M2: Aragon GP: Tech 3 qualifying report

Raffaele de Rosa targets season best result Raphaele De RosaTech 3 Racing Team rider Raffaele de Rosa has set his sights on a first top ten Moto2 finish after a positive qualifying performance this afternoon at the spectacular Motorland Aragon...

Raffaele de Rosa targets season best result

Raphaele De RosaTech 3 Racing Team rider Raffaele de Rosa has set his sights on a first top ten Moto2 finish after a positive qualifying performance this afternoon at the spectacular Motorland Aragon track.

The Italian will start the 21-lap race from 10th position on the grid after registering a best lap time of 1.55.794 in another frantic session of Moto2 action.

Having completed a successful test at the technical and challenging 5.078km Motorland Aragon track in July, de Rosa and his Tech 3 Racing crew have put in tremendous effort this weekend to improve the set-up of his machine.

And that hard work paid dividends when de Rosa surged to the top of the timesheets in the early stages, the 23-year-old utilising the extra practice session available this weekend to maximise the race set-up of his Tech 3 Racing machine.

Today's result might have been better but pushing hard to improve his time in the final two minutes he crashed unhurt at turn five. He ended only 0.042s off the second row but is confident he can continue his recent strong run of results having scored top 15 finishes in two out of the previous three races.

Yuki Takahashi will start the 12th round of series from 26th on the grid. Despite a positive test back in July, Takahashi has found it difficult to find a competitive pace this weekend.

The Japanese rider experimented with a modified chassis yesterday, but while feeling some improvements, he opted to revert back to the previous version to clock a best time of 1.56.440.

Takahashi is determined to produce a strong performance tomorrow in memory of compatriot Shoya Tomizawa, who was tragically killed during the recent Misano Moto2 race.

Raffaele de Rosa 10th 1.55.794 -- 17 laps

"This is the second race in the last three that I have qualified in the top ten and that is very encouraging. It shows that all of the hard work we have put in is paying off and now I'm looking forward to getting my first top ten finish tomorrow. I think I could have been a bit higher up the grid but trying to improve at the end I used a little bit too much brake pressure and lost the front at turn five. Luckily I am fine and I'll be ready for the race. The bike feels better than when we tested here in July and we have got some good information to modify the set-up for the race and I'm confident I can be fighting in the points again."

Yuki Takahashi 26th 1.56.440 -- 20 laps

"It has been a difficult weekend. We had a good test here in July and we arrived confident of a strong weekend. Unfortunately it hasn't worked out like that. We started with the base setting from the test but we used a modified chassis. The Tech 3 Racing Team worked really hard to build the frame but with the rain yesterday and some small problems we couldn't find the right feeling with the time available. This afternoon we went back to the old frame and I was immediately faster but I'm still a long way down the grid. We will try some different settings tomorrow to see if we can improve but I am really determined to have a strong race in memory of my friend Shoya Tomizawa. I miss him a lot and I will be trying my best for him in tomorrow's race."

-source: tech 3

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Shoya Tomizawa , Yuki Takahashi