Round 19 Valencia - Moto2

  • IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Riders’ Efforts Unrewarded in Valencia Grid

    IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia riders Somkiat Chantra and Dimas Ekky Pratama improved their lap times into race weekend, but will start the Valencia Grand Prix in P24 and P25 respectively.



Report

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Riders’ Efforts Unrewarded in Valencia Grid

Circuit Ricardo Tormo
Rd.19 Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana
Dry conditions
Ambient: 17℃ / Track: 22℃

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia riders Somkiat Chantra and Dimas Ekky Pratama improved their lap times into race weekend, but will start the Valencia Grand Prix in P24 and P25 respectively.

Somkiat Chantra | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (24th)

"The equality of lap times here makes everything more complicated. After FP3 I was only 01 seconds outside the Q2 cut-off. During the Q1 session I tried to improve, but many riders are fast here. Maybe tomorrow I should do something on the bike to improve my feeling. I'm sure the race will be very hard."

Dimas Ekky Pratama | IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia (25th)

"I've been working with the team, trying to bring the feeling from Sepang to here. That was my main motivation, and we worked from FP1 to improve continually. I'm happy with the lap time, but we have to test something tomorrow in warm-up, to help me in the entry of the corners. Hopefully, I can do well in the race to finish 2019 in a good way."

Hiroshi Aoyama | Team Manager, IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia

“Both of our riders were competitive during the qualifying session. Grid positions are also good considering the differences are so small on this circuit, and knowing that the cold conditions affected them a lot. I’m interested to see how much they can improve in the race because both showed consistency. That is the positive side for us, and I’m looking forward to the race.”

Results

Round 19 Valencia Qualifying - Moto2 Combined Standings

Rank Rider (Team)
24
Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
25
Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)

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