- Length: 4185 mt.
- Width: 13 mt.
- Longest straight: 674 mt.
- Left corners: 5
- Right corners: 9
Built in 1965 around the existing 24-Hour track, the Le Mans Bugatti Grand Prix race circuit lies 5km south of the city of Le Mans and 200km south-west of Paris. The venue has hosted Grand Prix since the late sixties but a serious accident to Spanish rider Alberto Puig in 1995 saw it struck off the calendar until 2000 whilst stringent safety improvements were carried out.
Le Mans is a tight track dominated by first gear corners that place the emphasis on late braking and hard acceleration, whilst rear end traction is also a key area. With the capacity to comfortably accommodate up to 100,000 spectators, the Bugatti circuit also plays host to the 24 hour truck race, the FIA GP2 Championship, French Touring Car and GT races.
20th May 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: RACE
SUPERB COMEBACK BY QUARTARARO, EIGHTH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team leaves France with a half-smile on their faces after an incredible performance by Fabio Quartararo, which demonstrates his growth race by race. The French rider finished his home Grand Prix in the eighth position reached with a superb comeback from the 14th place on the starting grid.
Boxmate Danny Kent took advantage of the morning warm-up to find a solution with the team for the lack of feeling he had during all the sessions of the previous days. He crossed the line 21st, recovering ten positions from the start and so finishing a difficult weekend with a good performance.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 8th
“It was a good race! Once again we managed to finish in the top ten! We have to work on the start and refine the driving style. We are pleased with the improvements made so far and how we are working. I can not wait to get to Mugello”
DANNY KENT#52 – 21st
“Very difficult weekend for me here in Le Mans, I just didn’t have a good feeling all weekend, fortunately we have a 1 day test tomorrow. The only positive thing from this grand prix is that in the race I was able to put together 25 consistent laps so that we can sit down, look at the data to see where we can improve for tomorrow’s test, once again thanks to my team and crew!”
19th May 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING SESSION
FIFTH AND ELEVENTH ROW FOR FABIO QUARTARARO AND DANNY KENT AT THE GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
The second day of the French weekend has just ended. The MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing Team riders will start tomorrow from the fifth (Quartararo, 14th) and eleventh (Kent, 31st) row on the grid.
In the last free practice session in the morning, the young Quartararo seems to have found the ideal setting and the right confidence with the bike for tomorrow’s race. He spent almost all the FP3 session to test the race pace where it got the expected results and in the last lap of the session, after the tyre change, he managed to mark an excellent sixth time in 1’36.998 just 0.250 tenths from the first. Unfortunately, the afternoon’s qualifying was destabilized by an initial crash that compromises the first rows of the starting grid.
Danny Kent and his crew are looking for solutions to improve the setting of the Speed Up SF18 bike. The weekend has not started as they hoped, but sure they will do all their best to get inside the points.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 14th in 1’37.243
“I am happy with today even if I’m sorry to have thrown away the possibility of qualifying in the first rows. After the crash at the start of the qualifying session I lost a bit of confidence with the bike, especially when braking. In any case, we feel ready to fight in tomorrow’s race! “
DANNY KENT#52 – 31st in 1’38.712
“Unfortunately in qualifying I am still having the same problem that I have had all weekend, I just don’t have a good feeling with the bike and when I try to push I nearly crash. I am sorry to my team, my crew, because this is not where we belong, of course we will continue looking at the data and fingers crossed tomorrow will be a better day!”
18th May 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE HJC HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE
The fifth round of the Moto2 season has started today at the legendary Le Mans circuit. The first free practice sessions required a special dedication to the technicians and riders of the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team who focused on the set-up of the Speed Up SF18.
Fabio Quartararo was able to take advantage from the French Friday by progressively improving his performance. From the fifteenth position in the Fp1 he took tenth place in Fp2 in 1’37.431 just three tenths from the first placing in the twelfth place of the combined free practice times.
First day uphill for box-mate Danny Kent, who is working with his staff to find a solution to the rear grip problems accused in both sessions. He finished the first day of the French Grand Prix in the twenty-third position in 1’38.295.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 12th in 1’37.431
“It was a positive first day. We worked well improving from fp1 to fp2. We tested the race pace with both hard and soft tires and the results were good. Tomorrow I have to improve my driving style in the T3 sector. We have recovered a lot of information at the level of setup that we will use in the third test of tomorrow in view of a good qualifying. The top ten awaits us!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 23rd in 1’38.295
“Terrible first day here in Le Mans. I have zero feeling with the bike and I’m struggling a lot with rear grip. We will sit down tonight look at the data to see what we can do to improve tomorrow”.
10th May 2018
ELF CIV PRE MOTO3 ROUND2: GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR VEJIER AT MUGELLO
The second round of the ElfCIV pre moto3 250 4T Championship took place last weekend at the Mugello circuit.
The race weekend was characterized by uncertain weather that made the track conditions not perfect for the whole session on Friday and Saturday. Despite the fact that the team could not get great data from the Friday practice, Collin Vejier, at his first approach with the Mugello circuit, managed to reach the tenth position in 2’08.119 during the second qualifying session.
In both races, the Dutch rider perfectly started from the tenth position on the grid, leading the race. In race1 after a few laps he was hit by a stone that slowed him down. He finished the performance in 9th position.
The young rider improved in race 2, fighting assiduously for the first positions throughout the race and finishing the Mugello competition in seventh place at 0.642 tenths from the first.
Collin Vejier#95: “The start of the weekend was not easy. The intermittent rain conditioned the practice day and I needed all the time to learn the track as it was the first time in Mugello for me. Nevertheless, thanks to the great job made by me and the team, we could make 2 stable races and fight with the front group. Every time I ride the Speed up bike the feeling is better. Big thanks to all the sponsors and my team crew”.
- Length: 4423 mt.
- Width: 11 mt.
- Longest straight: 607 mt.
- Left corners: 5
- Right corners: 8
Built in 1986 and hosting its first Grand Prix one year later, the circuit of Jerez is now one of the most popular MotoGP venues and the focal point for a city fanatical about sport. Set in a slight valley in the south of Spain, Jerez is blessed with consistently good weather and beautiful scenery, its numerous grandstands providing the perfect viewing facilities for up to 250,000 spectators.
With two alternative road circuits (4,423m and 4,428m), which were resurfaced during 2005, Jerez is a popular venue used by many race teams for testing throughout the year, whilst its recently updated corporate and media facilities have proven to be a popular addition to the complex. Other facilities such as the control tower and pit boxes have also been vastly improved.
6th May 2018
Moto2- BETA TOOLS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: RACE
FABIO QUARTARARO IN THE TOP TEN AFTER A GREAT COMEBACK AT THE GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA
The young Quartararo brought Speed Up SF18 to points in the first race in Europe of the 2018 Moto2 Championship.The challenge in today’s race started off after the difficult qualifying session of yesterday that saw the French rider score the eighteenth time. Despite the disadvantaged grid position, Quartararo managed to climb up positions lap after lap. Determined to reach the points zone, Fabio continued to gain ground until the last lap ending the race in tenth position.On the other side of the box Danny Kent, started from the p11, unfortunately crashed in the first corner of the eleventh lap. Although the feeling with the bike in the previous days was very good, he had some problems with the gear during the warm up and so in the race that did not allow him to complete a good performance.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 10°
“I’m happy with today’s performance and the improvements we’ve been making since the start of the season. We have to work on driving, we are already doing it but we are not satisfied yet. I’m improving the start and the first laps, I think it is very important. At the next Grand Prix of France in Le Mans I will do my best to reach a great result, the home Grand Prix is always so emotional!”
DANNY KENT#52 – crashed out
“Obviously, I am not happy with the outcome of this weekend. We had shown good potential over the weekend and I had a good feeling with the bike. Unfortunately, from warm up I had some problems back shifting the gear and randomly jumping gears which continued into the race. Sorry to my team, we deserve better results than what we are achieving right now but we have to believe, work hard and the results will come!”
5th May 2018
Moto2- BETA TOOLS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING SESSION
FOURTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR DANNY KENT AND FABIO QUARTARARO AT GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA
The Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing team riders will start from the fourth and sixth row in the Gran Premio Red Bull de España race, which will be held tomorrow at 12.20 at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit.
In the FP3 held in the morning, Danny Kent was tenth in 1’42.687, while Quartararo reached the sixteenth position in 1’42.860 focusing mainly on the race pace.
In the afternoon, the temperature rose changing the track conditions. After some setting changes made in the initial part of the session, ten minutes before the end the two riders came out on track with the new tyre in search of the fastest lap. Danny Kent marked the eleventh time in 1’42.480, just 5 tenths from the first. Quartararo, stuck in the traffic on track, qualified eighteenth with the time obtained in the seventh lap of the qualifying, 1’42.797.
DANNY KENT#52 – 11th in 1’42.480
“I am happy with qualifying, p11 is not the best but we have to look how close we are from p4 which is only 0.1! Lap times here are close, the team have done a good job and now I have better feeling with the bike. Tomorrow is important to get a good start to have a good result. I am feeling confident!”
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 18th in 1’42.797
“I’m not very satisfied with the grid position, but we have a good race pace and for this we remain confident for tomorrow. Unfortunately, we could not take advantage of the last few minutes of the qualifying with the new tyre, too much traffic on track. Last changes in tomorrow’s warm up and then we will be ready to fight!”
4th May 2018
Moto2- BETA TOOLS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA
The first day of free practice at Jerez de la Frontera marked the European début of the Moto2 2018 season after the first race in Qatar and the two American rounds in Argentina and Texas.
At the end of the two free practice sessions of the Gran Premio Red Bull de España, the Beta Tools-Speed Up Racing Team riders classified thirteenth (Fabio Quartararo # 20) and fifteenth (Danny Kent # 52).
In the first session of the morning, Danny Kent closed the 45 minutes of FP1 in twelfth position, with Quartararo twenty-second.
In the afternoon, both riders managed to improve their performance after the work done with their technical staff. The third and final practice session before tomorrow’s qualifying will be very important for both to improve the setup of the Speed Up SF18 bikes and reach a good position on the grid.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 12th in 1’43.423
“It was quite a positive day because we managed to improve the lap time of the FP1 by almost 5 tenths and because we understood where to work. The goal is to enter the top ten in qualifying improving my driving style and some points of the bike to increase the race pace in tomorrow’s FP3!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 15th in 1’43.442
“Not a perfect start to the weekend, but anyway it’s much better start than what we did in Americas GP. In some areas I feel good but I’m struggling with new and used tyres with rear grip. Me and my team will sit down, look at the data and see what we can do to improve for tomorrow”.