2016 Magny-Cours World Superbike Friday Post-Practice Press Releases

Press releases from the organizers and teams after the first day of practice at Magny-Cours:

Magny-Cours: Day 1
Davies on Fire as Friday’s Fastest Overall
- Ducati rider fastest again in FP2 -
Davies unstoppable as fastest man on Friday.

Chaz Davies was the man to beat on Friday at Magny-Cours, after finishing at the top of the time sheets in both practice sessions. The Aruba.it Racing – Ducati rider consistently put in faster and faster lap times that saw him break into the 1’37 bracket to earn the first seeding to Tissot-Superpole 2 qualifying on Saturday. Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) said he has his sights set on a podium position this weekend and his FP2 performance showed promise to that as he finished the combined times in second, ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes.

The sun was shining at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours and with temperatures rising, WorldSBK riders were blessed with perfect conditions to prepare for the weekend’s races. The early laps of FP2 saw Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team’s Alex Lowes slide out on turn three, with the number 22 rider limping away on his already injured foot.

Tom Sykes’ session was riddled with bike problems, as his back wheel locked up three times during the afternoon session, forcing him into his pit every time. However that didn’t stop the Brit from momentarily setting the fastest time, as he stormed to the top of the timesheets almost instantly after the first incident, making up for the lost time spent in the garage. The continuous technical problems ended the Kawasaki rider’s practice early, eventually relegating him to third overall.

Reigning Champion Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) finished fourth in the combined standings ahead of Alex Lowes who rejoined the session to finish in the top five. Michael van der Mark (Honda World Superbike Team) came home in sixth after sitting out of FP1 as a result of technical issues, while Barni Racing Team’s Xavi Fores ended the session in seventh.

IodaRacing Team’s Lorenzo Savadori finished eighth while France’s hopes for a victory remain alive with Sylvain Guintoli (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) finishing in ninth. Althea BMW Racing Team's Jordi Torres ended the day in P10, securing his entry to the Tissot-Superpole 2 shootout tomorrow.

Kentucky Kid Nicky Hayden (Honda World Superbike Team) missed out on the top ten and will have to fight it out in Saturday’s Superpole 1 at 10:30am if he wants a chance at the top grid positions. Tissot-Superpole 2 will begin at 10:55 local time (GMT+2) ahead of Race 1.

#FrenchWorldSBK Day 1

Chaz Davies Aruba.it Racing - Ducati 1'37.836

Leon Camier MV Agusta Reparto Corse 1'38.046

Tom Sykes Kawasaki Racing Team 1'38.068

Chaz Davies sets the best time on Friday at Magny-Cours; Davide Giugliano is 15th, hindered by right-shoulder issues

The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati team took it to the track in Magny-Cours (France) for the third-to-last round of the WorldSBK championship, scheduled for September 30 - October 2. At the end of the first two free-practice sessions, Chaz Davies stands firmly at the top of the time sheets. After posting the best time in FP1, the Welshman took four tenths of a second off during FP2 to clock a 1:37.836, a tenth faster than the previous best lap.

Davide Giugliano, hindered by severe pain in his right shoulder – which was injured in a crash during Race 2 in Germany circa two weeks ago – currently sits in 15th position. While post-race medical examinations ruled out fractures, the Italian rider suffered tendon-related issues since his first laps. Having stopped before the end of FP2, Giugliano has been undergoing treatment at Clinica Mobile and will decide whether or not to participate in Race 1 tomorrow morning.

Track action will resume at 08:45 (CET) Saturday for the third and last free-practice session ahead of Superpole and Race 1, which is scheduled to start at 13:00.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #7) 1st

“It’s definitely a good day when you get P1 in both sessions. This morning we’ve been chipping away and getting some feeling, working on the minor details of the bike. In the afternoon, we started exploring the setup a bit since it could be wet tomorrow. We've got down to a good lap time and we also managed to be consistent with used tyres, but towards the end of the session we went a little bit in the wrong direction and lost some grip in the long corners. All in all, we collected some good data for tomorrow and we should be OK if it’s dry, but anyway we’ll take it as it comes.”

Davide Giugliano (Aruba.it Racing - Ducati #34) 15th

“Honestly, I didn’t expect to be in so much pain. The shoulder hurt a lot after the crash but, thanks to an intense physiotherapy program, I was able to recover quite quickly. I underwent treatment between FP1 and FP2 but, despite feeling some relief, the pain intensified as soon as I stepped back on the bike so, together with the team, we decided to take a temporary break. In these physical conditions it’s hard to be competitive in the dry, but in the wet I’d give it a try. At any rate, we’ll make a decision tomorrow morning.”

Third And Fourth For Sykes And Rea On Day One At Magny Cours

The Magny Cours round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship got underway on track today, with Tom Sykes eventually third fastest and Jonathan Rea fourth on their Kawasaki Racing Team Ninja ZX-10Rs.

After two dry practice sessions of an hour each Sykes proved to have few chances to improve on his already impressive morning lap time in the afternoon session, due to a technical issue with his rear brake system. Despite his reduced lap count in the second session Sykes still finished third quickest from a field of 26 riders.

Rea, working towards an ideal set-up to tackle the middle section of the 4.411km long Magny-Cours racetrack at the end of day one, is also well inside the leading mix in fourth place. Jonathan is just 0.077 seconds from Sykes on the other official Kawasaki machine, with both riders confident of finding further improvements if Saturday provides a dry track surface.

Should the second day of track action prove to be wet then Sykes and Rea have the FP3 practice session, before Superpole 2, to make preparations for the first race of the weekend. The green light is scheduled for 13.00 local French time and race duration is set to be 21-laps.

Both riders have won races at Magny-Cours in the recent past and will be looking to do the same this time round as they each aim to become world champion for the second time. Rea currently leads Sykes by 47 points as they sit 1-2 in the championship rankings.

Tom Sykes, stated: “I had some issues with the rear brakes sticking on this afternoon and I only did a few laps because of this. I still feel we are ready for the race because we have good consistency. I never tried for one really quick lap, which is a shame because I wanted to see how the bike felt. There were some things we wanted to try, including a different tyre option, but we never got to. But the good thing is we are ready for the race if the weather stays dry. If tomorrow is wet we can start again with our set-up in FP3.”

Jonathan Rea, stated: “It is quite close in the lap times but I am still getting comfortable on the bike. I had some rear chatter but generally the bike feels good in some sections of the track. I am losing some time in the middle of the lap, which is similar to last year. I feel quite good in the first chicane and even in the next part, but there is definitely room for improvement. I am not sure about the weather forecast for tomorrow, but it will be a shame if it is wet because everybody has done a lot of track time in the dry now. The weather will be what it will be and we will be ready.”

Behind the official Kawasaki entries, wild card rider Matthieu Lagrive (Pedercini Racing Kawasaki) was 12th fastest at his local circuit, Roman Ramos (Team GoEleven Kawasaki) 16th. Gianluca Vizziello (Grillini Racing Team) placed 19th. Dominic Schmitter (Grillini Racing Kawasaki) rode his Ninja ZX-10R to 24th, with Saeed Al Sulaiti (Pedercini Racing Team) 25th.

The French SBK weekend gets off to a good start for the Althea BMW team

Nevers (France), Friday 30 September 2016

The Althea BMW Racing team is on track this weekend at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France where round 11 of the World Superbikes is taking place.

The Althea BMW riders, Jordi Torres and Markus Reiterberger, were out on track this morning, in cool but dry condtions, for the first timed practice. Making the most of the 60-minute session to adapt their BMW S 1000 RR bikes to the French track, the performance of the two riders was similar; the German closed in seventh place, with a fastest time of 1’38.957, the Spaniard finished three tenths behind his teammate, in ninth position (1’39.246).

The work continued in the afternoon. Torres was able to lower his time by a few tenths, recording a best of 1’38.686 to position tenth at the session’s end, thus qualifying directly for tomorrow’s Superpole2. Thanks to his best time set in the morning’s session, Reiti finished in eleventh place and will therefore take part in SP1.

In the STK1000 category, De Rosa worked systematically with his technicians during the day’s two sessions, closing first practice in fifth place, thanks to a fastest lap of 1’41.533. In the afternoon session, the Italian rider was able to improve on his time by a full second, closing in fifth place with a best time of 1’40.546.

Jordi Torres

“We’ve started the weekend quite well and it was sunny today which is quite surprising here! The track is quite a difficult one for the BMW with some fast changes of direction. This morning, we worked to try and eliminate some movement at the rear of the bike, as it was difficult to be precise on corner entry, while in the afternoon we had another issue, with the bike sliding on corner exit. So tomorrow we’ll need to find a compromise, a way to solve both problems that allows us to be more competitive. I’m confident we can do so.”

Markus Reiterberger

“Today was tough. This morning wasn’t so bad and we were lying seventh in the first session but then we tried to make some changes to the bike to improve some movement issues. Unfortunately, the second session was slightly hotter and it was more difficult, as I didn’t have the expected feeling. I spend a lot of time in the garage, trying to find a solution. I was hoping to qualify for SP2 of course, but unfortunately Jordi’s lap in the final seconds just pushed me out of the top ten, so I’m disappointed. I’ll be doing my best to reach SP2 anyway though, and we have some ideas as to how to move forward tomorrow.”

Raffaele De Rosa

“The practices went quite well today, aside from the final position. Our race pace was a lot better this afternoon, after we made some changes to the bike. This looks like being an interesting race as there are several riders showing good pace. We’ll see tomorrow, but I’m pleased with how today has gone and am sure we’ll improve further tomorrow.”

Solid sixth for van der Mark after morning drama at Magny-Cours

Round 11 – France

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

Michael van der Mark has claimed sixth place in the combined times of today’s two free practice sessions at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, the venue that is currently hosting the eleventh round of the 2016 FIM Superbike World Championship. Nicky Hayden’s progression for today ended with a thirteen position: the experienced American rider, therefore, will need to make his way through Superpole 1 tomorrow.

Van der Mark did not enjoy the best start to the day as he was forced to sit out the first free practice session due to a technical problem experienced on his very first out lap. Despite the setback, the 2014 World Supersport Champion did not let himself down and as soon as free practice two got underway, he took to the track and got up to speed. The real breakthrough came towards the end of the session when, after some changes made to the rear settings of his Fireblade, van der Mark bounced back to fifth position. He then lost one place before the chequered flag was deployed, but with no consequence as the Dutch rider had already successfully qualified to Superpole 2.

With no previous racing experience at this track, Nicky Hayden had to get a first taste of how the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP behaves around the French circuit. After finishing the opening session in tenth place, Hayden and the team had a tricky time in finding a good direction in terms of setup for the bike; the 35-year-old from Kentucky was able to improve his morning lap-time by 0.3s, but that was still not enough for him to earn a spot in the top-10.

Michael van der Mark 60

6th / 1'38.384

It was a good day overall, despite losing the whole FP1 with a technical problem that couldn’t be fixed in time. I was really disappointed, but instead of waiting I decided to take my scooter and have a look at the other riders from the other side of the fence, and I surely managed to learn something from that! This afternoon we decided to make a big change to the rear of the bike and that worked out perfectly. We made a big step forward and I was able to ride the bike the way I wanted. I was happy because we also found some consistency despite the lack of time. In the end we’re not too far behind and, of course, the most important thing is that we were able to qualify for Superpole 2.

Nicky Hayden 69

13th / 1'39.099

It hasn’t been a silky smooth Friday at all. We were not able to get up on pace like I would have have hoped: I think it could be a combination between adjusting back to my Superbike and being unable to properly getting up to speed at this track. Nonetheless, I’m still far from happy for being 1.2s off the pace in both sessions. More importantly, we really haven’t found the right direction in terms of setup. Basically the bike is moving a lot everywhere when banked over and there is a lack of grip; maybe it’s because I wasn’t able to give the team the right information, because I feel we have been skirting around the problem. We have to come up with some ideas because there’s very little time before race one.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

After the technical problem he had in the morning, as soon as free practice 2 started we were forced to make some changes to the bike as Michael felt it was moving around too much. We changed the rear spring and that worked out really well. In the end we tried something with the front but that didn’t lead to any real improvement. By then, though, he was already up to speed and setting some really competitive lap times. He’s not far from the top despite the lost session and we’re confident he can further improve tomorrow. It wasn’t an easy day for Nicky: surely he had to reacquaint himself with the bike after racing in MotoGP last weekend, but like Michael he was also complaining about the bike moving around a bit too much. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a good setup for him today and we have some work to do, but we can compare his data with the one from Michael and see if we can come up with new ideas.

Top-Five Come Back from Lowes for French WorldSBK

Free practice

A strong opening performance for Alex Lowes placed his Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK into the top-five at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours today as the Fassi French Round began. Local hero Sylvain Guintoli also launched into his home race weekend by securing his place in Saturday's Superpole 2 with a provisional ninth on his YZF-R1.

Lowes immediately opened his FrenchWorldSBK account with a strong morning session, setting a 1'38.782 to hold a top-five time after his first hour at the Nièvre track. Heading out to improve, the Briton unfortunately fell at turn two as the afternoon session began, halting his progress. However, never one to back down, he regrouped and returned to the action with only eight minutes of track time remaining, renewing his previous position with a 1'38.193 to claim fifth in the combined times, sending him comfortably through to tomorrow's final Superpole qualifier.

Guintoli spent Friday's two hours of practice looking to perfect his set-up on the YZF-R1 as he returned to a track he knows and favours well. Consistently improving his speed and times aboard his Pata Yamaha Superbike, the Frenchman navigated the Nevers Circuit to conclude the day with a best time of 1'38.618, sitting him in ninth place overall and guaranteeing his spot in Superpole 2.

Saturday looks set to relinquish Friday's warm and dry conditions, with heavy rain forecast as the Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team returns for the final free practice at 08:45 local time. Lowes and Guintoli will then look to battle for the best grid places at 10:55 as Superpole 2 gets underway ahead of the afternoon's 21-lap race at 13:00.

Alex Lowes

5th / 1'38.193 / 28 laps

"I'm feeling okay, obviously it's never nice to ride injured as you never feel that great on the bike when you're not fit but I feel like my pace isn't too bad and we'll see what the weather brings tomorrow. It's been really nice to be back with the WorldSBK team and hopefully we can try to improve and see if we can get a couple of good results this weekend. To be honest I feel like I've been injured all year so it's not the best but the team have been doing a good job and the YZF-R1 is working well so we're not going to change too much for tomorrow, just do some more laps and see how we feel."

Sylvain Guintoli

9th / 1'38.618 / 40 laps

"I was an average day for us at Magny-Cours. We have improved the feeling from this morning to this afternoon quite a bit and managed to be consistent throughout the second free practice, but I found it hard to do a fast lap time. We are just missing the raw performance at the moment so we will have to see what the conditions are like tomorrow. Once again it looks like it will be difficult to be quite as quick as we would like in the race if it's fully dry but we will try 100% at my home race!."

Paul Denning – Team Principal

"The dry conditions today were very welcome, it's not clear what the rest of the weekend will bring but it's good to get FP1 and FP2 completed with decent track conditions. For Alex, considering the injuries to his foot, the obvious discomfort he's in and the lack of movement, FP1 was very consistent and went well but unfortunately the front-end crash we suffered at the start of FP2 made the rest of the day a lot more challenging. The boys did a brilliant job to get the bike repaired in time to make a few laps at the end of the session and Alex also repaid their efforts by responding very strongly and, despite the lack of track time, posted a superb lap time to go fifth.

For Sylvain, the day went quite smoothly with normal setting and race preparation work. I think he and his crew are disappointed that we couldn't extract more lap time with the fresh tyre and overall Sylvain is looking for more outright performance from the bike. We are very consistent at the moment but not quite as quick as we would like to be. Let's try to improve tomorrow!"

French Round, Savadori obtained the SP2 access, De Angelis ends FP2in 20th position

Magny Cours, September 30, 2016 - The first free practice day of the eleventh round of the 2016 Superbike season ended on the track at Magny Cours in France, with Iodaracing riders, Lorenzo Savadori and Alex De Angelis, authors respectively of the eighth and the twentieth lap time at the end of FP2 session.

Lorenzo Savadori, that right on the French track scored his Superstock 1000 title last year, he used the two practice sessions primarily to find an ideal set up ahead of the Superpole on Saturday. Savadori at the end of FP2 session, has further improved his time from the first round of free practice in the morning, reaching his best in 1.38.564, the eighth best lap time overall, and direct access in SP2.

A bit more difficult for Alex De Angelis. The San Marino rider, finished second in the second race at the Lausitzring two weeks ago, is for the first time at Magny Cours in his career and that's why he tried to do as many laps as possible, just to get familiar with the fascinating and technical French circuit. De Angelis ended the FP2 with the twentieth time in 1.40.548 and will start his qualifications tomorrow from SP1 session.

LORENZO SAVADORI # 32 - FRENCH ROUND - 1.38.564 - EIGHTH AFTER FP2 - "On this track I have great memories of last year due to the fact that I managed to win the Stock 1000 Championship, but in Superbike things change. We have a lot of work to do, but the good thing is that we have entered in SP2. I hope, looking for a nice good job, that doesn't change the weather to rain. The forecast isn't for the sun and it's not what I hope so far. We still have to settle up for the race , for this reason we will work with the team Iodaracing guys and Aprilia tonight to find solutions that can help me by Superpole on".

ALEX DE ANGELIS #15 - FRENCH ROUND - 1.40.548 - TWENTIETH AFTER THE FP2 - "This is a new track for me and for this reason we knew that especially on Friday I struggled. To complicate the situation there has developed an abnormal pumping on the rear that effect, in addition to break the bike in riding, it opened the front tablets, and for this I came more than once long and brakes under braking. We will have to work hard because everything we have done so far has not helped a lot. I'm back in the time sheet but the Superpole is all to play, surely now we have time until tomorrow morning to look for a solution, if it rains, the wet could help and maybe just in qualifying we could go a little 'further up the lap table".

WorldSSP: Soguoglu Unbeatable on Friday

Kawasaki 1-2 leading into Tissot-Superpole 2 shootout

Sofuoglu setting his sights on a French win.

Reigning World Champion Kenan Sofuoglu is all business heading into the Fassi French Round where he could be crowned World Supersport Champion once again. The timesheets were painted green by the end of Friday, as Kawasaki Puccetti Racing’s Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher finished with the two fastest lap times of the day, both setting times in the 1’41 bracket.

Friday’s final session at Magny-Cours went much the same way as the morning practice, where the Turkish rider dominated for the entire session. FIM Europe Supersport Cup rider Illia Mikhalchyk (DS Junior Team) gave an impressive performance in the last minutes of FP2, to secure third place on his Kawasaki.

By the time WorldSSP took to the track for the afternoon session, the clouds had rolled in and the temperature had dropped, but track conditions stayed dry. The session was red flagged momentarily as riders Ondrej Jezek (Team GOELEVEN) and ESS rider Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia) crashed out in the final stages of FP2, causing an oil spill at turn 5. Both riders were able to rejoin with Zaccone eventually finishing in the top 10.

GEMAR Balloons –Team Lorini rider Ayrton Badovini finished fourth ahead of Axel Bassani for San Carlo Team Italia. Kallio Racing’s Niki Tuuli was knocked out of his FP1 spot in the combined times, finishing sixth but still gaining entry to Tissot-Superpole 2.

MV Agusta Reparto Corse rider Jules Cluzel will be able to fly his French flag after finishing seventh in the combined times ahead of Christian Gamarino (Team GOELEVEN) in eighth. Alex Baldolini (Race Department ATK #25) improved from FP1 to finally finish in ninth ahead of ESS rider Alessandro Zaccone who rounded out the top ten.

GRT Racing’s Gino Rea took a quick tumble before rejoining but he wasn’t able to improve his lap time, falling out of the top 10. He will be fighting hard in Saturday’s Superpole 1 session to have a fighting chance at the top grid positions in Superpole 2.

WorldSSP Tissot-Superpole 2 will see today’s top ten battle it out at 11:55 local time (GMT+2) to decide Sunday’s grid.

WorldSSP Fastest on Friday

Kenan Sofuoglu Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 1'41.507

Randy Krummenacher Kawasaki Puccetti Racing 1'41.889

Illia Mikhalchyk DS Junior Team 1'41916

Jacobsen misses top-10 finish in opening day of French round

Round 10 – France

Circuit Nevers Magny-Cours, France

PJ Jacobsen and the Honda WorldSSP Team have concluded the opening day of action for the French Round of the FIM Supersport World Championship in eleventh place, meaning that the young American rider will have to go through Superpole 1 tomorrow in order to battle for a spot on the first four rows of the grid.

Jacobsen started free practice 1 at Magny-Cours with good pace and, after running as high as third, he was demoted to seventh place as he could not put together a quick lap towards the end of the session. The 23-year-old from Montgomery, New York, worked hard with his crew in order to find a good direction of setup for his Honda CBR600RR Fireblade machine but, as FP2 progressed, he did not manage to step up his game and found himself outside the top 10 by only 0.138s.

Superpole 1 will get underway tomorrow at 11:30 local time (GMT +2).

Patrick Jacobsen 2

11th / 1'42.508

To be honest, I don’t really know what went wrong today. For the past couple of races, after a good start on Friday morning we found ourselves unable to improve in the afternoon session. We need to figure out what’s going on, because this definitely puts us on the back foot for Superpole and the race. This is my worst first-day result of the season, on a track where last year I got pole position and won the race, so there is clearly some work to do. Hopefully we can improve on what’s been a bad day and turn things around tomorrow.

Pieter Breddels

Technical Manager

After Lausitzring, where we didn’t do too badly on race day, we made some changes to the suspensions setup and the clutch settings because in Germany the bike was too keen on going sideways on corner entry. We clearly solved this problem but, unfortunately, today we were unable to put a good lap-time together. We will work on the data to see what to do and maybe try to come up with a setup that can be a sort of compromise between the one we used in Germany and the one we utilised today. Still, nothing is lost so as long as we improve tomorrow morning, we can still hope for a good result in Superpole.

Supersport - San Carlo Team Italia qualifies directly for Superpole-2

In the first session at Magny-Cours Axel Bassani and Alessandro Zaccone are respectively 2nd and 3rd, 5th and 10th in World Championship

The second to last seasonal round of FIM Europe Supersport Cup starts with the right premises for San Carlo Team Italia. After the two sessions of free practice at the Circuit de Magny-Cours, Axel Bassani and Alessandro Zaccone have qualified directly for the Superpole-2 of tomorrow, as they are 2nd and 3rd in the European standings and respectively 5th and 10th overall in the Supersport World championship standings.

With the World champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) in 1'41"507, the fastest rider on track, at the end of the second session Axel Bassani proved his sports potential, with a 1'41"948 at just half a second from the top, in top-5. A positive start also for Alessandro Zaccone, in 1'42"370, tenth among the protagonists of World Championship (and 3rd in the European standings), involved in a crash as he has been hit by another rider during the second session while he was very close to the top-3.

Tomorrow the two riders of San Carlo Team Italia will take part in the third session of free practice and then in the deciding Superpole-2 that will define the starting grid of the race scheduled on Sunday at 11:20.

Axel Bassani (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #47) 1'41"948

2nd FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 5th FIM Supersport World Championship

"We did a great job! This morning we took a while to find the pace, but in the afternoon we proved an interesting pace, especially in the long-run with the compound SC1. The analysis is positive: today it went well and we'll try to reach again these levels tomorrow."

Alessandro Zaccone (San Carlo Team Italia - Kawasaki ZX-6R #61) 1'42"370

3rd FIM Europe Supersport Cup & 10th FIM Supersport World Championship

"It's a shame because we had the real opportunity to finish today in top-3. I was fifth overall, I was improving my time with new tyre, when another rider made a mistake in the braking points and he hit me. Episodes like this can happen, but the unluck is persecuting us lately!! Anyway I'm satisfied for the lap times and then and work done: we'll be confident in our means for tomorrow."

Cristiano Migliorati

"We are very satisfied with the performances and the work done. We are sorry because, just few minutes before the end of the second session, Alessandro crashed because he was hit by Jezek at Turn 5. The rider apologised and as sportsman, we have really appreciated this act. We are just sorry because Alessandro couldn't take advantage of the new tyre in the last time attack, but the most important thing is that he's fine. We'll face the FP3 with calm in view of the race and then we will focus on the Superpole-2. We are on the right way and our goal is always the top-10."

Stefano Cruciani

"All the team, Axel included, did a great job. We are fifth overall and the race pace is to be on the top, and we are really satisfied!! This weekend started in the right way, worst case scenario we'll start from the fourth row. Of course we aim at something more, and if the weather conditions are good we have the set-up ready. It was one of the best Friday ever for us!"

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