2015 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Friday Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after practice on Friday:


STILL A LOT OF WORK TO DO FOR LEOPARD RACING AT THE ISLAND

Series leader Danny Kent concluded the opening at the Phillip Island Circuit second fastest in the combined time sheets, but due to technical issues he couldn’t do any single lap this afternoon, whilst Efren Vazquez also missed valuable practice time, but on his hand due to the changeable weather conditions. Young Spaniard Joan Mir, who substitutes regular entry Hiroki Ono this time, delivered a solid debut at world stage.

After the teams and riders were welcomed by bright skies and warm temperatures at the previous days at the small island, just less than 150 kilometres south of Melbourne, things changed today to more usual conditions with cooler temperatures and intermitted drizzling rain throughout the whole day which affect in particular this afternoon’s second practice.

But it was obviously a material damage at Kent’s bike, for which this season’s dominant rider was forced to stay in the team’s garage during the 40 minute long session, whilst his main rival for the Moto3 title took the most benefit from FP2, although the conditions were very changeable this afternoon. Kent and his crew are investigating the bike’s clutch now for tomorrow’s qualifying in order to be prepared in the best possible way. Nevertheless, six time’s season winner Kent from the UK started strong into this weekend’s round 16 in Down Under to conclude Friday in second position in the combined practice times.

Likewise Kent, also experienced Efren Vazquez delivered a strong start today as he was recorded with the third fastest lap time this morning. In comparison to some other riders, the 29-year old from Spain’s Basque part failed to improve his lap time in the afternoon, but Vazquez is confident after he was able to find a good feeling with the track and with the bike immediately.

On the other side, Spanish youngster Joan Mir displayed his speedy talent with significant improvements this afternoon after he adapted quickly to the team’s machine and to his crew. Mir set the 21-fastest lap time in tricky conditions.

#7 Efren VAZQUEZ (FP1: P3 - 1´37.876 (6/18) / FP2: P17 - 1´38.792 (7/7)):

“I have to admit that today went so-so. I was able to get a good feeling immediately this morning whilst we missed 50 percent of practice time in the afternoon due to some drizzling rain. In any case the feeling is not so bad but there is some more work ahead of us for tomorrow morning, but in any case we will continue in the same way.”

#52 Danny KENT (FP1: P2 - 1´37.419 (12/18) / FP2: --):

“Overall we are second placed in the combined time sheets but there could have been a lot more of positive things to tell because we just were able to use FP1 to our utmost whilst we couldn’t do any laps during the second session due to a material defect at the clutch. So we need to find out what the problem is. In any case, during this morning’s first practice, I had quite a good feeling and we know the areas where we can improve. I think things are looking good, so we just need to explore the reason for the problem in order to get ready for tomorrow.”

#36 Joan MIR (FP1: P30 - 1´40.151 (6/18) / FP2: P21 - 1´39.023 (11/11)):

“Well, the first impressions from my step into World Championship after one day of practice are great. I already learned so much just with the very first outing today. FP1 this morning was in general to settle with this for me different bike and to get to know my crew the way they are working. The bike is similar to that one I race with in CEV, but this bike has more power so I’m really impressed. In the afternoon we made significant progress and I’m really happy with my result today. I think to conclude the first day in P23 overall isn’t that bad. We also learned a lot by adjusting the setting as we endured problems with the front. I lost it many times in breaking zones, so we know exactly where we can improve for tomorrow, particular with the suspension. But in general I’m happy and I try to enjoy tomorrow too.”


Navarro remains up in front, Down Under

Repsol rider sets third fastest time of the day at Phillip Island. Maria Herrera has a good performance on her first contact with the Australian track in 22nd. Fabio Quartararo, still recovering from injury, finishes 32nd.

Cold, rain and wind welcomed the riders of the Moto3 World Championship on their visit to Phillip Island. With difficult and ever-changing weather conditions, the Moto3 field came up against strong winds this morning that are of particular hinderance to the lower cylinder class. Keeping this in mind, Jorge Navarro chose to be prudent, setting the thirteenth fastest time of FP1 –just over half a second off top man Miguel Oliveira. In the afternoon, the Repsol rider took a step forward, lowering his previous best time by just over 1 second –1:37.531– and heading the FP2 timesheet, albeit third in the combined standings for Friday.

Maria Herrera had a very good first day of practice at Phillip Island. On an unfamiliar track, the Repsol rider made great progress between the first and the second session, finishing in a praiseworthy twenty-second and just 1.8s off Oliveira.

Fabio Quartararo, still struggling for fitness due to an injury to his right ankle, finished the opening day in thirty-second position.

Fabio Quartararo 32nd 1:39.783 27 laps 120 km

"This track is amazing. It's a shame that we could not make the most of the second session. I am feeling some improvement with my foot, but I still can’t put much weight on it and now it is beginning to hurt. I think it will gradually improve. I will also try to increase my pace. The second session was a bit difficult, because we could only put in a few laps and that did not help us to improve. I still do not have the same confidence as when my foot is in good shape, and I’m finding it hard to regain my feeling on the bike, but I’m sure it will return gradually. Now we have to see on the telemetry where we can continue to improve tomorrow."

Jorge Navarro 3rd 1:37.531 26 laps 116 km

"We did a good job this morning. We decided to run the harder rear tyre option, knowing we were going to sacrifice the first session in part, but it helped me to work more with a tyre that I did not like. In the afternoon, when we went out with the medium option, I felt better; although we could not spend much time on the track, I think I set a good time given the conditions. I'm happy, but we must continue working to further improve tomorrow."

Maria Herrera 22nd 1:39.021 31 laps 138 km

"In the first stint I had to adapt to the wind. It was something I had already been warned about, so I didn’t think about if it bothered me or not and I concentrated on learning the racing line, by watching how other riders with more experience here were riding. I think I've adapted quite well and in the second session, although it rained a bit, we waited until the track was in better condition. Then I went out and lowered my times from the start, and I felt more comfortable. I think that tomorrow we can improve a fair bit, and that this track suits my riding style quite well."


Good feelings for the Sky Racing Team VR46 after the first free practice at Phillip Island

Romano gets the perfect driving style and set-up in no time, ending the second session in fourth

Track conditions badly affect Migno’s performance as he struggles to find the right feeling over few laps

Fourth time for Romano Fenati at the end of the second free practice session at Phillip Island. The Sky Team Racing VR46 rider got off to a promising start at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, despite the tricky track conditions that prevented Moto3 riders from enjoying the second session to the full. The rain of the previous hours actually disabled turn 2 for most of the session, forcing riders to the pits for several minutes. Romano still managed to improve his driving and the bike set-up, also improving his time between the sessions (from 1'38.148 to 1'37. 891).

The track conditions badly affected Andrea Migno’s overall performance as he failed to find the best feeling on the Australian track. He finished 28th on the combined timesheets in 1'39.948.

THE TEAM

PABLO NIETO / Team Manager

It was kind of a funny day. We worked very well with Romano, too bad we could not ride more because of the rain. Some parts of the track, in fact, were wet and we only rode for 15 minutes. Romano has got a great feeling with the bike, being in the top four is a positive result. Now we must continue on this path and try to best fix the bike ahead of the race.

That is not an ideal situation for Migno as general track conditions were not that optimum because of cool temperatures and lack of grip. But I believe that tomorrow we may see him in the top fifteen.

ROMANO FENATI / Rider

It was a good day, given the results. Irrespectively of the timesheets, we made a key step forward in terms of driving and set-up and I’m very happy about it. Tomorrow we’ll try to pull off a good qualifying.

ANDREA MIGNO / Rider

There was not much time to work on the bike, that’s why we are still lagging behind a bit. We’ll try to make up for it tomorrow by focusing on those aspects we could not test on this very first day on track.


Loi ends chilly day at the Island in ninth

Livio Loi started well on the first day of the Australian Grand Prix, despite the weather, with fifteenth in FP1 (1.38,986), ninth in FP2 (1.38,308) and twelfth overall. Only half of the second free practice was useful for the Moto3 riders at Phillip Island.

It’s known that the weather in the Melbourne area in this time of year is as fickle as possible. Yesterday it was like an oven with 32 degrees Celsius and not a breath of wind. Today it was cold (15 degrees), windy and drizzling. The weather affected both of the sessions for Moto3. In the morning it was a sudden strong wind rising, in the afternoon it was drizzle that dampened the track and forced riders to stay in to wait for the track to dry. Yet Livio Loi managed to set the ninth fasted time in the 17 minutes of practice that were left.

“In these conditions it always is tricky,” RW Racing GP team manager Jarno Janssen commented. “How much risk are you willing to take? It was far from wet enough to run on rain tyres, but not dry enough for slicks. After sitting out half of the session there was only little time left, but Livio used it well and set a decent lap time without taking risks.”

Livio Loi – 9 (1.38,308)

“We’ve had some nice days since we arrived here on Tuesday morning. The weather was great for some running on the beach and relaxing a bit. But today the weather was completely different. In FP1 this morning I started well, but in the final stages of the session the wind was getting up and that caused me some problems. It was easier for the heavier guys to cope with than it was for me, but still fifteenth wasn’t that bad. This afternoon it was kinda difficult as well. By the time we got out the circumstances were reasonable and I’m happy with ninth. I was able to build up speed lap by lap, carefully looking where the damp patches were. Luckily for tomorrow the weather forecast is better.”


Miguel Oliveira dominates first day at Phillip Island

Red Bull KTM Ajo sets best time of two Friday practices for Australian GP. Binder places fourth and Hanika sixteenth.

10/16/2015 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

The spectacular Phillip Island circuit welcomed the World Championship for another season on Friday, hosting the sixteenth round of 2015. After the first two free practice sessions, Miguel Oliveira is the early pace setter, with the fastest time of the whole day in the morning and third quickest in a second session affected by rain. Brad Binder was fourth on the combined timesheet and Karel Hanika was sixteenth.

Just like at Motegi, the Red Bull KTM Ajo team began the weekend strong; the team’s three riders were up in the Top 10 during FP1, and Oliveira headed the timesheets. The Portuguese put in a 1:37.209 best lap and was out in front right from his first lap. Oliveira set the best time of the session with three minutes remaining, followed closely by Binder in fourth -1:38.091- and Hanika, in eighth -1:38.383.

A wet track with damp areas due to intermittent rain between sessions forced the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders to pit before completing their first lap in the afternoon. It was not until later, with 15 minutes remaining of the session, that Hanika, Oliveira and Binder got back onboard their KTM bikes. Despite the track conditions, Brad Binder took advantage of the four laps he completed to improve on his morning best time and set the second fastest lap in FP2: 1:37.698. Third was Oliveira -1:37.803- and fourteenth Hanika with a 1:38.611.

Tomorrow the trio will look to earn a place on the front row of the starting grid for the Australian Grand Prix. The Moto3 qualifying session will take place an hour later than usual, at 1:35pm local time -4:35am in Europe (CET) .

44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA

"This first day went pretty well. We were fastest in the first session and in the afternoon the conditions were different. The track conditions were tricky because it rained and we decided to go out in the last 10 minutes. We finished third, without improving our time. In any case, we are happy with how the day went, we are working with the aim of always being high up on the timesheets and fighting for the podium in the race."

41 BRAD BINDER

"Today was a good first day of practice for me. I felt comfortable from the first stint in FP1, although we could still work on the setup. We were fourth fastest, which is not a bad start.

Looking ahead to the second session, we made some changes to the bike, but because of the track conditions it is difficult to verify the results. With 10 minutes left we went out and pushed hard. I am happy because second position in that session is good. We improved our lap times, and I feel that we still have room for improvement."

98 KAREL HANIKA

"Despite the position on the combined timesheet, we are quite happy with how the day went. Although the track conditions were not the best, we were able to complete many laps and gather valuable data for the setup. In the first session I tried to find a good line and have a good feeling on the very fast corners, which is not easy with the wind. And we succeeded.

In the second session we made changes to the front end and, with worn tyres, we were able to ride with a good pace alone. This is precisely what makes me most happy today. Tomorrow I hope that new tyres and a slipstream help us gain some positions. I’m eager for qualifying."


PROMISING OPENING DAY FOR BASTIANINI AND LOCATELLI AT THE ISLAND

The variable weather conditions at Phillip Island played a major part in today’s first practice day for the Australian Grand Prix. After obtaining the 18th and 22dn fastest time in the morning session, Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli were able to hit the track again only for the last 10 minutes of the second session due to a damp track.

Hovewe, Bastianini managed to improve from the morning, clocking 1’38”368 at the end of the session, 14th fastest time in the combined classification: in the short time available, the 17-year-old rider from Rimini could also test some changes to the set-up that helped him to improve his speed especially in the fast corners. This makes him confident ahead of tomorrow for the third and final free practice session and Qualifying.

Today was a promising first day also for Andrea Locatelli: the rider from Selvino, who turns 19 today, although he could not improve in the afternoon due to a vibration issue on his bike, he’s confident ahead of tomorrow: in the morning in fact, despite the physical problems related to the fracture of the coccyx suffered in Misano, the gap from the other riders was not very high.

ENEA BASTIANINI (14th - 1'38"368)

“In the afternoon, despite the weather slowed down a bit our work, we were able to try a few solutions on the bike that worked well: we have therefore improved compared to the morning session, during which I struggled especially in the fast corners. However, there is room to improve further so we are not worried: tomorrow we will have the time to continue to work on the set-up and try to prepare in the best possible way to have a good Qualifying”.

ANDREA LOCATELLI (27th - 1'39"378)

“Unfortunately in the final stages of the second session I could only complete two or three laps, because I felt a strong vibration on the bike: now the first thing we’re going to do is to check what caused this issue. The morning session was not bad at all: the gap from the other riders is lower compared to the previous race and although I still feel a bit of pain, I’m confident for tomorrow. If we will understand what caused the vibration that I had today, we are prepared to do well”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“Unfortunately Enea still has some problems with his shoulder, a result of the fall he took during the practice at Motegi; for this reason he can’t push as hard as he would like. Moreover, today’s practice has also been slowed by bad weather. We didn’t start the weekend very well, but we are not worried: we have the potential to improve and do well. Locatelli is still not physically at his maximum, but in the morning his gap was not so high, so we hope he will continue to grow tomorrow to give something more”.


Johann Zarco finds his feet on a tricky day in Australia

Ajo Motorsport rider finishes first day at Phillip Island in ninth place, amidst mixed track conditions.

10/16/2015 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

Newly crowned Moto2 World Champion Johann Zarco was back onboard his Kalex on Friday to begin the Australian Grand Prix. Intermittent rain between sessions hindered the riders’ work, as at various moments of the first session they had to return to the pits. Nevertheless, the Ajo Motorsport rider was able to improve his feelings in the afternoon and set the ninth best lap on the combined timesheets.

Light rainfall at the end of MotoGP FP1 forced the Moto2 riders to be cautious when they went out on track. So cautious, in fact, that Johann Zarco returned to the pits without completing a single lap. Minutes later and with the track already dry, the Frenchman went back out –only to have to stop again with 15 minutes remaining when the rain flag was shown. That prevented the Ajo Motorsport rider from picking up the pace, and he clocked the seventh fastest time of 1:34.510.

In the afternoon the track conditions improved, and this time Zarco had the full 40 minutes at his disposal. The Frenchman remained in the background, always in the Top 10 but not appearing at the head of the timesheets. At a totally different circuit to Motegi, the Ajo Motorsport rider had to find a new setup, improving over the course of his time on track. His best lap was a 1:33.590, which put him in ninth place.

In the qualifying session tomorrow, the new World Champion will look to take his first Moto2 pole at Phillip Island, after having done so already in 125cc in 2011. The session takes place from 4:05pm local time, 7:05am CET.

5 JOHANN ZARCO

"I'm very happy to be back in Australia. It’s a very interesting circuit -different from the others. It is true that in previous years I did not find it easy to be quick and consistent at this track, so we have work to do. On this first day I was not able to go fastest, but we're working on it. From the first to the second session we took a step forward that allowed us to go faster, but other riders were still quicker. I have to keep calm because here the conditions change so much. I enjoy this circuit; it is special, very fast, and not easy. I have to enjoy myself on the bike."


SIMEON ONLY 0.6 SECONDS OFF THE PACE AFTER DAY ONE AT PHILLIP ISLAND

Aboard the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex machine, Xavier Siméon finished successfully today the first day of practice for the Australian Grand Prix, on the fast circuit of Phillip Island. Despite a violent high side in the morning session, during which he used tyres with the hardest compound available, the 26-year-old Belgian rider recovered quickly in the afternoon, clocking a good 1’33”709 and thus ending the day with a gap of only 0.6 seconds from the fastest, Spaniard Alex Rins. A result that bodes well for Qualifying tomorrow, especially because it was obtained without using new tyres.

XAVIER SIMÉON (11th - 1'33"709)

“This morning we entered the track with extra-hard compound tyres, which we are using here for the first time, and unfortunately I had a bad high-side. In the afternoon we put softer tyres and despite the morning crash I immediately felt at ease with the bike: I had a good feeling for the whole session and I enjoyed riding. What is positive is that at the end of the session we didn’t even used new tyres, so we are happy with the result today. Tomorrow we will try to continue to improve both my feeling that the setting of the bike, to try to get even closer to the top. Following the crash I feel some pain in my back, especially when I have to move on the bike, but I think I won’t have problems to ride”.

FAUSTO GRESINI

“The day started with a bad high-side, but then it ended well, with Simeon who was able to set a good lap time in the second session. The gap from the fastest is really limited and tomorrow it will be important to continue to improve further in order to remain close to the top positions”.


Márquez gets to grips with Island challenge

Phillip Island, Australia - 16 October 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Álex Márquez and Tito Rabat experienced mixed weather conditions and mixed fortunes on the opening day of practice for this weekend’s Australian Moto2 Grand Prix.

Today was a typical day at the fast and flowing Phillip Island track, with FP1 this morning eventually run on a dry track in cool and blustery conditions after a short rain shower disrupted the opening 45-minute session.

This afternoon’s session though took place under clear blue skies and glorious sun, which gave Márquez the perfect opportunity to learn the technically challenging coastal circuit on a Moto2 machine.

The 19-year-old, who finished second from pole position in last year’s historic Moto3 battle, improved his pace by 1.4s this afternoon. Marquez was particularly satisfied with improvements made to high-speed stability in unpredictably windy conditions to finish 15th fastest on combined timesheets.

Former Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat’s heroic attempt to participate in the Phillip Island round, just 11 days after breaking his left arm, were ended by a nasty high-speed crash at the final turn in FP2.

Rabat will play no further part in the Australian Grand Prix weekend, having been deemed not fit to ride by MotoGP medical staff. The 26-year-old Spaniard will travel with the team to Sepang, where he will undergo a further assessment of the injury to his left arm before deciding whether to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Alex Marquez 15th - 1’33.958

“The conditions were not perfect with the wind but these are conditions you get all of the time at Phillip Island. We improved the bike a lot to manage the wind in the fast changes of direction but we need to improve in the slow corners in the second and fourth sector. I followed Zarco and I could see only three points on the lap where I was losing, and two of those we are turn 4 and turn 10. We can also improve rear grip but this track is so great to ride in Moto2. You have the fast corners where the rear is spinning and it demands a lot more concentration than Moto3 because one mistake can be a disaster.”

Tito Rabat: 27th – 1’36.192

“It was a big crash in FP2 but, thankfully, I walked away uninjured and with no further damage to my left arm. The MotoGP medical staff made the decision that I was not fit to race here in Phillip Island and, after the crash, I agree with this. Now I have six more days to recover and I will see how I feel after that."

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“I know Álex was looking to be a bit closer to the top of the timesheet today, but he finished this afternoon’s session knowing exactly where on the track he needs to make up time tomorrow and I’m confident he can do that. Tito was fortunate to walk away uninjured after crashing in the final corner, as we’ve seen before the consequences of going down there. The MotoGP medical staff here have deemed him not fit to ride, so he will take no further part this weekend. He will, however, travel to Sepang, where we will assess his fitness ahead of the Malaysian GP.”


Moto3 - The Riders of San Carlo Team Italia discover the track of Phillip Island

First 'breaking in' practice in Australia for Stefano Manzi and Manuel Pagliani.

Not favourable weather conditions characterised the inaugural day of activity at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for the riders of San Carlo Team Italia. The strong wind and the low temperatures caused several problems to the group of riders of the Moto3 World Championship, which was led by Miguel Oliveira (KTM), in 1'37"209, author of the best time of the day with Manuel Pagliani (31st) and Stefano Manzi (33rd), at 2"446 and 2"587 respectively.

Both at the debut on the Australian track, the two riders of San Carlo Team Italia used the first session of free practice to discover the characteristics of the track with Manzi author of the 27th time in 1'39"796 and Pagliani was 31st in 1'40"199. In the afternoon, with the asphalt wet at the Turn 2 (Southern Loop) because of the rain, fallen in the break between the sessions of practice, Manzi was one of the most active, while his teammate Pagliani left the pit lane in the last minutes.

After he got a 1'39"796 that projected him on the top of the timesheet, Manzi crashed out,without fault, at the 'Doohan Corner', because of one of the usual gust of wind that have always characterised the track of Victoria. For this reason, the sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini finished earlier his second session, while Pagliani was able to improve his position in the standings at the end of the session with the 28th place in 1'39"655, the 31st time in the combined timesheet.

Manuel Pagliani (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #96) 31st, 1'39"655

"This morning I started the first session with calm, trying not to make any mistake in order to discover the secrets of a track that was completely unknown to me. The weather conditions didn't help us, with the strong wind and the cold that characterised the whole day, but we were able to work well. In FP2 I got on track in the middle of the session when the asphalt was already dry, I pushed more and I succeeded in improving the times in the morning. The track is beautiful, I like it, shame for the strong wind that didn't allow us to appreciate it completely."

Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 33rd, 1'39"796

"In the second session, I was among the few riders to ride on wet track. I had a good feeling with the bike and, lap after lap, I was able to get good times and the feeling on the bike kept improving. Unfortunately, at the end, just a little after my best time, I crashed at the Turn1 because of a gust of wind. This is Phillip Island : these things can happen, it's a pity because we had to finish the session earlier. The good news is that I didn't get hurt and the feeling is positive, so tomorrow we will try to carry on this way to improve further."

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

"The first session was just an useful test for us, in order to help the riders to discover the characteristics of the track, but unfortunately the low temperatures and a strong wind disturbed the activity on track. After this first contact, we hoped for a constant progression in FP2, but it was a difficult session. The drops of rain that had fallen during the break poured some parts of the track, so the riders had just few minutes to ride. Manzi rode immediately and maybe that's why he risked a lot, but he expressed excellent levels before he crashed because of a gust of wind. Pagliani waited for the asphalt to dry, and, when he left the pit lane, he managed well the session, improving half a second the time of the morning. The potential expressed by both our riders gives us hope for tomorrow, when we will try to qualify in good positions."


Phillip Island to see old versus new technology in Moto2 action

• Locatelli becomes one of season’s biggest Dunlop #ForeverForward scorers

Phillip Island

In recent years Dunlop has used dual-compound technology to provide better performance where tracks have a significant amount of corners – the time spent leaning puts much more strain on the tyre edges while the centre of the tyre needs to be a different compound so that riders can get the performance they need on the straights. The riders will have a dual-compound option available that was used successfully on this demanding circuit in 2014 but can also choose a tyre incorporating Dunlop’s newest compound technology. For 2015 Dunlop has developed a compound that is so versatile that two different compounds are no longer needed in the same tyre. The ‘Special Hard S1’ will be available to riders for the Phillip Island round of the FIM Moto2 Championship. The tyre has already been used with Johann Zarco and Xavier Simeon winning on the ‘S1’ at Catalunya and the Sachsenring.

Phillip Island 2014 Highlights

At the Phillip Island track, it was another all-medium top-six in Moto3. The medium specification tyre has proved itself repeatedly and become a firm favourite with the riders. Marquez set the new circuit record in qualifying while Miller took a new race lap record while winning in front of his home crowd. Moto2 riders all chose the medium front tyre and the softer of the two bespoke special hard compounds with Rabat setting a new record in qualifying.

Fact: Miller’s home victory was his fifth of the year. Yet again Moto3 saw an incredibly close finish with the top four separated by only 0.044 seconds. The total time difference for all top six riders to the leader was still less than half of a second – that’s still much less that the 1.329 second gap between winner Viñales and Luthi in Moto2.

Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:

“The circuit has mellowed since it was ultra-aggressive after resurfacing before the 2013 race but is renowned for being one of the harshest tracks on the calendar with long fast corners that exert force on the edge of the tyre. The flowing circuit means that the bikes are virtually always leaning which generates significant heat on the tyre walls. The new Dunlop compound is designed to warm up quickly to help performance from the line and have the strength to withstand the stresses from the constant cornering and dissipate the heat.”

Round Number: 
16
2015

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