21st November 2017
Moto2-DANNY KENT AND FABIO QUARTARARO WORKING ON THE SPEED UP BIKES IN THE FIRST DAYS OF TESTING IN VIEW OF 2018 SEASON
Speed Up Racing Team has just finished the last day of testing at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia before the winter break. The two new Speed Up riders, Danny Kent and Fabio Quartararo, went out on track in 4 days of private test (November 16-17, Jerez de la Frontera, November 20-21, Valencia), making their debut with the Team.
Interesting results for both riders who used the 2 tests to settle in with the Speed Up bikes and the technical staff that will follow them.
In the first two days of testing in Andalusia, Danny Kent got a promising fifth time (1’41.928), and the young Quartararo the 12th (1’42.428) after a long stop in the first day due to a bad crash.
In the second test at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana, the two Speed Up riders continued the work on track they had started last week in Jerez, focusing with their technical staff on adapting the bike to their riding style. Kent and Quartararo ended respectively in thirteenth and fourteenth position in 1’35,761 and 1’35,986 respectively.
The 2018 World Championship will be back next February at the Valencia circuit with the first Official Moto2 Test of the season.
“I’m happy with these 4 days of testing with the team. It was a long year for me, where I could not train much on the track and for this I took some time to find the rhythm on the first day. At the end of the second day, besides having taken off a good time, we have also recovered important information on the setting of the bike. We worked hard with the suspensions while continuing the same work in the 2 days in Valencia. Thanks to the team and my crew for working hard together!”
“There were two positive tests for us, apart from the crash of the first day in Jerez, where we lost a lot of time. We managed to ride well and we did a lot of laps and tried several things on the bike to understand what I liked more in both tests. There is still a lot of work to be done, of course, but it was a very good first impression with this new bike. I’m excited to start the championship with the Speed Up team! ”
12th November 2017
Moto2-RACE AT RICARDO TORMO CIRCUIT, VALENCIA
Great comeback for Corsi and Fernandez at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez bring the Speed Up bikes to points in the Valencia Motul Grand Prix, which closed the 2016 World Championship. The challenge in today’s race started off after the difficult qualifying session of yesterday in which Simone Corsi placed nineteenth as he did not solve the chattering problems of the weekend in the warm-up. Teammate Fernandez started twenty-fisrt but with a good feeling. Despite the disadvantaged grid positions, both riders managed to climb up positions lap after lap. Both determined to reach the points zone, continued to climb until the last lap and finished the race respectively in ninth and fourteenth.
Simone Corsi is ninth in the overall standings of the Moto2 World Championship 2017.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 9th
“I’m happy with today’s result. This morning I was scared because getting to points seemed was really difficult. The problems with the bike setting were the same as in the weekend, but I tried to push more than I could for the whole race. It was not a year of great satisfactions as we expected, but I really want to thank all the guys in the team and especially Luca Boscoscuro who believed in me in these two seasons!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 11th
“I’m happy with my first experience in the Moto2 World Championship. We went on growing and in the end we managed to reach the goal we had set at first: the points zone! I want to thank Speed Up staff for the all the support and the hard work done in these races, it was an amazing experience!”
11th November 2017
Moto2-QUALIFYING AT THE CIRCUIT RICARDO TORMO DE VALENCIA
Seventh row for the Speed Up riders in the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
The SF7 Speed Up bikes will start tomorrow from the seventh row in the Valencia Grand Prix that close the curtain on the 2017 Moto2 season.
The last free practice of the morning was dedicated by Speed Up riders, Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez, to improve bikes setup. In the qualifying session, decisive for tomorrow’s grid definition, Fernandez crashes at start and then struggles to find the feeling he has achieved in the free sessions. However, he manages to improve his lap time that brings him to the 21st position. Corsi could not solve chattering problems finishing 19th in qualifying, but he trusts his team to find the solution in tomorrow’s warm up.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 19th
“Tomorrow we will start from a very difficult grid position. We’ve improved the lap time from the free practices, but the position reached is not what we hoped for. We were unable to solve the chattering problems we had in the turns. In tomorrow’s warm up we will make the latest changes to the bike. We are working hard to fix the setting. We are still determined to make a good race and grab as many positions as possible!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#47 – 21st
“I’m sorry for the position we got today because we completed 3 free practice sessions with good results. After the crash in qualifying, we lost the rhythm we had achieved. With the new set up of the bike we were unable to improve the time after the crash. We could do more, but we are still determined to make a good race to close this first experience in the Moto2 World Championship.
10th November 2017
Moto2- FREE PARACTICES AT GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
Corsi and Fernandez hard at work preparing for the last race of 2017 season
The first day of free practice sessions of the last race of the Moto2 season at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Cheste, Valencia, has just ended.
Corsi and Fernandez used the first two free practice sessions to size up a track that is always complicated to interpret with its many slow and short radius corners. The Speed Up riders therefore focused on the bike setting in preparation for the race, finishing the day in the 13th (Fernandez, 1’36.44) and 15th (Corsi, 1’36.595) place.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 15°
“Today was a difficult first day, I really did not have much feeling with the bike. We tried two different set-up solutions during the two sessions, but neither of them was good enough. There is still FP3 session to improve the bike and thus achieve a good starting grid position. “
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 13°
“I’m happy with today because we’re working fine. We managed to get the fastest lap in FP1 reaching today’s thirteenth place, but in the second free practice we focused on the race pace, improving the grip and rhythm. We have to be focused to continue in this direction, we can do a good race!”
29th October 2017
Moto2-RACE AT THE INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT OF SEPANG
Both Speed Up riders in the points at Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
The last leg of the overseas trip has just ended at the International Circuit of Sepang.
The race turned immediately complicated for Simone Corsi, who after the first turn of the first lap found himself involved in the crash between Marini and Pawi. The Roman rider managed to avoid the contact but got to face the race from the last position. He didn’t give up and looked for overtaking lap after lap arriving eleventh at the finish line.
Positive Grand Prix for the young Fernandez who scored his best seasonal result. He placed twelfth at the end of a race that has fully confirmed the progress the Spanish had demonstrated throughout the Malaysian weekend.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 7th
“I was penalized by the involvement in the crash between the two riders at the first turn after the start. Restarting from the last position was really complicated. I immediately recovered positions, but the rain that came down in the last laps stopped my overcome. It’s a pity because I could get to the group in front of me. Now let’s think about the last race in Valencia!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 17th
“I am very happy to have reached my first ever points in the Championship! It was a very positive weekend, we worked well and we improved every day. I thank the team for their work and for the trust they give me! In Valencia we will do more!”
28th October 2018
Moto2-QUALIFYING AT SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
Sixth row for the Speed Up riders at Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix
The qualifying session has just finished at the Sepang International Circuit, where tomorrow will be held the race of the penultimate seasonal event of the World Championship of Moto2. The two Speed Up riders, Augusto Fernandez and Simone Corsi will start tomorrow, respectively, from the first and second position of the sixth row.
Good feeling for the young Spaniard, especially after the work on the bike setting carried out by his technical staff.
Corsi accused some problems on the back that did not allow him to reach the hoped lap time, but he remains confident in tomorrow’s warm up to make the latest changes before the race.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 17th in 2’07.541
“I struggled today during the QP especially with the back, it is not easy to ride on this track with such high temperatures. We have to improve and this is what we expect to do tomorrow during the warm-up before the race. We must find a good rhythm and recover positions right away. We will fight as always, for sure!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 16th in 2’07.514
“I’m happy with today’s qualifying! The changes we made to the set-up of the bike have allowed us to make a good fast lap. Tomorrow I hope to start well and make a good race that will surely be very tough for the too hot temperature”.
27th October 2018
MOTO2- FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT SHELL MALAYSIA MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
Eleventh place for Simone Corsi at the end of Day1. Augusto Fernandez finished the two free practice sessions in sixteenth place.
Changeable weather conditions, with high humidity and rain in the afternoon, and the difficulties of a varied and challenging track put Corsi and Fernandez to the test, both working on their Speed Up bikes to find the best setting for the qualifying and race.
Day1 was good for the young Fernandez who demonstrated his ability to manage and adapt to both track conditions, dry in the morning and wet in the FP2. Once again the Spaniard had to face a circuit that he still did not know, demonstrating tenacity and dedication.
Positive also the 11th place of Simone Corsi marked during the FP1. The Roman struggled a bit to find the fast lap, but seems to have already found good feelings with the starting set-up.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 11th in 2’07.925
“This morning’s feeling was good, but we still miss something on the fast lap. We wanted to try some changes in the afternoon during the FP2 but in the wet none of the riders managed to improve the time, of course, so we will wait for the latest free practice tomorrow to improve the set-up of the bike. ”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 16th in 2’08.333
“I’m happy with this first day of free practice sessions. We worked well and I quickly adapted to the new circuit, both with dry track in FP1 and with wet FP2. We will continue our efforts in order to improve riding conditions before qualifying”.
22nd October 2018
Moto2-RACE AT THE PHILLIP ISLAND CIRCUIT
Corsi seventh and Fernandez seventeenth at the Michelin Grand Prix of Australia
Speed Up Racing team finishes again with points with Simone Corsi who, just in the race, finds better feelings than he had during all the Australian Grand Prix session. Starting from the third position in the fifth row, the Roman rider immediately tried to recover positions in order not to break away from the top ten. He struggled at first to find stability on the track, but once he found a good rhythm he became the author of a great comeback and cut the finish line in seventh position by earning nine points in the final rankings.
Young Fernandez finished 17th in his first race on Phillip Island circuit. A good race for the Spaniard who was able to recover seven positions although a half-race mistake was taking him out of the track.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 7th
“The race was good, but I’m not happy with the end result. Unfortunately, yesterday’s qualification has penalized us a lot, starting from the 15th position is never easy. We had a good potential, and although the race pace was good we could not reach the top, the gap was too big. However, it was a good comeback and I want to thank the whole team for the good work they have done! ”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 17th
“I’m sorry I did not reach the points zone even if I am happy with the race. I recovered many positions during the first lap, but then for a mistake I committed that almost led me off the track I had to fight more to get that position. I was able to find a good rhythm and recover until the 17th position. In Malaysia it will be better! ”
21st October 2018
Moto2-QUALIFYING AT MICHELIN AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Fifth and eighth row for the Speed UP riders Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez
The two sessions of today were held on a very cold day. Luckily, FP3 and only the beginning of the Moto2 QP had been partially affected by rain.
In the last free practice of the morning, both Speed Up riders worked well with the bike’s setup. At the end of the FP3 Corsi was third and Fernandez 17th.
Qualifying started a few minutes later, just the time to let the track dry out. Once got on the bike, the Speed Up Racing Team riders went on track with the slick to face a dry qualifying. Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez finished their QP respectively in 15th and 24th places, placing themselves in fifth and eighth row in tomorrow’s race.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 15th in 1’34.500
“Today I struggled a lot during the QP, especially with the back of the bike, the feeling was better this morning. We are missing the fast lap, but in the race it is different, if we do not lose starting positions we can still compete. We must find a good rhythm right away and be in the head group. ”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 24th in 1’35.076
“We have tried a new setting for the qualifying to try to improve this morning’s time, but I did not feel good and we decided to go back to the old setting because there was no time to try new solutions. We’ve been able to improve four-tenths of time, but it’s not enough, we have to do more!
20th October 2018
MOTO2- FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT MICHELIN AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
Simone Corsi closes the Top Ten. Augusto Fernandez 19th on his first time at Phillip Island Circuit
In the first day of free practice of the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Speed Up riders have started the second leg of the three extra-European races with determination, ready to fight in the third from last Grand Prix of the season.
The Speed Up racing team flag holder, Simone Corsi, got tenth at the end of the first day, although a crash in the 6th turn of the second lap of the FP2 made him missing the full session.
Busy with a new track, the young Spanish started the first free practice session with a gap of almost two seconds from the first. In FP2 he managed to improve his lap time and leads to -1.484 from the first increasing the confidence with the track and the fastening with his Speed Up.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 10th in 1’34.268
“This morning we started off well. I had a good feeling with the bike right away. Unfortunately, in the afternoon I made a mistake right at the beginning of the FP2. The bike was very damaged and I did not return to the track again. We’ve wasted a session but despite all the result is quite good at the end of the day1. We will work during tomorrow’s FP3 to get ready for the qualifying. “
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 19th in 1’34.794
“I’m glad to have been able to improve the lap time since the first day of free practice and then reduce the gap from the first. Tomorrow we will continue with the set up and especially with the familiarization of the new track. We are positive and determined to make a good qualification! “
Moto2-GARA AL MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
FERNANDEZ SO CLOSE TO THE POINTS, WHILE CORSI ENDS THE RACE IN 21ST
Heavy rain showers conditioned the weekend of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, which was held today at the Twin Ring Motegi and where the Moto2 race has just ended. A race that leaves a bitter taste in Simone Corsi’s mouth, who has had problems of feeling throughout the weekend. Twenty-eighth on the grid, he managed to recover seven positions despite the lack of grip finishing the race twenty-first. The Spaniard Augusto Fernandez, having achieved his best qualifying for the championship, is penalized by a bad start. During the race he is reluctant to recover some position and to cut the sixteenth the finish line, one step from the points zone.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 21st
“The weekend has been difficult since Friday. I’ve never had a good feeling in the wet, and I have never felt I could push more. I was expecting to recover many more positions, but that was not the case. We leave this race behind and focus on the next in Australia where we will be more competitive!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 16th
“It was a really complicated race since the start where I lost several positions. I was unable to recover them and reach at least the starting position. I struggled to get the right rhythm, but little grip has hindered me. Obviously, the 16th position is not what we expected from this race, especially after the excellent qualifying of yesterday. We will do better in Phillip Island!”
Moto2-QUALIFYING AT TWIN RING MOTEGI
FERNANDEZ SNATCHES A STUNNING TENTH PLACE. CORSI CRASHES OUT ON THE FINAL LAPS
With the best qualifying of the season, Augusto Fernandez snatches the fourth row of the grid in tomorrow’s race at the Twin Ring Motegi. The young Spaniard has confirmed the good work he has done during these two days of practice sessions bringing his Speed Up SF7 to tenth place. Only 3 free sessions were enough to learn the Japanese track and get the best result. Instead, a crash, harmless to the rider, puts Simone Corsi out right in the finals laps of qualifying session. The Roman rider will start tomorrow from the first position of the tenth row.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 28th in 1’57.774
“I’m really sorry. A day I do not hope to repeat. Today’s track conditions for me were very difficult, I never managed to fit. Tomorrow I will fight from the start to recover as many positions as possible and reach the points zone.”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 10th in 1’55.223
“I am very happy with my first top ten qualifying! It was not easy because we started with the wet and then the track was slowly dried up and we had to change the tyres. This has penalized us a bit because we were fourth with the wet. However, we worked well even with the dry. Tomorrow I hope to make a good start and fight for the top ten! ”
MOTO2- FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS IN JAPAN
Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez kick off the Motul Grand Prix of Japan
The Speed Up Racing Team is in Motegi for the Grand Prix of Japan, the fourth from last Moto2 2017 World Championship event, and the first of the three extra-European season-long consecutive races, which will continue on the next weekends with two more rounds in Australia and Malaysia.
On the first day of practice, both sessions were affected by the uncompromising rain that forced riders to fight with very tricky track conditions. Simone Corsi struggled to find the fast lap on the wet during the two sessions even though the feeling with the bike was good. He ended the two sessions getting the 19th place in 2’07.678. Fernandez, however, after the initial approach of the morning for the first time with the Japanese track, managed to improve his time in the second session, finishing 24th (2’07.953) although the crash in both sessions.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 19th in 2’07.678
“I’m not happy at all about the position and especially the gap from the first! Fortunately, the feeling with the bike is good so tomorrow we will try to better pushing harder in this condition. It will be important to be fast and go ahead because the weather forecast are so throughout the weekend!”
AUGUSTO#37 – 24th in 2’07.953
“It was a tough first day, with a new track for me in no easy condition! I crashed twice, in FP1 and in FP2, but I’m still happy with the growing feeling. It is a pity for the crashes that have taken away valuable time to improve more. We will see tomorrow as the track conditions will be and, as always, we will work hard during the FP3 to get ready for the qualifying session”.
Team Speed Up Racing is pleased to announce that it has reached a two-year agreement with Fabio Quartararo.
Fabio Quartararo, born in Nice (France) on 20th April 1999, made his World Championship debut in the class Moto3 in 2015 at the age of 15. Prior to his Grand Prix career, Quartararo won six Spanish championship titles, including successive Moto3 titles in 2013 and 2014.
“I’m really excited that a team as Speed Up Racing believes in me and has decided to give me this opportunity for the next two Moto2 World Championship seasons. I’m working hard towards the end of this year to get ready for the next season with the Speed Up Racing Team. I can’t wait!”
Moto2-RACE AT MOTORLAND DE ARAGÓN
CORSI TAKES SEVENTH PLACE WITH HIS SPEED UP SF7. FERNANDEZ CLOSES THE GP DE ARAGON TWENTY-SECOND
Speed Up Racing team finished in the points at the Gran Premio de Aragón with Simone Corsi who arrived seventh at the finish after 21 race laps. Starting from the second position of the second row, the Roman rider found himself recovering a small gap from the first group immediately after the start of the race. In a few laps, he recovered the gap finding a good pace throughout the race that brought him to place seventh.
Even Augusto Fernandez, after an uphill start, did not lose heart and struggled until the end, though the grip problems at the back accused for the first time after 2 days of practice session quite positive.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 7°
“I expected more than the seventh place from today’s race. On the first lap, Schrotter made a mistake at turn eight and I lost precious time there, I think almost a second and a half from the head group. I managed to close the gap in 2-3 laps, but then I could not keep the fifth position, we are still missing something on the setup. The grip has dropped after a few laps and I accused chattering problems. In tomorrow’s test we will try to figure out what’s wrong and what we miss to stay among the top 5!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 22°
“I started off badly, but when I was able to recover a bit and to take the group ahead I thought I could find the pace again, but that did not happen. I had a grip problem, both in braking and coming from a turn, I did not keep the bike in trajectory, I did a lot of effort. Too bad that we could do a good race! “
Moto2- QUALIFYING OF THE GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN
SECOND ROW FOR SIMONE CORSI, FIFTH IN QUALIFYING AT MOTORLAND ARAGÓN CIRCUIT. AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ, TWENTY-SECOND, WILL START FROM THE EIGHTH ROW.
The two Speed Up Team riders, Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez, placed fifth and twenty-second in today’s qualifying session at Motorland Aragón and will start from the second and eighth row in tomorrow’s race. In the first session of the morning, the young Fernandez closed the 45 minutes of FP3 in twelfth position by completing the three free practice sessions with a gap of only five tenths from the first. In the afternoon qualifying he cannot improve his lap time, but the good pace will allow him to fight for a good result.
Simone Corsi, seventh in the combined free practice time, placed fifth in the grid for tomorrow’s race with a little gap of just 0.140 marking his best season qualifying.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 5th in 1’53.876
“I am very happy with the fifth position. We have worked well with the team and this second row is for us really important for tomorrow’s race. The race will be long, we have to make a good start and not break away from the first group. The Motorland track is one of my favourite, we are ready to make a great result!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 22nd in 1’54.883
“What a shame! We could have start the race from a better position after the weekend we were doing. I could not find the fast ride. I insisted too much with no results. But we won’t back down because the pace is good and if we stay with the group in front we can do a good competition!”
Moto2- FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT MOTORLAND ARAGON CIRCUIT
SPEED UP RIDERS DELIVER SOLID START IN THE FIRST DAY
At the end of the first race day of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, the two Speed Up riders, Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez, took fifth and fourteenth place respectively in the combined free practice sessions. A slight rain featured the first session in the morning, forcing the riders to run slowly. It was a good practice session for the young Fernandez, who got ninth at the end of the FP1 with only 14 laps.
In the afternoon, both Speed UP rivers waited for track conditions to improve before starting the second session. Along with their technicians, Corsi and Fernandez find the right dry setup that allows them to get their fifth and fourteenth positions.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 5th in 1’55.273
“Today was a special day because both sessions were marked by the rain. We preferred not to force on the wet track during the FP1, and in the afternoon, just after the track got almost dried, we started the session and immediately we adapted to the track with the slick tyres. Well the fifth position, but we can do more in more stable conditions!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 14th in 1’55.928
“I finally came to a circuit I know pretty well. We started off on the right foot by marking good times in different climatic conditions. The feeling is good, we must continue to work in this way if we want to compete in the race.”
Moto2-SUNDAY AT GRAND PRIX OF MISANO CONDITIONED BY THE WEATHER. CORSI SAVED THE RACE ON LAST TURN, FERNANDEZ FORCED TO RETIRE DUE TO ELECTRONICS PROBLEMS.
The true main player of the Grand Prix of San Marino e Riviera di Rimini was the weather. After two days of dry sessions, the expected rain totally changed the track and race conditions by forcing teams and riders to change the bike setting already in the morning warm up. The race started in a mild rain that made the track slippery and riding conditions really difficult. The Speed Up rider Simone Corsi lost some starting position while Augusto Fernandez immediately recovered. Unfortunately, during lap nine, the young Spanish who had reached the tenth position was forced to retire due to an electronic problem to the bike. Only 16 riders finished Moto2 race at the Marco Simoncelli circuit in Misano and among them Simone Corsi. The Roman rider, after a crash in the last turn, managed to save the race by getting up and arriving eighth at the finish.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 8th
“It was a really long and hard battle. There was very little grip and the rain seemed to be getting stronger, for this reason a lot of us crashed. I’m sorry becauseI missed the fifth place right at the last turn, but I’m happy I finished eighth and earned 8 points in the overall standings. “
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – NOT CLASSIFIED
“I do not know what to say, I’m obviously very sorry for today. I had a good pace, I was riding well and fast recovering lap by lap. It was the first time I was in Top Ten in race, I felt I could do well today and finally achieve my first goal, the points. Now I only want to forget what happened and concentrate on the next Grand Prix of Aragón. “
Moto2- QUALIFYING OF THE GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO E RIVIERA DI RIMINI
EXCELLENT WORK BY THE SPEED UP RIDERS: THIRD ROW FOR CORSI AND NINTH FOR FERNANDEZ
The qualifying sessions came to an end today at Misano Adriatico, the thirteenth round in the 2017 Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing season. Speed Up Racing Team riders, Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez, will jump tomorrow respectively from the third and ninth row in the eighth and twenty-fifth position.
The Roman rider, after a good fourth time in 1’38.384 in the FP3 in the morning, is able to lower the fast lap again during the qualifying session and with 1’37.940 he will start from the eighth position of the starting grid of the race of tomorrow. The young Fernandez got a fabulous sixth place in the FP3, confirming his steady growth. Unfortunately, in the afternoon’s QP he did not get better because of the lack of grip in the back. Tomorrow’s warm up will be crucial to resuming this morning’s feeling.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 8° in 1’37.940
“Good day! I’m sorry to have missed the second row a step back from the end of the QP as we had a good start in both sessions and we could stay in the top 5. If tomorrow’s race is dry we are sure we will be competitive. If it’s wet it will be different for all riders so it’s all to see. I feel ready in both conditions!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 25° in 1’38.739
“I’m so sorry to start from the ninth row, it is not for sure what we expected after the great FP3! We had a good time and a good lap time, then in the QP we wanted to make that extra step, but we did not get the result hoped for. The back was not good, we could not even repeat this morning’s time, no grip. We know we can do this race well, the points area remains our goal”.
MOTO2- FREE PRACTICE AT MISANO WORLD CIRCUIT MARCO SIMONCELLI
CORSI IS HARD AT WORK IN THE SPEED UP CAMP, MOSTLY ON PACE; FERNANDEZ HAS EVEN MORE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT
Simone Corsi finished eighth in the first day of the Tribul Mastercard GP San Marino e Riviera di Rimini. The Speed Up Team’s Roman rider, having scored the thirteenth time in the FP1 in the morning, then placed eighth in 1’38,464 in the afternoon session, improving his lap time by seven-tenths.
Even teammate Augusto Fernandez ended two valid free practice sessions, improving his lap time and testing a good race pace. In the morning session, the young Spaniard got an excellent fifteenth position in 1’39.370 while maintaining a steady pace throughout the session. In the FP2, however, he focused on the race pace while maintaining the tyres of the previous session.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 8° in 1’38.464
“This afternoon we did a good job improving the morning time. The feeling is not bad, like the race pace. We must retrieve those 3-4 tenths from the first. Tomorrow, the lap time will surely come down to 1’37, but fortunately we have understood the changes to be made to the back for more grip. We’ll see tomorrow how it will go.”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 26th in 1’39.283
“We started well this morning, we were pleased with the fifteenth time at a second from the first. I felt good with the bike, in fact in the afternoon we did not make great changes, but we simulated the race pace. We then scored twenty-sixth as we used the FP1 tyres. We missed the fast lap, but we know the reason why!”
Moto2-RACE- BRITISH GRAND PRIX
SIMONE CORSI MADE A BRILLIANT COMEBACK RIDING HIS SPEED UP BIKE TO SIXTH PLACE AT THE SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT
At the British Grand Prix, under an unusual sunny sky, Speed Up rider Simone Corsi got a sensational sixth place. Penalised by his spot on the starting grid, the Roman rider rode an intelligent race, making up positions whenever possible. In the last third of the race he has consistently lapped at times that were higher only to those of the first-placed riders, overtaking Aegerter and Manzi and ending sixth.
His Spanish teammate finished the race in twenty-sixth position, concluding a good performance despite setup problems accused throughout the race weekend.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 6th
“I’m happy with the result and how the race went. We did not start well, infact we lost two positions. Recovering positions was not easy and straightforward, it took a few laps before starting to overtake. I managed to stay with the group struggling for the 6th place, succeeding at the end of the race to reach the goal. It was a good comeback and I want to thank the whole team for the great work they did. Let’s go that way!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 26th
“A difficult weekend when we did not find the setup for the race. We worked a lot, making various changes to the bike to try to improve the pace, but it did not work much. I’m sorry for the team that always supports me, we will definitely go back to the Misano Grand Prix.”
Moto2-QUALIFYING AT OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX. FOURTH AND TENTH ROW FOR SPEED UP RIDERS
The two Speed Up Racing Team riders, Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez, got tenth and twenty-fifth respectively in qualifying today. They will start fourth and tenth row in tomorrow’s race, which will start at 3 pm, Italy time zone. Both Speed Up riders have improved their times with respect to yesterday’s in both today’s sessions. This means that at the box they are working well, in the right direction, although they may still improve. Corsi’s qualifying ended at 5/6 laps from the end of the practice due to a crash. Luckily at the start of the session he had a good flying lap in 2’07.271, so he could close the top ten with a gap of just 0.699 tenths. Augusto Fernandez, after a lot of progress in both setting and riding, saw the commission cancel the fast lap he got at the end of the race for having slightly crossed the track limit.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 10° in 2’07.271
“In this track we have little grip due to track conditions. I feel like I cannot push more because I am always on the limit, mostly with the front. It is very difficult to me to adapt to the too many holes present. Anyway, we know that the race is completely different, and that’s why we will fight! “
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 29° in 2’08.880
“We stepped forward with the bike setting. Too bad for that fast lap they eliminated, we deserved a different starting position. It’s always difficult to start back so far, but we will do our best to recover positions from the start and make a good race! “
MOTO2- FREE PRACTICE AT SILVERSTONE
GOOD START FOR SPEED UP RIDERS: CORSI NINTH AND TWENTIETH FERNANDEZ ON THE COMBINED CLASSIFICATION OF THE OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Speed Up Racing team riders positively completed this first day of free practice at the Silverstone circuit. The unusual British weather gave riders and teams a mild, sunny day. Simone Corsi, after finishing a good FP1, managed to improve the lap time in the second session by placing ninth at the end of the day with a gap of just 0.899.
Meanwhile, teammate Augusto Fernandez got the twentieth position with a gap of 1.735. The young Spaniard demonstrates once again the significant progress between one session and the other, improving the lap time by almost a second.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 9th in 2’08.390
“I have always liked riding in this circuit. It is original and fast. The weekend has started quite well, the feeling is not so bad although some chattering problems. In tomorrow’s last free practice session, we will improve the speed up bike set up to get the perfect setting on the qualifying. We hope the weather will not change throughout the weekend, a dry race would be perfect!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 20th in 2’09.226
“I’m happy with today’s free practice, because I quickly learned the track and adjusted to the bike right away. We are working on the set up, we have to improve it before qualifying and be able to further lower the lap time. Tomorrow’s goal is to make the best qualification ever made so far!”
Moto2-RACE AT NEROGIARDINI MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX VON ÖSTERREICH
CORSI ELEVENTH, FERNANDEZ AT ONE STEP AWAY FROM THE POINT ZONE PLACED SIXTEENTH
The Moto2 race has just ended at the Austrian Grand Prix. At the first turn, after the start, Vierge and Quartararo crashed down after a contact. Many others were involved and so forced to return to the box. The Speed Up riders, Corsi and Fernandez, both avoided to be involved in the incident but they had to recover the gap caused by the crash. Simone retrieved some positions and once again cut the finish line eleventh. The Spaniard Fernandez, at the start of the race, lost a few seconds when avoiding the crashes and found himself struggling from the last position. With a good race pace and determination, he took sixteenth to one step from the points area, his best result so far.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 11°
“The weekend has been difficult since Friday. When starting, I found myself in the middle of the crashes losing precious time. Then, I did my best to recover as much positions as I could, but the gap from the front group was too big. The thing that is most important is that we got important points. Now let’s rest a bit and then go determined to Silverstone!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 16°
“It was not a simple race, I’m happy because we are close to the points area that is our goal. We lost so much time with the big incident in the first corner, I had to avoid the riders risking being involved. Then I started recovering positions, I managed to overtake some of them, but the group in front of me had my own race pace. We have to keep working in the setup to be stronger. Now let’s think on Silverstone!”
Moto2-QUALIFYING SESSION AT NEROGIARDINI MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX VON ÖSTERREICH
A BAD CRASH PUTS THE BRAKES ON CORSI’S QUALIFYING; FERNANDEZ IMPROVES HIS LAP TIME. FIFTH AND NINTH ROW FOR SPEED UP RIDERS.
Speed Up Racing Team riders, Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez, respectively closed in fifteenth and the twenty-seventh positions in qualifying session today. They will start from the fifth and ninth row in tomorrow’s race, at 12.20 p.m. at the Red Bull Ring.
Corsi ended his qualifying after a bad crash in turn 9 during the 14th lap. Unfortunately, the substantial damages to the bike blocked the rider at the box until the end of the session.
Team-mate Augusto Fernandez has demonstrated its steady growth after each session. In fact, he managed to regain a second and a half in qualifying and he proves that he is ready to fight.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 15°
“I’m sorry for the crash on turn nine, we were also lowering the lap time. The feeling had improved a lot since this morning thanks to some changes and the hard tyre. It was a pity that we could not run all the session because we could have reduced the gap from the first. Anyway, we stay positive because we can still compete! “
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 27°
“I’m partly happy because we improved the setup. We are all about solving all set up problems. We still have time to work and understand what is missing before the race. We have to take off that half-second to reach the positions we deserve. I really hope to make a good race tomorrow!”
MOTO2- FIRST DAY OF MOTO2 FREE PRACTICE IN AUSTRIA
Both Speed Up riders improve from FP1 to FP2. Fernandez sizes up the Red Bull Ring
The first day of free practice at the Nerogiardini Motorrad Grand Prix Von Österreich ended this afternoon on the Red Bull Ring, Austria.
The first session was conditioned by the rain that forced the riders to go back to the box a few laps from the start of the FP1. The Speed Up rider Simone Corsi struggled to find the feeling in wet condition during the FP1. In the afternoon session, he and the team focused together on a dry set up as the race is expected to be dry. The Roman rider managed to improve the lap time and the position in the second part of the FP2 after using soft dry tyres. He placed 14th in 1’31.011.
Rookie Augusto Fernandez run today for the first time on the Austrian track. The young rider got on well with the new track from the first session and tried with the team to find the right set up of the bike. Good feeling in the wet and improvements in the dry. He finished up the day 28th in 1’31.932.
“The day had not started very well, I had not good feeling when braking. I managed to improve the lap time only in the second part of the FP2 after modifying the front and using the soft tyre. We are not satisfied at all, but we still have time to find the right setting”.
“It was a positive first day. I found myself well in both track conditions. This morning I was less than a second from the first. On the dry we have to work harder, but we’re already improving a lot. We could reduce the gap from the first if we used the soft tyre, but we preferred to hold it for tomorrow and work on the set up. “