#MalaysianGP: Tricky Sepang shows off the limits
NTS RW Racing GP’s Joe Roberts and Steven Odendaal will start Sunday’s second last race of the season from eighth row.
Day two of practice in Malaysia was similar to Friday, starting with a damp track in the morning though, the track was completely dried out for the all-important qualifying. Despite some wet patches remaining throughout FP3, it was Joe Roberts who gave NTS RW Racing GP something to smile when posting 13th fastest lap time along the massive Sepang Circuit.
During qualifying, however, the track’s conditions has changed again which obviously had a significant influence on the rider’s feelings aboard their Japanese manufactures NTS Moto2 machine. Despite all efforts, neither Roberts was able to repeat his strong free practice performances, nor South African team mate Steven Odendaal couldn’t put in a more competitive rhythm.
#4 Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing GP, NTS), Grid position P24 – 2´07.566 (13/15):
“Today, it was a pretty difficult for us in the office even if we found some improvements. But I think that we can setup the bike more suitable in order for a better turning. I’m aware that’s not an easy task to make big steps forward overnight, particularly to find 1.9 seconds with a few clicks but I think we will be able to fight with the group close to the top 15.”
#16 Joe ROBERTS (NTS RW Racing GP, NTS), Grid position P23 – 2´07.516 (13/16):
“Not an easy qualifying again. As always it was all just about looking for a good slipstream, especially at this track, which we couldn’t find. Anyway, we will start from P23 and go out to get a good start. Beyond that, I think it’s that important to be strong during the whole race because the conditions are quite tricky here.”
Jarno JANSSEN (Team manager):
“Overall we had a decent qualifying today. Of course, we hoped to be a little more towards the front but we’re with both riders in positions to fight for the points. Tomorrow’s race will be hard and long, fighting with high temperatures here in Sepang. There is a lot to happen and let’s see if we can benefit from this.”
#MalaysianGP Moto2™ – Qualifying Classification:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 2´05.629
2 Luca MARINI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / 2´06.117 +0.488
3 Fabio QUARTARARO / FRA / MB Conveyors – Speed Up / Speed Up / 2´06.295 +0.666
23 #16 Joe ROBERTS / USA / NTS RW Racing GP / NTS / 2´07.516 +1.887
24 #4 Steven ODENDAAL / RSA / NTS RW Racing GP / NTS / 2´07.566 +1.937