22nd April 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIFTEENTH PLACE FOR FABIO QUARTARARO AT THE CIRCUIT OF AMERICAS, WHILE DANNY KENT CRASHES DURING LAP 4
The MB Conveyors-Speed Up Team ended the Texan weekend once again in the points but this time with Fabio Quartararo, who brought his Speed Up SF18 to the fifteenth place. Unfortunately, Danny Kent’s race ended during lap 4 due to a crash in which, fortunately, the English rider was not injured.
The number #20 of the Speed Up box, Fabio Quartararo, started the race well after a good start from the third row and the three positions recovered in the first laps. Driving problems and lack of speed slowed down the French rider, but despite this he is aware of the good work done with the team over the weekend and the progress achieved.
Moto2 returns to race at the warm circuit of Jerez de la Frontera circuit from 4th to 6th May.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 15th
“A positive but difficult race! We did very well the first laps but suffering too much at T2 and T3. We have to work a lot on speed and for sure we can do better. I’m happy to have taken a step forward compared to the first two races of the championship, we have to continue in this way“.
DANNY KENT#52 – Crashed out
“Very difficult weekend for me and the team here in Austin. The race I made a good start and made my way up to position 16 on the first lap but after the back straight 1 rider hit me wide and I hit the kerb. After that I had some vibration through the fast corners and unfortunately I crashed. Sorry to my team, we will keep working hard for Jerez to get back to where me and the team belong, closer to the front!”
21st April 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FABIO QUARTARARO CLOSES IN TOP TEN THE QP OF THE GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing Team riders Fabio Quartararo and Danny Kent completed their qualifying session respectively in ninth and twenty-second position and they will start tomorrow from the third and eighth row.
In this decisive session that determines the starting order, the young French rider had progressed into the QP with an impressive lap of 2’11.282 signed at the end of the session.
On the other side of the box, it was more than an uphill battle for teammate Danny Kent who, although making improvements, struggled a lot to find the single qualifying lap. He was able to lower his lap time, but he still has work to do in tomorrow’s warm up with his crew to get more confident with the Speed Up bike.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 9th in 2’11.282
“It was a positive qualifying because we were able to find valid solutions to set-up problems greatly improving the bike. It is our first top ten qualification and we are enthusiastic about it. In the warm up tomorrow we will try something different to understand if we can get a better feeling than we have, but in any case, we will start from a good base. We are more than determined for tomorrow’s race!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 22nd in 2’11.905
“Again today was a difficult one for me and the team. For some reason we are struggling a lot here with the bumps. In the end of the qualifying we made a change which I finally felt was better in some places, but in the warm up we will make some more changes to try and improve even more. Sorry to my team for bad result, but I will keep pushing 100% to improve!”
20th April 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
The round 3 to be held this weekend at the modern Circuit of the Americas near Austin (Texas) has started. During the two free practice sessions, both riders of the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team focused on a track that is always complicated to interpret for the many slow and short-range corners. Fabio Quartararo and Danny Kent had therefore worked on the set-up of the bike towards the race, closing the day respectively in seventeenth and twenty-second position. The two riders have both improved their lap times in the second session and they are ready to fight in tomorrow’s free practice to find the best setting to find the right feeling for the race.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 17° in 2’11.959
“It was a rather difficult but positive day because in FP2 we did the first the second and the fourth sector well, almost like the first in the group. We know we have to work hard in the third sector, therefore perfecting the bike and my driving. Tomorrow’s FP3 will therefore be fundamental to improve”.
DANNY KENT#52 – 22° in 2’12.745
“Difficult first day for us in Austin today, I don’t have a great feeling with the bike. We will look at the data to see what we can do to improve. Fingers crossed tomorrow is dry so we can continue trying to improve the set up”.