BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO CLIMBED UP TO THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM OF THE GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
Beta Tools Speed Up team with Jorge Navarro took the first podium of the season and the first in Moto2 for the rider, who achieved with gritted teeth a fantastic third place at the Grand Prix of the Americas.
A very positive weekend since the first laps on track for Navarro who was very fast and competitive on his Speed Up SF19T. He took the second row on the grid in Saturday’s qualifying, then in the warm-up he and his staff made some changes to the braking gaining more confidence in driving. When the traffic lights went out, the Spaniard struggled in the early laps until he found stability to push more and start to climb up to the third step of the podium.
Unlucky race instead for Fabio Di Giannantonio that crashed out shortly after the start following the contact with another rider. Too bad for the result at the end of the race, but team and rider are coming back home aware of the progress achieved thanks to the hard work done this weekend and confident to do well already from the next appointment with Moto2 to be held at the warm Jerez circuit de la Frontera from 3 to 5 May.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 3rd
“On Friday we already did a great job continuing to make progress with the setting of the bike towards the race and this morning in the warm up we took another step forward which gave me a lot of confidence especially in the braking and in the race I immediately felt the difference. I did not start well but after a few laps I started recovering, I knew my strengths and I tried to exploit them to the maximum. I pushed as hard as I could and finally got to the podium. A great joy after a long period of continuous search for a result like this. We still have a lot of work to do ahead of us, we need to continue like this”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – DNF
“I am very sorry because we could have had a good race, but it didn’t happen because of another rider we finished it after a few meters from the start. I am very disappointed but, in the end, we have made a lot of progress this weekend and so we take the positive and bring it to Europe. We are very excited for the next race in Spain!”
SECOND ROW FOR NAVARRO AND FIFTH FOR DI GIANNANTONIO AT THE CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
The weather is the protagonist of this second day of the Grand Prix of the Americas and the direction is forced to cancel the third free practice session due to bad weather.
Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio got direct access to the Q2 thanks to their great free practice on Friday in which they got the seventh and ninth places in the combined classification. In the decisive session which determined the starting order in tomorrow’s race, the two Beta Tools Speed Up team riders reached second and fifth row of the grid. Navarro, although the strong wind on the track, took advantage of every second of the session by continuously improving his fast lap. And it is with the last lap of the qualifying that the Spaniard took the sixth place. Di Giannantonio managed to take the thirteenth time after a complicated qualifying because of the lack of feeling with the front of the bike. He will take advantage of tomorrow’s warm up to figure out with his staff what changes to make.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 6th in 2’11.333
“Today was a strange day because we only did 6/7 laps because of the weather. However, this morning we made some small changes based on the data collected yesterday and I immediately found myself well. I thought the conditions would have been worse especially for the lack of grip and the wind, but the track was a bit slower so I managed to do well with good sensations and a good pace so I am confident for tomorrow, we can have a good race“.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 13th in 2’12.494
“I am not happy with today’s thirteenth place. This is the best qualifying of this year but I know we could have done a lot better. There was a lot of wind on the track and I had no feeling with the front and so I rode much more slowly than the others and also than yesterday. We are still positive, if our worst condition is to do 13th at the moment it is not bad, for me tomorrow we can manage the situation and recover”.
SEVENTH AND NINTH PLACE FOR THE BETA TOOLS SPEED UP TEAM IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS
A good start of the Grand Prix of the Americas for the Beta Tools Speed Up team, once again demonstrating the great potential of the Speed Up SF19T bikes and their riders. There was no time to relax on this first day of free practice at COTA. The rain forecast for tomorrow morning forced the Moto2 riders to push immediately to guarantee access to the Q2.
Surprising Di Giannantonio who was able to immediately adapt his driving to one of the toughest circuit and at the end of the day he took seventh place in the combined rankings after a clear improvement from the morning session. Jorge Navarro also started the race weekend on the right foot. The Spaniard took third place in the first free practice in the morning also showing an excellent pace. In Fp2 he continued to improve the setting of the bike together with his staff improving the lap time by almost eight tenths, positioning himself in ninth place.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 7th in 2’10.719
“Today well, very well! I like the track a lot here, as the place and the atmosphere, everything is beautiful here so I arrived full excited for this Gp. This morning was fine even though we could have done better, but obviously it took me a while to adapt to the track and to understand the setting of the bike, while this afternoon we took a big step forward. We still have a lot to improve in my opinion, especially in the braking, but we are on the right way. Let’s see tomorrow to take another step forward because we only have one session before QP”.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 9th in 2’10.763
“First positive day. This morning we rode with a good pace and in the afternoon we tried some solutions getting good conclusions, but we still have some work ahead to improve the feeling with the bike that is not so good due to the lack of grip. However, I am sure that tomorrow we will be able to find a solution to these problems and being ready for the qualifying”.
COLLIN VEIJER, WHAT A WEEKEND! EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF THE YOUNG DUTCH AT HIS FIRST RACE WEEKEND IN MOTO3
Last weekend Speed Up Junior team and the pre-moto3 2018 vice champion, Collin Veijer, kicked off the 2019 season of the Italian Speed Championship class Moto3 at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The promising young Dutch, in his debut in the category, impresses and excites with his talent during the weekend. After reaching the ninth place of the grid in Saturday’s qualifying, Collin made a good start in both races. In race1 a brake problem hindered his driving, but the Speed Up rider put it all out and crossed the finish line in fourth position. The following day, in race2, the young rider fought tightly with the leading group and finished seventh with just one second behind the winner.
The next round of the Moto3 CIV will be at the Mugello International Circuit on April 26-27-28.
Collin Veijer#95: “Of course I am happy with my 4th place in race1, but the 7th place in race2 gave me a lot more satisfaction because I was able to compete continuously in the leading group. I also learned a lot in this race. The gap from the winner at the end of the race was only one second and in race1 it was approximately twelve seconds. I finished the first racing weekend of the season taking the 4th place in the general classification. The team and I are very satisfied of my first Moto3 performance. A big thank to my Speed Up Junior team for the work they did and to all my sponsors. I can’t wait for the next race in Mugello, I will work very hard to get ready to the second round of the championship!”
BETA TOOLS SPEED UP
NAVARRO TOOK EIGHTH PLACE IN THE GRAN PREMIO DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA. DI GIANNANONIO FORCED TO RETIRE.
The Beta Tools Speed Up team ends in points the Grand Prix Motul de la República Argentina with Jorge Navarro crossing the finish line in eighth place after 23 racing laps.
After a good start the young Spaniard struggled to find the race pace losing some positions in the first laps. As soon as he found the feeling with his Speed Up he started to recover positions riding with an excellent pace. Too bad for the lead taken by the top riders’ group in the first few laps that didn’t allow the number nine of the team to go beyond the eighth position, but today’s performance confirms the progress achieved by rider and team and his high level of competitiveness.
Difficult race for teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio who couldn’t continue the race due to a pain in his left leg that forced him to return to the garage during the thirteenth lap. Nothing serious for the Roman rider who will be back on track for the third round of Moto2 in two weeks in Texas at the Grand Prix of the Americas from 12 to 14 April.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th
“The start was not bad, but in the first three laps I missed the decision and with the full tank I felt even less confident to brake and overtake. It was frustrating because I could be much faster in those laps, but I didn’t feel like taking the risk. Then the time came when I was able to find a good rhythm and recover the positions I had lost. I turned fast until the end of the race and I’m happy about this, I absolutely have to improve the first part of the race but we are in the right direction to do great things. I am really very happy with the work done this weekend and I thank my team very much for this. See you in Texas with a great desire to get back on track”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – RETIRED
“Bad today, very bad! We retired not because of a problem with the bike but my gear shifting. The gear was harder than normal and in the race I had a cramp on my left tibial and my foot was no longer moving and riding had become dangerous and so I decided to retire. Anyway, we know that we were fast enough this weekend and we worked well. Another experience then on our shoulders, we bring the positivity of this weekend to the next Grand Prix”.
FOURTH AND SIXTH ROW FOR NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO WHO QUALIFY ELEVENTH AND EIGHTEENTH
The Argentinian qualifying ends the second day of the race weekend at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and teams are preparing for the last changes before tomorrow’s race.
The Beta Tools Speed Up riders leave the circuit with a half-smile for not having concluded the Q2 as expected after the excellent performances of both in the three free practice sessions.
The third practice of Navarro was amazing. He marked the fourth time of the three practices and went directly to Q2. He immediately started well in qualifying, finishing among the top positions but after a few laps the feeling with the bike changed and Jorge felt compelled to return to the garage, thus losing the last minutes of the session. He took eleventh in qualifying and he will start the race from the fourth row of the grid.
Even Di Giannantonio continues to amaze. With the twelfth time taken in fp3 he managed to get the direct access to the Q2 demonstrating his continuous growth. Unfortunately, a defective tyre compromised his performance during the qualifying ending the session with the eighteenth time. He will then start from the sixth row of tomorrow’s grid.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 11th
“This morning we made some changes from yesterday’s setting and I immediately found myself well. The bike gave me great sensations and in fact we finished fourth the fp3 although the pace was even more deserving and competitive. In qualifying we went out with the same bike and I don’t know why, due to the slightly rising temperature, but I didn’t have the same feeling with the front. On track I didn’t understand the reason and so I decided to go back to the garage but I didn’t realize that the times were tight and so when I got back on track I couldn’t make a competitive lap for the little time available. Anyway, I know I’m competitive and I’ll do my best tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 18th
“I am happy with this morning fp3 because a change to the bike has allowed us to take a step forward. Too bad for today’s Q2 because I think we found a defective tyre that didn’t allow us to ride as we should and how we could. In the end we are confident for tomorrow’s race, it will be tough but we will do our best to make again a good comeback”.
NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK IN THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE ARGENTINA GP
The first day of free practice sessions kicked off the second round of the Moto2 World Championship in Argentina. The Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, in addition to being among the most technical and fast with a very long straight, often requires more effort on the part of riders of all classes due to the lack of grip, especially in Friday practice where the track is much dirtier.
The Beta Tools Speed Up team’s riders faced the first two free practice sessions on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit, finishing with the eighth (Navarro 1’43.645) and the sixteenth time (Di Giannantonio 1’43.920) of the combined rankings.
Both riders improved their fast time in the second session after making changes to the setting and the tyre change, but are still not completely satisfied with the feeling with the bike. The gap from the first is very little for Jorge Navarro (-0.292) who amazes on the track after the rapid recovery from the crash in Qatar. Di Giannantonio instead had problems to the front, but in fp2 he improved the setting and his driving finished at -0.567 from the first.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 8th in 1’43.645
“A fairly positive first day, especially physically, I felt better than I hoped after the injury in Qatar. The knee still hurts a bit, but not when I get on the Speed Up. With the team we did a good job, first with the hard tyre and towards the end with the soft one which for me will be the one we will use in the race. We still have to awork on the bike, I was hoping for something more but we have the time to look at the data collected and think of some solutions for tomorrow”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 16th in 1’43.920
“Today I am not very happy. This morning we had problems with the bike and the conditions weren’t perfect and I struggled to adapt to the track and the bike. The second session was better but we have to work on the front because it moves a lot and we suffer a lot from the holes. Head down and tomorrow we will try to enter Q2 directly”.
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RIMONTA SENSAZIONALE DI FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO AL SUO PRIMO GRAN PREMIO IN MOTO2. NAVARRO CADE DOPO LA PARTENZA
Uno strepitoso Di Giannantonio termina il suo primo Gran Premio nella classe Moto2 all’undicesimo posto dopo una rimonta sensazionale. Il rookie romano, dopo aver perso parecchie posizioni in partenza, riesce a trovare il feeling necessario per guadagnare terreno. Sorpasso dopo sorpasso arriva alla zona punti e supera ogni aspettativa raggiungendo l’undicesima posizione.
Jorge Navarro invece balza dalla moto poco dopo la partenza a causa di una frenata improvvisa dovuta ad un incidente avvenuto a pochi metri da lui. Il pilota spagnolo dopo la brutta caduta ha riportato diverse contusioni e tre punti sul ginocchio destro, ma fortunatamente non sembra nulla di grave.
Il bilancio, nonostante la caduta di Navarro, è comunque positivo grazie al progresso raggiunto dai due piloti Speed Up nel corso del weekend. Il feeling con le Speed Up SF19T è di molto migliorato in questa prima gara e Jorge e Fabio sono pronti a continuare i miglioramenti raggiunti finora per poter essere più competitivi nel prossimo Gran Premio di Argentina.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – non classificato
“Sono deluso ed arrabbiato perché non meritavamo di finire così questo gran premio per qualcosa che non si può controllare quando altri piloti ti cadono davanti. Ho provato a frenare appena ho visto quello che stava accadendo perché non avevo altra soluzione, ma ho bloccato la ruota posteriore, perso grip e son balzato in aria. Alla fine mi hanno dato tre punti al ginocchio destro, spero non sia nulla di grave. Farò ulteriori accertamenti appena arriverò a casa, ma ce la metterò tutta per ritornare al meglio per il Gran Premio di Argentina. È un peccato perché credo potevo stare tra i primi, ma dobbiamo guardare avanti e continuare a lottare!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 11°
“Contentissimo! Non mi aspettavo così la prima gara! Ho commesso un errore in partenza, ma alla fine sono riuscito a recuperare le posizioni perse e molte di più di quelle previste. Non mi aspettavo neanche di avere questo passo e invece più giravo più andavo forte quindi tutto benissimo! Con i ragazzi bene bene bene, abbiamo trovato la quadra per la gara che era fondamentale per prendere i punti. Quindi bene, più 5 sulla classifica generale!”
QUALIFYING: FORTH AND SEVENTH ROW FOR THE +EGO SPEED UP TEAM’S RIDERS
The +EGO Speed Up team’s riders, Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, are determined to achieve positive results in the opening round of the Moto2 World Championship to be held under the spotlight of Losail International circuit at 6:20 pm (local time), in Qatar.
Today, for the first time, the Moto2 class faced the double qualification as the MotoGP class. Jorge Navarro reached the direct access to the Q2 thanks to the sixth time of the combined free practice. It was a qualifying little bit difficult for the number nine of the team that placed twelfth and will start tomorrow from the fourth row. Unfortunately, the feeling was not the same as the previous days and the wind made the driving conditions more difficult than usual, but in the race everything can change and he is determined to do so.
Di Giannantonio instead has faced the Q1 after the twenty-first time got in the combined free practice. The young rookie had almost made it to gain access to the Q2 to then fight for the pole with the fastest, but the fastest lap of his qualifying was eliminated for having passed the kerb. Fabio will start the race from the seventh row in nineteenth position determined to recover as much positions as possibile.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 12th in 1’59.325
“Today we continued to work according to how we had planned. In the fp3 there were not the right conditions to try and we could not get good solutions. Even in qualifying, unfortunately I could not give my best because of the strong wind that made the driving definitely more unstable. I’m not at all happy but we have to look ahead because we have had a good pace throughout the week and tomorrow in the race we can be competitive!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 19th in 1’59.754
“Overall good! Compared to yesterday we improved a lot, increasing above all the feeling with the bike. In Q1 we did two good laps only that the lap that brought us the Q2 was eliminated cause out of the allowed area. Tomorrow we can have a good race, we will certainly use the warm up to try to improve a bit more. The goal is to make points and then I’ll do it all”.
NAVARRO AND DI GIANNANTONIO AT WORK IN THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS AT THE LOSAIL CIRCUIT
The first day of free practice of the first Grand Prix of the 2019 Moto2 World Championship has just come to an end. The +EGO Speed Up team staff is excited for the new season that even this year will touch 19 circuits in 15 countries of the world.
The first session of the Grand Prix of Qatar took place under a bright sun with the asphalt temperature reaching 39 degrees. In the second round the sun went down, bringing the temperature down to 22 degrees. Navarro wasted no time, and already from the first practice he pointed out his competitiveness. At the end of the day he placed sixth with a gap of only four tenths from the first.
On the other side of the box, Fabio Di Giannantonio and his technical staff focused on bike setting by trying different solutions. He finished the first day twenty-first with a good margin for improvement.
JORGE NAVARRO#9 – 6th in 1’59.036
It was a positive day. We were immediately competitive even if I made a small mistake a few laps from the beginning and I slipped for the little feeling. In fp2 we started with the rear tire used to see how much grip we had and I must say that I had very positive feelings both on grip and on the pace. We have to improve in T1 which is the sector in which we lose more time and we must therefore understand what we are wrong, but in general it went well
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO#21 – 21st in 1’59.831
“First day not exactly as I expected because after the tests of the last I expected to leave better. We are trying a bit ‘of things, especially on the engine brake and power. There is still a lot of work to do but I remain positive because we still have some time to do well from tomorrow”.
+EGO SPEED UP TEAM ENDS PRE-SEASON TESTING IN LOSAIL, QATAR
The third day on track at Losail concluded the last official test before the start of the Motorcycle World Championship in Qatar. They were three days of hard work for the + EGO Speed Up team in which Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to continue the work started in the previous pre-season tests, measuring the potential of the Speed Up SF19T bikes on a circuit different from those tested so far.
Navarro confirmed the good results of the last test in Jerez obtaining his best lap in 1’58.923 in the last session after continuous progress. At the end of the three days, he is seventh by less than five tenths from the first.
Even the rookie Di Giannantonio finished the last pre-season test with a smile showing huge improvements and an increasing feeling with the bike and with the team. He got nineteenth position in the 3-day combined ranking in 1’59.407 by four tenths from the top ten.
Jorge Navarro#9: “I’m happy cause in these three days of testing we worked a lot on the bike and we also focused on my driving improving every day. We have tried many solutions and even if we have not yet found the set-up with which I feel completely at ease, we managed to make a good lap and above all to find a consistent rhythm. We are ready for the first race and we cannot wait to get back on track!
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “Three really positive days of testing. We are closer to the first thanks to the progress we made sin each session after several changes and tests in which we understood the direction to take. I like the bike more and more, I’m adapting a lot to riding a moto2 and so we are satisfied with the steps taken so far. Obviously, we are a bit ‘far from the first, but we are not too worried because we have all the time and the desire to improve!”
+ EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: THE EUROPEAN PRE-SEASON TESTS ARE CONCLUDED, QATAR IS WAITING FOR US!
With the third and last session played today, the + EGO Speed Up Racing team leaves Jerez with good feelings and the right conditions to do well.
In the three-day official IRTA test the tireless Navarro is eight in the combined standings with Di Giannantonio, rookie in the category, who placed nineteenth showing to be on top of this class since the first laps done on track.
Three daily sessions for a total of nine, 80-minute each in three days where the +EGO Speed Up Racing team’s riders tried different setting solutions, maturing encouraging progress.
The number nine of the team was among the most competitive on the race pace as well as having signed the third best time of the second day in 1’41.302.
At +EGO Speed Up garage, satisfaction for the competitiveness shown also by Fabio Di Giannantonio who signed with his Speed Up SF19T an excellent 1’41.763 during the first session of the third day of testing.
And now it’s Qatar time for the last pre-season test (1-2-3 March) before the resounding and eagerly awaited start of the season.
Jorge Navarro#9: “It has been a very positive test with all the riders of the 2019 grid. We have seen that there are some points where we have to improve as there are others where we are strong. In Qatar we will analyse well the collected data of these days. We realized many laps collecting important data from which we will try to get a good starting point from which starting in the next test!”
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “I am very happy with these three days because the more I ride the more the feeling with the bike increases. The team is doing a really fantastic job, I feel very good. I’m sorry for today’s crash at the start of the second session which has compromised the last two sessions, but I’m still happy and I can’t wait for Qatar where we will give our best in the last pre-season test. There is still a lot of work to do, but we are on the right way!”
The Speed Up Racing team will kick off the 2019 season from the Jerez de la Frontera circuit with a two-day private test. Jorge Navarro and Fabio Di Giannantonio, eager to start over, are ready to test themselves after a long winter break spent training hard. The team will be engaged in three pre-season tests, two of them official (Jerez 11/12 February; Jerez 20-21-22 February; Doha, Qatar 1/2/3 March) in view of the first Grand Prix of the Moto2 Championship 2019 , which traditionally will take place on Sunday, March 10 at the Losail circuit, Qatar.
Luca Boscoscuro#TeamOwner: “Tomorrow we will finally bring the new Speed Up SF19T bike on track. We are satisfied with the work done in the last few months and we can’t wait to start the season with Fabio and Jorge. The pre-season tests will be fundamental for the development of the Speed Up-Triumph project. We need to know more about the new engine and understand how far we can go. It will not be an easy championship, but we have all the cards to compete with the best”.
Jorge Navarro#9: “It was a very long winter in which I trained hard to maintain and improve my physical and mental fitness. I’m ready to start again and above all I cannot wait to get back on track to measure myself with the other riders and see where we can get there. As soon as we finish the pre-season tests we will understand what we are aiming for the championship”.
Fabio Di Giannantonio#21: “I’m very happy for this start of the season! I have not touched a bike on the track for three months, so I really want to touch knees and elbows on the ground! New team, new category, new bike, bigger and more powerful, a new and exciting challenge that gives me the charge to better face this new season. I start with my feet on the ground, the first goal I set myself is the points zone and towards the end of the season I hope I can fight for the podium!”
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!”
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”.
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”.