Four years later, the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve circuit hosts again a round of the FIM CEV Repsol. The AGR Team riders did the qualifying practice sessions today. The heat and the lack of rest between the previous meeting and this one have forced them to make an extra effort to get the best setup for the bike. All of them are decided to face the second and last round in Portugal to obtain the best results possible.
Gerard Riu has positive feelings again. The seventh position obtained in the first session shows that he has the rhythm to be in the leading group. In the second qualifying practice, the rhythm has been slower and it was conditioned by high temperatures, obtaining the fifteenth mark. Riu will start from ninth place and the objective is to make a good start and get to the top as soon as possible to fight, at least, for the podium.
Taiga Hada’s work has been focused on both sessions thinking of a nice setup for the race. The lack of training on a new and technical track for him as technical as Portimao, as well as high temperatures have been two determining factors he has had to face. However, the result does not reflect the work obtained, he finished in eleventh position. Hada will start in this position on the grid tomorrow. Hada has more than enough rhythm to be able to overtake positions.
Joel Kelso continues to make great progress. In the first session he finished in twenty-seventh position. It is not a fair result if we look at the Australian’s work with the team to find the best setup for the bike. It has been in the second qualifier when he got the best results, achieving the eighteenth best time. Tomorrow he will start from the twenty-fifth position, with high expectations of climbing positions in the race and with options to score points.
Gerard Riu 9º (QP1: 7º / QP2: 15º) 1:49.907: “We will start in the third row, a position that is not bad for tomorrow. Today I haven’t had the best feelings, but they have still been positive. I had a nice setting on the bike and I was able to make a good lap in the morning. In the the afternoon it was time to suffer due to the heat. This circuit is complicated but the team is doing a great job. We have a good setup and we know how to start and reach to the leading group. We will fight for the podium.”
Taiga Hada 11º (QP1: 11º / QP2: 11º) 1:47.647: “During the first session we have worked on a race simulation to see which tyre can we will use tomorrow, whether the softer or the harder. I am happy with the second session because we have done a better setup and the changes have worked well. I had a higher rhythm than in the first session, which gives me more confidence for tomorrow. It’s a difficult track, but we will be ready to fight in both races”.
Joel Kelso 25º (QP1: 27º / QP2: 18º) 1:51.106: “The first qualifying went ok but unfortunately we didn’t find the right group and the right slipstream. I felt very comfortable on the bike and my team did a great job. I think the position doesn’t show the real potential of what I could have done in the qualifying. For the second qualifying I’m so happy I could improve my lap time despite the hot conditions. I’m sure we will get a good result tomorrow”.
Tomorrow the races will be held after the Warm Up sessions. Moto2 races will start at 11:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. (local time). Moto3 race will start at 1:00 p.m.