Difficult qualifying for Oliveira and Moncayo with crash and mechanical problems
Luck wasn’t on the side of Team Andalucía – Banca Cívica – Diputación de Cádiz riders Miguel Oliveira and Alberto Moncayo in today’s qualifying for the French Grand Prix in Le Mans. A crash from Oliveira and a mechanical failure of Moncayo’s bike have prevented both riders from achieving their goals in regards to grid positions. Oliveira will start tomorrow’s race from fourth row, having qualified 12th-fastest, while his teammate Alberto Moncayo will start from 15th.
After the free practices in which both Alberto and Miguel had focused on finding a good setup for their bikes, they intended to attack in the qualifying session, but neither Oliveira nor Moncayo were able to ride at their level.
Miguel Oliveira, who has been adapting gradually to the French track, started the qualifying very motivated, but unfortunately crashed at the beginning of the session which shaped the rest of it.
Alberto Moncayo still can’t shake off the bad luck that’s sticking to him. He started strong in free practice, but when the qualifying arrived he could barely do ten laps before the engine of his bike failed. The mechanical failure robbed him of any possibility of returning to the track to fight for a good position.
MIGUEL OLIVEIRA, 12° (1’45.593)
“From the beginning I struggled to get a good pace, but I entered into a corner braking too late and and I lost the front wheel. During all the practices we have been working to improve the setting of the bike, but we have everything pretty good and the results are more dependending on my riding than the bike setup. I like the circuit, but maybe I don’t have the best line and this, together with the crash which lost me a lot of time in the session, kept me from getting a good result. I’m not happy with the position, but now we must focus on the start, which is something we are good at, and try to latch on to the second group to do a good race.”
Alberto Moncayo, 15° (1’45.697): “It’s been hard to find a good setup, but we know we can improve and get a better result. In the qualifying I did a few laps to warm up and when I started to push the engine seized which left me with only one “half-fast” lap which I could do. On the grid we are in a bit of a bad position due to all of this, but we have to try to make the best start possible and fight to do the best performance I can in the race.”
Source: Team Machado