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Antonelli Seventh Fastest At Jerez
Posted by: newsla on May 03, 2013 - 05:39 PM
Antonelli Seventh Fastest At Jerez

Niccolò Antonelli made a positive start to the weekend at Jerez, clocking the seventh fastest time on the opening day of free practice. The Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 youngster took the track in determined mood following his disappointment in the opening two rounds of the season in Qatar and Austin and he finished the day as the top Italian. His team-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri is still looking to improve his confidence with the bike in just his third Grand Prix.


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Niccolò Antonelli (7th 1'48.728) “I am satisfied but not completely happy because I thought we could do better today. I am not worried because we know what we need to change to improve the lap time tomorrow. It is good to be seventh fastest and the top Italian but I want to do better.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri (30th 1'50.763) “I like the track but we need to work on the set-up of the bike because compared to the test here we are struggling, especially on the rear. Anyway I am confident because I know we can do much better than this.”

“We have started the first European race of the season on the right foot even though we went slower this afternoon than this morning. Overall Antonelli is still seventh fastest so that's a good result. Niccolò is a fast rider and he is recovering the time we lost in the winter, so now we have to stay focused and take another step forward tomorrow. Lorenzo's learning process continues here and he is trying to adapt to Moto3, which isn't easy because he has grown tall and these bikes are small. Still, we know he can be much faster than this so we will keep working to improve.”


LENGTH: 4.423 m. / 2,748 miles
WIDTH: 11m
LONGEST STRAIGHT: 607 m. / 0,377 miles
FASTEST LAP: 2012Romano FENATI (ITA)FTR Honda1'49.760145.1 km/h
CIRCUIT RECORD: 2012Romano FENATI (ITA)FTR Honda1'52.774141.2 km/h
BEST POLE:2012Alex RINS (SPA)Suter Honda1'57.507135.5 km/h
TOP SPEED: 2012Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (MAL)KTM208.7 km/h

The Jerez circuit has traditionally been one of the most fruitful for Team Gresini, who have celebrated ten podium finishes there in a little over a decade. Loris Capirossi scored the first team’s first success at the Andalusian track with third place in the 250cc race in 1999. Daijiro Kato went one better to take second in the same event one year later before taking a sensational victory on his way to the quarter-litre title in 2001. The Japanese legend celebrated his first MotoGP podium at Jerez with second place on a memorable day for the team in 2002, when Roberto Rolfo and Emilio Alzamora made it a trio of podiums with second and third place respectively in the 250 race. However, the highlight for the team at the famous Spanish circuit came in 2004, when Sete Gibernau clinched an unforgettable home victory in the MotoGP race. The Spaniard followed up with second place in 2005, when he was joined on the podium by his team-mate Marco Melandri, whilst Toni Elias returned the team to the top step in Moto2 in 2010. The team also have great memories of 2011, when Marco Simoncelli led a MotoGP race for the first time before eventually crashing in wet conditions.


The Jerez de la Frontera circuit, which lies on the outskirts of the city of Jerez on the road to Arcos de la Frontera, was opened on the 8th December 1985. Located in the autonomous region of Andalucia, Jerez is home to over 200,000 inhabitants. Its name goes back to the existence of Phoenician Xera, Sèrès, then Romanized under the name of Ceret. The classical Latin name of Asta Regia, unrelated to its present name, used to refer to an ancient city now found within Mesas de Asta, a rural district approximately 11 km (6.84 mi). from the center of Jerez. The current Castilian name came by way of the Arabic name Sherish. In former times, during the Muslim occupation of Iberia, it was called Xerez or Xeres. The name of the famous fortified wine, sherry, which originated here (although some argue that it originated in Shiraz, Persia), is an adaptation of the city's Arabic name. Frontera in its name refers to being a Spanish frontier, located on the border between the Moorish and Christian regions of Spain during that period. Over two centuries later, after the conquest of Granada in 1492, Xerez lost its status as a frontier city, but did not lose that designation. Jerez is known as the capital of sherry wine, horsemanship and flamenco dancing. It is the home of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, a riding school comparable to the world-famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Jerez, the city where flamenco singing began, is also proud of its Andalusian Centre of Flamenco. The old quarter of Jerez, dating from medieval times, has been named an "Artistic Historic Complex". The Easter week celebrations in Jerez are of "National Touristic Interest", and its remarkable Horse Fair (Feria del Caballo) in May is an event of "International Touristic Interest".
( Time Zone +2 GMT Weather (14°C / 22° C, 57° F / 71° F)


MOTO3 FP1 09:00 - 09:40
MOTOGP FP1 09:55 - 10:40
MOTO2 FP1 10:55 - 11:40
MOTO3 FP2 13:10 - 13:50
MOTOGP FP2 14:05 - 14:50
MOTO2 FP2 15:05 - 15:50

MOTO3 FP3 09:00 - 09:40
MOTOGP FP3 09:55 - 10:40
MOTO2 FP3 10:55 - 11:40
MOTO3 QP 12:35 - 13:15
MOTOGP FP4 13:30 - 14:00
MOTOGP Q1 14:10 - 14:25
MOTOGP Q2 14:35 - 14:50
MOTO2 QP 15:05 - 15:50

MOTO3 WUP 08:40 - 09:00
MOTO2 WUP 09:10 - 09:30
MOTOGP WUP 09:40 - 10:00
MOTO3 RAC 11:00
MOTO2 RAC 12:20

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