8th April 2018
Moto2-GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA: MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM CONCLUDES THE RACE INSIDE THE POINTS WITH DANNY KENT
MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing team concludes the Grand Prix Motul de la República Argentina inside the points with Danny Kent, who finishes twelfth at the finish line after 23 laps.
The conditions of the track are not optimal and the riders have to deal with a wet but very fast drying track.
Starting from the third position of the first row, the English rider Danny Kent finds himself having to fight from the first lap of the race after an unfavourable start.
Difficult race also for teammate Fabio Quartararo, who struggles to find the feeling with the Speed Up SF18 for the entire weekend. He finishes the race in twenty-second position, recovering six places.
Moto2 will be back on track in Austin, Texas, in two weeks, from 20th to 22nd April.
DANNY KENT#52 – 12th
“Of course, I am little disappointed with today result. I really feel the potential is much better; as you can see I set the 6th fastest lap time, but right now we are having some problems on the straight that I hope on the next races we can improve. I have a great feeling with the bike in the corners, I am just not able to pass on the straight. Either way our potential is better. The team have done a great job this weekend and I feel that we are step by step getting closer. I will keep working hard on myself to improve for the next race”.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 22nd
“It was a very difficult and tricky weekend. During the race I managed to recover some positions but it is obvious that starting from the twenty-eighth position is never easy. I know we can and must still improve a lot. The work will continue in the next two weeks in which we will analyse the data collected this weekend to shed light on the problems to be solved before the next race in Texas. Thanks to the team for working hard with me”.
7th April 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: QUALIFYING
DANNY KENT SCORES SUPERB THIRD PLACE IN HIS FINAL LAP
A very cloudy sky welcomed the Moto2 riders this morning at the Termas de Río Hondo circuit and the rain then began to descend on the Argentine track, conditioning the morning session and the qualifying in the afternoon. The rain that went down sometimes made the track neither too wet nor too dry, raising the difficulty level of the session. The two riders worked with their crews during the qualifying to find the set-up suitable for the track conditions and it was in the last minutes of the session that Danny Kent snatched an amazing third place during the last lap of the qualifying and tomorrow he will start from the first row of the grid.
Fabio Quartararo ended the qualifying in the twenty-eighth place, struggling some issues with the rear. The rain has not facilitated the driving conditions, but waiting and hoping for a dry race, the young Frenchman maintains his enthusiasm and is ready to fight.
DANNY KENT#52 – 3rd in 1’56.536
“I am very happy with my first front row start in the Moto2 class and I am happy to do it with the MB Conveyors-Speed Up Racing Team. I already knew from FP3 I had a good feeling in the rain but I just needed a few things changing with the bike. My crew did a great job and gave me a great bike for qualifying. Now we have to wait and see what the weather will be for tomorrow, but either way I am happy and very motivated for tomorrow!”
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 28th in 2’00.295
“It was a really complicated day, I’m really sorry for the grid position. We are working hard to try to understand where we are wrong and focus on the points where we have to work harder. Tomorrow’s warm-up will be essential to improve towards the race”.
6th April 2018
Moto2- MB CONVEYORS-SPEED UP RACING TEAM: FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF THE GRAND PRIX OF ARGENTINA
Danny Kent rides his Speed Up SF18 bike to the seventh place
As was widely expected, the first Moto2 free practice day on the Argentina Termas de Rio Hondo circuit was characterized by the variable weather that made the track conditions constantly changing, forcing riders and team to quickly change the setting of the bikes.
Good feeling for Danny Kent during FP1 in which marked his best time of the day, seventh in 1’44.940 to less than 5 tenths from the first.On the other side of the box, Fabio Quartararo struggled with his crew during FP1 to find the right setting for the Argentine track. With the solution found together with the team, he was ready for the second free practice session when, after a few laps from the beginning, he was forced to go back to the box due to rain and so postpone it till tomorrow finishing the first day twenty-second.
DANNY KENT#52 – 7th in 1’44.940
“Overall, I am happy with today, to go to the hotel in p6 is not so bad and we still have some work to do to improve like everyone. In FP1 I started with the harder rear tyre and I made some good lap times. Unfortunately, in FP2 we decided to go out at the beginning with a used tyre but then it started raining so we weren’t able to improve. I have a good feeling with the bike but there are a few places we need to improve, also I need to make some laps with the softer number 3 tyre to get a good feeling with this tyre”.
FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 22nd in 1’46.021
“It was a complicated day because in the first session it was difficult to me to adapt to this track in those conditions. We had a plan to improve in FP2, but as soon as I started riding with a little used tyre, as we had planned, it started to rain and I could not do anything but go back to the pit-box”.