Press Releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Indianapolis:
Dominant victory for Márquez
Repsol rider secures a superb triumph at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, making it five wins in ten races and giving him a 39 point championship lead.
Marc Márquez consolidated his lead in the Moto2 World Championship with victory at the mythical Indianapolis circuit. The Repsol rider, who commenced the race in second place following yesterday's qualifying session, came back from a slowish start which saw him drop two positions to take the lead in the fourth lap —a lead which he held for the remainder of the race.
The Repsol rider crossed the finishing line with a lead of more than five seconds and also recorded a circuit record race time of 1 minute, 43 seconds and 304 miliseconds. Of the ten races to have taken place thus far this season Marc Márquez has won half of them and has enjoyed three additional podiums. With his latest victory the rider from Cervera maintains his Moto2 championship lead with a total of 188 points and an advantage of 39 points over the second placed rider Pol Espargaró.
ANDREA IANNONE ENDS THE RACE AT INDIANAPOLIS WITHIN THE TOP 10, ANDREOZZI CRASHES OUT ON THE 11TH LAP
The tenth race of the 2012 season for the Moto2 class was held today, at the circuit of Indianapolis.
Andrea Iannone, after the great qualifying practice of yesterday, started from the first row of the grid. The rider from Vasto was among the strongest riders in the initial phases of the race, as he fought for the podium. However, because of some problems with the grip of the front tyre, Andrea didn’t have the chance to stay with the leading group, doing his best to collect as many points as possible for the Championship Classification. Iannone leaves the USA with a total of 136 points (third position).
At Indianapolis, Andreozzi made some progress in a consistent way, during each session on track. For today’s race, the setting was improved and Alessandro was showing to have a good pace, moving up some spots from the rear. On the eleventh lap, the Italian crashed out, therefore being forced to end his race in advance.
Andrea Iannone #29 - 9th
“The beginning of the race went well, I was fighting in the leading group. When we got halfway through the race, however, something went wrong and I no longer had a good feeling with the front tyre. I lost a few positions, but I did all I could to get some important points for the Championship. We worked well during this weekend and I’d like to thank my crew for that. Now we’re going to Brno and there we’ll do anything to grab a good result.”
Alessandro Andreozzi #22 - crashed out
“We worked hard during the whole weekend and, by today, we had made some important steps forward with the setting of the Speed Up machine. After a few laps of the race, however, I started struggling because of some chattering and I didn’t really have a good grip. On the eleventh lap, I didn’t manage to stay on the bike and I crashed out. This is a tough track, it’s a shame to end the weekend in this way, but at least we know we did a good job as a whole. We’ll do our best to do better in the next race.”
Crash for Viñales during battle for victory
Repsol rider hits the ground just two corners from the end of the race. Great races for Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins, who were fourth and seventh respectively. Álex Márquez also crashes during a comeback push.
There were mixed emotions in the Moto3 race at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, with Miguel Oliveira and Álex Rins enjoying success, whilst their teammates Maverick Viñales and Álex Márquez were less fortunate. Crashes for the latter two riders ruined their chances of securing strong results in the American race. Viñales crashed on the last chicane of the circuit just before the finishing line during a fight for victory, whilst Álex Márquez' championship charge was dented as he crashed in 13th position having moved up from 19th. Oliveira and Rins, who were part of the leading group secured positive results, respectively finishing fourth and seventh.
As is habitual in this category right from the start of the race there was an intense battle amongst that leading group, a fight in this case involving nine riders, including Viñales, Rins and Oliveira. Behind them Álex Márquez made up four positions in just two laps, taking him up to 15th place. The younger brother of the Moto2 Championship leader continued making up ground until in the seventh lap, his enthusiasm got the better of him and he crashed due to an error as he overtook two riders to go into 13th place.
Back at the front of the race the adrenaline was rushing as various riders changed position in the lead, as Viñales and Rins, did battle with Khairuddin and Danny Kent. That was up until the tenth lap when Viñales took the initiative and took advantage of a fight behind him, changing pace to open up a lead of more than one second. Quickly Cortese and Salom were in pursuit, but an error from Rins saw him drop to the back of the group and he lost contact with the leaders.
Without enough speed to take him away at the front Viñales was caught by the two riders chasing him and it became clear that his battle for victory would be with that pair. As the trio watched each other closely, Cortese went for the attack on the last lap at the end of the straight. Viñales fought back on the back straight, but Salom took advantage of the battle between that pair to take the lead. Only two corners from the end of the race the Repsol rider went wide and crashed on an area of dirty track as he fought for the win.
He was unable to restart his bike and the result means he remains in second place in the standings, 29 points behind Sandro Cortese, who ended up second in the race behind Luis Salom. Jonas Folger completed the podium after getting the better of fourth placed Miguel Oliveira. Álex Rins, with significantly worn tyres was unable to keep up the pace until the end and completed the race in seventh, rounding off a good weekend in Indianapolis.
"It wasn't bad luck but it was a shame. I was pushing to the limit throughout the weekend on every corner. On the last corner I lost my line and on a dirty piece of track the direction of the bike changed. We need some more power from the engine because the fight against the four KTM bikes was tough. I'm 29 points behind now but there are many races to go. We need to keep going and make sure we win all the time now."
4th at 3.067 sec.
"It was a hard race. We knew we had the pace to be with the leaders and that's how it was. Maybe the grid position didn't help too much but we made up the places quickly. I knew that in the second half of the race the tyres would suffer and even though I made up more positions I couldn't get to the front. We've started the second half of the season well though and I'm pleased with myself and for my team."
7th at 7.697 sec.
"It was a pretty action-packed race. In the first half I was part of the lead group and I saw that I definitely needed to start pushing. When I did, Khairruddin caught back up with me at the end of the start-finish straight, so I had to push the tyres a lot. That affected the second half of my race with all the wear to them. I wasn't able to go any faster and obviously this affected me. Now we have to focus on the good points about the weekend and look ahead to the Czech Republic."
"I had a pretty difficult weekend at Indianapolis. We started well, although in qualifying I crashed three times. That really affected out race, as we started from very far back. I knew that we could come back through the field, and that's what I did. It's a shame about the crash, but I'm happy with how the team worked this weekend. We've learnt a lot."
SUPERB DEBUT FOR JONAS FOLGER WITH MAPFRE ASPAR TEAM
German rider takes third on Moto3 podium after great comeback, giving second rostrum of 2012 to his new team
The Moto3 Indianapolis Grand Prix was missing three of the riders who had started the weekend on track. Faubel, Webb and Miller were ruled out of raceday action through crashes, and ten further riders were taken out of the race over the course of the 23 laps. Just twenty riders crossed the finish line. Kent pushed hard early on and the leaders in the first half included he, Salom, Khairuddin and Rins, but nobody was able to really assert their authority on the Moto3 class contest. On occasions they broke into the 1.48 mark, but mid-1'49s were more typical lap times. el ritmo de la prueba era de 1.49 medios, bastante más lento que los entrenamientos. Viñales broke free, Cortese and Salom managed to chase him down, and the victor would be decided on the final lap. A crash for Viñales ended his chances, and Salom held off Cortese on the line. Jonas Folger thus moved up into third.
Up from fifteenth place on the grid to ninth in the space of one lap -that was Jonas Folger's early case for success in his first race with the MAPFRE Aspar team. The German rider put in an excellent showing as he joined up with the lead group, keeping his patience in a tough contest. He lost touch a few times on the brakes, but was finally able to break free and was rewarded with a slice of good fortune. When Viñales crashed on the final lap, Folger moved up into third place. The MAPFRE Aspar Team debutant thus took the team's second podium of 2012.
Teammate Héctor Faubel was discharged from hospital this morning. Despite pain in his abdomen, lumbar and left elbow, the Spaniard will attempt to recover in time for the Czech Republic GP.
3rd Jonas Folger: "I feel very happy about this podium. The season had been difficult up to now and I have got a good result finally after joining a great team. I love being able to show that I can be competitive with a good bike and a good team. I want to thank them for this magnificent opportunity. On the opening laps I had to gain positions from fifteenth. I then reached the lead group and had to fight hard to keep with them. I pushed a lot and made a few mistakes on my braking points. In any case, I carried on with the strong pace from before, in order to get as far up the order as possible. I was also thinking about preserving the tyres, because I knew that at the end of the race the asphalt would be very slippery. I was part of the chasing pack and saw that I could leave them behind after a few laps, because I had better drive through the corners. On the penultimate lap I overtook those who were ahead of me and pushed hard on the final lap to keep third place."
MotoGP Moto3 - Both Team Italia riders score points: Fenati is fifth and Tonucci 15th in Indianapolis
Romano barely missed the podium, Tonucci made a comeback race
After the start, Fenati did not take futile risks in the early fight and focused on race pace, having chosen medium tyres. He aimed at the top-three and, one lap after another, he passed Khairuddin, Olivera, Rins and Folger, chasing Viñales, Salom and Cortese. Tyre wear did not allow the Italian to complete the job and, with two laps to go, Oliveira and Folger got past him. Viñales crash during the last lap mixed things up on the podium, but Fenati closed in fifth position, 7 tenths of a second behind Folger.
Alessandro Tonucci gave a solid performance, scoring points once again. After a difficult start, which saw him in 20th position from 13th on the grid, he passed hiw way into the Top 15 during the last lap.
Salom won the race ahead of Cortese.
Romano Fenati (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 5th, + 3"664
"Racing in Indianapolis was an emotional experience. At the start I got stuck in the middle of the pack, losing contact with the top three. The tyre choice helped me to climb back and post the fastest lap, but towards the end I had no grip left and didn't want to take too many risks. We consolidated the fourth place in the championship, where we still lead among the rookies. Next week-end we head to Brno, where I never raced before, and it looks like a hybrid between Mugello, Misano and Jerez, so I think I can do well."
Alessandro Tonucci (Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#19) 15th, + 34"179
"I got off a bad start and made a mistake during lap 7 that made me lose the rhythm a bit. I couldn't make up the lost ground with the front runners, but climbed back to score a point. The bike worked well, I only needed a little bit more rear grip to do better. I know Brno well and I'm confident I can do well there."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"It's been a great result for the whole team, having both riders in the Top 15. Fenati posted the fastest lap during the race (1'48.648) and was the fastest Honda on track (230.8 km/h). We also learned a lot, especially in terms of being more proactive in the early phases of the race. In Brno we'll grow further, both from a sports and technical perspective."
FIRST VICTORY FOR LUIS SALOM AND RW RACING GP
Luis Salom has grabbed his first and his team’s first Grand Prix victory. At Indianapolis the Spaniard beat Sandro Cortese at the finish line after a heroic battle.
In turn 10, the second last corner, Salom overtook his fellow leaders Cortese and Maverick Viñales and didn’t give in anymore. Viñales crashed in the last turn, handing over third place as a present to Jonas Folger.
Brad Binder saw his team mate winning from the garage. Binder had to retire with engine problems. Team owner Roelof Waninge saw his pupil win in front of the tv at home in Holland.
Salom had a great start of the race, jumping from fourth to second and grabbing the lead in turn 2 of lap 2. He was joined by a group of five more riders, growing to nine after six laps.
Viñales was the first to try to get away, in vain. In the course of the race a leading group of three broke away: the same trio leading the championship.
Both Viñales and Cortese tried to make a move, while Salom sat in third waiting for his chance. He got in the last lap when Viñales and Cortese got tangled up with each other.
Luis Salom (race winner): "This is incredible! In the last part of the race I had many problems with the rear tire sliding away. But this can happen. The others had it as well. The last lap was so difficult. I was watching and waiting – like a hunter. Suddenly I saw Cortese and Viñales were busy with each other and they just left the door open for me. Of course I took it! I wanted this win so badly. I was close on a few occasions and now I have it. I am so so happy!’’
Brad Binder (DNF): "It looks as if bad luck is following me around the world. I had to retire due to engine problems. We don’t know yet what is the problem exactly. KTM is investigating it. It’s a shame, because I felt really strong and I’m sure I could have been up there near the top 10. I have to be patient. But of course I’m happy with Luis’ vic tory! Congrats mate.’’
Team owner Roelof Waninge: "Unfortunately I could not go to the United States because of health reasons. I sat in front of the tv screaming and waiving my fists: Go Luis, go, go! It was almost the same as in Assen, but in the Dutch TT Luis lost the battle on the finish line. This time he saw it coming and he knew what to do to win. I am very, very proud of my team.’’
Team manager Johan Stigefelt: "I don’t know what to say. This victory is a landmark for the team and for Luis. It is such a big step. We all needed this after all the energy and hard work everybody put into it. We saw it coming for a while and we were ready for it. Luis did a great job, exactly as we planned. He had an excellent start and stayed in top 5 all the time. The most important thing was not to go too early. Just wait for your chance and strike in the last lap. I’m sorry for Brad. He deserved much better. His time will come.’’
Marc Márquez increases Moto2 lead
Repsol rider takes fantastic win at Indianapolis GP. He now holds five victories from ten races and a 39 point advantage in the overall standings.
Marc Marquez consolidated his lead in the Moto2 World Championship with another riding exhibition, which led to him crossing the finish line alone and scoring another victory —his fifth of the season. With this result, the Repsol rider has already been on the top step of the podium at half of the races and leads the Moto2 standings with a 39 point advantage.
The Repsol rider started from second place after qualifying yesterday and recovered quickly from a slow start in which he lost two positions. Andrea Iannone took the lead in the early stages, followed by Pol Espargaró and Dominique Aegerter —who took over in front on the second lap. The Repsol rider took no chances of letting the pack escape and got past Espargaró and then Iannone –before hunting down Aegerter almost a second ahead. From corner to corner, Márquez quickly reduced the gap and made his way through to the lead on lap four.
From that moment on, Márquez set a pace that no one was able to follow, dropping his own lap times three times in a row on laps four through six. He set a new circuit record of 1’43.304 along the way. Keeping concentration and withstanding tension at all times, the Repsol rider finally crossed the finish line alone with more than five seconds of advantage, taking to the top step of the podium for the fifth time this season (his eighth top three finish of the campaign). The Spaniard leads the Moto2 World Championship with 188 points and a holds a 39-point advantage over second-placed Pol Espargaró, whom he will face again within seven days, at the Czech Republic Grand Prix.
1st - 45:13.763
“Although it might not have seemed like it, that was a very difficult race. It is very hard to keep the same focus and pace throughout an entire weekend. I surprised myself, because my strategy was to conserve the tyres but I decided to try to escape once I’d noticed that everyone had the same tactic. At the midway point I had built up a lead that allowed me to manage the race through to the end.”
Tough day for Tech 3 Racing at historic Indianapolis
The Tech 3 Racing Team experienced a tough Moto2 race at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon after Bradley Smith and Xavier Simeon battled hard but unfortunately missed out on points-scoring places.
The 26-lap race got underway in gloriously sunny conditions and after a difficult practice and qualifying both Smith and Simeon were optimistic that they could challenge for a double top 10 finish.
That confidence seemed well p laced when both made fast and aggressive starts, with Smith surging from 14th on the grid to 10th and Simeon gaining four places from 18th by the end of the first lap.
Smith though was unable to main his blistering early pace and a vibration issue from the rear of his Mistral 610 machine saw him drop outside of the points after only three laps.
The British rider continued to push hard but he couldn't force his way back into contention for the top 15 to keep his impressive record of scoring points in every race going to next weekend's Czech Republic round in Brno. Smith eventually finished in 16th.
Simeon was locked in an exciting tussle with Smith and experienced Alex de Angelis for the opening half of the race. The Belgian rider was looking to step up his challenge to fight with Smith when he moved by De Angelis into 18th on lap 17.
But just one lap later and Simeon's race came to a premature end when he crashed out unhurt in an incident with De Angelis while both tried to pressure Smith.
Bradley Smith 16th - 69 points:
“That's actually a weekend I want to forget. Right from the start of the first session we struggled a lot with the bike. We tried many different things throughout the weekend to find a better feeling but we always ended up having the same trouble and that was a lack of grip. On low grip tracks like this we always have an issue and in the race a vibration issue from the rear didn't help me. We need to investigate what the problem was but something definitely wasn't right. It's frustrating to be so far off w hen at the last race in Mugello I was so close to the podium and here we didn't really set the bike up much differently. Today was also the first time I finished outside of the points all season and that is disappointing. At least we don't have to wait too long to try and put this weekend behind us and I'll be giving it my all in Brno next week to bounce back. I'm sorry for the team especially after the amazing work they put in during these days and we deserved something better.”
Xavier Simeon DNF - 17 points:
“I made a very good start and was very aggressive in the first laps. There was a hard battle but I managed to climb up to 12th position. Unfortunately I lost some places on the straight because I was struggling a lot with my top speed. My only choice was to pass the others in the corners but every lap I was losing a gain on the straight. Later I was fighting with Bradley and De Angelis and when I tried to pass Alex he closed the line because he didn't want to let me pass and we crashed together. I'm sorry for the team because they did the best job they could and they didn't deserve this result. I will try to be back in the points in Brno next week.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“After the really good result and the high expectations we got from a fantastic weekend in Mugello we can only be disappointed with today's result. We were hoping for another really good race from Bradley but things have been very difficult right from the first practice and it seems like we lost our way a little bit. We are out of the points and that is very disappointing and honestly speaking that's not where we should be. Xavier was having a decent race and it was unfortunate that he crashed while he was battling with De Angelis because after a difficult weekend it would have been a positive to have both bikes finish the race. All we can do is keep working hard and give our maximum effort to try and bounce from this disappointment in Brno next weekend.”
KTM-driven bikes clean-sweep Moto3 podium Indianapolis
The Red Bull Indianapolis Moto3 was a celebration of KTM-driven bikes and their riders with Luis Salom of the Dutch RW Racing GP team powering his Kalex-KTM into first place. Championship leader Sandro Cortese of the Red Bull KTM Ajo team was second on the KTM Moto3 bike and Jonas Folger was third on the Mapfre Aspar Kalex-KTM.
Salom, who took his first win of the season but not his first podium was clearly delighted to come out on top after a race that was marred by a number of dramatic crashes. “Its incredible to win,” Salom said. “I had many problems with the tires in the last laps but I managed to bring it home and take the win.”
Cortese of Germany, who started on pole, his fifth after 10 rounds in the current season, now has a 29-point lead in the championship after a race that was marked by a number of crashes.
It was also an outstanding race for Cortese’s countryman Jonas Folger who was having his first ride on the Mapfre Aspar Kalex-KTM and he said later his third place was “like winning”. “The Kalex-KTM was working great and I am happy we found good settings for the race,” he said. Folger was brought into the Aspar Team to replace Spaniard Alberto Moncayo during the summer break in the season.
It was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Danny Kent, Salom and Cortese who made the best start but as they began to consolidate as the lead group they were unsettled by a multiple crash that also saw the end of the race for KTM rider Niklas Ajo. Meanwhile Malaysian KTM rider Zulfahmi, who had got off well from the second row, was mixing it with the leaders and trying to make the break when several other crashes occurred.
Salom’s teammate Brad Binder retired with technical problems while Cortese and Salom slipped past Khairuddin and began to chase down title contender Maverick Viñales of Spain. The three riders then settled down to deliver a typical cliff hanger Moto3 finish with Cortese, Viñales and Salom jockeying for position while exchanging paintwork on their fairings.
While it is usually the wily and tenacious Cortese who comes out on top from the last lap dogfights, on Sunday it was Salom who prevailed - but not before Viñales delivered some drama and slid off the track in the final corner, sacrificing not only the podium place but also valuable points to Cortese.
Cortese paid tribute to Viñales after the race saying: “I am sorry for Maverick. No-one deserves to crash after such a battle. I think everyone was riding over the limit and I almost lost the front four times. Of course I am happy to be in second even though I did expect to win today because I was going very strongly. But I think these 20 points are probably worth more than the win.” In the end what was disastrous for Viñales proved to be a gift for Folger who slipped into third and onto the podium. It was also a very solid weekend for Khairuddin who was mixing it with the leaders and eventually finished sixth.
NICO TEROL EQUALS BEST RESULT OF THE SEASON
MAPFRE Aspar rider repeats thirteenth place from Italian GP, whilst Jordi Torres finishes nineteenth
Based on the five practice sessions for the Indianapolis GP, it seemed clear who had the pace and who didn't in the Moto2 class. The only surprise was that Marc Márquez escaped so son in pursuit of victory. Iannone tried to get ahead on the opening lap and Aegerter also made an attempt, but they could do nothing to stop their rival from passing. On lap four, Márquez had dipped into the 1'43s and had carved out a significant gap before Espargaró could do anything about it. He won the contest, with Espargaró and Simón behind him in a race more similar to MotoGP than Moto2.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol took another step forward in the Moto2 category this weekend. He was highly competitive at one of his favourite circuits and yesterday took his best qualifying performance of the season (10th). Today he lost places at the start, but was able to keep his cool over the course of the 26 laps at Indianapolis. In the end he placed thirteenth and took another three points for his tally for the campaign. He did so by repeating his previous best result of the season, at the Italian GP.
Jordi Torres did a solid job at the Indianapolis GP. The Spaniard rejoined the World Championship this weekend and had the clear aim of adjusting to the class. Despite a mistake at the start of the race, he worked his way up to nineteenth.
13th Nico Terol: "I am very happy with the big step forward that we have taken this weekend. We were inside the top ten in every session and the pace was formidable. I can take plenty of positives from the weekend. In the race I was fighting hard on the opening laps as part of an aggressive group, but I still felt comfortable. From lap ten onwards, I saw that the tyres had taken a big dip in performance and that it was going to be hard to keep up the pace. It was tough for me, because I could see how my pace dropped off and couldn't do anything about it. I am still satisfied with myself in any case, because I could take some points away from here. The team did a great job and it is thanks to them that we are progressing and getting more solid in this class. I hope that we continue like this at Brno. We know that we can be up at the front -we just need to finish that way."
19th Jordi Torres: "At the start I treated the race like just another practice session. It was an opportunity for me to continue to learn and adapt. I wanted to see how I could adapt to the tyre wear and to a 26-lap battle. I got a pretty good start, but when I changed from first to second gear I hit a false neutral and lost a lot of positions. I had to make another comeback, but I was riding alone and had to focus on replicating my practice pace. The slow comeback was positive and the important thing is that I have regained a feel for GP riding upon my return. I leave Indianapolis satisfied with our work and now I have a clearer idea about things. I hope that we continue to improve at Brno."
Fantastic Fourth for Mika Kallio at Indianapolis
Indianapolis, USA - 19 August 2012: The Marc VDS Racing Team enjoyed a successful visit to the world famous Brickyard, with Mika Kallio taking a hard fought fourth and Scott Redding a creditable sixth place in today's Indianapolis Moto2 Grand Prix.
Kallio was quick off the line from the third row of the grid, making up places on the run down to the first turn and latching onto the back of the leading group. The 29-year-old Finn made up more places in the opening laps, but then got held up for three laps by Andrea Iannone, who was dropping back through the field with tyre problems.
By the time Kallio managed to force his way through on the Italian, the leading group of three riders had already pulled an unassailable two second gap at the front of the race, leaving the Marc VDS rider to hold off a determined challenge from Thomas Lüthi for the remainder of the race, before taking the chequered flag ahead of the Swiss rider in fourth place.
Redding hit problems on the opening lap, running into the back of Julian Simon and the former 125cc World Champion braked early to avoid another rider in front of him. The 19-year-old Briton then hit a false neutral coming onto the main straight at the end of the opening lap and lost contact with the leading group as a result.
The Marc VDS rider continued to push hard, but was losing ground on the two straights on the Indianapolis circuit and having to take chances on the brakes into turn one. Once clear of the group battling for seventh place, Redding quickly closed onto the battle for fourth place, which was being waged by teammate Kallio and Lüthi. Unfortunately Redding ran out of laps before he could mount a challenge on the Swiss rider and had to settle for sixth place at the chequered flag.
The Marc VDS Racing Team will be back in action in just five days time, in the Czech Republic Grand Prix, the 11th round of the Moto2 World Championship, at the Brno circuit.
Mika Kallio #36: 4th Position
"I got a good start and managed to make up places on the opening lap, but a lot of riders were trying to conserve tyres and the lap times were quite slow. But then Marquez started to pull away at the front of the race and I knew I had to go, but I struggled to get past Iannone and by the time I did eventually squeeze through, the leading group had gone. I pushed to try and catch them at first, but there was no way I could bridge a two-second gap, so focussed instead of securing fourth position. It was a good race and I had some good battles, especially with Lüthi right at the end. I'm happy enough with fourth, but also a little disappointed. If I hadn't got stuck behind Iannone for so long, losing contact with the leaders, then I know I had the pace to challenge Espargaro and Simon for the podium."
Scott Redding #45: 6th Position
"I knew I had to go with the leading group of riders if I was to be in with a shot of the podium, but the opening lap put paid to that plan. Firstly I hit the back of Simon into turn three when everyone braked early and then I missed a gear at the start of the main straight. I lost time in both incidents and by that time the leading trio had gone. I was involved in a big group for most of the race and, although I was faster, it was almost impossible to get past them. I was losing so much ground on the straight the only way to pass was to go underneath them from miles back into turn one. It was a bit risky, but it eventually worked. Once clear I managed to catch Lüthi and Mika, but ran out of laps before I could line them up for a pass. Other than missing out on the podium I'm pretty happy with my race, but I'll be looking for more next weekend in Brno."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"We came here looking for podium finishes, but we missed out on that in the first five laps because Mika and Scott weren't able to go with the leading group from the start. Both riders pushed hard throughout the race, working their way through the field to finish inside the top six, so I'm happy with their performance today. The results here mean that Scott and Mika maintain their positions in the championship standings and we can continue to try and close the gap to the leaders next weekend in Brno."
INDY DEBUT TO FORGET
It proved to be a debut to forget for Team San Carlo Honda Gresini youngster Niccolo' Antonelli at the Indianapolis circuit this weekend, today's race following the pattern of practice and qualifying as Lady Luck turned her back on him again. The Italian was knocked off his bike by Jasper Iwema and will now hope for better fortunes at Brno in a few days' time.
Niccolo' Antonelli (DNF) "There is not much I can say but Indianapolis certainly hasn't been good to me. It couldn't have been much worse to be honest. The race only last a few metres before I felt Iwema crash in to the side of me. It's a shame because I could feel on the warm-up lap that the bike had improved and I was looking forward to the race. We'll try to make up for it at Brno.
Fausto Gresini "What a shame! Unfortunately you sometimes have to go through these bad moments in racing and luck has not been on our side all weekend here at Indianapolis. Four crashes over the course of the weekend is a lot but we will try to pick Niccolo up for Brno because we know he has great potential and the results are around the corner."
TOP TWENTY FINISH FOR REA AT INDIANAPOLIS
Gino Rea was unable to score points in his first race at Indianapolis but there have been promising signs at the legendary circuit as the British rookie looks to close the gap on the top fifteen. His practice pace and performance in the first half of the race here suggests Rea can be a points contender in the final few races of the season.
Gino Rea (20th) "Good and bad today I think. The good thing is we solved some of the problems we have had all year in terms of the chatter and suspension. Now it's down to developing the bike and setting it up properly. We tried something in the warm-up that wasn't quite the right way so we went back to the qualifying setting and the first eleven or twelve laps I felt I could fight for points. There was a lot of weight on the front on the brakes and I've had a little problem with the tendon in my left shoulder that made things even more difficult. When the grip level went down I couldn't keep the pace up. Hopefully now we can improve the feeling of the bike even more and bring the team the points they deserve. The good thing is I know the next track well so I hope we can start out strong there."
Fausto Gresini "Gino got his confidence and feel for the bike back here this weekend but unfortunately he couldn't manage more than twentieth place in the race. We expected a better result than this."
WILAIROT STRUGGLES TO 24TH AT INDIANAPOLIS
It was a disappointing end to a bad weekend for Ratthapark Wilairot at Indianapolis, where he has struggled for feeling and confidence all weekend and was unable to recover in time for the race.
Ratthapark Wilairot (24th) "It hasn't been a good Grand Prix for me. The team have tried to put me in a position to have a good race but I have had grip issues all weekend. I got a good start but wasn't able to keep my pace up in the second half of the race."
Fausto Gresini "All weekend Feem has looked a different rider to the one we have seen in recent races. He didn't have any confidence with the bike and especially in the second half of the race he wasn't able to ride with any pace."
Marc Márquez second on the grid at Indianapolis
Three Suter MMX2 riders within the top five
Qualifying for the Indianapolis Grand Prix ended with a great success for Suter Racing Technology. Three of the nine Suter MMX2 riders in the Moto2 category finished within the top five, with world championship leader Marc Márquez in second and Julian Simón in fourth position, followed by young Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter in fifth spot. Eskil Suter, CEO of Suter Racing Technology, was happy about “a fantastic team-effort” that was rounded off with Tom Luthi in nineth and Nico Terol in tenth position.
Márquez was the man who pushed the hardest in the opening stages of the session and clocked his best time in his fifth of a total of 17 laps, setting a new unofficial lap record on the famous “brickyard”. His title rival Pol Espargaró fought back a little later and was two tenths of a second faster to conquer pole position. Márquez tried several times to regain first place, but the traffic on the track with many slower riders waiting for a chance to catch somebody else’s slipstream ruined his efforts. “We are well prepared for the race even though we missed out on pole position”, said Márquez. “The tests in Portimao that we did with Suter Racing Technology during the summer break were a big help. I am confident to be able to battle for victory in the race!”
Fellow Spaniard Julian Simón was delighted about his return to former strength and to be fully competitive again. The former 125 cc world champion had switched from another brand to Suter at the second Grand Prix of the season in Jerez. Now, all the effort of fine-tuning the set-up and overcoming an injury is starting to bear fruit. “Thanks to the latest chassis updates, my motorcycle is getting better and better. At the same time, my feeling and my confidence have returned”, said Simón.
Dominique Aegerter, who equalled his best ever practice performance with fifth place on the grid, claimed to like the Indianapolis track a lot. “Both days of practice went smoothly, I didn’t have any problems”, he said. This was in stark contrast to his Swiss compatriot Tom Lüthi, who crashed on day one due to a gearbox problem and who missed out on his last flying lap and an attack for a front row position when he ran into downshifting problems in qualifying again. For the race, he was given a new replacement engine.
In the Moto3 category, Spaniard Alex Rins was best Suter Honda rider in sixth position. His Portuguese teammate Miguel Oliveira qualified in eleventh place.
BMW Suter rider Colin Edwards finished qualifying in the MotoGP category in 20th position.
Double withdrawal at Indy for both NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders
This has not been the weekend the team expected for either riders Alex De Angelis and Yuki Takahashi at the Moto2´s tenth round of the season.
A technical problem on the front of Yuki Takahashi´s FTR bike constrained him to retire halfway through the race, while an unfortunate maneuver from Xavier Simeon 10 laps to the end of the race, prevented Alex De Angelis from being able to fight to be within the points.
The only thing left to do is to look forward to Brno, which will take place in less than a week.
Yuki Takahashi – 28th
“We had a problem with engine and with the gearbox during the warm up so we basically had no chance to work on the setting modifications we wanted to test, and after the warm up we changed the engine. From the warm up to the race we changed the setting, I don’t know why but during the race I had a lot of chatter, I was 2 seconds slower than yesterday and I preferred to stop because I wanted to work on the setting already thinking about Brno, I was in 25th position and I wasn’t going to take the risk to so I came into the pits and changed the front tire and when I went back out the problem was still there.”
Alex de Angelis - Not Classified
“A weekend to be forgotten, we have done everything possible to improve and we did it but the only thing we could aim for this weekend was to be within the point zone. The tires did not perform well this weekend; I felt I had no grip. The crash with Simeon that took me out when we still had 10 laps to go was surreal given that we were not fighting for the podium. He was completely in the wrong and didn’t even say he was sorry for what he did.”
Pietro Caprara – Moto2 Technical Director
“Bad luck for both of our riders today. Yuki had a problem with an abnormal vibration on the front of the bike that didn’t allow him to continue the race. The change of front tire seemed to be the solution to his problem but unfortunately it wasn’t and had to stop during the race. Alex had a very positive warm up this morning, where his race pace seemed to be good. The incident with another rider put an end to his race for the weekend at a circuit that he likes a lot.”