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Jul 22, 2017

FIM European Moto2 Championship: Lukas Tulovic On Pole Position, American Joe Roberts Qualifies Fifth At Estoril

Lukas Tulovic (3). Photo courtesy of FIM/CEV Repsol Press Office.

FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 European Championship

Circuit Estoril, Portugal

July 22, 2017

Qualifying Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Lukas Tulovic, Germany (Kalex), 1:42.429

2. Eric Granado, Brazil (Kalex), 1:42.431

3. Ricky Cardus, Spain (Kalex), 1:42.485

4. Steven Odendaal, South Africa (NTS), 1:42.508

5. Joe Roberts, USA (Kalex), 1:42.553

6. Federico Fuligni, Italy (Kalex), 1:42.668

7. Hector Garzo, Spain (Tech 3), 1:42.724

8. Dimas Ekky, Indonesia (Kalex), 1:43.306

9. Ivo Miguel Lopes, Portugal (Suter), 1:43.448

10. Xavier Cardelus, Andorra (Kalex), 1:43.729

11. Jayson Uribe, USA (Kalex), 1:43.910

More, from a press release issued by FIM/CEV Repsol Press Office:

Fernández, Tulovic and González, quickest in Estoril qualifying sessions

Raul Fernández (MRW Mahindra Aspar Team) gave Mahindra their first pole position in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship in the fifth round of the FIM CEV Repsol at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal. In Moto2™ Lukas Tulovic (Forward Junior Team) will head the starting grid and Manuel González (Halcourier Racing) was the fastest qualifier in the European Talent Cup.

In Moto3™, Raul Fernández (MRW Mahindra Aspar Team) took his first pole of the season beating Aaron Polanco (Leopard Junior Team) by only 0.081, with Ai Ogura (Asia Talent Team) earning the last place on the front line of the starting grid. The MRW Mahindra Aspar Team rider put in his best time in Q1 with a 1:45.976 and was the only rider to get under 1.46.

Vicente Pérez (Reale Avintia Academy), poleman in the last round of the FIM CEV Repsol in Valencia, will lead the second row of the grid ahead of Yuki Kunii (Asia Talent Team), who fell in Q1 bringing the session to a halt while his bike was removed from the track. Jaume Masiá (Cuna de Campeones) closes out the front row.

The Moto3™ Junior World Championship couldn’t be closer: the difference between Raul Fernández’s (MRW Mahindra Aspar Team) pole time and that of the twentieth-ranked rider - Daniel Jones (Racing Steps Foundation / KRP) - was less than a second. Dennis Foggia (Junior Team VR46 Riders Academy), Kazuki Masaki (Asia Talent Team) and Sergio García (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0) will start from the third row ahead of Alonso López (Junior Team Estrella Galicia 0.0), who closes the top ten of the combined Moto3™ classification.

Lukas Tulovic (Forward Junior Team) took over from Eric Granado (Promoracing), who headed the grid in Valencia, as the fastest man in the Moto2™ qualifying session to debut as poleman in the Moto2™ European Championship with a time of 1:42.429. Only 0.002 separated him from the Promoracing rider and 0.056 from Ricky Cardús (Team Stylobike), second and third respectively: it could hardly be tighter.

Behind these riders will be Héctor Garzó (Team Wimu CNS), Steven Odendaal (NTS Sportscode T. Pro), who was the quickest in Q1, and Joe Roberts (AGR Team). Ivo Miguel Lopez, substituting for the injured David Sanchís, posted the eighth fastest time on the Easy Race Moto2 Team Suter. Local rider Carlos Mercier (Team Hipótamo) dominated in Superstock 600.

In the European Talent Cup, Manuel González (Halcourier Racing) took a confident second pole of the season, and was the only rider to lap under 1.50 with a best time of 1.49.660 in the first qualifying session. Simon Jespersen (Team Jespersen), winner of the first race in Albacete, finished second 0.201 behind the poleman and Keikon Yuji Kawakani (Playstation Laglise Academy) was third, 0.579 slower than the best time of the day.

Debuting riders at the Circuit do Estoril in the European Talent Cup Adrian Fernández (Team Stratos), brother of Raúl Fernández (MRW Mahindra Team Aspar), and local rider Kiko Martinho (HMA) were ranked seventh and twenty-eight respectively.

Sunday’s race schedule is as follows:

European Talent Cup Race 1 (16 laps): 11.00

Moto2™ Race 1 (18 laps): 12.00:

Moto3™ (17 laps): 13.00

European Talent Cup Race 2 (16 laps): 14.00

Moto2™ Race 2 (18 laps): 15.00

Cuna de Campeones (8 laps): 16.00

A paddock entry will be needed for free access to Tribunes A, B and E all weekend, as well as for the Sunday Pit Lane Walk, which will start from the control tower at 10.15.

In Spain, races will be broadcast live on the Movistar MotoGP channel, which will show all of the scheduled races in the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, the Moto2™ European Championship and the European Talent Cup categories. In Italy, Sky will broadcast live the Moto3™ Junior World Championship and Moto2™ European Championship races. Sport TV Portugal will broadcast live the races in all categories.

BT Sports (UK) and Eurosport, via Eurosportplayer (France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Romania) will also offer coverage of the Moto3™ Junior World Championship, the Moto2™ European Championship and the European Talent Cup with a live broadcast of each of the races.

In the United States, through its digital medium Motor Trend On Demand will air races in all of the categories; while in Brazil Moto2™ European Championship fans will be able to watch the recorded races on Band Sports.

Covering much of Latin America and North America as well as France, will offer live broadcasts on demand of each of the races of the three main categories, while its partner MotorSportTV will offer recorded coverage in these areas via TV.

In addition, all of the races will be aired live on the Championship’s Youtube channel.

All the race results and information about the Championship is on the official website:

More, from a press release issued by AGR Team:


Jayson Uribe will start from 11th

15 days have passed since our last round of the Moto2 FIM CEV Repsol and this weekend we visit a new circuit, Estoril. It is a track full of history that was in the MotoGP calendar until 2012. It is also a track where our riders were able to ride a few weeks ago in a test, so it will not be a completely new experience.

Joe Roberts arrives to this round aiming again for the podium. He already showed his potential and a good result could help him climb from the 5th to the 3rd place of the overall championship classification. Meanwhile, Jason Uribe is 15th overall. Both riders of the Argiñano & Ginés Racing Team had physical issues in the last round, but they are in full shape again.

Wind was the main future for the whole paddock this Saturday. Luckily, the morning’s conditions were good, which allowed Joe Roberts to have a great session. With the second set of tyres, he was able to improve his fastest time by 0.5 seconds, finishing second behind Odendaal. At the QP2, the only tyres used did not have the right grip and he was barely able to rider. Chus Sánchez, his Technical Manager, has high hopes for the race if the track’s conditions are good.

Meanwhile, Jayson Uribe will try to have a good start to enter the top 10. In both sessions, he was able to complete more than ten laps and he showed that he has the pace to be on top in Estoril.

Joe Roberts #27 Kalex Moto2 / 5th / 1.42.553 +1.43.264 (20 laps): “It was a great day for me. In the first QP I finished second with a good time. I was consistent and I think I got the pace for tomorrow. Unfortunately, in the afternoon I didn’t feel comfortable with the tyres and I couldn’t improve any places. Tomorrow I’ll start from the second row and I think I can do very well in the races”.

Jason Uribe #36 Kalex Moto2 / 11th / 1.43.910 + 1.44.161 (26 laps): “The weekend is positive up to now and there wasn’t any big issue or a crash, though the wind has been bad since we arrived in Estoril. In the first QP I rode in 1:43.9, but we know in which areas we need to improve. I think the wind will also be important on Sunday and won’t allow us to be as fast as we can. The important thing tomorrow is not to make mistake, I’m looking forward to start”.

Tomorrow, the sixth and seventh race of the season will take place. The warm up will take 15 minutes and starts at 9:20h. The races will have 18 laps and are scheduled for 12:00 and 15:00h, Portuguese time (1 hour less than Spanish Time). Both races are broadcasted by Movistar MotoGP and the Championship’s Youtube channel.