Moto2-GARA AL MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
FERNANDEZ SO CLOSE TO THE POINTS, WHILE CORSI ENDS THE RACE IN 21ST
Heavy rain showers conditioned the weekend of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, which was held today at the Twin Ring Motegi and where the Moto2 race has just ended. A race that leaves a bitter taste in Simone Corsi’s mouth, who has had problems of feeling throughout the weekend. Twenty-eighth on the grid, he managed to recover seven positions despite the lack of grip finishing the race twenty-first. The Spaniard Augusto Fernandez, having achieved his best qualifying for the championship, is penalized by a bad start. During the race he is reluctant to recover some position and to cut the sixteenth the finish line, one step from the points zone.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 21st
“The weekend has been difficult since Friday. I’ve never had a good feeling in the wet, and I have never felt I could push more. I was expecting to recover many more positions, but that was not the case. We leave this race behind and focus on the next in Australia where we will be more competitive!”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 16th
“It was a really complicated race since the start where I lost several positions. I was unable to recover them and reach at least the starting position. I struggled to get the right rhythm, but little grip has hindered me. Obviously, the 16th position is not what we expected from this race, especially after the excellent qualifying of yesterday. We will do better in Phillip Island!”
Moto2-QUALIFYING AT TWIN RING MOTEGI
FERNANDEZ SNATCHES A STUNNING TENTH PLACE. CORSI CRASHES OUT ON THE FINAL LAPS
With the best qualifying of the season, Augusto Fernandez snatches the fourth row of the grid in tomorrow’s race at the Twin Ring Motegi. The young Spaniard has confirmed the good work he has done during these two days of practice sessions bringing his Speed Up SF7 to tenth place. Only 3 free sessions were enough to learn the Japanese track and get the best result. Instead, a crash, harmless to the rider, puts Simone Corsi out right in the finals laps of qualifying session. The Roman rider will start tomorrow from the first position of the tenth row.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 28th in 1’57.774
“I’m really sorry. A day I do not hope to repeat. Today’s track conditions for me were very difficult, I never managed to fit. Tomorrow I will fight from the start to recover as many positions as possible and reach the points zone.”
AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ#37 – 10th in 1’55.223
“I am very happy with my first top ten qualifying! It was not easy because we started with the wet and then the track was slowly dried up and we had to change the tyres. This has penalized us a bit because we were fourth with the wet. However, we worked well even with the dry. Tomorrow I hope to make a good start and fight for the top ten! ”
MOTO2- FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS IN JAPAN
Simone Corsi and Augusto Fernandez kick off the Motul Grand Prix of Japan
The Speed Up Racing Team is in Motegi for the Grand Prix of Japan, the fourth from last Moto2 2017 World Championship event, and the first of the three extra-European season-long consecutive races, which will continue on the next weekends with two more rounds in Australia and Malaysia.
On the first day of practice, both sessions were affected by the uncompromising rain that forced riders to fight with very tricky track conditions. Simone Corsi struggled to find the fast lap on the wet during the two sessions even though the feeling with the bike was good. He ended the two sessions getting the 19th place in 2’07.678. Fernandez, however, after the initial approach of the morning for the first time with the Japanese track, managed to improve his time in the second session, finishing 24th (2’07.953) although the crash in both sessions.
SIMONE CORSI#24 – 19th in 2’07.678
“I’m not happy at all about the position and especially the gap from the first! Fortunately, the feeling with the bike is good so tomorrow we will try to better pushing harder in this condition. It will be important to be fast and go ahead because the weather forecast are so throughout the weekend!”
AUGUSTO#37 – 24th in 2’07.953
“It was a tough first day, with a new track for me in no easy condition! I crashed twice, in FP1 and in FP2, but I’m still happy with the growing feeling. It is a pity for the crashes that have taken away valuable time to improve more. We will see tomorrow as the track conditions will be and, as always, we will work hard during the FP3 to get ready for the qualifying session”.