Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after the races at Silverstone:
MAPFRE Aspar Team Moto2
'WE MISS YOU'
Wednesday, 9am, I leave my house for Manises Airport. I know: We don't normally travel together, because you fly out from Madrid. The journey drags on for me -perhaps a prelude to what is to come. My mind is buzzing as I pass the motorway signs at 110km/h, heading for a flight that will only intensify the whir. Valencia-Stansted, a quick bite of the customary junk food in arrivals and then off to Silverstone, where there is much work to be done.
150 kilometres on the 'wrong side'of the road are enough to tire anybody out. The English drive on the left -another detail that adds to the feeling of being on the long journey to the British track that we share with F1. The typical jokes and laughter are present in the car, but nobody is really in the mood. Silverstone welcomes us with the spitting rain that forms part of our stay in England.
I run to the garage -pit box number six this weekend- and my footsteps take me to the red carpet in front of the workbench. Your baby is there, with the guardian tiger. Lifting off the cover, bike number 60 gets its first look at what will be a lonely weekend.
It is late -very late- and you haven't arrived. It finally sinks in that you will not be coming here at all this weekend. We miss you, Julián Simón. Myself and the MAPFRE Aspar Team. Your team. Your home. We could reel off a list of compliments for you, one of the most talented and polite riders that we have ever had amongst us, but perhaps we should play a game of "Do you remember?".
Do you remember our first pole position, at Qatar in 2009? Or our first win together, in Le Mans later that year? It was a magical season, in which you showed everyone your true potential. Do you remember Australia? I do, perfectly clearly. An imposible overtake, two long corners and a chequered flag that filled up our eyes with tears of joy. We could see that symbolic tiger on your helmet and hear the roar of a champion. 2009 was your year. Our year. One by one, you thanked every member of this large team, with humility and sincerity. That is Julián Simón.
Your career hasn't been without setbacks, but you have never given up. And you won't do so now. Your strength is our strength and your will is our will. You raised our spirits when you woke up from the operation and the irony was not lost: The injured cheering up those around him.
Destiny has decided that your two biggest injuries be suffered at the same track. In Montmeló you broke your femur in 2006, returned for Brno and have not missed a race since. Broken collarbones (2007) and arm pump (2010) haven't been able to stop you. Montmeló will be waiting for you to lift the curse in 2012. Jordi Torres will look after your baby this weekend, and is ready to try his hardest to fill your shoes at this hard time. I'm sure that you will be supporting him. You will be back, but for now I just had to say that we miss you.
RAIN CREATES CRAZY MOTO2 RACE AT SILVERSTONE
British Grand Prix turns into crash-fest in wet conditions. Forés places nineteenth whilst Torres crashes out on third lap.
The British Moto2 round switched places in the timetable and oponed up proceedings this Sunday. The 11:15am start was unsurprisingly undertaken in wet conditions, courtesy of constant rainfall since the previous night. It promised to be an open contest, with visibility limited and plenty of slippery spots on track. Stefan Bradl made a typically strong start from the front row, and was joined by Scott Redding and Mattia Pasini in leading the race. Eventually Bradl made the definitive push and nobody was able to catch him. After the opening laps, riders began to take more risks and crashes became a more frequent sight. Thirteen riders hit the deck over the course of the race.
Merely finishing the eighteen-lap contest was an achievement in such tough conditions and MAPFRE Aspar rider Xavi Forés was one of those able to do so. Despite rear end problems for the Spaniard the entire weekend, he managed to get a good start and gradually move up the order. He ended the race in nineteenth place, close to the points and gaining confidence for the upcoming race at Assen.
Jordi Torres was unlucky in his first substitute appearance for the MAPFRE Aspar Team. He got off to a bad start and had to plot a comeback, which came to an end on lap three with a crash at turn fifteen.
19th Xavi Forés: "The race was a case of staying upright and waiting for others to make mistakes. Despite being far back on the grid, I got a good start. I had problems in maintaining my pace, especially on the fast corners because I lacked rear grip. I decided to stick with a consistent pace and let the laps go by. The same thing happened to us at Jerez, and my feeling improved as the race went on. I was riding as part of the group that was in the points at the end of the race, but it was another time that we just missed out. Now we head to Assen, which is a track that I know well and like. I hope to wash the bittersweet taste from my mouth with a good result there."
Jordi Torres (DNF): "I feel really bad about crashing out, because I was feeling comfortable, had passed other riders and felt that I had good pace. It was hard to see the track, because every time that I hit the brakes I got the spray from the rider in front in my face. Imade a mistake on turn fifteen, because I accelerated too hard and my back wheel stepped out completely. I am angry, because this was my chance to finish a race at the very least. I am very grateful to the team for their effort, because I felt at home with them. The weekend had been going perfectly, so it is a shame not to have rewarded the team with a good result."
A crash under the rain ruins Marc Márquez's chances at Silverstone
The Repsol rider, who started from pole position was forced to retire when he was in eleventh position
Bad luck after a good start of the weekend for Marc Márquez at the British Grand Prix. After achieving yesterday the fastest time in a faultless qualifying session, today Marc had a difficult day on the English track. The rain was once again the main protagonist and Marquez, who had already had a spectacular crash in the warm-up where he destroyed his bike, fell again during the race. A painful zero in his track record after a brilliant performance in the practice session.
The weather forecast for today was right and the announced rain arrived just on time. The warm-up sessions of the three classes took place under a heavy downpour and in the case of Moto2, Marc Márquez was on his last lap when he lost control in the last corner. His bike was violently thrown in the air to the wall and was completely destroyed. Marc had set the fourteenth fastest time.
The two hours between the end of the warm-up and the start of the race, the first of this Sunday, saw frantic activity in the Repsol rider's garage. Young Márquez Team had to prepare a completely new bike for him: engine, chassis, swingarm, forks, electronics, pegs... Absolutely everything was new. They barely had time, but the team showed that they are at the rider's level and Márquez arrived to the starting grid with a new bike.
But the happiness in his box was short-lived. After starting from the first position of the grid, the Repsol rider kept losing ground in the first laps while he cautiously waited for the tyres to warm up. Marc fell to the thirteenth position in a race that was expected to be eventful.
From the fifth lap on, Márquez started to recover, but in the seventh lap and when he was eleventh, he lost control of the back again and was thrown in the air. That was the end of a weekend that had started very well... but finished with zero points for him. Now the Repsol rider will have to wait two weeks until he gets to the Netherlands to make up for this result.
"It was a very good weekend until Sunday. With the dry track we had found a very good set-up, we were very comfortable and fast. This morning, when we woke up it was raining and the warm-up was on wet tarmac. When I entered the main straight I had a weird crash and the bike was destroyed.
The team did a great job so that I could get out on track although the bike was not the same and it was a success only to be at the start. I did not feel comfortable, so I tried to take it easy, with the aim to ride without taking any risks. I found myself on the floor before I could realize.
I was not pushing, I did not even try to overtake as I was not very confident but when I opened the gas the bike threw me to the air unexpectedly. We now have to think about Holland, but before that I want to apologize to my team for the horrible Sunday I made them have, because they made a great effort during all weekend".
IANNONE IMPROVES HIS POSITION IN THE SILVERSTONE GRAND PRIX
The British circuit of Silverstone hosted today the sixth race of the Moto2 category for the 2011 World Championship.
Rain started falling in the morning: during the warm up, Andrea Iannone managed to set some good lap times on wet track and he also managed to grab the second position in the session.
The rider from Abruzzo started from the thirty-third spot on the grid in the race, which was the hundredth in his career in the World Championship, and he did all he could to move up from the rear positions. Andrea improved as he overtook different riders, despite still having to deal with the problems of the previous days, till he got to the thirteenth spot. When just few laps were missing to the chequered flag, the rider lost some positions, finishing outside of the top-15.
Speed Master team leaves Silverstone with 49 points, dropping to the fourth position in the Championship Classification.
Andrea Iannone, #29 — race: 16th
"This was a tough race. In the end we managed to move up and finish in a better position, but throughout the race I had some trouble with my helmet visor: I'm sorry because I could have grabbed some points. We ended the weekend with problems and we'll have to work hard to improve and to be competitive. This isn't the part of the classification in which I'd like to be, and we are trying to find a solution that helps us in being competitive once again. Now it's time to think of the next race at Assen, I hope these negative phase will be over soon."
Rain master Smith storms to stunning second
Bradley Smith produced one of the performances of his career in front of his crowd at Silverstone today, the British rider storming from 28th on the grid to claim a stunning second place in a rain-lashed Moto2 race.
Smith was straight into attack mode and with a typically aggressive display he was able to gain 15 places on the opening lap. The 20-year-old needed only three laps to break into the top ten and by the end of the fourth lap he was into the top six as his incredible charge continued in atrocious conditions.
By the end of the fifth lap he had moved by 2010 Silverstone winner Jules Cluzel to claim fifth and on lap eight he passed compatriot Scott Redding to move into the top three. Smith's blistering pace continued and he quickly pulled away from Redding, though he was nearly seven seconds adrift of leader Stefan Bradl at the halfway stage.
He tried to put the German rider under pressure with a series of fast and consistent laps, but unable to close the gap, he ensured he rode smoothly in the final stages to claim his first Moto2 podium. Today's result moved Smith into seventh in the World Championship standings after six races and he's only 18-points behind second.
Mike di Meglio had a difficult race, the Frenchman not able to lap as comfortable on his Mistral 610 machine as did in dry conditions earlier in the weekend. Having started from a season best ninth place, he was unable to find a confident feeling in the cold and wet conditions and he finished outside of the points in 17th.
Bradley Smith 2nd – 47 points:
"It hasn't sunk in yet to be honest. The rain definitely helped me out today and I doubt I'd have finished second if it was a dry race, so for once I'm not going to complain about the British weather. Starting from 28th I knew I had to make a good start and Rabat went in really hot into the first corner and sat a lot of people up and I was nearly off the track. But going into Turn 3 I went right around the outside of about five people and just kept making moves. In the pack the spray was really bad and I couldn't see anything, so I just got my head down and went for it. I had a really good pace but I had nothing for Stefan. I tried to keep a fast pace and put some pressure on him but he was cool and never really made a mistake that gave me a chance. But to finish second after all the chaos and drama of yesterday, it is something that I never expected when I wo ke up this morning. To finish on the podium in my home race two years in a row is an amazing feeling. I love Silverstone, so I can't wait to come back here next year already. Looking at the Championship I'm only 18-points behind second position, which is unbelievable considering we've had some bad luck at the start of the year. I want to say thanks to my Tech 3 Racing Team because they have done an awesome job and this gives us a lot of confidence for the next few races."
Mike di Meglio: 17th – 7 points:
"I am really sad and disappointed because in Barcelona I had such a good feeling with the bike and found my confidence again. But here in the wet conditions I lost the feeling with the bike and my confidence dropped again. I was expecting so much from this race with my good qualifying result yesterday, but this was not really what I expected. We found quite a few solutions t his weekend and need to continue working in this way, so apart from the race, it was quite a positive weekend."
Hervé Poncharal: Team Manager:
"This was an absolutely fantastic day for the Tech3 Racing Team and big congratulations to Bradley for an unbelievable performance. We had a disaster yesterday with the technical problem that did not help Bradley do more than two laps at the end in qualifying, which meant he had to start from 28th on the grid. Nevertheless he was very confident when I spoke to him, especially in the wet. But it is so difficult to see anything from the back of the field and I don't know how he did it. For me he produced the performance of the weekend and he's just shown what an incredible talent he is. We know we have been fast all season but we a lot of bad luck that meant we never got the results we deserved. This will give Bradley so much more confidence and I'm sure this won't be the last time we see him on the podium in 2011. The race was a disappointment for Mike. He looked good in qualifying yesterday to finish ninth. We know he likes the rain, but he never had the right feeling on the bike and was too cautious. Once again though all credit to Bradley because I think he put on an amazing show for the British fans."
Disappointing British race for Xavier Siméon
Xavier Siméon started the Airasia British Grand Prix very confident after scoring the fastest lap during the 20 minutes of Warm up this morning.
Siméon started off strong and was able to make h is way through the group in front of him to be in 10th position already after the first lap. Boosted by his progress he pushed a little bit too hard being in 8th position, when he noticed that he was being catched by some riders behind him. This little mistake was followed by a crash and the Youngster had a disappointing end to his promising race at the Silverstone circuit.
Siméon will not take any points home from the sixth round of the Moto2 world championship 2011, but is looking forward to continue in his ever so far progressing direction in Assen in two weeks time.
Xavier Siméon, DNF:
"Again I had a good start, I was 10th after the first lap. But I could not see anything, so I was very careful, maybe a little bit too careful. I did not want to crash as the conditions were very difficult today. Then some riders passed me. I could not see the braking point so I could not brake as hard as I wanted. Then I was in 8th position and I started to push a little bit as I could see other riders coming from behind. I pushed too much at the end and lost the rear tyre the result was that I crashed. I am so disappointed because this morning I was fastest in Warm up and that gave me so much confidence I could finish in the Top 10 today. I knew I could have been faster than the riders in front of me. Unfortunately it was not meant to be today, but with all my improvements in the last races I am confident enough to try it again next race. I am sorry for my team as they work very hard every minute to improve the bike for me. We can show our progress, but the final result was not as we wanted it or deserved it."
Hervé Poncharal, Team Manager:
"Although the weekend did not finish the way we would have liked it, as Xavier had a good possibility of scoring some points, we have to see the positive side and all through the weekend, in the dry and in the wet, Xavier was fast. He was the fastest in today's Warm up. This made him and us very confident, but under these conditions it is really easy to make a mistake and it is difficult to blame him for that. Race after race he is getting better and better. Hopefully we can continue in Assen like we did here. I hope we can get some more points. Xavier is improving a lot and I am very happy about that. I am sorry for the result of today, but I don't think he was the only one crashed out there."
REDDING FIGHTS FOR HOME PODIUM AT SILVERSTONE
Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding conquered appalling conditions at the Silverstone circuit today to mount a superb fight for a podium during a rain-lashed British Moto2 Grand Prix.
On a cold and soaking wet track, Redding made a brilliant start from second on the grid and wasted no time in passing World Championship leader Stefan Bradl to seize the lead on the opening lap.
Redding and Bradl quickly mastered the treacherous conditions to move over two seconds clear of a group battling for third position. Redding's performance delighted a large home crowd and he led for the opening four laps before he encountered a small issue with his visor steaming up and a loss of rear edge grip prevented him from maintaining his impressive early pace.
Redding continued to give his maximum effort but a big moment exiting the final chicane with five laps to go effectively ended his rostrum hunt as he lost touch with Michele Pirro, though he was able to claim a hard fought fifth place to secure his best result of the 2011 campaign.
Mika Kallio's rousing effort in the early laps unfortunately went unrewarded when he crashed out of 13th place on lap seven. The Finnish rider had produced a fantastic display of aggressive riding to climb to the brink of the top ten from his lowly 26th place on the grid.
But he collided with Simone Corsi and a damaged steering damper prevented him from finishing the race, which took place in front over 70,000 fans.
Scott Redding: 5th Position
"It would have been great to score a podium in my home race but I'm not too disappointed because we need to be collecting points after the difficult start to the season. I made a great start and felt really comfortable, so quickly passed Stefan. Conditions were really tricky and at about half distance I started having a problem with my visor steaming up, and then I lost edge grip on the rear tyre. Once I was behind somebody else it was quite difficult to see. The spray was bad enough but the visor made it a little bit tricky. I adapted quickly but I was pushing to keep myself in the fight for a podium and I had a couple of moments, so decided it was best not to throw away a top five. It is easily my best result of the season and fighting for the podium like today is where we need to be now for the rest of the season."
Mika Kallio: DNF
"I'm quite disappointed because the bike felt much better in the wet conditions. Yesterday we were a bit down because it had been tough to find a good set-up with the bike. I was just pacing myself in the early laps and not doing anything crazy because I knew it was going to be a long race. I was right behind Marquez and Corsi and confident I could pass them when I crashed out. Corsi ran wide and I went for the gap but we touched and I couldn't stay on. The steering damper was damaged and I couldn't carry on and that's a pity because I think I could have easily been fighting with Takahashi for seventh."
Michael Bartholemy - Team Manager
"I'm really happy with Scott's performance today because the conditions were very difficult. He was super aggressive at the start and we were quickly thinking he could fight for a home podium, which would have been a fantastic result. But in those conditions it is easy to make a mistake, and it is important for the Championship for us to claw back some important points, so fifth is still a very positive result. He's been fast all weekend in the wet and dry, he led the race, and finished with his best result of the season, so this gives us a lot of confidence for the next few races. It is a pity that Mika crashed out because he was having a really good race. Coming from so far down the grid is very difficult but he was fast and aggressive from the start. The crash was a shame because he could have easily finished inside the top ten, which he deserved after recovering well from a difficult practice and qualifying."
MAHINDRA FINISH IN THE POINTS AT RAIN-LASHED BRITISH GP
12 June, 2011: British rider Danny Webb took his first points for the new Mahindra Racing team at a rain-lashed Silverstone, bring his red-and-silver Mahindra machine home safely in 11th after surviving another first-corner incident.
Webb's race nearly ended at the first corner, in a repeat of his bad luck at the last race in Catalunya, when another rider lost control in front of him and forced him to slow down and swerve to avoid being taken out. From then on it was a matter of working his way into the points in the top 15, then concentrating on finishing in conditions that meant fully nine of the 29 starters did not reach the chequered flag.
Bad luck of the highly competitive 125 class prevented the Indian-owned Mahindra Racing team – the only one on the grid to make its own engine and chassis – from its first top ten . German rider Marcel Schrötter was having a storming ride ahead of his team-mate and was running ninth when he slipped off after being blown off line by the extremely strong winds. Schrötter was having his best race of the season, pulling through from 14th on lap one to ninth by the end of lap 14, as he peeled into the first corner, and slid off unhurt.
Muffadal Choonia – Team Principal
"It was a very difficult race with treacherous and challenging conditions. I commend Danny for his 11th place finish and I'm very happy with the Mahindra Racing team and how they set up the bike for the awful conditions. I really feel for Marcel, he was up in ninth position when he crashed right at the end. We were looking at a great double finish with one the top ten. This weekend's results have given us a big boost and we're all looking forward to Assen in two weeks time."
Danny Webb: 11th Position (five points)
"My start was good, but I almost hit someone coming into the first turn. It really messed me up. When I got to 15th I knew I could get at least one point, and I could see a lot of other riders falling off. My pace was good and there was no one catching me from behind. I concentrated on bringing it home in the awful conditions and managed to secure my first points of the year for."
Marcel Schrötter: DNF
"I am disappointed. It was such a difficult race – the wind was so bad! But my feeling was good, and I feel I could have run in the top five. I had just moved from 11th to ninth when I crashed. The wind caught me and pushed me off the dryer line, and there was so much standing water the tyre aquaplaned. Things are definitely getting better, though, and I'm feeling very pleased with our progress."
Superb Salom finishes fourth
Luis Salom has proved to be an excellent rider in the wet in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The Spaniard presented his RW Racing GP team a superb fourth place in the drenched 125 race. With the confidence given by his ninth spot in the world championship rider and team can look forward to their home race in nearly two weeks time: the Dutch TT.
The team knew already Salom is good in wet conditions. At Silverstone he proved his capability to stay calm in hard and difficult conditions. Salom showed he could stay focussed at any time. After a scary looking move in the third lap, which almost kicked him off the bike, the Spaniard managed to keep his composure. ,,I was able to pick up the rhythm immediately,'' he said. ,,I knew it was important to stay on two wheels and not to get carried away by other riders or positions. Just keep my head down, stay calm and focussed and ride my own pace.'' This he did excellent, with constant 2.34 lap times.
Salom managed to stay with the group that fought for third and kept on looking for his chances. The group stayed together, with only Hector Faubel being able to get away. One by one Salom knocked down! positions. First he got Nico Terol and Sandro Cortese, then Adrian Ma rtin and in the last lap Efren Vazquez. ,,I knew I could to it,'' Salom said. ,,I even knew where and when.''
The fact that the 125 race was the last one of the drenched day at Silverstone didn't upset Salom at all. He stayed warm and cosy next to the fire, watched the Moto2 and MotoGP and managed to stay relaxed. The team only noticed Salom was up to something when he decided not to wear a rain suit for the race, eventhough it was still raining. ,,He couldn't move well enough in a rain suit,'' Salom told his crew chief Hans Spaan. ,,We were afraid he would get too cold on the! bike in the wet, but he insisted to do it his way. It worked out perfectly fine. This result is just what we needed, the team as well as Luis. He now understands that it is of no use to put too much pressure on it. He is definitely a top 10 rider and that should be his goal. Everything better is a bonus. Those bonuses are the best!''
FIRST MOTO2 PODIUM FOR PIRRO!
Michele Pirro rode an intelligent race at Silverstone to take his first ever podium in the Moto2 class. After a difficult start to the race in limited visibility on the wet track, Michele gradually made up ground and positions to take third place overall despite never having visited this circuit before this weekend. It was a positive weekend all round for the team, with Yuki Takahashi recovering from a bad start to seal seventh place and some important championship points, the Japanese rider moving up to third in the overall standings.
Michele Pirro (3rd) "The situation at the start of the race was really difficult because the track was so wet and I didn't have much confidence. I managed to stay calm and lap after lap my feeling improved and I made up ground. I am really happy because I had never been to this circuit before and this is a really important result for the team. Hopefully it is the first of many! Thanks to the team and the sponsors. I'm really happy!"
Yuki Takahashi (7th) "The start wasn't great and I had to make up a lot of positions. As the lap went by my feeling improved and I am just a little disappointed because with a better start I could have finished much higher. Anyway, we have brought home some important points for the championship and I am happy to be third overall at this stage."
Fausto Gresini "Michele rode really well at a circuit he doesn't know and after the problems he had on the first day, when he was the unfortunate victim of another rider's crash, he has done really well to pick up his first podium in a very competitive class. I am happy for him and want to congratulate him because it's an important result for him, his team and our partners. Takahashi had a good race and picked up some important points for the rest of the championship. There is a big gap to the guys at the top but the position gives the whole team confidence."
EXCELLENT PODIUM FOR HÉCTOR FAUBEL AT RAINY SILVERSTONE
BANKIA Aspar rider takes first rostrum of 2011, whilst teammate Adrián Martín takes fastest lap and best result to date.
A wet 125cc race at Silverstone closed the 2011 British Grand Prix, won by Jonas Folger from Johann Zarco. Third place in the soaking contest was Héctor Faubel, showing that it wasn't just a race for the new generation of World Championship talent. Nico Terol started from pole, but gradually dropped down the order whilst the leading two built up their advantage.
Whilst the youngsters had their time to shine at the front, the most experienced rider on the grid finally took his first podium of the year. Héctor Faubel ended his long wait with an excellent ride, starting from seventh on the grid. It had been his worst qualifying performance of the year, but the Spaniard made up for his Saturday discomfort with an excellent start. He was up to fourth by the end of the opening lap and was hunting down the top three. He could even afford to plot a victory towards the end of the race, but a scare with seven laps remaining convinced Faubel that settling for third would be the best option.
Adrián Martín also had a fantastic day, achieving his best finish to date in the World Championship. He also had a late incident, with four laps remaining, that led to him backing off and finishing the race in an excellent sixth place. Martín also clocked the fastest lap of the race.
BANKIA Aspar's World Championship leader, Nico Terol, had a more difficult time, but showed his maturity by bringing his bike home in eighth place, continuing his charge towards the title.
3rd Héctor Faubel: "It is strange to have taken a podium on the weekend in which I felt the least at ease when riding. I hadn't got in tune with the circuit, I was starting from seventh and the race was always going to be difficult, but we managed to take a great result. The rain intensified as the race went on and the bike was particularly unstable on the older parts of the surface. I had a spell in which I cut the gap to those at the front and I could even think about winning. However, the bike had a moment and I ran off onto the grass, so from then on I decided to ease up a little. I haven't had much luck so far this year, so I preferred to settle for a safe podium. This result is an enormous weight off my shoulders and kickstarts my season. I hope that this is a turning point, because we have been working very hard and not getting results that reflect this. It was only a question of time. I want to thank the team for their effort in making sure that this moment arrived."
6th Adrián Martín: "I am enormously happy. I needed this result to have a bit more belief in myself, and to continue to gain confidence. It wasn't an easy weekend and the track isn't one of the simplest for me, but it looks like the rain was on our side today. I tried to push hard right to the finish, but I had a 'tank-slapper' that needed a miracle to save myself from crashing. I could see that the podium was close, but I would have been happy enough with finishing behind Héctor. I was riding on the edge and could have crashed at any time. I want to thank the team for an incredible job and to Jorge for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this team -I am a very lucky guy."
8th Nico Terol: "We started well this morning; in the warmup I felt good but found that something wasn't working as soon as we started the race. I made a good start and was in the lead, but I saw that I felt nowhere near as good as I had this morning. The team did a great job, but I just didn't feel comfortable today. The rear slid out whenever I got on the throttle, which gave me a few scares. The race seemed to go on forever, which can happen with conditions like these. I wanted to focus on taking as many points as possible and now I can focus on Assen."
Moto2 : First points for Kenan Sofuoglu at Silverstone
Silverstone, 12 June 2011 – This weekend, Silverstone welcomed the 6th Moto 2 worldwide championship. After a rainy race Kenan Sufuoglu earned his first points. Until the 11th lap, victory was at hand. Dominique Aegerter missed this weekend's opportunity and ended 20th.
One week after the Barcelona race, the Technomag-CIP team went to Silverstone ‘s circuit where the bikes had to be totally fixed after Montmelo's crashes. On their side, the riders had very little time as well to recover from their injury. The two of them did mitigated practices.
At the end of the Qualifying practices occurring on a dry road, Kenan did qualify 13th (5th line) while Dominique had to start from the 11th line with the 31st time registered. Due to the rainy and cold weather (11°C), the race was expected to be challenging.
The light turn to green and Kenan did an excellent start and came to the 4th place during the first laps. However, Dominique did a careful start but he gained 3 places. The Turkish rider did a very good beginning, fighting for the 3rd place.
Dominique did a tough come back, due to a very low visibility.
During his 5th lap, Kenan took over the 3rd place and went on the head. One and half lap later, Mattia Pasini fell and left over his place. Kenan went on and came closer to the leader. Unfortunately, while he was already at half of the race the distance was still 3,9 sec and he kept 3 seconds lead on the 3rd rider.
Right before the beginning of the 11th lap, a little crash took over the victory hopes for Kenan who rejoined at the 11th place. At that moment, Dominique was 19th. He lost one more spot during the last lap and ended up 20th. Kenan took over a few riders and scored his first points, the 8th place's points.
Alain Bronec, Team's owner: «Kenan did a nice race. Despite his small fall, he gained 8 points for the world championship. His points are a blessing to the team who works hard to help our two riders be successful. Dominique overlooked this weekend and he will have to find his marks very rapidly.»
The next race will take place in Assen (NED) on the Saturday 25th of June.
Thomas Lüthi battles to one championship point
With an inspired final of the British Grand Prix, Thomas Lüthi battled his way to one world championship point in the Moto2 race and brought a difficult weekend of Team Interwetten Paddock Moto2 to an encouraging end. After lots of set-up problems with his Suter MMXI prototype, Lüthi started from 14th place on the grid and dropped back as far as to 21st position on the hectic opening laps of the race. But then, the 24-year-old from Switzerland started to hunt his rivals down again, came within reach of the point rankings by mid-race and beat Italian Andrea Iannone three laps from the end to take 15. place.
Tom Lüthi – 15th:
"After our difficulties in practice I saw the rain as a good opportunity for us. But when the set-up isn't right for dry conditions, it unfortunately isn't right on a wet track, either. I was clearly behind the fastest riders in the warm-up session on Sunday morning, and in the race, there was even more water on the track so my difficulties continued. I also couldn't see much in the beginning because water got into my helmet. But I tried to make the best out of the situation. My last laps were a positive experience because I didn't worry about my position any more and just tried to find the right rhythm and the right feeling for my bike. I felt okay and now I'm optimistic for the next race at Assen where I hope my bike will be competitive again!"
Terrell Thien, Team Manager:
"Our race today was damage control. We brought a weekend of technical difficulties behind us, but we are back on track. Tom was very analytical in the race and delivered important impressions, which give us hope for the Assen Grand Prix. He rode a good race and got a point in the end, which was more than we expected after the start. But towards the end of the race, he did his fastest lap times!"
Alfred Willecke – Crew Chief:
"Within the possibilities, Tom rode a good and well-calculated race today. Our set-up wasn't bad but obviously not at a 100 per cent, either. At least he was able to fight for championship points. I am sure we will look much better again at Assen!"