The qualifying sessions of the first round of the FIM CEV Repsol have been held at Estoril. Positive day for the AGR Team, highlighting the results of Taiga Hada in Moto2 and Joel Kelso in Moto3. Both will start tomorrow from the second row of the grid in fifth and sixth position, respectively.
In Moto2, Taiga Hada got the sixth best time in the first round. The pain in his shoulder after yesterday’s crash has weighed down his driving, especially with dry conditions. Despite the crash, he was the fastest rider in FP2. In the second session he finished fourth. In this way, the Japanese, who has made a leap in quality this season, he will start from the fifth place in the two races in the category tomorrow. Sam Wilford has had more problems today. After finishing thirteenth in Q1 and sixteenth in Q2, he will occupy fourteenth place tomorrow. The British hopes to be able to regain his position and qualify in the top ten.
In Moto3, Joel Kelso started the season with sixth place for the race after finishing fifth and sixth in both sessions. The Australian found a nice setting in mixed conditions, although he is aware that he can still improve and achieve better results. Mattia Volpi will start from thirty-second after not being one hundred percent comfortable on the bike. Hard day for the Italian in his Moto3 debut. He hopes to be able to climb positions during the race and get a good result.
Kristian Daniel Jr played his first qualifying sessions in the European Talent Cup willing to learn in this new category and get as much experience as possible. After finishing twenty-fourth in both sessions, he had to compete in the Last Chance Race, to be able to take part in tomorrow’s races. The North American rider fought until the end not to be separated from the group and to have options to race tomorrow. He finished in fifth position, very close of the top positions. The North American rider fought until the end not to be separated from the group and to have options to race tomorrow. He finished in fifth position, very close of the top positions. However, positive feelings on his debut in the FIM CEV Repsol and with room for improvement for the next races.
Tomorrow the first races of the season will be held: Moto2 at 12:00h and at 15:00h, and Moto3 at 13:00h.
Anscari Nadal (Team Manager): ): “Taiga has taken a step forward this year. He brakes better and drives more on the limit. He has grown up as rider and we are going to fight for the title this season. If it weren’t for the shoulder injury we would have fought for pole position. I’m happy with the set-up in wáter conditions, although there was little time for the dry settup. Joel has achieved a great result, he has made a lot of progress and tomorrow we will fight for the podium. Sam has made a leap in quality this year and tomorrow he will surely get a good result. Mattia and Kristian both debut in their categories. It is a year of learning and growing. If they continue like this they will soon obtain good results.”
Taiga Hada P5 (QP1: 6th / QP2: 4th): “I was very happy with the settings, especially the water one. Although I got the best time in free practice, I fell down yesterday and now I am suffering from discomfort and today’s sessions in dry conditions have cost me more than I expected. I hope the races are in the wet as I feel more comfortable.”
Joel Kelso P6 (QP1: 5th / QP2: 6th): “I started the day quite well. With mixed conditios I felt strong and I had the pace. It wasn’t the best but fifth position in the first race es a good start. I need to improve but finally I’m confident for the race. Let’s see tomorrow how the weather is. We are going to enjoy the race and see what position we can reach”.
Sam Wilford P14 (QP1: 13th / QP2: 16th): “Difficult qualifying sessions today which puts us 14th on the grid. Let’s see what tomorrow brings with two races and two new opportunities.”
Mattia Volpi P32 (QP1: 30th / QP2:32nd): “The Q1 was not bad in the quite wet conditions. I was in top10 but then with the slick tyres I did a lot of effort. In the Q2 we made another step that is a very positive things,but the time is not good for a mistake that i did. Tomorrow we have to do a strong come back,thanks to the team”.
Kristian Daniel Jr. P24 (QP1: 24th / QP2: 24th): “We have worked a lot this weekend. I am happy with the result of my first race in the European Talent Cup. I could not qualify in the Last Chance to be able to race tomorrow, but I know where I can improve to do better in the next race.”