Front row for Kallio at Aragón
Aragón, Spain – 27 September 2014: Mika Kallio will start the Moto2 Grand Prix of Aragón from the front row of the grid, after finishing third today in a qualifying session that saw the top three riders separated by just 0.057s.
Tito Rabat will start from fifth position on the second row of the grid, after losing time to a crash during qualifying.
Kallio was happy to have qualified on the front row as the potential for an incident at turn one, a tight left-hander very close to the start line, increases the further down the grid you start. The 31-year-old Finn is confident that he has both the pace and the consistency to battle at the front once again in tomorrow’s 21-lap Moto2 race.
Having led the way early in qualifying, Rabat had a minor crash with 15 minutes to go and lost time as the mechanics made quick repairs to the bike. The 25-year-old Spaniard then fell foul of the normal Moto2 qualifying traffic as he tried to put in his flying laps, eventually finishing fifth. It’s only the third race this season that Rabat won’t start from the front row, the last being Silverstone where he went on to win.
Jorge Navarro will start the Moto3 Grand Prix of Aragón from the fourth row of the grid, after qualifying in 11th position this afternoon. The 18-year-old Spaniard counts Aragón as one of his favourite circuits and is confident that he can put in a strong performance in tomorrow’s 20-lap race.
Mika Kallio // 3rd // 1’54.130
“Of course, I’d have preferred to be starting from pole tomorrow, but I’m happy enough to be on the front row. The weekend didn’t start so well, but we’ve worked hard on improving the set up and we made a big step with the front end this morning and I was able to push a little bit more. The conditions this afternoon meant that times didn’t come easy and you had to push hard, but that was the same for everyone. I was pretty consistent with my lap times throughout qualifying, with most of them close to my fastest lap, which is a good position to be in for the race tomorrow.”
Tito Rabat // 5th // 1’54.224
“The conditions changed quite a lot for qualifying, with a slightly lower track temperature and a bit more wind, but no excuses, it was the same for everyone. Also, my normal focus wasn’t quite there today and I didn’t push when I should have done. But the bike feels good, so tomorrow I need to make a good start from the second row and then just do my best in the race.”
Jorge Navarro // 11th // 1’58.969
“I’m happy with qualifying today, as all the riders are very close on times and I’m only 0.6s off the front, which is positive. The weekend so far has been a bit difficult, because the feeling with the bike has been good, but the lap times weren’t coming. But then in qualifying the team did a good job of timing my exits onto the track and, finally, I managed to put in a good lap. Aragón is one of my favourite circuits, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow.”