Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Jerez:
Vinales wins Moto3 in Jerez to lead championship points after Round 3
KTM rider Maverick Vinales was declared winner of the MotoGP Moto3 Rd. 3 when the race was red flagged after lap 15 depriving second placed Luis Salom of the Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Team the chance to tackle him for victory in the closing stages.
The two Spanish riders finished 1-2 with Jonas Folger of Germany third on the Kalex-KTM. It was the second red flag incident so far this year. The last round in Austin Texas was also stopped when a rider required medical attention on the track. In that instance Salom benefited most when he won a five-lap restart to claim the points.
Sunday’s race on the famous Spanish circuit was held in near perfect early summer conditions and at least in the first half looked set to be a four-way battle for the podium. Vinales was part of a three Spanish rider front row, all on KTMs and was joined by pole-sitter Alex Rins and Salom. Together with German racer Jonas Folger, they broke away from the pack as early as lap three and began to put distance between them and the rest of the riders. Folger hung onto the back of the three leaders but it soon became apparent that he would find it difficult to stick with them.
Even in the earlier stages Vinales tried to shake off the other two riders but they hung onto his wheel. Then the whole situation changed in lap 13 of the 23-lap race when Rins lost the front end of his KTM and finished in the gravel. This left it up to Vinales and Salom to fight it out and excitement rose in anticipation of Salom’s much practiced last lap attack. Any aspirations he may have had to overtake Vinales in the final corners then disappeared when the race was stopped and declared over after 15 laps.
Strong rides by other riders on KTM-driven bikes
Other good results for riders on KTM-driven bikes included Niklas Ajo, who was sixth after a third row start, closely followed by Malaysia’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin in seventh place. Arthur Sissis, who was hampered in Austin Texas with an injured hand finished in twelfth. Jasper Iwema and his young teammate Livio Loi finished at 14 and 15 on their Kalex-KTMs. Loi is a graduate from the Red Bull Moto3 Rookies and made his debut race Sunday after celebrating his sixteenth birthday this week. He also picked up his first World Championship point for his efforts.
The next round of the competition takes riders to the historic Le Mans circuit in two weeks’ time for Rd. 4.
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDER JONAS FOLGER TAKES FIRST PODIUM OF 2013
German rider places third after solid start and battle with tyre degradation. Teammate Eric Granado finishes nineteenth
Conditions were perfect for the Moto3 Spanish GP at Jerez today. As a result, the early pace was frenetic at the front, with the fastest lap achieved on lap 2 -1'46.948. After that, a pace in the mid-1'47s was established, with Rins, Viñales, Salom and Folger at the front of the field. Rins crashed out on lap ten as a series of accidents hit the race, including one for Alan Techer that caused a premature stoppage to the contest. With the medical team attending to the French rider, the red flag was shown on lap 17 -more than the two-thirds race distance required. Viñales was awarded the victory, ahead of Salom and Folger.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger had qualified in seventh place, but he was a clear favourite for a podium spot at Jerez thanks to his speedy pace all weekend. He moved up three places off the line, slotting into fourth by the first corner. Despite tyre problems past the halfway point of the race, he was able to take a podium finish that was his first of 2013. It was also his fifth rostrum for the MAPFRE Aspar Team.
Teammate Eric Granada also got a good start and went up the order. He lacked pace at the start of the race, but grew in confidence as the laps went by and placed nineteenth at round three.
3rd Jonas Folger: "This weekend has been difficult but positive. We were always ahead in the free practices, but in qualifying several setbacks relegated us to seventh place on the grid, so we had to work hard right through this morning in the warmup session. At the start of the race, with fresh tyres, I feel quite comfortable. I was able to keep pace with the leading group, but as the tyres degraded I began to get bounced about a bit. The bike seemed to be trying to throw me off, so I had to slow up a bit so as to not take risks. Being optimistic, we are finally on the podium this year and every day we are getting closer to the leading trio. At Le Mans we have to keep working to go that step further. The base of our bike is very good, but we have to improve a couple of points in order to draw closer."
19th Eric Granado:"Today I finally managed todo better than in the two previous races. I have learned to be aggressive and that allowed me to gain some positions. I thought I was able to follow the group that was in front of me, but I lacked a bit of pace and determination on some corners and they got away. At that moment I was passed by a few riders and I lost a bit of concentration, but fortunately in the end I managed to pick up the pace again. It was a shame about the red flag, because I think I could have moved up a few more places, but if a rider needs treatment then it is the right thing to do. I am satisfied because I learned a lot this weekend; now I have to continue working to improve our race pace."
No reward for weekend efforts
Alex Rins and Alex Marquez crash in accident-filled Spanish Grand Prix, missing out on World Championship points.
The two Repsol riders suffered bad luck at the Spanish Grand Prix, as both suffered crashes in an accident-filled race in Jerez. A race that was stopped on Lap 17, due to a scary accident for French rider Alan Techer which brought out the red flag. With two-thirds of the race completed, there would be no restart and Maverick Viñales was declared the winner.
Despite the promising work that the Repsol competitors had done over the course of the weekend, with Rins taking off from pole position, neither of the duo were able to take points from round 3 of the World Championship. Alex Marquez crashed on the opening lap, but picked himself back up to finish 23rd. Alex Rins retired on Lap 10, as the winner of the previous race lost rear grip when accelerating and fell.
After failing to take points at this round, the Repsol riders are more motivated than ever to get back on track in two weeks’ time, at the French Grand Prix on May 17th, 18th and 19th.
“It was a shame to throw the whole weekend away, because we had a good pace and throughout the weekend we had done well. I made a good start and was trying to push hard on the early laps, but Maverick overtook and seemed to have more pace ─in the last sector he was getting away from me. On the tenth lap I crashed, when I was opening the throttle. I was doing everything normally and I think I hit a bump or something. Now we have to focus on Le Mans, a track I like a lot. We will see how it goes.”
23th at 50.055 sec.
“We knew it would be a tough race and that on the first lap things would be very risky. I made a good start and then I took things calmly, defending my position and trying to pass other riders. But out of the last corner, a rider ran across me. I tried to pass him on the inside and when he lost control he took me out. That's racing. We at least have the experience and the information gathered when I was riding on my own, and we will try to improve for Le Mans ─which will be a new track for me.”
Best result for Kornfeil, points for Iwema
Finishing 5th in the GP of Spain Jakub Kornfeil matched his best result (so far) in Moto3. With that result and Jasper Iwema in 14th RW Racing GP leaves Jerez more than satisfied. "These are excellent results for both our riders,’’ team manager Jarno Janssen said. "Especially when you look at where they came from a few days ago.’’
Jakub Kornfeil missed the first day of the Spanish GP because he had to make exams. For Jasper Iwema it wasn’t even sure if he was able to start with the concussion he sustained in Austin two weeks ago. But both riders beat the odds and got the best out of it.
Kornfeil had a decent start from 9th on the grid but lost a few positions in the first few laps. That left him fighting in the back of a big group with Binder, Ajo, Antonelli, Miller, Oliveira, Vazquez and Khairuddin. After a series of crashes that took out Rins, Oliveira, Miller and Antonelli the RW Racing GP rider moved up to 7th. In lap 15 Kornfeil was able to pass Ajo and Vazquez bringing him to 5th.
The race was red flagged in lap 17 (of 23) after a crash of Alan Techer. Race direction decided that crossing the line after lap 15 was the official finish. This was in benefit of Kornfeil, who had just made his move to 5th and equaled his best result (Brno 2010), but also Iwema, who was passed by Livio Loi just after the finish line. "Jasper has had some bad luck in the past few weeks. This time luck was on his side,’’ team manager Janssen said.
Iwema had a good start and moved up from 19 to 15. He dropped back to 19th after Alex Marquez hit his rear wheel, but gained positions again after a few crashes in front of him. "That’s part of the luck as well,’’ added Janssen. "But also simply a good job Jasper did. Not getting involved in a crash was not so easy in this race.’’
Iwema was fighting for 13th with Danny Webb and Livio Loi when Loi passed him just after crossing the finish line after lap 15.
Jakub Kornfeil (5): "If I had been a bit more aggressive in the first few laps of the race I might have been fighting for the podium. I had the pace to stay with Binder, who finished 4th but was way in front of me. I am still to much of a diesel. My strong point in this race was that I was able to keep riding constant lap times when the rest of the group was slowing down. But that is for the next race. For now I am just very happy with my result.’’
Jasper Iwema (14): "It wasn’t an easy race. In the beginning I was able to fight with Sissis, Fenati and McPhee, but after lap 10 or 11 I had to let them go. I had almost lost the front a few times already and I was getting a bit dizzy. It was difficult to stay concentrated and I choose to slow down a bit instead of crashing. Last time I caused the race being red flagged. This time it was in my favour. Leaving with two points after not knowing whether I could even start is a fine result. I am happy.’’
Red flag prevents Luis Salom’s fight for victory
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider finishes second at Jerez and continues perfect podium run this season. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, seventh, and Arthur Sissis, twelfth, recover places in race prematurely stopped.
05/05/2013 - Circuito de Jerez
The packed grandstands at the Circuito de Jerez witnessed another podium by Luis Salom today –his third this season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider placed second in a race which was ended early on lap seventeen. Teammates Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis, made up places in the contest to finish seventh and twelfth, respectively.
Luis Salom was only missing a second place from his podium collection at the start of the season, and he took one today. The Spanish rider started strong, slotting into third in the lead group. When Alex Rins crashed out, Salom had only Maverick Viñales ahead of him in the fight for victory. That duel that could not be resolved, however, due to the red flag shown with six laps to go as a result of a crash.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis, eleventh and fourteenth on the grid, made another of the comebacks typical of this first part of the season. The Malaysian Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was cutting through the field and setting a great pace when the race was stopped, just like Sissis after a poor start.
After three Grands Prix, Salom lies in second place in the overall standings. Zulfahmi Khairuddin is fifth and Arthur Sissis twelfth. The circuit of Le Mans hosts the next round, the French GP, from May 17th-19th.
"I was calm, because I knew I could attack on the closing laps, and then we had another red flag. It was a shame, because whilst I understand that they are doing it for safety, for the people who were in the stands or at home watching the race on television it would have been nice to see Maverick [Viñales] and I fighting until the last lap. We leave here with another second place and it is a very good result, because it is important to keep adding podiums to the tally. We are doing a very good job and now we have to think about Le Mans."
"The race was good and bad at the same time. I started well, but the first lap did not go well as I had a problem with the front suspension and could not brake late. Everyone was going past me when cornering. Gradually I was able to pick up the pace and started to reach the group in front, until the red flag was shown. I almost caught them, so I'm happy with the race pace and hopefully in the next race we can fight for the top positions."
"I didn’t make a bad start and was able to maintain my position and begin to overtake. I was lucky, because some riders in front of me crashed and I could move up positions. Towards the end I felt stronger and I wanted to catch the front group, but the race was stopped when I was running sixth. As the result goes on the previous lap, I was awarded seventh. I'm happy with how things ended this weekend, because we had a very difficult practice, but in the race everything went very well and we improved several positions."
"I have a strange feeling from this race, because I do not remember ever having such a good feeling after achieving a second position. I am very happy because we improved a lot with Luis [Salom] over the weekend. In the team we have experience of winning championships, but in his case it is really the first time fighting for this goal, so we have to find the right path for him. He is learning a lot and had a very good race today. Much has changed since yesterday, he managed to save his tyres and follow the frontrunners, then tried to learn from them during the race to be strong on the closing laps. He even had a good chance to fight for the victory, but in any case he is still fighting for the championship and has made a good step forward.
Arthur [Sissis] is always having good races, but we have already said that we have to work a little harder in practice to get closer to the limits -because in the race it is too late. He's a good racer, but we have to improve the rest of his game. With Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin] it’s similar. Perhaps this year he is focusing a bit too much on some technical details, and this morning we had a good conversation about this, to get him focusing more on just getting on the gas. Overall, I think it was a good weekend in terms of the attitude of the entire team, in which we learned a lot."
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS END JEREZ VISIT WITH SUCCESS
Nico Terol places fifth and takes eleven points. Jordi Torres crosses the line seventh at Spanish GP
For those who had believed that Moto2 times had been fast this weekend, today during the race the pace was increased yet further. Unlike the race in Austin, at Jerez there were few surprises. Fastest in qualifying and practice, Esteve Rabat dominated the 26-lap intermediate category race. He blasted away early and set a blistering pace. Most in the top ten were riding virtually solo, with late excitement coming from a battle between Takaaki Nakagami and Pol Espargaró. Intense heat and tricky track surface conditions, which produced a series of crashes, were obstacles overcome by the Moto2 competitors. Rabat won the contest, ahead of Redding and Espargaró.
Today the MAPFRE Aspar riders ended a positive weekend with solid results. Both had been working hard to find solutions to a rear grip issue, but Nico Terol and Jordi Torres reaped the rewards for their efforts. Fifth and seventh on the grid, Torres and Terol sought to maintain position on the early laps and avoid problems in the frenetic opening stages of the race. With that aim achieved, they rode together for a time. Terol managed to break free eventually, focusing on riding his own race, and placed fifth. Torres was accompanied by three riders, ceding position to Xavier Simeon on the last lap as he was forced to sit up on the brakes. He finished seventh in the race, taking nine points from Jerez. Terol claimed eleven points and both are ranked in the Moto2 top ten after three races.
5th Nico Terol: "The truth is that it has been a difficult weekend here. In practice and qualifying we had problems due to a lack of grip. With that in mind, we have to take fifth place as a very positive result. Yesterday in qualifying we worked hard to find the best setup possible. This morning, during the warmup session, we had a good pace, although it was slightly slower than the front runners. Of course you can always aim for more, but we are satisfied with this result. This week has been tough for me on a personal level, so I want to thank my family and the team for all their support. I want to send a big hug to my uncle; I'm sure you are sending me strength from wherever you are. We've had two very good races, we have gained the confidence we needed and surely now we will find it easier to keep this up. I've also learned to start solidly and and control the first stages of the race, which are always crazy in Moto2."
7th Jordi Torres:"I'mhappy because I started pretty well and this allowed me to hold position. I was finally able to get a good start and keep that up on the early laps, which is a big plus. My idea was to increase the pace as the race went on, but as the temperature rose it was harder for me to control the bike -both under acceleration and under braking. I made a couple of mistakes, but luckily I was able to adapt my riding style to the circumstances today. At first I stuck on Nico's rear wheel, but when I saw that he was escaping I kept calm. My pitboard said that I had a rider behind me, so I tried to shut the door and keep my position covered. It's hard when you are always thinking about what is going on behind you. On the last lap I tried to defend my position, but at Dry Sack I was almost thrown off under braking and Simeon got past me. Nevertheless, I am very happy about the result. I learned a lot this weekend and I was always amongst the top riders. Overall, it's positive."
Niklas Ajo takes best World Championship result to date
Avant Tecno KTM rider places sixth in Jerez, battling against pain suffered in a warmup crash.
05/05/2013 - Circuito de Jerez
Niklas Ajo this morning rode a race that he will remember for the rest of his life. At the Grand Prix of Spain the Avant Tecno KTM rider achieved the best result of his World Championship career to date. That had followed a heavy crash in the morning warmup, which had left him battered and bruised for a race that was eventually stopped six laps from its scheduled duration.
A good start from Niklas Ajo, who had been eighth on the grid, saw him maintain his position. Keeping with the trailing group, the Avant Tecno KTM rider rode around a hurt left leg. With six laps to go, the events of Austin were repeated and a red flag terminated the race. Niklas Ajo placed sixth, leading that second group.
The 10 points earned today place the young Finn in eighth place overall in the Moto3 class, with a total of 18. The World Championship returns in a fortnight, with the French Grand Prix on May 19th.
"I think that was the most difficult race of my life, because I had a very hard crash this morning in the warmup and I'm pretty sore all over my body. I do not even know if I have something broken, but during the race both my knee and ankle hurt me a lot. Now I'm going to look at it with the doctor, but I am very happy to have finished the race in sixth place —my best result ever."
Rossi and Kent gain experience in difficult Jerez race
The Tech 3 Racing Team gained vital data and information to help future development of the Mistral 610 machine in a difficult Moto2 race for Louis Rossi and Danny Kent at the Jerez track in Spain today.
French rider Rossi finished the 26-lap race, which took place in gloriously sunny and hot conditions, in 25th place and he was satisfied to get another full race distance under his belt to improve his understanding of the Mistral 610 machine.
British rider Kent had settled into a consistent rhythm and was confident he could fight his way into the top 20 when his challenge unfortunately came to a premature end on lap 10 after a small fall at Turn 6.
Kent was able to remount and he continued to push hard for the remainder of the race to build up his experience of the Mistral 610 machine for forthcoming races in his rookie Moto2 World Championship campaign.
He took the chequered flag in 27th position and the Tech 3 Racing Team now heads to its all-important home round at the historic Le Mans track in France where optimism is high that Rossi and Kent can be challenging for their first World Championship points of the season.
Louis Rossi 25th:
“This result is not so good and the position is certainly not what we expect but after such a difficult weekend I am happy to finish. I improved my pace and that is positive but we have to work to get my confidence back. I want to thank the Tech 3 Racing Team for their support because this is a hard time for everybody. But they are giving me maximum support and I really appreciate this. It is my home race in Le Mans next and I will be doing my best to be more competitive for my home fans.”
Danny Kent 27th:
“It was another disappointing race. There was a bit of a tangle at the first corner and I nearly ran into the back of another rider and I lost a few places. I didn’t feel confident with the front in the hot conditions and at the end of the back straight it closed on me and I crashed. I was determined to finish for my crew and although I was on my own and it was impossible to catch the group in front, I worked on my riding style to help me for the rest of the year.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:
“Today was not what we expected at all but it was another learning experience for Louis and Danny that will help them for the future. The Moto2 class is very difficult and it is clear they both need time to gain some experience, but I think they both have to trust in their own ability much more. I believe the potential of the Mistral 610 is much higher than we are showing and I know 100% that Louis and Danny are better than their results are showing. All we can do is continue to work at our maximum level and look forward to the next few races with optimism that we will improve a lot. The next race is in France and that is a huge event for the Tech 3 Racing Team, and I am confident we can be much more competitive.”
Redding on the podium and Loi scores first points in Jerez
Jerez, Spain - 5 May 2013: Scott Redding secured his second podium finish of the season today in Jerez, with a measured ride to second place in the Spanish Moto2 Grand Prix. The race was won by Esteve Rabat, who now leads Redding by just one point in the Moto2 World Championship standings.
Mika Kallio made a quick start and managed to fight his way up from 15th on the grid to quickly join the group battling for fifth place. The 30-year-old Finn could maintain the same pace as the riders ahead of him, but was struggling to find a way past. 15 laps into the race Kallio went underneath Dominique Aegerter at turn six to take eighth place, but lost the front as he turned in and crashed out of the race.
Livio Loi marked his Grand Prix debut by scoring his first championship point with 15th place in today's Moto3 race in Jerez. The 16-year-old Belgian had just moved into 14th when the race was red flagged after a crash for Alan Techer, but was credited with 15th as the regulations dictate that the results are decided on the last full lap before the race was stopped.
Redding and Kallio now head to Almeria for two days of testing, while Loi travels further North to test for two days in Aragon.
Scott Redding #45: 2nd
"It was a strange race. I'm full of a cold at the moment, so the fact that it just got hotter as the race progressed meant I was fatiguing towards the end. At the start Rabat managed to creep away; it was just one or two tenths a lap, but it was enough to pull away. I tried to go with him, but it was feeling a little bit risky so I backed off to do my pace, that I knew I could maintain. It worked out pretty well. The tyres were spinning up a bit, but my lap times were okay, it's just that Rabat was quicker today and I just have to accept that. I'm happy to be on the podium again."
Mika Kallio #36: DNF
"We made more changes to the bike ahead of warm up this morning but, while there was a definite improvement in rear grip, there was still something missing. The plan was to make up as many places as I could in the opening laps, which I managed, but when I got on the back of the second group, I just didn't have the drive out of the turns to set up a pass. Every lap they were pulling around five metres on me out of the turns, which meant I had to claw that back on the brakes. The crash was strange, as I didn't brake any harder for the turn on that lap. I was a little bit closer to Domi and tried to go underneath him on the brakes. I didn't brake any later than usual, but my line was different, the speed was a little higher and the front closed on me. It's disappointing because a top ten finish was possible for me here."
Livio Loi #11: 15th
"Starting from the seventh row I needed to make up places from the start, but I actually lost two places, which put me in the wrong group. I was trying to pass Eric Granado, but all the time he closed the door on me. When I tried to pass on the straight we clashed fairings. It was a big hit and I was lucky it was only the fairing and not my front wheel. Once I got past Granado I caught and passed Jasper Iwema and I'm pretty sure I could have caught Danny Webb if the race hadn't been red flagged. Without the slow start I think I could have been looking at a top ten finish, so we know our level now. I hope we'll see Alan Techer fully fit and back on the grid in Le Mans."
Marc van der Straten: President, Marc VDS Racing Team
"After a good 2012 season I'm really excited about this season already, because I believe we will enjoy more good results throughout the year. I am happy to have seen Livio make his World Championship debut here in Jerez, and delighted that he finished in the points first time out. I think this young man will spring a few surprises on us this season, as he makes the most of what is a great opportunity with an experienced team behind him. Scott also rode a great race to finish on the podium once again today. I am proud of the fact that we are a Belgian team, but I'm equally proud of the fact that we are also truly international, as Scott's podium illustrates very well."
MotoGP Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia FMI scores its first Top 10 in Jerez
Romano Fenati is ninth after a strong comeback, Bagnaia 26th after a pit-stop due to tyre issues.
During the Moto3 race in Jerez, Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) forced his way back after starting in 18th position, closing in ninth place after a hard battle against Masbou, McPhee and Sissis.
The race was red-flagged on lap 16 after a crash by Techer that left him with a concussion (the rider is OK), with Viñales winning on a KTM bike.
After showing strong improvements during QP, Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) was forced to return to the pit-lane because of a problem with his rear tyre. The Italian rookie put up a generous effort after re-joining the race, closing in 26th position.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), 9th, 27'20.101
"It was a comeback race. The team and I are still working on finding the best setup for my Honda-FTR. We can still do a lot better, but being back in the Top 10 gives us confidence for Le Mans, where the goal is to do a better QP to battle at the front."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), 26th, 29'25.003
"I had a problem with the tyre and was forced to enter the pits, losing a lap. After that the bike worked well, as yesterday, so we take this as a step forward. I want to score points in France. I'm confident and eager to race again."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"It was a good race. It's unfortunate it was red-flagged because Romano could have taken advantage of the final laps as we made some changes during the WUP to this end. He could have been 5th, but this is racing. Pecco had some chattering issues, but it's important that he's gaining experience and improving race after race. We'll start with this certainties in Le Mans. We still have work to do, but our method will help us to find the right balance."
Bitter Jerez race for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders
The Jerez Grand Prix of Spain at the Circuito de Jerez comes to an end for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders and their SpeedUp bike.
Simone Corsi, slowed down due to the grip problems of the rear tire, managing to arrive in fourteenth position. Right behind him were Alex De Angelis and Mattia Pasini, unable to repeat their Austin race performance and finishing in today’s race in fifteenth and sixteenth position. Closing the forward ranking today was Ricky Cardús, who had a lack of feeling with the bike during the Spanish racing weekend.
Difficult race for the NGM Mobile Forward Racing Team, who is now looking forward to the two day testing this upcoming Tuesday and Wednesday at Estoril in order to test new parts before the GP of France at Le Mans.
Simone Corsi – 14th
“I was expecting something more of today’s race. We used a new setting for the race; maybe it was a bit of a gamble with which I was not able to get the right feeling with the bike. Right at the beginning of the race I gained positions but was sliding a lot with the rear tire. I am not happy with today’s results; the gap with the Rabat and the fourteenth place from today is not a position that I want to be in. We have two testing days ahead of us at Estoril where we will continue working. Lets hope that Le Mans will be better for us.”
Alex De Angelis – 15th
“We were able to get one point today. After this morning’s warm up I can honestly say that I would have never imagined being able to get in the points at the end of this race. If we compare the race results to the free practices it was a good result, even if making a good result has a different meaning for me. We were not able to make the comebacks that we have done in past races and I didn’t have the same pace as the top guys. I knew from the IRTA test during preseason that it would be a though race here and I hope that this problems we had this weekend is only due to the type of track. I hope we will be able to be back in the front group where we have already seen we have the potential to be in.”
Mattia Pasini – 16th
“I knew today’s race would be difficult but I was hoping to have a better second half of the race like I did at Austin. I was able to maintain a good pace throughout the race but had a forty seconds gap with the fastest rider, a gap that is close to the one the other SpeedUp bikes have, of thirty-five seconds. We have ended another race and take with us data to analyze that will be useful for the next race. We have the potential to win and we have to take full advantage of it.”
Ricky Cardùs – 21st
“It has been a tough weekend, the toughest so far this season. We knew this track wouldn’t be an easy one for us. My mechanics have worked very hard this weekend and we know that we still have a lot more to do really competitive at all the race tracks. I want to turn a page and think about the up coming race.”
Brad Binder's brilliance at Jerez!
An excellent result at the Gran Premio de Espana has cemented Brad Binder's position as the top Honda in the Moto 3 World Championship. Brad's magnificent ride at Jerez and his 4th place finish has elevated him to 6th in the World Standings. Brad currently has 24 Championship Points and is the only Honda Rider in the Top 10.
Darryn Binder also showed off his talent and skills at Jerez with a 10th place finish in Race 1 on Saturday. In Race 2 on Sunday, Darryn rode like the Champion that he is and was fighting for his first Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Podium (in his 4th ever Rookies Race) when - with only 4 laps to go - his engine blew. Despite his misfortune, he has banked valuable Championship Points and currently is placed 11th in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Standings.
An excellent 4th in qualifying meant that Brad was in prime position to latch onto the likes of Rins, Vinales and Salom and try to stick with them for as long as possible. Brad was able to stick with the Spanish trio, and lightning starter Jonas Folger, for the first few laps before getting involved in a battle with Jack Miller. The first half of the race saw Brad and Jack fighting hard, allowing Nikolas Ajo and the Mahindra pair to catch up. Keeping his cool, Brad stuck with the group and fought where he and bike were strong, pulling a small gap. A crash between Oliveira and Miller allowed Binder to escape and race a lonely 4th before the race was red flagged due to an incident with Alan Techer.
“First of all I just want to say thanks to the team, they’ve worked great all weekend. 4th in qualifying made the whole race a lot easier, not having to battle through other riders. Jack and I were really fighting and I saw Ajo and the others gaining, then we got into a huge battle. The crash between Miller and Miguel allowed me to pull away a lot, and from there I just kept my head down. It’s a great result, especially this early in the season. I’m really happy with how this weekend went and we’re carrying a lot of confidence into the next race. Also a big thanks to all of my sponsors - they make it possible for me to live my dream.”
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Darryn “Daz” Binder came into the Jerez round with quite a large disadvantage over the rest of the Rookies. Due to breaking his arm during testing Daz was unable to test and gain valuable circuit knowledge the other riders had. This didn’t stop him in qualifying however, as he qualified in 11th in a field of riders with much more experience around the track.
Race One saw Darryn fight hard for 10th in a large group of riders, as is typical with the Rookies. This race got off to a bleak start when Australian rider – Olly Simpson crashed just off the start line. Darryn battled with a high side in the first lap (that he managed to save) but he damaged his fairing and didn’t quite find his rhythm.
Race Two was a huge disappointment for Binder. In the opening laps the younger of the Binder brothers carved his way through the field, overtaking three riders at a time going into the final corner and settling in behind Karel Hanika. Daz spent half a lap stalking him before making his move into first, again on the last corner. This battle went for several laps and Daz was ruthless throughout. Then, misfortune struck and his engine blew.
“Race One went okay, I was in a big group fighting for 4th and it didn’t really come together at the end. I hadn’t done any testing here cos I broke my arm so finishing in tenth wasn’t so bad. Race Two went a lot better at the start; I was feeling really strong and was fighting with Hanika. I was pretty strong going into turn one and could always gain on him there. The bike was moving around a lot but I thought I had it under control, then the engine blew and it was done. There’s nothing we can do about it really, there’s a lot of positives to take from the weekend.”