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”.