After a season full of satisfactions and great results , Collin Veijer, JCR Speed Up team rider ranked second in the Italian Speed Championship 2018 category Premoto3 250 4t.
The Speed Up team is enthusiastic about the results achieved by his rider who once again proves himself to be the young promise of motorcycling.
FIRST OFFICIAL TEST WITH THE NEW TRIUMPH-POWERED SF19T SPEED UP BIKE
The Speed Up Racing Team finished yesterday yesterday the first winter test of the 2019 season at the Jerez de la Frontera circuit. The two new Speed Up riders, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, went out on track for the first time with the new Speed Up SF19T bike powered by Triumph kicking off the new Moto2 class Speed Up-Triumph era.
Positive feedback for both riders during the three days of official test in which they fully exploited each session collecting data essential for the development of their bikes. The uncertain weather conditions limited the laps on the track but at the same time gave the opportunity to team and riders to ride on dry and wet track thus trying different setting solutions.
Jorge Navarro, in his third season in the Moto2 class, placed sixth in the final rankings, taking an excellent lap time of 1’42.196, while Di Giannantonio, vice Moto3 World Champion 2018, immediately found himself at ease in the new class closing sixteenth his first Moto2 test in 1’42.812.
Jorge Navarro#9 – 6th in 1’42.196
“It was a really good three day test even if the weather did not allow us to work as we would have liked, but in any case we took advantage of all the time we had available. I am very well integrated into the team, I like the bike very much and I had good feeling from the beginning, in fact we have improved continuously. Unfortunately, on the second day it rained before the afternoon session where we wanted to try some changes but in any case we found to be competitive in both conditions. I am very happy and I can’t wait to continue working”.
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21 – 16th in 1’42.812
“I’m very happy because I did not expect to have this feeling with the bike. It was the first time I was on a 600cc and I really thought I had to start from zero instead I found myself very well. I like it and I feel good with the triumph engine, the bike pushes a lot and it’s really nice to ride it. I must say that it has been three really positive days; the first day we worked on me and my driving style, then slowly we started working on the bike with positive feedback and continuous improvements even in the wet. It’s always nice to finish the year with good vibes!”
- Length: 4005 mt.
- Width: 12 mt.
- Longest straight: 876 mt.
- Left corners: 9
- Right corners: 5
The Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana was completed in 1999 and held rounds of the MotoGP and Spanish Motorcycle Championships in the same year. The Cheste track has several layouts, running anti-clockwise with varying lengths. MotoGP events are held on a 4km track comprising of five right handed corners, eight left handers and a 650m straight. Although the track is regarded as quite small, the pit complex contains 48 garages whilst the stadium style grandstands can seat up to 150,000 spectators. The circuit layout which allows all parts of the circuit to be seen from any stand helps to create a unique atmosphere enjoyed by Spanish and international riders alike and as the last race of the season there is always a party feeling to the Grand Prix, which was voted best GP of 2005 by IRTA.
HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP: RACE
QUARTARARO GREETS THE TEAM WITH A FANTASTIC COMEBACK IN A DRAMA FILLED GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA
At the last race of the 2018 season, Fabio Quartararo greeted the HDR heidrun-Speed Up team with a fantastic comeback confirming the tenth position in the final classification of the Moto2 World Championship.
A few seconds from the warm up lap, an unexpected problem during the turning on of the bike forced Fabio to leave the ninth position on the grid and start the race from the last position. The lights went out, Fabio made a good start and at the end of the first lap he was already twelfth. Many crashes during the race due to the slippery asphalt for the rain fell in the first laps, but Quartararo did anything wrong and fought until the last lap by crossing the Ricardo Tormo finish line in sixth position.
Unfortunately, the young Marcon crashed out in the third turn of the seventh lap of the race. A difficult weekend for Tommaso who had to face his first Grand Prix of the World Championship in the rain, but he was able to show great commitment and dedication.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 6 th
“The race was quite difficult because I started from last position, but I managed to start very well and to overcome several riders in the first lap. I managed to finish the race sixth and it was the best result we could have achieved because we did not have the potential to fight further. We closed the Moto2 championship quite well and for this I want to thank the whole team for this difficult year together and for the goals achieved, thanks very much”.
TOMMASO MARCON#70– not classified
“It was a very difficult race because with the wet track there was very little grip. Precisely for this reason after half of the race I fell at turn three. I really thank the team for the opportunity given to me this weekend and for the work done together”.
17th November 2018
HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP: QUALIFYING
THIRD AND NINTH ROW FOR THE HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP RIDERS AT THE GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA
The HDR heidrun-Speed Up riders Fabio Quartararo and Tommaso Marcon took respectively the ninth and twenty-seventh time of today’s qualifying.
In tomorrow’s race, which closes the 2018 World Championship, the riders will start from the third and ninth row of the starting grid.
The rain spoilt even the last free practice session, while in the afternoon the qualifying were held on a dry track with wet sections. Quartararo and his staff found two good setting solutions that allowed the French rider to have a good race pace both with dry and wet conditions.
A positive day for the new HDR heidrun-Speed Up rider Tommon Marcon. In the third free practice session he crashed out on the first lap and was forced to the garage for the first part of the session, but when he went back to the track, he managed to shorten the gap improving the feeling with the Speed Up. Marcon’s progress continued in the qualifying where, determined, he got the twenty-seventh time at the last lap of the race.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 9 th in 1’36.396
“A day a bit strange, especially for the track conditions. This morning we rode in wet track and in the afternoon the track was dry but not entirely because some parts were still wet. Tomorrow it seems it will rain again and therefore we should adapt to the situation. The sessions in the rain went quite well, the feeling was good and so we will try to do the race as best as we always do”.
TOMMASO MARCON#70– 27th in 1’37.483
“Today’s qualifying went well. It was the first dry round of the weekend and with this bike that still presents some differences from the Speed Up that I’m used to driving in the CEV. The gap is not so bad, we have really improved a lot from the three practice sessions and I am sure that with a few more laps we could continue to improve. I thank my staff for the excellent work we are doing together, I am really happy to be here”.
HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP: PRACTICE
RAIN SPOILT THE FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS, BUT QUARTARARO HAS A GOOD PACE
The HDR heidrun-Speed Up riders have just finished the first day of free practice sessions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. As predicted, the rain did not give respite even for a second during the two free practice sessions of the Grand Prix Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, but Quartararo did not give up and closed the Valencia Friday in the top ten. The young Frenchman started off the weekend on the right foot and in fp2 he fought among the first for most of the time proving an excellent race pace even in the rain.
Debut in this last Grand Prix of the 2018 season for the rider Tommaso Marcon, 18-year-old, who is riding a Speed Up bike in the CEV Moto2-class. At his first race in the World Championship, Marcon placed thirty-second at the end of the day slowed down by the rain and by the lack of feeling with the bike on a wet track.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 10 th in 1’48.432
“It was a pretty positive day. We had a good feeling with the bike in the wet but we have to improve on some points to be faster. Most likely it will not rain tomorrow and therefore we will have to work on the setting and quickly adapt to the different track conditions “
TOMMASO MARCON#70– 32nd in 1’53.529
“An exciting first day for my debut. I’m sorry for the weather that complicated the situation, especially because in the wet I miss experience, but I’ll do my best to enjoy this opportunity. There have been continuous improvements in both sessions but just as I was marking my best time of the day I lost control of the bike and I crashed”.
- Length: 5548 mt.
- Width: 16 mt.
- Longest straight: 920 mt.
- Left corners: 5
- Right corners: 10
Specifically built for speed and exciting racing, the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is one of the world’s best. The 2,300 acre complex which also houses a hotel, shopping centre, golf course and other sports facilities cost around £50m to construct and was built in just 14 months, holding its first Grand Prix in April 1999 and setting the standard for race circuits worldwide.
With four slow corners following two long straights and ten medium to high-speed corners, the wide track is particularly favourable to overtaking manoeuvres and plenty of open throttle. One of the longest laps in MotoGP is made all the more gruelling for riders by intense heat and humidity. Sepang is located around 50km south of Kuala Lumpur city.
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP: RACE
QUARTARARO FIFTH AND PONS TWENTIETH AT SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT
The last leg of the overseas grand prix of the World Championship Moto2 2018 has just ended at the Sepang International Circuit under the scorching Malaysian sun.
Fabio Quartararo crossed the finish line in fifth position, while Edgar Pons finished the race twentieth. When the lights went off, the MB Conveyors-Speed Up riders made a good start but both made a mistake at the first turn of the first lap losing several positions at the beginning of the race.
Quartararo, third on starting grid, unfortunately lost the top riders a few seconds from the start of the race. With determination attempted the comeback and lap after lap from P9 came fifth once again taking precious points that allow him to stay in the top ten of the World Championship standings.
On the other side of the garage, Edgar Pons lost ten positions on the first lap. The number 57 of the team didn’t lose the concentration and focused on a good race pace he closed the race twentieth. It was not the performance expected by rider and team, but it was in any case the confirmation of the progress achieved with the Speed Up bike in just four grand prix.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 5th
“The result is not bad, but it’s not what I expected. It was a difficult race, I started well but I made a mistake at the first TURN where I lost several positions. The pace of the race was good, especially after the fight with Fernandez in which I lost a lot of valuable recovery time. We could fight for the podium, but it went like this. Now we think on the last race in Valencia!”
EDGAR PONS#57 – 20th
“A shame! I started well but then I made a mistake at the first turn in which I lost a lot of positions. Fortunately, no one has taken me from behind since I stopped in the middle of the turn. On the first lap I was twenty-ninth, then I started to ride with a good rhythm doing good laps and I was able to recover positions during the race. I’m sorry, we were working well and finally I had a good start. I’m looking forward to the Valencia GP, a circuit that I know very well. Thanks to the team for working so well and without respite”.
3rd November 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP: QUALIFYING
STUNNING FRONT ROW START FOR QUARTARARO IN THE MALAYSIAN GRAN PRIX. PONS WILL START FROM THE SEVENTH
The Malaysian rain also hit the second day of the Grand Prix, but fortunately saved the Moto2 qualifying at the Sepang International Circuit.
After the good feelings in the free practice sessions, confirmation came in today’s qualifying session with the Quartararo’s third best time who took the first row of the starting grid, the third of the season after the pole position gained in the Grand Prix of Catalunya. The French rider is very strong and in QP is amazing starting the session among the first from the beginning and at the end of the qualifying he sealed the first row with his fastest lap (2’06.295).
In Sepang Edgar Pons achieved his best qualifying with the Speed Up bike with the nineteenth session time. After a hard Friday, the MB Conveyors-Speed Up rider and his technical staff worked together on the set-up of the bike trying different solutions that increased the feeling and so the performance of the young Spaniard who will start from the seventh row of the starting grid.
Tomorrow’s Moto2 race has been anticipated by two hours to avoid bad weather and will therefore be live at 4:20 am Italian time.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 3rd in 2’06.295
“I am happy with today! This morning was a more complicated session than the others due to bad weather, but in the afternoon we found the good feeling we had yesterday and we did a good qualifying. We started immediately with a good pace, continually improving the lap time. I am happy to start from the front row and I hope to take advantage of the position as much as possible. We still do not know what the track conditions will be like, crossing my fingers for a dry race”.
EDGAR PONS#57 – 19th in 2’07.251
“Much better today! In Fp3 we had some difficulties due to the mixed conditions of the track. We have to work harder in those conditions because we are not as fast as we should. In qualifying, on the other hand, the track was 100% dry. I managed to find a good feeling that allowed me to grab a good lap, greatly reducing the time of the free practice sessions. It’s the best qualifying with the Speed Up bike, I’m really happy because we are faster and stronger. We will see tomorrow first of all what the weather will be, we do not know if it will rain or not and if it rains it will be my first wet race with this bike and in case I hope the feeling will not change”.
2nd November 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP TEAM COMPETITIVE AT SEPANG CIRCUIT IN FRIDAY FP SESSIONS
MB Conveyors-Speed Up team’s Fabio Quartararo and Edgar Pons kicked off the last Asian weekend of the 2018 season at the Sepang International Circuit.
The changing weather conditions, with humidity and intermittent rain, and the difficulties of a varied and challenging track put Quartararo and Pons to the test, both working hard to find the ideal setting of their Speed Up bikes for the qualifying session and race.
The young Frenchman couldn’t fully exploit the 45-minute morning practice session, but quickly recovered with an incredible performance in Fp2. He gradually got on the pace improving his feeling and taking the second position of the first practice day with a non-existent gap (-0.030) from the first.
The weather has heavily influenced Pons’ day ending the first practice sessions in twenty-fourth position. The young Spaniard improved his pace and reduced the gap in the afternoon session but not enough to climb the rankings as he would like. With enthusiasm and desire to improve, Pons and his staff are planning some changes that will try in tomorrow’s Fp3 to deal with mixed conditions track.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 2nd in 2’06.958
“I’m happy with this first day. In the first practice session we made a mistake that did not allow us to take advantage of the last minutes of the session just when the track was getting dry. In the afternoon we tried two tyre solutions, the hard and the soft, finding an excellent feedback especially with the soft. We hope the track will be dry tomorrow”.
EDGAR PONS#57 – 24th in 2’09.120
“It was a strange day. The weather did not help; in Fp1 the track was still wet from the rain that fell last night and then before the fp2 it rained again and at the start of the session the track was wet and then he got dry. We did not have the right feeling in both the practices but we have changes to set for tomorrow to improve confidence with the bike hoping for a better weather. We want to reduce the gap at any cost and find the right setup in view of tomorrow’s qualifying”.
- 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”.