Rd.10 MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX CESKÉ REPUBLIKY: Saturday, August 05, 2017
Ambient: 31℃ / Track: 45℃
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Khairul Idham Pawi will start tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix from 13th on the grid with his best qualifying time of 2m 03s242. Teammate Takaaki Nakagami will start from 15th on the grid. His best lap time in qualifying was 2m 03s491.
In Free Practice 3, Nakagami made further progress from yesterday, clocking the 10th quickest time. Pawi's overall feel on this track was improving, setting the 30th fastest in the session.
In the 45-minute qualifying session, Pawi vastly improved his lap time at the end, moving up to 11th place. Two riders subsequently bettered his time, pushing his grid position back to 13th. Nakagami was consistently regaining his Moto2 feel. He will undoubtedly reach his potential for Sunday’s race.
The next Moto2 session, the 20-minute warm up will start at 9:10 am local time tomorrow (GMT +2) before the 20-lap Czech Grand Prix at 12:20 pm.
Khairul Idham Pawi (13th, 2’03.242, +0.631)
“At the beginning of Qualifying, we struggled a little bit with rear grip. Thanks to my team’s effort, we found a solution for this issue and I was able to get my best grid position in the Moto2 class. Now I am confident for the race and we will keep this momentum up. I know that I need to learn more about this class, so I shouldn't expect too much in the race. Just relax and try to do my best. It is what I will do tomorrow.”
Takaaki Nakagami (15th, 2’03.491, +0.880)
“Since yesterday, I am struggling to get back the correct Moto2 feel. To be honest, I am not sure how the race will be because I haven’t gotten back my feel and also my grid position is not good. Anyway, we will thoroughly prepare for tomorrow’s race with my team.”
Tadayuki Okada - Team Manager
“Well done for Pawi. Despite his first experience in the Moto2 class, he showed good potential in today’s qualifying. Obviously, his hard effort during the summer break paid off. Tomorrow’s race will not be easy, so trying to fight for the top 15 is a good target for him. Regarding Nakagami, he doesn’t have to worry too much because I had to struggle with the same problem in my rider days. The long and tough race will be a good opportunity for him to get back his Moto2 feel.”