21st March 2018
INTERNAZIONALI VELOCITA’ MAGIONE: VEIJER TAKES FIRST POLE AND VICTORY
The Speed Up Factory this year will be engaged in the Italian Championship of Speed ElfCIV class Premoto3 with his Junior Challenge Racing Speed Up Team (JCR). In the last weekend, the team took his first step towards the Internazionali Velocità Magione 16/18 March.
Despite the weather conditions, characterized by continuous downpours, the young Dutch talent, Collin Veijer, has achieved an excellent performance taking the Pole Position and the Victory during the race of Premoto3 held on Saturday.
On the eve of the started season, the team has collected important data on the track and is ready to face the first seasonal race that will take place at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on April 7th.
Collin Veijer#95: “I’m very happy with how we worked with the team and the good feeling the bike set-up gave me. The only thing I did not like was.. the rain!”
- Length: 5.380 mt.
- Width: 12 mt.
- Straight: 1068 mt.
- Left turns: 6
- Right turns: 10
Losail International Circuit (also Lusail International Circuit) (حلبة لوسيل الدولية) is a motor racing circuit located just outside in the town of Lusail, north of Doha, Qatar.
Built in just under a year by 1,000 workers at the cost of $US 58 million, the track opened in 2004 to the inaugural Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar, won by Sete Gibernau. In addition the circuit hosted the 2006 Grand Prix Masters of Qatar won by Nigel Mansell.
The track is 5.380 km in length, with a main straight of just over a kilometre at 1,068 metres. It is surrounded by artificial grass to stop the sand encroaching on the track. It happens to be somewhat similar to the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
In 2007, Losail added permanent outdoor lighting for night races. At the time, the lighting of the Losail Circuit by Musco Lighting was the largest permanent venue sports lighting project in the world, a distinction that now belongs to another Gulf motorsport venue, Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The first night race in MotoGP history was the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in March 2008.
18th March 2018
Moto2- BETA TOOLS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: GRAND PRIX OF QATAR RACE
DANNY KENT AND FABIO QUARTARARO OUT OF POINTS BUT SATISFIED WITH PROGRESS IN QATAR
Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing Team riders finished the Grand Prix race of Qatar in seventeenth (Danny Kent #52) and twentieth (Fabio Quartararo#20) position.
Both riders have been suffering from grip issues since the beginning of the race which forced them to drive definitely below their capacity. Despite the final results, the balance is still positive thanks to the progress achieved by both riders over the weekend. The feeling with the Speed Up SF18 is much improved in this first race and Danny Kent and Fabio Quartararo are ready to continue the results achieved so far to be more competitive in the next Grand Prix of Argentina.
DANNY KENT#52 – 17th
“I am very disappointed with the results of today race. Unfortunately, just like the first exit of qualifying, we had a bad tyre with zero grip. I am not happy because at the end of qualifying with a good tyre I had a great feeling with the bike so of course I was motivated and confident for a good result, but I knew already from the first lap my grip was very bad and I had too much spin. Sorry to my team, but I am afraid it’s something that is out of mine and the team’s control. I will go home and work very hard to come back to Argentina strong!”
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 20th
“It was a very difficult weekend because we had problems during all the sessions. We need to improve the aerodynamics of the bike and continue to work ahead of the next race in Argentina”.
17th March 2018
Moto2- BETA TOOLS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM
A STUNNING RIDE BY KENT CLOSES THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX OF QATAR IN THE SECOND ROW. QUARTARARO WILL START FROM THE FIRST POSITION OF THE SIXTH ROW.
Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing Team riders Danny Kent and Fabio Quartararo are confident they can race to positive results in tomorrow’s season opening Moto2 race under the Losail International Circuit floodlights in Qatar.
Kent and Quartararo encountered lack of rear grip on a frustrating FP3, with both unable to show their full potential in a difficult and very hot session.
In the afternoon qualifying, the British rider managed to improve the bike setting with his crew scoring the sixth position and he was able to dramatically improve his lap time during the session stopping the chrono at 2’00.965.
On the other side of the box, the young Quartararo was able to increase the feeling with his Speed Up SF18 bike and improve his lap time as well in almost a second. Tomorrow he will start the first race of the season from the sixteenth position.
DANNY KENT#52 – 6th in 2’00.965
“I am happy with qualifying in p6 but also little bit frustrated because the first exit we had a bad rear tyre which wasn’t able to go fast with, either way I’am happy and feeling very confident for tomorrow’s race. I have a great feeling with the bike so a big thank you to my group and the team. We will push 110% tomorrow for a good result!”
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 16th in 2’01.404
“We took a step forward during the QP thanks to some changes in the bike set-up, but we need to improve the race pace. I regret not being able to score a better lap time, but tomorrow I will do my best to immediately recover some position and then be able to fight for the top ten”.
16th March 2018
Moto2- BETA TOOLS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE 2018 SEASON AT LOSAIL CIRCUIT
Kent and Quartararo hard at work preparing for the first race of the championship
The Moto2 World Championship has finally started today at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Speed Up staff is very excited for the new season that this year will touch 19 circuits in 16 countries all over the world.
Today, riders and teams had to deal with two different atmospheric situations: in the first free practice session the temperature was very high, over thirty degrees; FP2 instead went on stage when the sun was already down, so in night mode and with a milder temperature.
Danny Kent and Fabio Quartararo focused on the bike setting working towards the race both improving their lap time during the second session.
DANNY KENT#52 – 14th in 2’01.689
“Honestly, I am disappointed in myself today especially in the FP2 because I had a great feeling with the bike and the potential of the bike was much better than p14. I kept making too many silly mistakes but tomottow will be a better day, I am sure!”
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 21st in 2’02.267
“Today was a difficult first day. We tried different set-ups and made several changes to the bike. I have difficulty braking, but we know where to work to improve the feeling and the setting of the bike during the third free practice session of tomorrow “.
Wednesday, 14th March 2018
Moto2 – BETA UTENSILI AND SPEED UP RACING READY TO KICK OFF TOGETHER THE 2018 MOTO2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT LOSAIL CIRCUIT
The 2018 Moto2 World Championship is just around the corner. The 2018n season kiks off with the Grand Prix of Qatar this Friday, March 16th, at the Losail circuit. Also this year, the Speed Up Racing Team is pleased to announce that Beta Utensili will continue to represent one of the Team’s main sponsors for the whole season.
The Italian company based in Sovico, in not only supporting the Speed Up Racing project for several years but is also the official supplier of professional tooling used by all the technical staff for the design and preparation of Speed Up motorcycles.
The Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing team will therefore wear the characteristic orange colour for the Grand Prix of Qatar (16-17-18 March) and for the Spanish Grand Prix (4-5-6 May), a colour that has always distinguished Beta Utensili as one of the leading brands in the professional tooling industry worldwide.
Beta Utensili is a leading company in the production and sales of professional hand tools.
The industrial business started in 1923. In the early 1960s, Beta Utensili employed two hundred staff. In those years the company started distributing its products in European markets, and the brand name Beta asserted its emerging role in the professional hand tool industry. The product range was so expanded non-stop, year after year, as to satisfy all the requirements of the most demanding professional users and factories. The growth of the product range under the brand name Beta has allowed the company to grow and become increasingly successful in the main markets, providing operating solutions for all the main sectors of the heavy and light manufacturing industry and the car repair world. The brand name Beta became active in the sports sponsorship world as early as the 1970s, when it entered the Formula 1 world. The first great victory came in 1975 with the orange “Beta Utensili March” driven by Vittorio Brambilla, who won the Austrian Grand Prix in Zeltweg’s pouring rain.
Beta Utensili has been involved in motor racing ever since, which has translated into technical partnerships with the most prestigious teams: Ferrari, Jordan, McLaren and Minardi in Formula 1, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Speed Up in MotoGP.
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MOTO2 – SPEED UP CHALLENGES ANDALUSIAN RAIN IN THE LAST TEST BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The final 3 days of Official Test before the kick-off have just come to a close on the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera. Unfortunately, the rain did not give any respite, hindering the work of the team and the riders in view of the first race of the Moto2 World Championship to be held next week, as usual at the Losail circuit in Qatar. Only four dry sessions out of nine in which Danny Kent and Fabio Quartararo were able to continue the work begun in the previous winter tests by making changes and trying different set-up both on dry and wet track. There were comforting feedback from both riders who confirmed the improvement and the good feeling with the Speed Up bikes SF18.
Danny Kent#52: “Unfortunately we was very unlucky with the weather, which is not what we wanted because we needed as much time on the track for me and the team to find the right direction to Qatar. We was able to do four dry sessions due to bad weather but anyway I think me and the team did a great job in such short time. We know where we have to improve and I feel confident that we can do well!”
Fabio Quartararo#20: “It was a positive test although the rain complicated the situation and distorted the plans a bit. We definitely took a step forward in the race, but we’re not 100% yet. Next week we arrive in Qatar with work to do and settings to be improved, but positive and determined for the new season!”.