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”.