."


BASTIANINI SMASHES CATALUNYA LAP RECORD TO CLAIM HIS FIRST MOTO3 POLE POSITION

Enea Bastianini produced a fantastic performance today, claiming his career-first pole position at the end of the Moto3 Qualifying session for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Catalunya, on the Montmelò circuit: the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 rider took the lead early in the session with 1’51”001, then in the final stages he was able to improve further scoring an outstanding 1’50”137, new track record, beating English Danny Kent for just over 0.1 seconds. His team mate Andrea Locatelli will start tomorrow from the 19th position of the grid with a time of 1’51”833.

ENEA BASTIANINI (1st - 1'50"137)

“I’m very happy for my first pole position! We worked very well throughout the weekend and although this afternoon there was a lot of wind on the track and also a lot of traffic, we managed to make a really good lap. At the end of the session it was not easy to find the right moment to push, following a group with the fast guys, but I found it, even though some riders actually slowed me down. It’s nice to get the pole position signing the new track record: when I saw my advantage on the third intermediate I could hardly believe it, I really didn’t think I could be so fast. However, I was not the only rider to make this kind of lap times: Kent also was very fast, and tomorrow will be a tough opponent to beat”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (19th - 1'51"833)

“Today we could have done more, because we were able to solve the rear end chatter problems we had yesterday and I think that now we are on the right path. Unfortunately we struggled to reach a good level of competitiveness, so it was not easy to start almost from scratch today. In the latter stages I met a lot of traffic and I had to give up several attempts, then finally in my last attempt I managed to complete a good lap, taking the 19th place. I’m confident for the race tomorrow, I’m starting to like the bike and although it will be difficult to follow the fastest, I think I can stay with the group of riders in front of me”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Bastianini got a fantastic pole position: we knew that he’s very fast on this track, where last year he took his first podium in Moto3. I'm very happy because he was also able to set a very good lap time, lowering the previous record of the track; this means that Enea is really competitive, so we look forward to the race with great optimism. We are ready to fight! Locatelli today managed to improve himself, although actually he could get even a little more, because we found a good set-up that allows him to ride better. Tomorrow Andrea can have a good race too”.


Crash at worst possible moment leaves Loi in 29th

A crash only ten minutes into the qualifying practice for the Catalan Grand Prix made things pretty complicated for Livio Loi and RW Racing GP. Loi was on a hot lap already early in the session when he entered Turn 1 too enthusiastically and slipped.

It took twenty minutes before the bike was returned to the team’s pitbox and after the required repairs in just minutes, only three laps were left to set a qualifying time for tomorrow’s Moto3 race. In the buildup of traffic in the tense final stages of the session it was impossible for Loi to run faster than the 1.52,752 that put him in 29th eventually.

After a very promising first day, with an excellent fourth position for Loi, the second day of the Catalan GP was a damper. In the free practice in the morning Loi had a crash as well, leaving him in 25th with only three full laps. The lack of laps and rhythm in the morning put some extra pressure on the qualifying practice as Loi understood very well he had some catching up to do.

Already from the beginning of the session it was chaotic and riders were looking behind and waiting for a tow to set a faster time. After a few minutes Loi had found himself a good position and put spurs to his Honda in his fourth lap out. Unfortunately he wanted a bit too much, went into Turn 1 too hot and crashed.

The bike was not badly damaged, but it took ages before it was delivered back to the garage, which build up the pressure and the tension even more as time was running out.

Livio Loi – 29 (1.52,752)

“This really is a huge disappointment. This morning the bike didn’t feel right and I crashed. We’re not sure what it was, but in the afternoon it was better. Yet I had some difficulty finding my rhythm after missing most of the free practice. I took it easy for a few laps to gain confidence before I opened the throttle. Obviously I went in too hard and I crashed, making it even more complicated for myself and the team. With only eight minutes left in qualifying I had to go all or nothing but the traffic was so dense I didn’t have the space nor a good tow. Having to start from 29th is a very difficult outlook for the race. Hopefully we have a little bit more luck on our side tomorrow.”


Rabat starts home race from front row

Montmeló, Spain - 13 June 2015: Reigning World Champion Tito Rabat secured a sixth front row start of the season aboard his Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex machine, after the Moto2 field delivered yet another record-breaking qualifying session in Barcelona this afternoon.

Rabat brilliantly brushed aside niggling technical issues that have hampered his preparations to lap under the 2012 pole position record held by Marc Marquez. And his stunning best lap of 1.46.123 was only 0.228s away from securing the Spaniard a 15th career pole position.

Rabat will start tomorrow’s 23-lap race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya from third position confident that he can take a second successive win of 2015 to close the 31-point deficit to pole man Johann Zarco.

Álex Márquez will start his home race from 12th position after equalling his best qualifying performance of his rookie season in Moto2 in the hottest conditions of the day in Spain today.

The 19-year-old was just over 0.2s away from a top six result and his best lap of 1.46.686 was less than 0.1s outside of the race lap record currently held by Thomas Lüthi.

Tito Rabat: 3rd - 1’46.123

“It would have been great to get pole position for my home race but it certainly wasn’t through a lack of trying. The lap times at the front are incredibly fast again, so I can’t be disappointed to be on the front row. I have a really good feeling with the bike but I know we can improve to make me faster. I’ve got great support this weekend and I will be giving my maximum to fight for the win.”

Álex Márquez: 12th - 1’46.686

“I equalled my best Moto2 qualifying and I am not far away from the front group, but honestly I’m not really satisfied with the session because I am sure we could have done more. We made a mistake with the tyre strategy but the big positive is that I have really good race pace. The support from the home fans is incredible and I am really motivated to do a good job for them and my team.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“I am happy that Tito was able to qualify on the front row because it has not been a problem free weekend. We’ve had a suspension problem yesterday and this morning we had an issue with a flat tyre, so it has not been easy for Tito to establish a good rhythm like the last three races. So for him to keep his focus and come close to pole position shows we can be strong in the race because he did his best time without a slipstream. I am pleased with Álex too. He has been close to the top 10 in every session but a fourth row start means he can try and go away with the lead group and gain a lot of experience tomorrow.”


FIFTH ROW FOR SIMEON AT MONTMELO' AFTER A SLIGHT CRASH DURING QUALIFYING

Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 racer Xavier Siméon will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Catalunya from the fifth row of the grid: the 25-year-old Belgian rider got the 14th best time, 1’46”784, during this afternoon’s Qualifying session at Montmelò. With only 5 minutes to the end of the session, in his last outing on new tyres, Siméon suffered a slight crash: although he managed to rejoin the track, he was not able to further improve his performance.

Siméon is still confident for tomorrow's race, which will take place over a distance of 23 laps, having said he’s satisfied with the behaviour of his Kalex machine.

XAVIER SIMÉON (14th - 1'46"784)

“Unfortunately at the end of the Qualifying session, when I went out on track with the new tyre, I made a mistake: I went a bit wide, losing grip at the front and I crashed. I’m a little sorry for that, because actually the gap from the second row is only 0.3 seconds and without the crash we could improve. We have taken a big step forward compared to yesterday, when we were struggling with the set-up, so this is the important thing now. Tomorrow I will try to stay focused to the maximum to recover positions to try to get a good result”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“The crash at the end of the session was a pity: with a new tyre Xavier could have improved his time and as a result he could start from a more advanced position on the grid. Too bad. We still lack something to keep a similar pace to the fastest, so tomorrow in the warm-up we will try to make further progress”.


Pole at record pace for Johann Zarco in Catalonia

Moto2 World Championship leader takes second pole position of the season and sets new record for fastest lap of the circuit, with a time of 1:45.895.

06/13/2015 - Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, Spain

The second day of the Catalan GP went perfectly for Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco, beginning with second place in the final Free Practice session and ending with pole position on the starting grid. The Frenchman also established a new record for best lap of the track, with a 1:45.895. This is his second pole position, after his first of the season in Argentina.

Zarco came into the final free practice session of the weekend willing to keep improving his pace, completing a first stint of 15 laps. On his sixth lap, the Ajo Motorsport rider lowered his best time from yesterday, although it was not until his last lap that he set his definitive time of 1:46.669 for second place. Zarco was just 0.063 off the best lap of the session.

Continuing with his good feeling from the morning session, Zarco was soon up at the front in the qualifying session, maintaining the position whilst steadily lowering his times. It was on his second stint that the Ajo Motorsport rider clinched pole, setting a 1:45.895 lap that was a new record for fastest lap of the circuit. He had set two consecutive pole-worthy times and was the only rider to go below the 1:46 mark.

The Moto2 Catalan GP starts at 12:20pm local time on Sunday. Zarco is determined to take another win, to allow him to increase his advantage at the head of the World Championship standings.

5 JOHANN ZARCO

"This pole position has been a great gift for the good work we have done so far. Since yesterday, from the first Free Practices sessions, we have set good fast laps and had a good pace on used tyres, so we're well prepared for tomorrow's race. The goal is to take victory.

Starting from pole position is important, as it would have been to start from anywhere on the front row. This gives you more options to win the race. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I will try to escape and try to ride smart. I’ll be fighting against the other riders to try to cross the finish line first."


Schrotter to bolt from 6th row in Catalunya

Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter will begin the challenging Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Moto2 race from 16th position on the grid after a tireless qualifying performance today in Barcelona. As the practice session began, the young German got straight to work as he intended to clinch a top qualifying position for the 23 lap battle tomorrow. After concluding a total of 17 laps, and despite a fall in the final third of the session, Schrotter met the chequered flag in 16th position and merely six tenths back from the front row. In addition, his display today was an improvement of 1.126 seconds from his qualifying time last year highlighting a huge step forward in performance with the overall pole position time being just six tenths of a second quicker. Tomorrow, he will aim to fight to a points scoring finish aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s self designed and built Mistral 610, in the fiercely competitive intermediate class.

Meanwhile on the opposite side of the pit box, Ricky Cardus suffered cruel luck in the Moto2 qualifying session and will begin his home Grand prix from 30th position on the grid. The Spaniard was unfortunate to fall at the third corner not long after the 45 minute shootout had started, but limped back to the Tech3 Racing Team’s pit box where the bike was repaired instantly to a level that allowed him to return to the track. Cardus then intended to move further up the field, yet experienced more bad luck with braking issues affecting his run. However, he persevered and ultimately completed 12 laps before finishing with a best time of 1’48.044.

Marcel Schrotter : 16th - Time : 1'46.806 - Laps : 17

"Overall, 16th is quite a good qualifying position when you consider how tricky this weekend has been for us so far. Yesterday and this morning were especially challenging but we really made a good step forward in qualifying. The bike’s handling improved plus my feeling got much better so I could ride how I wanted to. I am happy about the time that I posted as everyone knows how competitive Moto2 is, but of course we are still further back from where we want to be. The level of competition is so high in this class so we need to make the next step forward and we are always trying. It’s a matter of luck to find a clear run with new tyres as you only get three laps or so on the new rubber, so every lap is vital, especially in this class. The grid position for tomorrow is not ideal but I have a good chance of getting a points scoring finish in the race. Now we just need to make a few adjustments in order to increase the tyre life a bit more which will boost my confidence, yet aside from that I am ready for the challenge."

Ricky Cardus : 30th - Time : 1'48.044 - Laps : 12

"It goes without saying that it was a disastrous qualifying today and to start from 30th on the grid is not ideal in the slightest. The session was incident packed from the word go for me. Firstly, on my second lap I had a moment with Morbidelli who was close to me and quite aggressive so I slowed down to let him past as I didn’t want to risk anything. However, then a few laps later, when I was at the third corner, I tried a different racing line for the exit of the turn and then crashed. I picked the bike up and went straight back to the pit box where the team did an amazing job. The bike was quite damaged and they repaired it as well as they could in just 20 minutes. I then went back out but the braking level was inconsistent and kept dropping so I couldn’t ride two consecutive laps. Nevertheless, I am so disappointed to have crashed and to be starting the race from 30th. However, tomorrow I am determined to have a good warm up, undertake a strong start, concentrate and then do my best in the race."


Round Number: 
7
2015

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