Seventh row start in the Austrian Alps
RW Racing GP and its rider Axel Pons could make progress on yesterday’s way of working but were not fast enough to qualify higher than for 19th spot on the grid.
In improved weather conditions, Saturday’s action at the picturesque and hilly Red Bull Ring surrounded by a breath-taking landscape saw the timed session which decided the starting grid. It was, however, such as tight and hard-fought competition once again in which one or another tenth of a second made the difference to start more towards the front or far down the order. But for this, the Styrian track is well known.
Axel Pons and his crew continued the way to fine-tune the bike’s setting for the tricky, fast and flowing circuit but a change to the gearing was costly in terms of top speed. So, RW Racing GP is looking forward to Sunday’s race, hoping to be able to use the track’s layout to its advantage which offers many places for overtaking.
The Austrian Moto2™ Grand Prix starts on Sunday at 12:20 pm.
#49 Axel PONS (RW Racing GP, KALEX), Grid position 19th – 1´30.294 (25/25):
“Obviously, we were not fast enough today. We pushed a lot but the lap times did not come and also the competition was that much close too with ten riders within in two tenth of a second. This is somehow a pity. Beyond that we made a few changes with the gearing from FP3 going into qualifying, looking for more corner speed which we could gain a bit but it cost us something in terms of top speed. So, this means that we lost a lot of time on the straights because we also failed to find a good slipstream. We face some work for tomorrow now in order to recover what we lost today. On the other side, we continued working on the geometry after we did a big step with it yesterday. We were looking for a better turning and braking and the bike is really working well. But as said this doesn’t matter today, foremost it was the gearing. Apart from that, the feeling with the bike is quite good. Of course, it’s a pity to be that much far down the order but the good thing is that there many places for good overtaking. So, let’s see if we are able to pass as much as many riders tomorrow.”
Jarno JANSSEN (Team manager):
“Honestly, we did not see that progression during all practices. You can see with the lap times how close it is. From our position to P8 we just missed three tenth of a second. You need the perfect lap, unfortunately we did not have this perfect lap. We think, if we could have been fast in every sector, we could have ended up in the fourth row easily. But this also counts for the others. You need a lap with yellow signs throughout all sectors. If you don’t have it, particularly at a track like this where difference is so small, you lose five, six places easy. So, our goal for tomorrow is to focus on the first couple of laps to gain as much as possible during those laps and then see what the race will bring. Sadden enough, but Moto2 is like this.”
Moto2™ Motorrad GP von Österreich – Qualifying Classification:
1 Mattia PASINI / ITA / Italtrans Racing Team / KALEX / 1´29.394
2 Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 1´29.395 +0.001
3 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 1´29.570 +0.176
19 #49 Axel PONS / SPA / RW Racing GP / KALEX / 1´30.294 +0.900
Moto2™ Motorrad GP von Österreich – Time Schedule for Sunday August 13th (CET):
09:10 – 09:30 Warm Up
12:20 Race (25 Laps – 107.95 km)
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