Faubel & Moncayo struggle in Qatar qualifying

 In Moto3, News

The first qualifying session of the new Moto3 season got underway at 6pm local time at the Losail Circuit this evening, with the majority of riders struggling to improve their pace on their new prototypes. The uncertainty and lack of development amongst the machines has led to some surprise contenders at the top of the time sheets and anything could happen in tomorrow night’s historic first Moto3 Grand Prix.

BANKIA Aspar’s two riders continued with the job of getting their machines up to speed and the task was not made easier tonight for Héctor Faubel when he was tagged by another rider from behind and forced back to the pits to replace his tail unit. Alberto Moncayo also spent more time in the garage than he would have liked as he worked on his chassis setting, eventually qualifying in fourteenth position – two ahead of his team-mate.

14th Alberto Moncayo 2.09.370 (14 laps):
“I was expecting more from qualifying tonight but the truth is nobody went really fast. We have improved the engine since yesterday but the chassis needed more work and that is to be expected because we have spent so much time focusing on the engine. The good thing is our pace is decent and I feel comfortable on the bike. The lap time isn’t quite there but we have a lot of ideas for tomorrow. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow but we’ll try to get a good start and hang on to the lead group.”

16th Héctor Faubel 2.09.869 (14 laps):
“The first qualifying session of the new season was a tough one and I’m disappointed because we tried a few things that we thought would give us a bit extra but they didn’t work. Now we have to work out if we take the changes further or go back to what we had before. I expect more from myself and from my team but we will get there if we keep working like this. Our main handicap is chassis flexibility, which is costing us a lot of time in the fast corners. We start from quite far back but we certainly don’t throw in the towel now – quite the opposite.”

Source: Aspar Media

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