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VALENCIA GP

HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP: RACE

QUARTARARO GREETS THE TEAM WITH A FANTASTIC COMEBACK IN A DRAMA FILLED GRAND PRIX OF VALENCIA

At the last race of the 2018 season, Fabio Quartararo greeted the HDR heidrun-Speed Up team with a fantastic comeback confirming the tenth position in the final classification of the Moto2 World Championship.

A few seconds from the warm up lap, an unexpected problem during the turning on of the bike forced Fabio to leave the ninth position on the grid and start the race from the last position. The lights went out, Fabio made a good start and at the end of the first lap he was already twelfth. Many crashes during the race due to the slippery asphalt for the rain fell in the first laps, but Quartararo did anything wrong and fought until the last lap by crossing the Ricardo Tormo finish line in sixth position.

Unfortunately, the young Marcon crashed out in the third turn of the seventh lap of the race. A difficult weekend for Tommaso who had to face his first Grand Prix of the World Championship in the rain, but he was able to show great commitment and dedication.

FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 6 th
“The race was quite difficult because I started from last position, but I managed to start very well and to overcome several riders in the first lap. I managed to finish the race sixth and it was the best result we could have achieved because we did not have the potential to fight further. We closed the Moto2 championship quite well and for this I want to thank the whole team for this difficult year together and for the goals achieved, thanks very much”.

TOMMASO MARCON#70– not classified
“It was a very difficult race because with the wet track there was very little grip. Precisely for this reason after half of the race I fell at turn three. I really thank the team for the opportunity given to me this weekend and for the work done together”.

17th November 2018

HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP: QUALIFYING

THIRD AND NINTH ROW FOR THE HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP RIDERS AT THE GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

The HDR heidrun-Speed Up riders Fabio Quartararo and Tommaso Marcon took respectively the ninth and twenty-seventh time of today’s qualifying.

In tomorrow’s race, which closes the 2018 World Championship, the riders will start from the third and ninth row of the starting grid.

The rain spoilt even the last free practice session, while in the afternoon the qualifying were held on a dry track with wet sections. Quartararo and his staff found two good setting solutions that allowed the French rider to have a good race pace both with dry and wet conditions.

A positive day for the new HDR heidrun-Speed Up rider Tommon Marcon. In the third free practice session he crashed out on the first lap and was forced to the garage for the first part of the session, but when he went back to the track, he managed to shorten the gap improving the feeling with the Speed Up. Marcon’s progress continued in the qualifying where, determined, he got the twenty-seventh time at the last lap of the race.

FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 9 th in 1’36.396
“A day a bit strange, especially for the track conditions. This morning we rode in wet track and in the afternoon the track was dry but not entirely because some parts were still wet. Tomorrow it seems it will rain again and therefore we should adapt to the situation. The sessions in the rain went quite well, the feeling was good and so we will try to do the race as best as we always do”.

TOMMASO MARCON#70– 27th in 1’37.483
“Today’s qualifying went well. It was the first dry round of the weekend and with this bike that still presents some differences from the Speed Up that I’m used to driving in the CEV. The gap is not so bad, we have really improved a lot from the three practice sessions and I am sure that with a few more laps we could continue to improve. I thank my staff for the excellent work we are doing together, I am really happy to be here”.

HDR HEIDRUN-SPEED UP: PRACTICE

RAIN SPOILT THE FIRST FREE PRACTICE SESSIONS, BUT QUARTARARO HAS A GOOD PACE

The HDR heidrun-Speed Up riders have just finished the first day of free practice sessions at the Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. As predicted, the rain did not give respite even for a second during the two free practice sessions of the Grand Prix Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, but Quartararo did not give up and closed the Valencia Friday in the top ten. The young Frenchman started off the weekend on the right foot and in fp2 he fought among the first for most of the time proving an excellent race pace even in the rain.
Debut in this last Grand Prix of the 2018 season for the rider Tommaso Marcon, 18-year-old, who is riding a Speed Up bike in the CEV Moto2-class. At his first race in the World Championship, Marcon placed thirty-second at the end of the day slowed down by the rain and by the lack of feeling with the bike on a wet track.

FABIO QUARTARARO#20 – 10 th in 1’48.432
“It was a pretty positive day. We had a good feeling with the bike in the wet but we have to improve on some points to be faster. Most likely it will not rain tomorrow and therefore we will have to work on the setting and quickly adapt to the different track conditions “

TOMMASO MARCON#70– 32nd in 1’53.529
“An exciting first day for my debut. I’m sorry for the weather that complicated the situation, especially because in the wet I miss experience, but I’ll do my best to enjoy this opportunity. There have been continuous improvements in both sessions but just as I was marking my best time of the day I lost control of the bike and I crashed”.

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