FIRST POLE OF THE YEAR FOR EDGAR PONS

FIRST POLE OF THE YEAR FOR EDGAR PONS

Benny Solis starts 10th tomorrow

The FIM CEV Repsol could not start better for our team, the Baiko Racing Team. This week, when we had the presentation of the team in Zarautz, the riders and technicians indicated the start of the season in Estoril as fundamental to not start behind. And our riders responded.

In Moto2, Edgar Pons knew of the relevance of obtaining a great position in the starting grid, to avoid possible unforeseen events and be, as happened in 2018, obliged to row during the rest of events. In addition, the condition of living a session in the rain, unlike the test of seven days ago on this same track, included less references and more risk. And despite a first session of official training where he had the 15th fastest time, in the second stage he could reduce it to 1:54.440, being the only one in 1:54 to certify the first pole of the season. 

On the other hand, Benny Solís saw that all the work in winter has allowed him to arrive in good condition and with great sensations. In both sessions he has been in the points area, and like Pons, in the afternoon he could reduce his time and reach 1:56.657. 10th position in the morning which allows him to attack the first positions if he has a great start.

However, in Moto3 we have come up against greater difficulties. On one hand, the bad news is the injury of Iñigo Iglesias.  The Basque rider went to the ground when he was in his personal fastest lap, breaking the collarbone in QP1. An injury that impede him from racing tomorrow. Stay strong for our great rider. And for our signing, Gerard Riu, he has to get the points from a recovery. An engine failure has impeded him from obtaining a good time and he will start in 24th position.

Tomorrow, we expect an intense Sunday with three races, two of them in Moto2 category. 

Edgar Pons 1st (QP1: 15th / QP2: 1st) 1:54.440: “Today has been an incredibly positive session.  The two training sessions have been in the rain. The difference is that in the second on there was not so much water on the track. Yesterday we had exceptionally good sensations in water, but we have decided to make a small change for the first stage that was the worst. But for this afternoon we have returned, and confidence has returned. I have been able to put on the pressure and we took the pole with 1.2 seconds advantage over the second.  Tomorrow seems there will be rain again, so above all use our heads and back to work lap by lap to take the first two victories home”.

Benny Solís 10th (QP1: 12th / QP2: 10th) 1:56.657: “It has been an incredibly positive day for us. We have been competitive in all conditions. QP2 has been interesting, because we started in dry and in the first lap it started to rain very hard. We had to enter the box to change for rain tyres and although I started slow, I quickly got the feeling with them and I found the rhythm to obtain my best time. It has been my first timing since I am in the team. We are going to have a great Sunday”

Gerard Riu 24th (QP1: 11th / QP2: 24th) 1:50.625: “Our first QP was marked by rain, more than the second. That left the timing of the afternoon as the only option to make valuable time. Personally, I felt very comfortable with the bike and all the team has done a good job. But as the track dried and the times dropped, I had an engine failure and I will have to start 24th.  We will see the track conditions tomorrow, but I feel comfortable both in dry and wet, and with the capacity for recuperation”.

Iñigo Iglesias 36th (QP1: 30th / QP2: NP) 2:01.488: “It was complicated day for me. I started well in the first timing, riding very comfortable with water setting. I stopped to use the tyres to have my best lap. And when I was riding at one and a half second below my time, I went to the ground at a curve. I made a strong impact against the wall. I went to the doctor, I had tests and they detected I have fractured my collarbone and cannot race tomorrow”.