British weather puts Aron Canet 13th at Silverstone, Alonso Lopez 22nd
The weather at Silverstone on Saturday proved to be pivotal when the grid for the British GP was decided, as the riders experienced a mix of rain and sun during the qualifying session. It provided a tricky challenge for Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez, who saw a late surge from their rivals drop them down the order.
Despite damp conditions in the morning, Aron Canet went out with slicks for FP3 and led the way in the session, only being usurped in the final minutes. When qualifying came around, he again set the early pace and was amongst the frontrunners in the dry. The appearance of more intense rainfall meant a return to the pits for all the riders to put on wet tyres, when the Spaniard was in fourth. His 2:14.035 time looked as if it would not be under threat, but when the sun broke through and riders were able to put in hot laps, he dropped down to thirteenth.
Alonso Lopez had been riding well in FP3 on slicks, even though he placed 22nd in the morning runout. In qualifying he was caught out by the rain before he could compete for a positive grid spot, but he would take advantage of the final few minutes of dry track time to clock a 2:14.946 lap, giving him 22nd once more.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will take part in a warmup session on Sunday at 9am local time, with their race set for 11:20am.
“Technically, we are very strong for the race on Sunday. In qualifying we were fourth with a good lap time, but it started to rain and we had to go back out with wets. However, the track dried out quickly and we couldn’t improve our time when that happened, so we will start from thirteenth -albeit with a good race pace.”
“Today’s qualifying session was a bit strange. Having gone straight out with slicks and it raining, I thought I wouldn’t manage to improve my time, but the track dried out at the end and we were able to put in a couple of laps and lower my time; maybe not as much as I would have liked, but I can tell that we are learning and we are much closer to our goals.”