Bittersweet qualifying for Miguel Oliveira at Silverstone


Portuguese rider takes eighth place on the grid for British GP and is very satisfied with his pace. Brad Binder will start from the seventh row.


The final result of the Moto2 British GP qualifying session provided mixed feelings for Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese Red Bull KTM Ajo rider took a place on the third row, in eighth, but was very satisfied with the pace he set throughout the session. For Brad Binder it was not an easy session, due to his never feeling comfortable on the bike, and he had to settle for twentieth -on the seventh row.

The intermediate class riders were able to ride on a completely dry surface throughout the final practice session. Both Binder and Oliveira ran used tyres for the entirety of FP3, with the former going seventeenth with a 2:08.641 time and matching his best time from Friday on his fifth lap. Oliveira also set his best time on his first stint, placing seventh with a 2:07.927, although he would not lower his times from Friday.

The duo used different strategies in qualifying. Oliveira preferred to focus his efforts on race pace, and found a consistently fast rhythm in the afternoon. He made just one stop in the garage, and put in as many as 12 laps in the 2:07 range. His top time was 2:07.124. Binder twice returned to the pits to modify his setup. It had a positive effect and like his teammate he significantly lowered his personal best lap for the weekend. His 2:07.991 time put him twentieth.

The Moto2 British GP will have a unique start time of 2pm local time tomorrow.


Results (Qualifying Practice)
1. Mattia Pasini (Kalex) 2:06.572
2. Alex Marquez (Kalex) 2:06.794 +0.222
3. Franco Morbidelli (Kalex) 2:06.817 +0.245
4. Takaaki Nakagami (Kalex) 2:06.936 +0.364
5. Luca Marini (Kalex) 2:06.983 +0.411
8. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:07.124 +0.552
20. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 2:07.991 +1.419


“I didn’t feel very well today, and despite that we have improved our best time from yesterday. During qualifying I didn’t feel very comfortable with the front; every lap was the same and I lost confidence in the front. It was very difficult to try to set a fast lap, because every time I pushed a little I made a mistake and I went off the track. We need to think about the warmup tomorrow and find a setup that allows us find more feeling. From there we can try to look ahead and recover as many positions as possible in the race. It’s something that we know we can do, because we have shown as much on other occasions.”

“In the qualifying session we placed little lower than we were expecting, but I have to say that it was a very good session for us. We were close to my best lap all the time. I’m happy about this, and I think that tomorrow I can run that pace for the entire race. A lot of riders set their best lap at the end, using slipstreams, so it’s a bit bittersweet for us. Looking at the work we’ve done so far, I’m optimistic for tomorrow.”