20th May 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: RACE
SUPERB COMEBACK BY QUARTARARO, EIGHTH IN THE GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team leaves France with a half-smile on their faces after an incredible performance by Fabio Quartararo, which demonstrates his growth race by race. The French rider finished his home Grand Prix in the eighth position reached with a superb comeback from the 14th place on the starting grid.
Boxmate Danny Kent took advantage of the morning warm-up to find a solution with the team for the lack of feeling he had during all the sessions of the previous days. He crossed the line 21st, recovering ten positions from the start and so finishing a difficult weekend with a good performance.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 8th
“It was a good race! Once again we managed to finish in the top ten! We have to work on the start and refine the driving style. We are pleased with the improvements made so far and how we are working. I can not wait to get to Mugello”
DANNY KENT#52 – 21st
“Very difficult weekend for me here in Le Mans, I just didn’t have a good feeling all weekend, fortunately we have a 1 day test tomorrow. The only positive thing from this grand prix is that in the race I was able to put together 25 consistent laps so that we can sit down, look at the data to see where we can improve for tomorrow’s test, once again thanks to my team and crew!”
19th May 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING SESSION
FIFTH AND ELEVENTH ROW FOR FABIO QUARTARARO AND DANNY KENT AT THE GRAND PRIX OF FRANCE
The second day of the French weekend has just ended. The MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing Team riders will start tomorrow from the fifth (Quartararo, 14th) and eleventh (Kent, 31st) row on the grid.
In the last free practice session in the morning, the young Quartararo seems to have found the ideal setting and the right confidence with the bike for tomorrow’s race. He spent almost all the FP3 session to test the race pace where it got the expected results and in the last lap of the session, after the tyre change, he managed to mark an excellent sixth time in 1’36.998 just 0.250 tenths from the first. Unfortunately, the afternoon’s qualifying was destabilized by an initial crash that compromises the first rows of the starting grid.
Danny Kent and his crew are looking for solutions to improve the setting of the Speed Up SF18 bike. The weekend has not started as they hoped, but sure they will do all their best to get inside the points.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 14th in 1’37.243
“I am happy with today even if I’m sorry to have thrown away the possibility of qualifying in the first rows. After the crash at the start of the qualifying session I lost a bit of confidence with the bike, especially when braking. In any case, we feel ready to fight in tomorrow’s race! “
DANNY KENT#52 – 31st in 1’38.712
“Unfortunately in qualifying I am still having the same problem that I have had all weekend, I just don’t have a good feeling with the bike and when I try to push I nearly crash. I am sorry to my team, my crew, because this is not where we belong, of course we will continue looking at the data and fingers crossed tomorrow will be a better day!”
18th May 2018
MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE HJC HELMETS GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE
The fifth round of the Moto2 season has started today at the legendary Le Mans circuit. The first free practice sessions required a special dedication to the technicians and riders of the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team who focused on the set-up of the Speed Up SF18.
Fabio Quartararo was able to take advantage from the French Friday by progressively improving his performance. From the fifteenth position in the Fp1 he took tenth place in Fp2 in 1’37.431 just three tenths from the first placing in the twelfth place of the combined free practice times.
First day uphill for box-mate Danny Kent, who is working with his staff to find a solution to the rear grip problems accused in both sessions. He finished the first day of the French Grand Prix in the twenty-third position in 1’38.295.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 12th in 1’37.431
“It was a positive first day. We worked well improving from fp1 to fp2. We tested the race pace with both hard and soft tires and the results were good. Tomorrow I have to improve my driving style in the T3 sector. We have recovered a lot of information at the level of setup that we will use in the third test of tomorrow in view of a good qualifying. The top ten awaits us!”
DANNY KENT#52 – 23rd in 1’38.295
“Terrible first day here in Le Mans. I have zero feeling with the bike and I’m struggling a lot with rear grip. We will sit down tonight look at the data to see what we can do to improve tomorrow”.