- Length: 4.448 mt.
- Width: 13 mt.
- Longest straight: 900 mt.
- Left corners: 7
- Right corners: 5
Phillip Island, the self-styled home of Australian motorsport, is steeped in motor racing tradition, with the first car races having been held there on public roads in the 1920s. The first motorcycle races took place in 1931 and a permanent track was built in 1956.
The circuit fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s until it was bought in 1985 and given a AUS $5m facelift. MotoGP returned in 1989 and 1990 before becoming a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards.
The Phillip Island circuit is blessed with breathtaking scenery and beautiful ocean views and, as one of the fastest, most fluid, tracks on the calendar, it continues to provide some of the most spectacular racing in the MotoGP season.
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: RACE
QUARTARARO TENTH IN THE AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX. IN THE POINTS ALSO PONS WHO PLACED FIFTEENTH
Both MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team’s riders finished the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix finishes in the points in tenth and fifteenth place.
When the lights went off Quartararo, who started from the sixth position on the grid, lost six positions in the busy opening laps as all riders where vying for a place at the front of the rider field. The feeling with the bike is not the same as in the weekend sessions, but Fabio tried to recover positions fighting back not to lose the top ten. At the end of the twenty-five laps, Quartararo got the better of Bagnaia and Oliveira and closed the race in tenth position.
In his third race riding a Speed Up bike, Edgar Pons finished the Australian Grand Prix in fifteenth position. It is on the Phillip Island circuit that the Spanish rider confirms the excellent progress achieved only three races since his arrival in Speed Up. Also Pons’ start was difficult as he lost four positions. At the end of the first lap the Spaniard is twenty-fifth, but already from the second lap his pace increased and began to shorten the distances and to recover positions ending fifteenth the race.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 10th
“A very difficult race today. We started with a tyre that we had never tested on the weekend and this has compromised a bit today’s result, we should not hazard such a choice because I did not have the confidence to be able to ride the 25 race laps. I made some riding mistakes and a bad start that definitely influenced the result. Now we are already thinking about the next Grand Prix in Malaysia, which Sepang is one of my favourite circuits”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 15th
“Happy for the race! It was difficult to adapt to the bike in the first two grand prix, but here we really took a step forward. We are really pleased to have reached the points because it is the confirmation that we are working well. I felt I could have ridden a good race but when starting so far back it’s never easy. I lost positions on the first lap, but then I found a good rhythm and I started to catch up. I look forward to Malaysia to continue the excellent work we are doing from Thailand so far”.
27th October 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
QUARTARARO SECURES SECOND ROW IN AUSTRALIAN QUALIFYING
The weather conditions made the second day of the Australian Grand Prix even more challenging. The rain that fell before the Moto3 qualifying made the track insidious by modifying the grip of the asphalt and forcing teams and riders to find setting solutions suited to track conditions.
Excellent qualifying session for Fabio Quartararo who secured the second row after a performance nothing short of amazing. With just one pit stop in the middle of the session, the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team standard-bearer found with his staff a good setting that allowed him to qualify less than six tenths from the first.
Edgar Pons, struggling with the Speed Up bike on a track sometimes hard to ride due to the strong wind typical of the Australian circuit, marked his best lap in the last part of the session showing the progress of his work with the team. He will start from the first position of the eighth row in tomorrow’s race, which will go live on TV at 4:20 am Italian time.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 6th in 1’33.951
“I’m happy with how it went today, we have improved a lot since yesterday. This morning the conditions were quite difficult but we managed to work well. Then in the afternoon the conditions changed slightly, so we made other changes to the setting and the feeling has increased. 25 are the laps of tomorrow’s race, we will try to give our best and keep a steady pace”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 22nd in 1’34.844
“The weather conditions have definitely complicated the day. A lot of wind, rain both in the morning and in the afternoon before the sessions and then the track got dry but dirty so definitely it was not so easy riding. I’m happy, although once again the position does not show the pace and confidence that I have with the bike. In any case we are doing a good job and I think we could have a good race tomorrow”.
26th October 2018
FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT THE MICHELIN AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX
FABIO QUARTARARO THIRTEENTH AND EDGAR PONS TWENTY-THIRD ON AUSTRALIAN FRIDAY
The MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team has started today the penultimate extra-European grand prix at the Phillip Island circuit.
Due to an oil spill on the track for the failure of a Moto3 rider’s engine in the first laps of the Fp1, the Australian Friday session scheduled was changed. The Moto2 entered the track at 1pm local time for the first practice session with the track still wet due to the rain that had fallen previously. The second session, postponed to 15.30, instead took place on a dry track.
Fabio Quartararo placed thirteenth in the combined ranking of the first two free practice sessions. Clutch problems, solved by the staff during the first practice, hampered the French rider’s Fp1. In Fp2, at the fifteenth lap on the seventeen performed, Fabio marked his time of the day in 1’34.641 improving almost a second from the previous session.
The garage teammate, Edgar Pons, ended twenty-third on Australian Friday with positive results in both sessions. In Fp1, the team and rider concentrated on the set-up of the bike, instead dedicating the second part of the day to the race pace, demonstrating a constant and growing work.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 13th in 1’34.641
“A complicated first day. In the first session we had some difficulties with the clutch, losing almost half of the session in the box. Really little feeling with the bike this morning. In fp2 we have made several changes to the setting with positive results but we have not yet reached the ideal feeling, we lose a lot in the T4, the last part of the circuit. We absolutely must find the solution in the last qualifying tests of tomorrow”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 23rd in 1’35.141
“It was a positive first day. We are getting closer to the set-up of the bike suitable for my riding. Fp1 and Fp2 went well. The lap time has not improved, but we have tried the race pace with a constant rhythm and this shows that we are working in the right direction. I’m sure that as we ride and train with this bike the results come. I’m really happy to be able to ride in this particular and beautiful circuit and with a really professional team”.
- Length: 4801 mt.
- Width: 15 mt.
- Longest straight: 762 mt.
- Left corners: 6
- Right corners: 8
Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became home to MotoGP in 2000 whilst the oval is designed to introduce American motorsports culture to the country.
Twin Ring Motegi is a major attraction for motorsports fans all year round as it is the venue for the Honda Collection Hall, a museum which houses an illustrious collection of motorcycle, car and racing machines from throughout the ages. The complex also includes a safety and riding school, dirt track, go-karts, hotel, restaurant, shops and event halls and currently employs some 300 staff.
QUARTARARO IMPRESSES WITH THE SECOND VICTORY, BUT THE RACE DIRECTION DISQUALIFY HIM
The superb victory at Twin Ring Motegi by the MB Conveyors-Speed Up number twenty, Fabio Quartararo, was cancelled one hour from the victory celebration. The cause that forced the race direction to disqualify is the rear tyre pressure, lower than the minimum. As per regulation, the average pressure of the rear tyre cannot be lower than 1.40 bar during the 22 laps of the race and after the post-race technical checks the average tyre pressure was 1.38 bar. Before the start of the race, the tyre pressure was adjusted as stated by the procedure dictated by the technicians according to the conditions of the external temperature and the asphalt. The data will then be analysed to understand the cause of this unusual loss of pressure. Bad news that leaves everyone with a bitter taste, but that does not cancel the impressive performance of the young French.
On the other side of the box, Edgar Pons lost six positions at the start, but during the race, thanks to a good feeling with the Speed Up bike, he managed to recover positions by crossing the finish line of the Japanese Grand Prix in twenty-fourth position.
The next round of the Moto2 class will be next weekend at the Australian Grand Prix, October 26th-28th.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – disqualified
“I’m very sorry for what happened. It is hard to swallowed the disqualification, but I’m not fighting for the championship. I was competitive all the weekend, both in practice, in qualifying and then in the race. Regardless of tyre pressure, I know I’ve been competitive. I put the experience together and look forward, there are still three races left before the end of the season!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 24th
“The race did not go as I expected. There are some things I have to improve. The first laps strongly influenced the race. The pace is there and also the speed, but when losing the starting positions it is difficult to recover in this category. I apologize to the team that is doing an impeccable job. I will continue to work to achieve better results already in the Australian Grand Prix”.
FIRST ROW FOR FABIO QUARTARARO IN THE MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
After taking the best time of the three free practice sessions, Quartararo totally committed himself to the Japanese qualifying and closed the session in second place in 1’50.924 to -0.165 from the first. After having found a good rhythm already in the morning session, Quartararo began the qualifying session grabbing the first positions since the first laps. On lap 18 of 20, the young French man marked the best time of his qualifying, thus reaching the first row of the grid of tomorrow’s race.
On the other side of the garage, Edgar Pons reached the eighth row with the twenty-second time of the session. The Spaniard, in his second Grand Prix with the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team, shows clear progress in riding his Speed Up bike every time he goes on track. In qualifying he improved continuously and it was on the last lap that he scored his best time in 1’51.899.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 2nd in 1’50.924
“I am quite satisfied with the first row achieved in today’s qualifying. Also this morning in Fp3 we rode very well and with good rhythm signing the best time of the three free practice. Today the temperatures have risen, changing the track conditions and we have managed to find a good setting. The second position on the grid is very important for tomorrow’s race, we will do our best to reach the podium!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 22nd in 1’51.899
“Today has been a positive day even if the grid position does not reflect the progress achieved. We are improving but we are not where we want to be yet. The most important thing today is that the feeling with the bike has improved a lot and the more I ride the more I improve because I understand what the bike is asking me. The QP went well, with a tenth less we would be in sixteenth place. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race to continue the work we are doing from Thailand”.
QUARTARARO AND PONS KICK OFF THE MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
At the Motegi circuit the Grand Prix of Japan has started, the fourth from last Moto2 2018 World Championship and the second of the four extra-European season-long consecutive races, which will continue on the next weekends with two more rounds in Australia and Malaysia.
The first day of free practice was strongly influenced by weak rain. In both sessions the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team’s riders were forced to return to the garage due to the weak rain which made the track slippery.
Quartararo, in the 14 laps performed in Fp2, took the fourth time of the day at the tenth lap of the session in 1’52.517 with a gap of only 0.358 tenths from the first.
After just 18 laps completed in the two free practice sessions, Edgar Pons ranked twenty-third at the end of the first day of the Grand Prix of Japan. A misfortune for the Spanish rider and his staff not being able to fully exploit the two sessions due to the rain. The last free practice tomorrow morning will therefore be essential for the bike set-up.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 4th in 1’52.517
“It was a bit of a strange day because in the first session we did not manage to run much because of the little rain that made the track difficult to ride. In fp2 we took advantage of the first 20 minutes of the session by riding at a good pace. We are lacking something in braking because in some corners we do not have grip. Tomorrow we will look for a solution to this problem, hoping it won’t rain!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 23rd in 1’54.387
“The weather has definitely complicated the day. We need to get around to learn more about the characteristics of the bike and especially the driving. In any case, with the few laps already made I feel that the feeling is better than what I had in Thailand, the more we work and the better we improve. We hope the weather conditions will allow us to take advantage of the last morning practice session”.
VEIJER TAKES SENSATIONAL POLE POSITION AND WIN IN RACE2 AT THE SIXTH ROUND OF THE ELF CIV PRE MOTO3 250 4T CHAMPIONSHIP
The sixth and final round of the ELF CIV Pre Moto3 250 4T championship took place last weekend at the Autodromo di Vallelunga.
Collin Veijer brought his Speed Up bike on the top step of the podium in Race2. A spectacular performance by the young Dutch rider who since the free practice of the weekend had a good race pace both in dry and wet conditions.
Collin marked the first time of free practice and then he got the pole position in qualifying and so he started from the first position of the starting grid in both races. Unfortunately, in Race 1 Veijer crashed out during the wet race but did not give up, got back on the bike and finished the race in points in thirteenth position.
Collin Vejier#95: “I’m quite satisfied with this last round. We started from pole position in both races. In race1 I was unlucky because I pushed a bit too much in the rain, slipping off the track, but I was able to take the bike and finish the race in points anyway. I’m happy to have won Race2, I really had a good feeling on the dry. I want to thank the JCR Team very much, I’m really happy with this season and for the work we did. I also want to thank all the sponsors, the personal ones and the team’s, because without them I could not realize my dream. Grazie mille a tutti!”
- Length: 4.554 mt.
- Width: 12 mt.
- Longest straight: 1 km.
- Left corners: 5
- Right corners: 7
The Buriram International Circuit (known as Chang International Circuit (ช้าง อินเตอร์เนชั่นแนล เซอร์กิต) for commercial purposes, but listed by its non-commercial name because of alcohol restrictions in some countries) is a motorsport race track in Buriram, Buriram Province, Thailand. The circuit was opened in 2014. This is the first FIA Grade 1 and FIM Grade A circuit in Thailand. The track’s primary corporate sponsor is Chang Beer, named the track as part of the sponsorship; however, because of laws regarding alcohol sponsorship in France and Qatar, the circuit uses the non-commercial name in FIM documentation.
A FANTASTIC QUARTARARO FINISHES FIFTH THE PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
The new Chang International Circuit does not frighten the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team’s rider Fabio Quartararo who finished fifth in the first Grand Prix of Thailand. From the beginning of the race the young French fought not to miss the leading group. He lost a couple of positions on the second lap but after six laps he was already fifth. With tenacity and determination, he repelled the attacks from behind and sealed the fifth place with a fantastic performance.
The performance of Edgar Pons was also impressive. After a start that penalized him and brought him twenty-seventh, Pons did not give up and fought until the last lap finishing his first race with the MB-Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team at the nineteenth place.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 5th
“A fairly positive race. I had to fight a lot, especially at the beginning so as not to lose the leading group.
I struggle in the early laps cause the feeling with the bike was good and I managed to overtake even aggressive that is what I missed from some races. The fifth place in this new circuit is definitely a good result and we are satisfied with how we are working!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 19th
“It is not the result we wanted, but I am happy with this first Grand Prix with the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team and above all I am happy to have finished this race because we have collected important data on my way to ride this bike and they will be very useful for the next races. I’m sure that in Japan it will be better! Once again, I thank the team for the work done, see you in Japan!”
06th October 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
THIRD AND NINTH ROW FOR QUARTARARO AND PONS AT THE PTT THAILAND GRAND PRIX
The number 20 of the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team closed the three free practice sessions of the PTT Thailand Grand Prix at the top of the standings and set the best free practice time in 1’36.670. Quartararo further improved his time in the QP classifying himself eighth just two tenths from the first. Team-mate Edgar Pons, in his first Grand Prix with the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team, improved his performance in Fp3 ending the session with the twenty-second time. In qualifying Pons could repeat the morning time but not to improve it. For the Spaniard, who was used to drive different bike other than Speed Up, the warm up of tomorrow will be crucial to keep adapting his driving style and improve the feeling with the bike.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 8th in 1’36.670
“Good today! In the last free practice session this morning we focused both on race pace and on the fastest lap. The results were excellent: we made many laps and with a good rhythm. Tomorrow we will start from the eighth position in the third row. It will be a group race because we are all close. We can and must fight from the first lap!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 25th in 1’37.588
“Even today was a complicated day, but I’m still happy. Even if the position does not reflect the good work we are doing, we are improving a lot on riding this bike. Unfortunately, the qualifyings did not go well as the Fp3, but I have to keep working to understand how the bike works and I think that step by step we will be able to improve. It is a different bike from the one I am used to driving so I have to understand how to bring out its potential. Thanks to my team, tomorrow I will give my best in the race!”
05th October 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUARTARARO AND PONS AT WORK IN THE NEW CHANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT OF THAILAND
For the first time the PTT Thailand Grand Prix has started today at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram.
The MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team’s riders finished the first day of free practice sessions with the tenth (Quartararo#20) and the twenty-fifth (Pons#51) time. The new circuit required the riders and the Speed Up staff to work hard with dedication in the setting up of the Speed Up SF18 bike obtaining positive feedback and important data at the end of the day for both riders.
Quartararo finished the second practice session improving the time obtained in the Fp1 by six tenths. Together with his staff he need to solve acceleration complications that reduced the feeling especially when turning.
The number 57 of the team, Edgar Pons, found the solution to the problems he had in the first session with the front improving the feeling with his Speed Up.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 10th in 1’37.536
“A fairly complicated first day. We lost a lot in 2 turns due to acceleration problems. We have to work on it before tomorrow’s sessions so we can use the Fp3 mainly working on the setting of the bike!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 25th in 1’38.203
“Today we had some problems with the front wheel in fast turns especially in fp1. The second free practice went better, we had a good lap and reached nineteenth position but they canceled it. We managed to solve the problem with the front and this gives us the motivation to work harder. It’s only the second time that I get onto a Speed Up bike, so we have to try to adapt the bike to my riding style to increase the feeling. I apologize to my team for the crash. More gas tomorrow!”
The Speed Up Racing team is pleased to announce the signing of the rider Fabio Di Giannantonio for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The Italian rider will race alongside the Spaniard Jorge Navarro.
Born in Rome in 1998, Di Giannantonio made his World Championship debut in 2015 and he currently lies third in the Moto3 World Championship standings.
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21
Speed Up Racing Moto2 Rider
“First of all I want to thank Luca for giving me this opportunity that I have sought and wanted so far. I’m happy and ready to start this new adventure! The Moto2 class is a demanding category and at the beginning I will take me some time to adapt, but the desire to learn is so great and I’m sure the team can help me! Now I have the last 5 races of this 2018, I will give my best to try and make a champion jump!”
Speed Up Racing Team Manager
“I am really pleased to announce that Fabio Di Giannantonio will join the Speed Up Racing team for the next 2 seasons. For me, Fabio joining the team is a big and exciting challenge and we will fight together to achieve excellent results. Fabio is a talented young man and has what it takes to compete in Moto2. We are impatient to see him on a Speed Up bike”.
After the termination of the agreement with the English rider Danny Kent, Speed Up Racing team will take part in the PTT Grand Prix of Thailand with the Spanish rider Edgar Pons.