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”.
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”.
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”.
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!”
23rd September 2018
QUARTARARO PLACED NINTH IN THE GRAN PREMIO DE ARAGÓN. KENT CRASHED OUT IN LAP 4.
MB-Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team finished in the points the Gran Premio de Aragón with Fabio Quartararo, who crossed the finish line in ninth position after 21 race laps. Starting from the first position of the third row, Quartararo immediately found a good rhythm that allows him to fight for the whole race for the top ten. Once again the young talent showed his tenacity by grabbing the ninth position in a very hard race. Teammate Danny Kent had another complicated race crashing out in turn sixth of the fourth lap.
After a good start, twentieth at the end of the first lap, Kent lost control of his Speed Up due to problems at the front and so crashed out finishing his race. Kent made a good start, twentieth at the end of the first lap, but which loses control of his Speed Up and ends up on the ground finishing his race. The next round of the Moto2 will be in two weeks at the Buriram circuit for the Thailand Grand Prix 5th-7th October.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 9th
“We certainly wanted the result to be another. It was a difficult race in which we thought we could do better. In three turns of the circuit my feeling was getting worse but, in any case, we are happy for the seven points taken and for the ninth position in the standings. Now let’s think about the next race, it will be the first time in Thailand and we want a good result at all costs!”
DANNY KENT#52 – DNF
“I’m sorry for today’s race, and I’m very sorry for my team once again because we deserve better. We started the race pretty well, recovering 3 positions at the start, but after a few laps something changed and I no longer had the feeling I had before. I tried to push to not lose the group in front of me but I lost control of the bike”.
22nd September 2018
THIRD ROW FOR FABIO QUARTARARO, SEVENTH IN QUALIFYING AT THE MOTORLAND ARAGÓN CIRCUIT. DANNY KENT, TWENTY-THIRD, WILL START FROM THE EIGHTH ROW.
On the second day of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing Team’s riders completed the qualifying session which determined the starting grid for tomorrow’s race. Fabio Quartararo and Danny Kent respectively got the seventh and twenty-third time of the session, grabbing the third and eighth row in tomorrow’s starting grid.
A bittersweet qualifying session for Quartararo who was stopped by the traffic on track during a lap that could have been worth the first row of the grid. However, Fabio has proven to have a competitive race pace and he is ready to fight.
Kent ended the Fp3 with the fifteenth time obtained at the end of the session. After a change to the front of the bike, the Englishman manages to improve his lap time by a second and a half. Unfortunately, in qualifying he couldn’t repeat the lap time he got in the morning session because he had a worse feeling due to the loss of grip.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 7th in 1’53.466
“It was a hard but positive day. We had problems accelerating but nothing impossible to solve. We have to give the best of us tomorrow from the start to stay with the leading group from the first lap. We have a good rhythm to compete, we’ll give it our all!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 23rd in 1’54.524
“Not happy with the qualifying position, unfortunately in the final exit with new tyres I had problem with my front disc brakes so I was not able to improve as much as I wanted from the first exit. Tomorrow’s a new day and we will see what we can do”.
21st September 2018
FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE AT THE GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN: 5th QUARTARARO AND 24th KENT
At the end of the first day of practice of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, the two MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team’s riders, Fabio Quartararo and Danny Kent, respectively placed fifth and twenty-fourth in the combined ranking of the two free practice sessions.
The number 20 of the team found a good feeling with his Speed Up SF18 since the morning laps, and it is precisely on the fourth lap of the first session that he marked his best time of the day in 1’53.915 with which he got the fifth place of the Moto2 combined ranking.
At the end of the first practice session, Danny Kent got a good lap in 1’54.799 finishing the round five tenths from top ten. In the afternoon the temperatures rose and the asphalt was very warmer, reaching 45 degrees. The grip on the track has decreased and for the British rider it was difficult to improve the lap time obtained in the morning session, and so he got the twenty-fourth place of the first day of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 5th in 1’53.915
“A quite positive day. In FP1 we scored the fourth time with a good pace even if we could do better towards the end of the session. In the afternoon we tried some changes and with some we were satisfied with others less. I have some problems with the rear when I brake but we will solve it in the last practice session. However, I am happy with the results obtained so far and I am ready for tomorrow!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 24th in 1’54.799
“I am not happy with today. In Fp1 it wasn’t so bad, the position wasn’t good but I was only 0.5 from top 10 which isn’t so bad. In Fp2 we tried different tyre and the feeling wasn’t very good. We will try to improve tomorrow”.
09th September 2018
+EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
QUARTARARO FINISHED THE RACE IN SEVENTH POSITION, WHILE DANNY KENT CRASHED OUT DURING SECOND LAP
The +EGO Speed Up Racing team once again in the points with Fabio Quartararo who cross the finish line of the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit in seventh position.
It was not a perfect start for Fabio who lost some positions and from the fourth grid position he was eighth at the end of the first lap. It was a tight-knit race by the number 20 of the +EGO Speed Up Racing team, fighting from the first to the last lap to gain ground without giving up even though problems in acceleration hampered its position recovering.
After a good start in which Danny Kent was able to immediately recover 5 positions, he unfortunately crashed out during the second lap at the number 4 curve.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 7th
“A difficult race because we wanted to do better than obtained. I had problems in acceleration because in the first sector where there are a lot of turns I was strong, but once in the straight line I was losing a lot compared to the other riders. We absolutely have to solve these problems as soon as we get to the Motorland of Aragon for the next Grand Prix!”
DANNY KENT#52 – DNF
“I’m really disappointed with how the weekend went. After the fall in yesterday’s qualifying, everything went wrong. Certainly today’s race was anything but easy, but at least we hoped to be able to fight for the points. After the warm up lap I had already realized that something was wrong and in fact after a few corners I crashed out because of problems at the front of the Speed Up bike. I’m really sorry, especially for my team”.
08th September 2018
+EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
SECOND ROW FOR QUARTARARO IN THE QUALIFYING OF THE GRAN PREMIO SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI. KENT UNFORTUNATELY CRASHED OUT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SESSION.
The number 20 of the +EGO Speed Up Racing team GOT the fourth time of the Moto2 qualifying, hold today at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit in Misano Adriatico on a sunny and warm day.
Quartararo already in the last free practice of the morning showed that something had changed from the Friday’s sessions and in fact he finished the Fp3 in the top ten with the ninth time and a gap of only 0.490 tenths from the first. In qualifying Fabio started immediately well scoring his best lap at the beginning of the session and thus grabbing the second row of the starting grid.
For Danny Kent, on the other hand, it is a really difficult qualifying to accept. The +EGO Speed Up Racing team’s English rider, after a clear improvement in FP3, crashed out in the first lap of the qualifying losing the opportunity to improve his lap. Tomorrow he will start from the eleventh row in thirty-first position.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 14th in 1’37.540
“A positive day compared to yesterday that we had made the seventeenth time. We have a good pace and even if we have to improve some things for tomorrow, I am sure we can be really competitive. Now we have to stay focused on the race and make a good start!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 31st in 1’39.683
“Disappointed obviously with how the qualifying planned out. Unfortunately crashed out on the first lap which meant I was only able to do a few laps. Tomorrow’ is a different day, sorry to my team for the crash”.
07th September 2018
+EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE AT THE GRAN PREMIO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI
At Marco Simoncelli Misano circuit the thirteenth round of the season of the 2018 Moto2 World Championship has started today. The +EGO Speed Up Racing team’s riders ended the first day in seventeenth (Quartararo #20) and twenty-sixth (Danny Kent#52) position of the combined free practice times.
Both riders and their respective teams have dedicated the two free practice sessions to the set-up of the bike, trying different solutions to improve the feeling.
Fabio Quartararo, after several solutions tested during the two sessions, he managed to find a good set-up for the bike at the end of FP2. The used tires do not allow Fabio to get a good fast lap, but tomorrow in Fp3 they will have the time to lower the lap time with new tires.
On the other side of the box, in the afternoon session Danny Kent solved the problems with the front, especially in turning, and managed to improve the lap time by more than a second.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 17th in 1’38.556
“A day a bit ‘complicated. At the end of the second session we finally managed to improve the feeling with the bike but the tires were very used. The change was scheduled, but I received the signal too late and so I could not ride with new tire. We postpone the work until tomorrow, see what we can do!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 26th in 1’39.257
“A difficult first day here in Misano. I did not have a good feeling with the front in Fp1, especially when I had to turn, also the cold and the sore throat do not help me. In Fp2 I went much better, we made some changes that have definitely reduced the problems with the front but we still have a lot of work to do”.
26th August 2018
+EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: RACE
RAIN DOESN’T STOP IN SILVERSTONE: SUNDAY RACE OF THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX CANCELLED
The GoPro Grand Prix of Silverstone has been definitely cancelled. The organizers have made this decision because of the terrible conditions of the track considered unsafe for the incessant rain and the new asphalt not sufficiently draining.
The +EGO Speed Up Racing Team returns to the track at the Misano circuit from 7th to 9th September for the Gran Premio di San Marino e della riviera di Rimini.
25th August 2018
+EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
SECOND ROW FOR QUARTARARO AND NINTH FOR KENT IN THE SILVERSTONE QUALIFYING
The two +EGO Speed Up Racing team riders, Fabio Quartararo and Danny Kent, got sixth and twenty-sixth respectively in qualifying today. In tomorrow’s race, which will exceptionally start at 15.30 Italy time zone, the team riders will start from the second and ninth row of the starting grid.
The track conditions were uncertain for up to ten minutes from the end of the session when the track was almost completely dry. Quartararo and his staff took full advantage of the Fp3 by trying different tyre solutions. In qualifying they hit the target and on the last lap they reached the sixth place in the qualifying and so the second row.
Complicated weekend instead for Danny Kent, who in his home Grand Prix cannot find a suitable set up and then improve the feeling with his bike. According to the weather forecast, tomorrow’s race will be wet and the track conditions could thus completely change the cards on the cards.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 6th in 2’08.756
“Definitely positive day. This morning we had a very good rhythm with the dry track and the feeling was better than the previous free practice sessions. In the afternoon, although I did not like the track conditions at all, I concentrated on the fastest lap and on the last lap of the QP I was able to grab the sixth position on tomorrow grid. We are ready to fight!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 26th in 2’10.285
“Not happy with how the weekend has gone so far, again I don’t have a good feeling with the bike so I can’t show my full potential. Tomorrow looks like it’s going to be wet which might help us out a little”.
24th August 2018
+EGO SPEED UP RACING TEAM: PRACTICE
QUARTARARO SIXTH AND KENT TWENTY-FIRST IN THE FIRST DAY OF THE BRITISH GP
+EGO Speed Up Racing team’s riders have just finished the first day of free practice at Silverstone circuit. As forecasted, the practice session in the afternoon was influenced by the rain that forced riders and team to change settings for the Speed Up SF18.
Quartararo concluded the Fp1 with a good sixth time improving the setting and the feeling during the session. The number 20 of the team rode well even with the wet during the Fp2 and ended the free practice session in fourth position but with a lap time obviously higher than the morning’s one.
Teammate Danny Kent got the twenty-first position. The English rider found rear spin problems in acceleration and the afternoon rain prevented the rider and team from trying the decisive solution at the end of Fp1 postponing the change to tomorrow Fp3.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 6th in 2’09.100
“We started the weekend here at Silverstone well. This morning we made the sixth time despite the crash and in the afternoon, although the rain started to fall one lap from the beginning of the race, we managed to find a good setting even in the wet. The race will most likely be wet, we continue to work so that we are in the right direction!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 21st in 2’10.807
“Difficult first day here at Silverstone. I didn’t have a good feeling in Fp1, I have too much rear spin. We made a change for Fp2 but unfortunately after 1 lap we had big downpour of rain, have to wait and see what the weather will bring for tomorrow”.
12th August 2018
+EGO-SPEED UP RACING TEAM’S RIDERS BOTH IN THE POINTS IN THE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
Today’s race at the RedBull Ring had a bitter sweet taste for the number 20 of the +EGO-Speed Up Racing Team. Unfortunately, a mistake at the first corner of the first lap, just after the start, made useless the first hard-earned row reached during yesterday’s qualifying. He finished the first lap in twenty-second position and from there began his incredible climb finishing the race in ninth position.
Good performance of Danny Kent who started well recovering three positions at the start. Throughout the race, the British rider was able to recover two more positions and then he maintained a steady pace closing the Austrian Grand Prix in twelfth position.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 9th
“It was a difficult race because after the contact at the first corner I finished in twenty-fifth position and from there I had to give 100% to recover as many positions as possible. Too bad because we could have fought for the first 5 positions. I’m still happy with the ninth place reached, I thank my team for always being by my side!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 12th
“I am happy with the race I made today. I had a few problems on 2 corners which is where I lost most of my time compared to the others, but anyway I was able to make consistent laps and finish in the points. I hope to continue in this way at home Grand Prix in Silverstone, thanks to my team!”
11th August 2018
+EGO-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
FIRST ROW START FOR FABIO QUARTARARO AT AUSTRIAN GP
After the light rain in the morning that never stopped from yesterday’s FP2, the afternoon sun has instead guaranteed dry qualifyingn for the Moto2 riders here at the Red Bull Ring.
The +EGO-Speed Up Racing Team will start tomorrow from the front row with Fabio Quartararo who got the third best time in 1’29.930 and the sixth with Danny Kent who qualified seventeenth.
The young Quartararo, thanks to his constant dedication and work with the team, was able to find the right setting for dry qualifying after two free practice sessions carried out in the wet.
Box teammate, Danny Kent, missed the fastest lap but reduced his lap time by almost a second and improved the feeling with his Speed Up SF18 bike in both track conditions.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 3rd in 1’29.930
“It was a pretty positive day. This morning with the wet track and the light rain we were sixth, and today with totally dry track third. We had a small electronic problem at the end of the qualifying, the bike turned off at 2 laps from the end. Anyway, we were able to find the fast lap and we are confident in the race pace we have. We will fight to get the top 5 tomorrow!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 17th in 1’30.401
“I am not overly happy with my starting grid, but anyway I have a good feeling with the bike. I did a lot of laps so I could understand the bike a bit more. Important to get a good start tomorrow and I will be pushing 110% to have a good result!”.
10th August 2018
+EGO-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: PRACTICE
THE SPEED UP SF18 BIKE IN FIFTH POSITION WITH FABIO QUARTARARO
The Austrian weekend started today on the Red Bull Ring and, as expected, the rain arrived in the afternoon forcing teams and riders to completely change the settings of the bikes tested in the morning FP1.
Quartararo reached the fifth position during the dry session of the morning. He was not only able to score an excellent time, he also shew a constant and competitive race pace. In the afternoon the FP2 were characterized by a very strong rain which significantly changed the riding conditions of the riders. The number 20 of the +EGO-Speed Up Racing Team managed to find the right feeling with his team also in the wet.
Danny Kent had some chatter during the first session, and although in the standings it turned out to be nineteenth, the gap from the first one is only 0.6 tenths. The second session were scheduled to solve the morning’s chatter, but the rain forced rider and team to change programs.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 5th in 1’30.568
“I am very happy with the work done in these two sessions. In FP1 we worked well with the soft tyre, we are less than two tenths from the first. We also reached a good feeling in the wet in the second free practice session. The rain fell at times very strong, reducing visibility on the track. I am satisfied for now, we must continue like this tomorrow!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 19th in 1’31.080
“Not a great day today. In FP1 I had some chatter in some corners but we have looked at the data and we know the problem. Unfortunately, for FP2 it was raining so we weren’t able to see if we had fixed the problem. Tomorrow is a different day and we have to wait and see what the weather will be”.