AGR participates with 3 riders between Moto2 and Moto3
It is a fresh start for the Argiñano & Ginés Racing Team. We keep competing, now to increase our base, and this season with three riders: the former European Moto2 Champion Edgar Pons, along with the promising American rider Benny Solís, and in Moto3 with the 15-year-old talent from Valencia, Josito García.
The first race takes us to the good old Estoril circuit, in a rainy day. In Moto2, the second qualifying was the one that allow the whole grid to set the fastest times, due to the track conditions. Our riders will start from 3rd row (Edgar) and 5th row (Benny). In Moto3, the young Josito García will start from 11th row.
For our riders, the track was new, except for Benny, who some years ago was able to ride in Portugal when competing at the RedBull rookies. The three of them crashed: Edgar in a place where he did not have good visibility and with barely four laps he finished just over one second away from the pole position, but he has the chance to get a good result. Meanwhile, Solís dedicated his time to get to grips with the Kalex, which he likes, though it is more difficult on wet tarmac. In Moto3, Garcia rode fast on Thursday with good conditions; on Friday, with a wet track, he crashed twice on the same spot due to issues with a shock absorber. The rider from Valencia kept his motivation despite that and had his third crash of the weekend. He will start from behind and he has pain on his knee, but he is looking forward to making his debut with the AGR.
Moto2 #57 Edgar Pons –Kalex / 7th / 1.45.732 +1.266: “It was a strange Qualifying. In the morning, it was done on wet tarmac, but we felt well without having to take too many risks, as we knew the afternoon session would be faster. In the second session we went out with a lot of motivation and a very good set up. The track wasn’t completely dry, there were wet patches and I crashed in the third lap. I was able to get the bike to the garage and the team responded in a very professional way, repairing it against the clock. I could finish another 3 laps and I was improving on every part, but it wasn’t enough. I’ll start from seventh, but I’m confident and hoping to have a dry race, although I think we can have a good start of the championship in any conditions “.
Moto2 #35 Moto2 #35 Benny Solís –Kalex / 13rd. / 1.47.752 +3.286 ” The first day on Thursday was a good day for us, it was dry, and I was able to always keep improving, again getting more laps on the Kalex and every single time we were a little faster, which is positive. Yesterday we did many laps on the rain in the second session, always faster. In the second session we didn’t ride much because I had a bit of a challenge with visibility, with the visor. Again, today it was a good day, my first time doing qualifying. In the first one it was wet, I went out, tried to do my best, I felt comfortable. Not pushing like crazy because the weather and I knew the second qualifying was going to be in better conditions and during the second one I felt very good but unfortunately in the final lap, when I was pushing 100% we had a small issue. I feel good with the bike, we did good lap times. Tomorrow is going to be my first race with the bike, so I’m very excited. “.
Moto3 #20 Josito García García ––KTM / 31st / 1.50.208 +2.532: “We had a wet track and high wind. In the first Qualifying I felt well, in the second I was ok but after three laps I had to stop due to a red flag because of some crashes. I went out again and pushed, but on the last corner I crashed and after that I couldn’t go out again. Starting from 31st means that we need to recover positions, but mostly finish the race and get as many points as possible.”.
Parrilla del FIMCEVREPSOL Moto2 en Estoril.
Parrilla del FIMCEVREPSOL Moto3 en Estoril.
Tomorrow, our team will compete in the first 3 races of the season: 2 in Moto2 (13:00 and 16:00, Spanish time, 18 laps) and one in Moto3 (14:00h ,17 laps).