Round 19 Valencia - Moto2

  • Freezing Day Not Helpful for IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Riders

    IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra and Dimas Ekky Pratama struggled due to low track temperature and lack of grip in free practice in Valencia.


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Freezing Day Not Helpful for IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Riders

Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Rd.19 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
Dry conditions
Ambient: 15℃ / Track: 18℃

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia’s Somkiat Chantra and Dimas Ekky Pratama struggled due to low track temperature and lack of grip in the first day of free practice in the intermediate class of the Valencia Grand Prix.

Somkiat Chantra | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (25th)

"Today I tried to ride fast, but many riders are fast here. After analyzIng the data I found that I made many mistakes in some specific corners. I tried to follow other riders to learn the correct lines, but it was difficult. I cannot keep the line because every time I open the throttle, the bike pushes out."

Dimas Ekky Pratama | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (28th)

"We improved a lot during the day, but the other riders also improved. Now is the time to concentrate, analyzing the data to clarify when to improve, especially in my riding style. I want to recover the momentum from Sepang, getting the best result possible, because it is my last race with the team. Here it is difficult, because many Spanish and European riders are fast."

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

"A freezing Day One in Valencia. Both of our riders aren't used to these kinds of conditions. We have seen the same situation this year at Phillip Island. We've seen they were struggling; they couldn't feel confident and relaxed on the bike. Weather conditions are not the best, but during the weekend this will not change, meaning they should try to adapt. In the afternoon session, the conditions were a little bit different, but not much better. They improved their lap times, but it was not enough compared to the other teams. We will try to find the best settings to help them. We hope we can reach a better position in Qualifying tomorrow."

Results

Round 19 Valencia Practice - Moto2 Combined Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
25 Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
28 Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)

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