Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Repsol Moto3 Team Official Press Release- 26/03/2015
A new season starts this weekend in Qatar, with Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera representing Repsol.
After a long winter, the Moto3 World Championship returns to action this weekend in Qatar. On Thursday, the riders enjoyed their first two free practice sessions at the Losail International Circuit. Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Navarro and Maria Herrera completed their first kilometers as full World Championship riders under these unique circumstances.
The trio started calmly in the first practice session of the 2015 season, with Quartararo 13th, Herrera 19th and Navarro 32nd after the first quarter hour. The opening session ended with the Repsol riders sixth (Navarro), fourteenth (Quartararo) and 31st (Herrera) in their first contact with the Qatari track.
With a little more grip on the asphalt thanks to rubber laid down in the inaugural sessions for all classes, in the second free practice the Moto3 field were able to lower their times. Quartararo finished a creditable sixth place with a best time of 2:07.424, 0.844 off the best time set by Miguel Oliveira. His teammate, Jorge Navarro, set the tenth fastest time ‒2:07.674‒ after completing 17 laps of the Qatari track. Herrera was thirty-third on her first night at Losail.
Fabio Quartararo | 7th | 2:07.424 | 34 laps | 183 km
“I was really keen to ride at night and it was an awesome experience. The goal we set ourselves for these two sessions was to familiarise ourselves with the circuit and find a good setup for the race. We still have to improve some things, but the work is well on its way. Today we rode with a good pace and this allowed me to feel very comfortable on the bike ‒and to achieve these results. We do not know how far we can go yet, but we will work to be as high up as possible.”
Jorge Navarro | 10th | 2:07.674 | 34 laps | 183 km
“The first session went very well. I went out with a group to better learn the circuit, and taking advantage of slipstreams I was able to set a good lap. In the afternoon I focused on finding my pace riding by myself, trying things out with the rear suspension and engine braking of the bike.”
Maria Herrera | 33rd | 2:10.861 | 30 laps | 161 km
“My first run was a bit chaotic, because I made a mistake when choosing my helmet. I picked a transparent visor and had problems seeing. Later, with a more adequate helmet, the most important thing was that I was able to add laps, which is what I need to do in free practice. I’ve got used to to the track slowly, and in the second session things went much better. I really like the circuit and it is great fun to ride. I think I was only missing a tow in order to lower my time. Tomorrow I will try to latch onto a group and try to improve my times.”