Moto2 2021
Round 12

Rookie Ogura Learns The Secrets Of Historic Silverstone

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Ai Ogura (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) came into the British Grand Prix weekend from two brilliant rides at the Red Bull Ring, where he challenged for a first Moto2 victory on both occasions and came away with his first Moto2 podium.

Rookie Ogura Learns The Secrets Of Historic Silverstone

However, Ogura always knew that this weekend would be much more complicated, because this is his first time on a Moto2 bike at Silverstone, which is a long, fast and complex circuit that does not give up its secrets easily. And so it proved.

The 20-year-old from Tokyo has spent the last two days learning the circuit and its 18 corners, getting faster and more competitive with every outing. He completed yesterday morning's FP1 session 25th fastest, moved up to 16th overall at the end of FP3 and went two places better in qualifying. This puts him on the fifth row of the grid for his first Moto2 race at this historic British track.

Ogura's plan is to get a good start and get away with a fast group at a track where close racing is the norm.

Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) will start one row further back from his team-mate, with high hopes of scoring World Championship points for the fourth consecutive race, something the 22-year-old Thai rider has never managed before. Chantra raced here in 2019, his rookie Grand Prix season, finishing a fraction of a second outside the points.

Pole position went to 22-year-old Italian Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex), just ahead of 25-year-old Spaniard Jorge Navarro (Lightech Speed Up Boscoscuro) and 30-year-old local hero Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex). Lap times were typically close, with only eighth hundredths of a second covering the front row of the grid.

World championship leader Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex) will lead the second row, the 23-year-old Australian just one hundredth of a second faster than his team-mate and prime title rival, 20-year-old Spaniard Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex).

The second row of the grid is completed by Spanish Grand Prix winner Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex).

Unusually tomorrow's Moto2 race will be the last race of the day, starting at 14:30 local time.

Ai Ogura
Ai Ogura 79
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
These two days at Silverstone have been difficult. Lap times and my position have been getting a little better, but my general feeling and problems are the same, even if I went a second faster than yesterday. I think it's not easy that tomorrow we make a big step ahead, but I will do my best with my riding from my side. We still have the warm-up session before the race. Maybe we will change something, and if it works, could help me for the race.

Somkiat Chantra
Somkiat Chantra 35
IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia
This weekend we've struggled a lot to find the correct setting, but finally, we did it. My bike was almost perfect in Q1, which won me access to Q2. But in Q2 I didn't have a fresh rear tyre to use. I tried to push, but I made some mistakes at the beginning of the session, which ruined all my options.

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