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”.