Rabat and Kallio on the pace in Qatar free practice
Losail, Qatar – 21 March 2014: Tito Rabat finished today’s sole Moto2 free practice at the Losail International Circuit in third place, but remains second fastest overall with his time from yesterday. Mika Kallio remains tenth on combined times, after finishing this evening’s 45-minute free practice in the same position.
The top 15 remain separated by just one second, with only three of the top ten riders able to improve on their lap times from yesterday.
Livio Loi continued to learn the intricacies of both the Losail circuit and racing under floodlights in tonight’s third and final Moto3 free practice. The Belgian ended tonight’s 45-minute session in a creditable 16th place and is just 1.282s off Romano Fenati’s provisional pole position time.
Tito Rabat // 2nd // 2’00.574
“It was another good free practice session for us tonight. We managed to find a solution to a couple of small problems we had yesterday and now we also have a better idea of which tyre we will use for the race on Sunday. I found a good rhythm on the bike tonight and my pace was fast and consistent, but tomorrow we need to find just a little bit more for qualifying. Overall, I’m happy with today.”
Mika Kallio // 10th // 2’01.039
“For tonight we decided to try a few changes on the bike, mainly on the rear suspension and engine braking, but they didn’t bring the improvement we were expecting. My pace was good, but my feeling with the bike wasn’t as good as it was yesterday and I wasn’t able to push quite as hard for a fast lap. For tomorrow’s qualifying session we will go back to the settings from yesterday; we haven’t really lost anything because we know that these settings are good. We also go into tomorrow with a much better idea of which tyre we need for a fast qualifying lap and which one we’ll use for the race.”
Livio Loi // 16th // 2’07.403
“Overall I’m happy with tonight, which was all about continuing to learn my way around the track here in Qatar and minimising the mistakes that cost me time in yesterday’s two sessions. The feeling with the bike was mostly good, but we have a small problem with getting the bike to follow a line on corner exit. We also need to work on sector three, as this is where I’m losing all my time at the moment. Qualifying tomorrow is critical. My goal is to start on Sunday from the front four rows of the grid, but I will need to push hard tomorrow to achieve this.”