Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after practice on Friday at Brno:
Jorge Navarro fastest of Repsol riders at Brno
Spaniard takes sixth place on first day in the Czech Republic, with teammate Fabio Quartararo nineteenth and Maria Herrera thirty-second.
The Moto3 World Championship moved from Indianapolis to Brno this week, for the Czech Republic Grand Prix. On the opening day at the circuit, Jorge Navarro –who has the advantage of already knowing the circuit from last year– was the highest placing of the three Repsol riders at the end of the two free practice sessions. Fabio Quartararo and Maria Herera dedicated the entire day to learning the secrets of the Czech track, placing nineteenth and thirty-second, respectively.
In the morning session Navarro set the eighth fastest time, 0.684s off Efren Vazquez –the fastest in the first free practice. Quartararo was fourteenth, 1.230s off the top, whilst Herrera suffered a small crash and concluded thirty-third.
In the second free practice, Navarro again proved to be very comfortable at the Czech track, clocking the fifth fastest time of the session –sixth quickest overall. Navarro was eventually 0.430s off World Championship leader Danny Kent, who was the fastest on day one. Quartararo set the seventeenth best time of the afternoon, for nineteenth overall, around 1.5s down on Kent. Herrera improved her morning time by 1.5s for the thirty-second fastest lap of the day.
Tomorrow the Moto3 riders enjoy a third free practice session, followed by qualifying for Sunday's race.
Fabio Quartararo 19th 2:09.930 30 laps 162 km
"The Brno circuit is very difficult and I struggled a bit today. Because of its chicanes, the track reminds me a little of Mugello and it just isn’t suited to my riding style yet. For tomorrow I have to learn it better and finish working out my lines, but we also have to improve the setup. I have room for improvement and the bike does too, so we will work hard."
Jorge Navarro 6th 2:08.913 30 laps 162 km
"Today we did a good job. In the first practice we were very fast and consistent and in the afternoon we were also quick, but maybe we lacked a little consistency when we put the new tyres on: I encountered traffic and could not keep up. We are clear about where we need to improve tomorrow; in the last free practice the aim will be to ride consistently with race tyres, as well as stepping up the pace and putting in a fast lap."
Maria Herrera 32nd 2:11.063 28 laps 151 km
"In the morning practice I lost some time and I couldn’t ride the closing laps, which are important with new tyres. In the afternoon we focused on finding a good setup that allows me to ride comfortably on the bike, and I think we are on the right track. Tomorrow I hope to take a step forward, especially with my lines. Brno is a new circuit for me –from the outside it looks easier than it really is– and I still have to learn it a little better."
LEOPARD RACING IN FORM AGAIN AT BRNO
Leopard Racing’s Danny Kent, who else should set the fastest lap time during the opening sessions for round eleven of this year’s Moto3 world series whilst team mate Efren Vazquez underlined his competitiveness once again as he finished this morning’s FP1 in first position before concluding Friday at the Brno circuit in fourth overall. The team’s championship rookie Hiroki Ono delivered a surprise with a huge improvement during this afternoon’s second session, which he finished with the tenth fastest lap time at his very first visit to the demanding Czech track.
Hot summer weather welcomed riders and teams for the opening day in Brno with temperatures increased up to 31 degrees ambient and 44 degrees track temperatures during the second free practice session shortly after lunch time.
Leopard Racing’s rider line up with series leader Danny Kent alongside his compatriots Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono played their role as front runners during both sessions. Experienced Spaniard Vazquez was the early pace setter this morning, ahead of Kent, whilst the latter showed once again untouchable performance during FP2. Already this one-two in the morning underlined that there are not any affects from last Sunday’s unlucky Indy outcome.
22 year young Hiroki Ono rounded up the team’s strong display today with a truly unexpected ride during FP2 to set the tenth fastest lap time even though he had a minor crash to report this morning.
Moto3 action will continue Saturday morning with the final free practice session before teams and riders set to prepare for the all-important qualifying practice at lunch time.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ (FP1: P1 - 2´08.700 (15/15) / FP2: P4 - 2´08.845 (12/13)):
“Well, I think we did a good job during both practice sessions today but I just made a small mistake in one corner towards the end of FP2. So need to concentrate now on this thing in order to find the best possible solution for it. I also just was focussed to get a good rhythm for the race and our pace is already strong. We’re not far away from the other top riders in terms of lap times, so in general we’re in good position thus far for the remaining weekend.”
#52 Danny KENT (FP1: P2 - 2´08.8520 (12/14) / FP2: P1 - 2´08.483 (14/14)):
“Obviously it was another good day for us to start the weekend that strong. The feeling with the bike is ok even the wind was quite strong today, which of course has brought a few problems in some corners as it was pushing the bike a bit wide. But in general I’ happy to finish day one as fastest rider, we were working hard on our race pace as well, so we know already that we’ll be strong enough on Sunday.”
#76 Hiroki ONO (FP1: P21 - 2´10.439 (6/16) / FP2: P10 - 2´09.544 (12/14)):
“In my opinion it was a very positive day and I think that it came a bit surprisingly to finish in this position. As expected and already said this track isn’t easy to understand, but I like it from the very first laps out on track. As soon as FP2 got underway this afternoon my lap times came quite easy, so I think this track layout suites my riding style very, very well. I think we can expect a lot from the remaining weekend.”
Great start to Czech GP for Binder
South African enjoys best start to a weekend of the season, with second best time in Brno. Miguel Oliveira places seventh and home rider Karel Hanika fourteenth.
08/14/2015 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
A week after the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, the World Championship hits the Automotodrom Brno this weekend for the eleventh round of the year. There was a promising start for Brad Binder, who after going fifth fastest in the morning climbed to second place in the afternoon free practice session. Also improving their times from session to session were Miguel Oliveira and Karel Hanika, who finished the first day with the seventh and fourteenth fastest laps, respectively.
Good weather and track temperatures of 34ºC allowed the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to make a quick start to the weekend. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder went out together and led the way early on, with Binder also doing so later on. He eventually had to settle for fifth place -2:08.988-, just behind teammate Oliveira, who improved his top time on the penultimate lap -2:08.948. Home rider Karel Hanika made a slower start, but on his final lap he was able to climb to thirteenth place -2:09.927.
As the track temperatures rose to 50ºC, the Red Bull KTM Ajo went out to improve their times in the afternoon. All three set their best laps on their final attempt: Binder showed great pace throughout the 40 minutes and placed second, with a time of 2:08.650. Oliveira was sixth -2:08.917- and twelfth -2:09.622- was Hanika, who hopes to go much faster tomorrow.
Tomorrow at 12:35pm, fight begins for the eleventh pole position of the season. Miguel Oliveira has the opportunity to take a second consecutive front row start, after that achieved in Indianapolis.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"The day went well. After the first practice we had to change some things with the bike and in the second session we managed to improve in some aspects, but we still have work to do, especially with the front end because it is stepping out on fast corners. Tomorrow we will solve this, and we'll give everything to have a good qualifying session. I'm happy because the team are doing a great job and we must continue in this way to get a good result this weekend."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Today was one of my best Fridays so far this season. In the morning I had a good feeling, but on the last run we had problems with the rear tyre, which prevented me from improving my times. The afternoon session also went well, but in the end we made some changes which did not give the results we had expected. Before that I was able to check that we have a good setup and I'm very happy. We must continue working so we can have a good weekend."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"Today was a difficult day for us. It's my home race and I started enthusiastically in the practices, concentrating on achieving the best setup for the bike. In the afternoon the heat rose and riding became more difficult. There are some sections of the track where we still have to improve, so tomorrow we will have to work harder and better, both on the setup of the bike and on my riding. This evening I will finish analysing where we lost time and introduce any changes that are necessary. I hope we can be faster tomorrow and where we want to be."
Positive signals for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at Brno
Fenati rounds out the top five on the combined timesheets, good set-up and race pace for him
Migno improves his times but is still looking for the right set-up solution
Brno, August 14, 2015. First day of free practice for the Sky Racing Team VR46 on the Automotodrom Brno that is to host the bwin Grand Prix České republiky. One more flying start for Romano Fenati who extends his recent positive streak. In the first session, the rider from Ascoli Piceno finished third with 2'08.908 after he had topped the timesheets in the first part of FP1. In the second round instead, track conditions were affected by rising temperatures that reached 40˚C when Fenati crashed after losing the feeling with the soft front wheel. Luckily he was not hurt and was able to keep a good race pace in both practice sessions also thanks to a good set-up. In fact, Romano ended in fifth on the combined timesheets (2'09.491).
Improving times for Andrea Migno, lapping well but still looking for the right set-up solution. He ended the first free practice day in 20th with 2’10.176 (up from 24th in the morning session with 2’10.595).
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
It was a good day, too bad for Romano’s crash as the soft rubber was not suited to today’s hot ground temperatures. We did a good job anyway, we have the rubber strategy already figured out ahead of the race. Romano got a great pace and that’s the most important thing.
Also Migno made some improvements on this track. He is doing a great job but we still have to improve further ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying. Our aim is to try and qualify as high up as possible, otherwise the race will inevitably be uphill for us.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
We made a few slight changes in the setting that I did not appreciate that much actually, but that in any case brought about positive results, as they improved rear grip levels and the bike balance. As for tomorrow, we will have to keep on working in order to get a good feeling with the front and try to make the most of the M tyres, since with the S ones, which are very soft and tend to flex a bit, I lost some feeling with the front.
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
I feel my driving is good, I am working hard, but we still have to find the right set-up. Once we have got it, I think we will be able to further improve, we have good chances to pull off a great race.
Capricious first day at demanding Brno
The first day of practices after his maiden Grand Prix win was not too easy for Livio Loi. RW Racing GP’s Belgian rider experienced volatile results at Brno, where round 11 of the Moto3 world championship is held this weekend.
In both practices Loi was between tenth and fifteenth for most of the time, but by the end of the session he dropped back. Loi ended FP2 in a disappointing 25th after a lap time of 2.10,326.
With an air temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and a ground temperature of 45 degrees during the afternoon practice it was scorching hot at the Automotodrom Brno, making the twisty track even more demanding than it already is. It was especially in the tortuous sections where Loi lost valuable time.
“We are not in great form yet,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen admitted. “To be faster, especially in the winding parts of the track, with its many chicanes, Livio will have to adjust and change his riding style. This might take some extra effort, but we still have time tomorrow. We will also try to give Livio more feeling in the front by some adjustments of the bike.”
Livio Loi – 25 (2.10,326)
“It is not an easy day. Sure, I’m a bit tired from the trip to Indianapolis and the emotions of winning the race, but that may never be an excuse. We’ll just have to get up and going and get things done tomorrow.”
BASTIANINI AND LOCATELLI LOOKING FOR A BETTER SET-UP FOR HOT AND BUMPY BRNO
The first day of free practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix at the Brno circuit saw the Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders, Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli, facing high temperatures and a slippery and bumpy track. Conditions that complicated the work of the technicians, busy looking for a set-up that can adapt to the track characteristics and thus allow the riders to reach a greater efficiency on corner entry.
Sixth after the morning session with a lap time of 2’09”282, Enea Bastianini was unable to improve his lap time in the afternoon, closing the combined classification of the times in eighth place: the 17-year-old rider from Rimini struggled with chattering and tomorrow he will try to be faster especially on corner entry.
Also Bastianini’s team mate, Andrea Locatelli, could not improve the performance scored in the first session, 2’10”201: the 18-year-old rider from Selvino, who had a slight crash in the final stages of the second session, thus ending the day in 25th position.
ENEA BASTIANINI (8th - 2'09"282)
“The day started quite well this morning, although I had to regain the right feeling with the track, which has changed a lot compared to last year, with many more holes. Later, however, we couldn’t make a good job and at the moment I’m not very happy with my bike’s behaviour. I’m struggling to have a good cornering speed so now we will try to identify what is the main problem, because to absolutely need to change rhythm if we want to stay on top. In the afternoon I was not able to complete a good lap because I have always suffered a bit of chattering: the bike is moving and therefore I can’t hold the line into the corner and I’m not able to be as fast as I would like. However, we hope to be able to solve our problems tomorrow”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (25th - 2'10"201)
“At the end of the second session I tried to push a bit more than this morning, but I crashed: we made some changes to the set-up of the bike but they have not worked and this probably led me to this mistake. Before the fall I was improving my lap time, but tomorrow we will return back to the base set-up we had used this morning, because in the first session my feeling with the bike was better. Too bad, today it went like this: it can happen, when you push to find the limit. Hopefully we can start tomorrow with a good base that can give me more confidence, especially on corner entry, where there are so many bumps”.
“Today we faced a very different track from last year: it’s more slippery and there are many bumps and this has complicated a little our work; moreover, in the afternoon the temperatures raised, so it was really difficult to improve the lap times. Enea is not very far from the fastest, though: he’s struggling with some chattering and we are working especially to give him a more stable bike, which can allow him to ride and to work better. Locatelli was improving his performance when unfortunately he crashes: it’s a pity, but we are confident that he can improve tomorrow”.
Moto3 - Very difficult day for San Carlo Italia Team at Brno
Manzi and Ferrari are far from reference group, but they haven’t lost their trust for tomorrow.
Moto 3 World Championship comes back in Europe and during the opening day at Automotodrom Brno confirmed track values expressed in all the season. During the second free practices session, world championship frontrunner Danny Kent (Honda) gained best time in 2'08"483, meanwhile entire “entry class” team has to find right remedial for this weekend.
San Carlo Italia Team has the same problem because Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari are far in ranking summary FP1-FP2 times, but it has some ideas in order to go up into raking starting from tomorrow. Stefano Manzi (2'11"202, 33rd) has always run very well on this track with Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and today he made his better, so during the second round he found the way to placed himself on interesting levels among ranking and race.
Not far from the sixteen rider of Rimini, Matteo Ferrari (2'11"471, 34th) worked with the team in order to find a perfect riding feeling, necessary to express himself at his best along 5.403 meters of Brno circuit.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 33rd, 2'11"202
"This morning we didn’t started at our best, so during this afternoon round we decided to restart with some cheering signals. I run all the possible to found again the trust and make my rhytm. Even if ranking doesn’t give us the best credit, I think we made some progress that we give more chances for tomorrow."
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 34th, 2'11"471
"A very complicated day. I made my time alone, but we are very far to the best places. Tomorrow we will try to improve moto balancing, in particular I need to find the right way to ride my moto among the bends. I’m sure we will find the best solutions working with the team."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Manzi has a slow but continuous progression. Even if we are very far from our reference group, we will be optimist about this weekend. Stefano improved himself during rounds, working with the team. We trust to achieve his ideal time (2'10") and if is possibile to will make it better tomorrow in order to approach our target. About Ferrari, this morning his performance was affected by a gear ratios that we changed during the practices. In the afternoon, he didn’t reach his level at Brno. With a little bit of conviction, tomorrow Ferrari will get up ranking."
Rabat sets scorching hot pace in boiling Brno
Brno, Czech Republic - 14 August 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat battled the most extreme conditions experienced so far in the 2015 Moto2 World Championship in Brno today to top the opening practice timesheets.
A draining heat wave in the Czech Republic saw ambient temperatures peak at 33 degrees for FP2, while sizzling track temperatures hit close to 50 degrees to make finding grip the main focus for Rabat and teammate Alex Marquez.
Rabat excelled in the physically and mentally demanding conditions to set a best lap of 2.02.714, which was within 0.4s of the Spaniard’s own lap record he set on his way to winning the 2014 Brno race from pole position.
Marquez too was in impressive form this afternoon and the 19-year-old was able to drop his lap time by close to a second compared to his best pace in marginally cooler conditions this morning.
A personal best time of 2.03.717 put Marquez in 12th place but he was less than half-a-second away from the top six, as he made excellent progress in setting up his Kalex machine for the slippery track conditions.
Tito Rabat: 1st - 2’02.714
“The conditions today were very difficult because it was so hot but I don’t mind riding in this heat. I train a lot on the bike at Almeria in Spain where it can be even hotter than this, so I know I am physically and mentally prepared for this extreme weather. I am happy to be fastest but not completely satisfied with the set-up of the bike and I know we can improve tomorrow.”
Alex Marquez: 12th - 2’03.717
“Brno is a very difficult track because it is long and technical, so you need all of the first session to learn it. The position in FP1 was not so good but I knew I could improve a lot in FP2 and I did because I was around the top 10 for the whole of this afternoon. It is only Friday but I am happy with my own performance and really happy with the work of the team because the bike worked well in challenging track conditions. The temperature is really hot and you can feel it on the bike, but when you are 100% concentrated on the track you don’t think about it.”
Naoya Kaneko: Alex Marquez Chief Engineer
“The extremely hot weather meant the track conditions were not easy, so considering how low the grip was it was a very good start from Alex. He finished only one second slower than Tito, who is already faster than he was on Friday at least year’s race, despite the heat. We need to find 0.5s to be higher up but Alex was very consistent today and he could lap closely to his best pace for many laps. He can improve his lines in T2 and T3 but that comes from experience and I am optimistic that he can qualify inside the top 10 for the first time tomorrow.”
COMPLICATED FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE AT BRNO FOR SIMEON
Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine, Xavier Siméon ended today the first day of pratice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix in 17th position: tenth fastest in the morning with 2’03”918, the 25-year-old Belgian rider was not able to improve his performance in the afternoon session, thus closing the day 1.2 seconds off the pace.
Tomorrow, together with his technicians, Siméon will try to find a solution to the issues encountered today, which are not allowing him to reach a good feeling with the bike and to keep a good cornering speed.
XAVIER SIMÉON (17th - 2'03"918)
“It wasn’t a good day: we are far behind and at the moment my feeling with the bike is not so good. We are in trouble because the issues are more or less the same we had in Indianapolis and it’s difficult to say why, given that we had never had them before. We must find a solution quickly, because this is definitely not our level of competitiveness and this is not the position we want to occupy. It’s true that the track is slippery because it it’s very hot, but the conditions are the same for everyone, so there is no excuse: we must work hard to reduce the gap to the front. On this track it’s important to be able to have a good cornering speed and right now I cannot get it”.
“A difficult first day, in which Xavier couldn’t find the right feeling with the bike: on this track we were hoping to start well the weekend, but we didn’t succeed. The track conditions, very slippery, and the high temperatures certainly are not helping us, however we have some ideas to put into practice tomorrow, through which we hope to be able to reduce the gap from the fastest”.
Zarco makes strong start at Brno
Ajo Motorsport rider ends first day of Czech GP satisfied with fourth fastest time.
08/14/2015 - Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic
Johann Zarco provided his typical good start to a Grand Prix weekend at Brno on Friday. The Ajo Motorsport rider dominated the first practice session at the Automotodrom Brno, whilst in the second session he worked with used tyres in order to find the ideal pace for the race. In the combined timesheet for the first day of the Czech GP, Zarco placed fourth, just 0.260s off the top spot.
Zarco led the way for the entirety of the first 45 minute session. From the first lap, and despite the high track temperatures of 45ºC, the Frenchman set an unattainable pace for the rest of the grid. In the middle of the session he set his best time of the morning: 2:03.082. Whilst the gap to his time was reduced before the end, it still stood at 3 tenths of a second.
The second session saw the Ajo Motorsport rider going out on track with used tyres, to work on his pace with the race in mind. This did not prevent him from looking for the fastest lap of the first day. Despite not quite managing to do so, in finishing fourth –with a time of 2:02.974–, the Ajo Motorsport rider lowered his lap time from the morning, becoming one of only four men to break into the 2:02 mark.
After the third row he took at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, Johann Zarco will look for a fifth pole position of the season in qualifying from 3:05pm tomorrow.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"We started much better than last week in Indianapolis, as this track is better suited to my way of riding. In the first practice I was surprised at how well the bike was going and it was great news to go fastest so early on. In the afternoon I rode with used tyres and we gathered some very valuable data. Now we will stay calm and keep working hard with the team.
Tomorrow we will have to get more data in free practice, to prepare for the race. In the qualifying session I want to fight to get onto the front row of the grid again and, if possible, fight for pole. It will be important to get a good position on the grid for the race on Sunday."