Rd.14 GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN: Saturday, September 23, 2017
Weather: Dry Ambient: 25℃ / Track: 40℃
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami set the 10th quickest lap time of 1m 54s149 in today’s 45-minute Aragon Grand Prix qualifying session. He will start tomorrow’s race from 10th grid. Teammate Khairul Idham Pawi will start the race from 32nd position on the grid. His best lap time in Qualifying was 1m 55s770.
In Free Practice 3, Nakagami made progress with the setup of his Kalex and clocked 3rd quickest, only 0.016 seconds off the benchmark time in this session. Pawi also made huge progress to improve by 2.056 seconds from yesterday, and set the 29th quickest lap time.
In the 45-minute qualifying session, Nakagami concentrated on the setup for the race distance and clocked a competitive lap time, just 0.431 seconds to miss pole position. Pawi made solid progress in each session and improved the wheelie issue which he had yesterday.
The next Moto2 session, the 20-minute Warm Up will start at 9:10 am local time tomorrow (GMT +2) before the 21-lap Aragon Grand Prix commences at 12:20 pm.
Takaaki Nakagami(10th, 1’54.149, +0.413)
“This weekend, we tried different gear-ratios from last year and confirmed its positives and negatives. In Qualifying, I could even set the quickest partial times in sectors 1 and 2 on my final lap, so we have nothing to worry about for the race. Our bike has a good balance so that we can give it our max in tomorrow’s race to boost our momentum for the Japanese Grand Prix.”
Khairul Idham Pawi(32nd, 1’55.770, +2.034)
“Today, the conditions were hotter than yesterday, and I was able to ride my bike comfortably. In Qualifying, we have improved the front wheelie problem, but on the other hand, we lost rear grip. In tomorrow’s Warm Up we will try to fix it by adjusting the setup and prepare well for the race.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“We know Nakagami already has good race pace from his performance on 21-lap-old tires. 10th position on the grid means that the start will be crucial, and if he can follow the lead group in the opening laps, he can try to fight for a good result. Well done for Pawi, because he is steadily improving. Especially, he set a good lap time in Free Practice 3 riding alone, which is significant for his next races. Tomorrow’s race will be, once again, an important opportunity for him to learn much.”