Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello:
Redding wins again in Mugello
Mugello, Italy - 2 June 2013: Scott Redding gave the Moto2 field a master class in controlling a race from the front today, as he stormed to his second successive win in as many weeks at Mugello. Mika Kallio ended a difficult weekend on a high by taking a hard fought fifth place finish after starting from 13th position on the grid.
Redding, starting from pole position for the second time this season, looked to be in control from the off, shadowing Takaaki Nakagami until the Japanese rider started to slow and then making his move to take the race lead.
Nico Terol managed to draft his way past on the start finish straight at mid-race distance but, after leading for just four laps, was relegated back to second place by a hard charging Redding, who then pulled out a gap that he maintained to the chequered flag.
Redding's successive victories at Le Mans and Mugello is the first time a British rider has had back-to-back wins in the intermediate class since Rod Gould in 1971. The Marc VDS rider is also now the youngest British rider to take back-to-back Grand Prix wins, a record previously held by the late, great Barry Sheene.
The Mugello win means Redding extends his lead at the top of the Moto2 Championship standings to 43 points over Nico Terol who, along with Frenchman Johann Zarco, joined the championship leader on the podium today.
Mika Kallio put the troubles of practice and qualifying behind him today, to finish an impressive fifth and consolidate his third position in the championship standings. The 30-year-old Finn started today from 13th on the grid, but a lightning start and a late braking move into turn one, saw him emerge in sixth position. Kallio led the second group for the remainder of the race, but lost out on fourth place to Pol Espargaro in the final few laps.
Livio Loi endured a difficult Moto3 race, as he struggled with the same issues that had plagued him during practice and qualifying. The 16-year-old Belgian eventually finished in 25th position and, after putting this weekend behind him, is already looking forward to rediscovering his form in Barcelona in two weeks time.
Redding, Kallio and Loi will remain at Mugello for testing, with Moto2 scheduled to take to the track on Monday and Moto3 on Tuesday.
Scott Redding #45: 1st
"What a weekend! It didn't start well, as I just didn't feel comfortable on the bike, but after consigning it to the skip on Saturday morning, the new bike felt much better. Qualifying on pole really boosted my confidence and once we got going I knew straight away that another win was a possibility. I slotted in behind Taka, pushing past when he started to slow and immediately pulled a gap. I'm not sure how Terol and Zarco caught me, but once Terol went in front I could see he wasn't comfortable running the pace. I have no idea why he decided to let me through, but I wasn't going to pass up a chance like that. I knew I could pull away, and that's what I did."
Mika Kallio #36: 5th
"I got a great start and managed to go up the inside into turn one, coming out in sixth position. I lost a couple of places over the next few laps and then Corsi dropped his pace by almost a second in front of me and, by the time I pushed my way through, he'd allowed the front four to get away. I knew it was better to push to stay at the front of the group, rather than dropping back and getting involved in the battle that I knew was going on behind me. When Pol came past towards the end I had a plan to retake fourth on the final lap, but he pulled just enough of a gap out of the Biondetti chicane to stop me out braking him into the final corner. I almost drafted him to the line, but he managed to just hold me off. Anyway, I'm happy with fifth after the problems we've had this weekend."
Livio Loi #11: 25th
"This is a weekend I'll be happy to put behind me. We had problems from the start of practice and we didn't find a solution. In the race I again had to fight the bike into every turn, just to get it to follow a line, but the more I tried to force it into the corner the more the front tried to break away from me. Obviously I'm disappointed because I came here to Mugello looking for points, but we need to put this one down to experience and use Tuesday's test here to make sure we're ready for the next race in Barcelona."
Marc van der Straten: President, Marc VDS Racing Team
"It was a pleasure to watch Scott take his second win in succession by controlling the race so effectively at the front. Even when he wasn't leading you could see quite clearly he had everything in hand and, for me, the win was never in doubt. Mika also showed his fighting spirit, taking an impressive fifth place despite experiencing so many problems during practice and qualifying. I know Livio is disappointed with his result today, but it's more experience for him and I'm confident we'll see him back on form next time out in Barcelona. Finally, it made me very proud to see Michael Bartholemy walk onto the podium to collect the trophy for the winning team today. He has worked tirelessly to make the Marc VDS Racing Team one of the best in the Grand Prix paddock and it was satisfying for me personally to see him rewarded for his efforts today."
Luis Salom strategy pays off for Italian GP win
Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes victory in one of the closest races of 2013 so far. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis each recover seven places and finish eleventh and eighteenth, respectively.
02/06/2013 - Mugello Circuit
Luis Salom took an impressive victory at the Italian Grand Prix, using an impeccable strategy to his advantage at Mugello. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team thus celebrates an entire year of podium finishes in Moto3. Zulfahmi Khairuddin —eleventh— claimed further points for the team and Arthur Sissis —eighteenth— made a comeback in the latter stages of the race.
Salom started from fifth on the grid, but this did little to impede him from taking his second win of the season and a fifth consecutive podium. The Spanish Red Bull KTM Ajo rider was made to suffer in the early stages, when he was stuck amongst a group of six riders, but with 3 laps remaining he finally moved into the lead. After several changes of positions, he took the win on the final lap by 0.099 from second-placed Alex Rins.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin today gave a lesson in first lap comebacks, moving up seven positions in one go. The Malaysian rider was part of a large group fighting for eighth place and crossed the finish line eleventh —taking five points. Sissis’ progression was a contrast to this, as he stuck with a group at the start of the race and made his recovery of places in the final stages of the contest.
After five races, Luis Salom remains second in the overall standings but reduces the distance to the class leader, Maverick Viñales, to just 4 points. Zulfahmi Khairuddin is eighth overall and Arthur Sissis lies thirteenth.
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 39:53.827
2. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.099
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.303
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +0.757
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.819
11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +19.147
18. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +29.214
Moto3 World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 106 points
2. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 102 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 81 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 63 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 35 points
8. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 33 points
13. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 19 points
"It was a tough race. I knew that Viñales and Folger would be very fast, and that Rins had very good pace too. Marquez and Oliveira joined that group as well. All of those riders are very strong and I had to give everything I had; fortunately, it worked out. This circuit is very difficult: For example, in 125cc whoever was behind on the last corner didn’t win the race. But today, although I had my doubts, I gave it a try and took the risk. In the end all the bikes were running the same performance.
It’s going to be like that throughout the season, because now we go to Catalonia and Assen circuit —where there are also very long straights. We will give our all. I want to thank Red Bull, Air Asia, KTM and Aki Ajo for this opportunity and for the job they are doing."
"That was not an easy race. I started from twenty-fifth position, far back, and with so many riders ahead of me it was not easy off the start. Neither was it so on the early laps, in which I had to be very careful not to make any contact with other riders that would have finished my race. At the end I found a good feeling and gained positions. Now I’m just thinking about the next race and giving a good showing at Montmelo."
"Early in the race we went very well, we were very near the front group. However, I made a mistake and lost the pace, so the riders behind me caught up with me. The result was not very good, but the positive is that we have improved compared to qualifying. Now we must focus on our work during practice, especially in qualifying. In the first session we always start well, but come Saturday and we can’t get a good position on the grid. I think if I manage to start from the front positions and stay with the lead group, I can do well."
"The first thing I have to say is I am very happy with the race today and I am very grateful to Luis and the whole team. It really was Luis' day, as he showed his potential and demonstrated how smart you have to be as a rider during a race here. It is not only important to have a fast bike and the best setup. The team has to be prepared, the rider too, but especially the mentality. Today he rode an intelligent race.
Regarding Fahmi —Zulfahmi Khairuddin—, perhaps the results have not yet come for him, but he and the team are very happy, because we are seeing improvement and we are on the right track. We know and trust that we are getting closer to where we want to be, and we just have to improve in practice, because the race pace is good. With Arthur Sissis, he is making a rather inconsistent start to the season. We have seen very good things from him, but in weekends like this he has had some difficulties. I think what didn't work today was the start and the opening laps, in which he did not find a good pace —because I know he can be in the second group."
Rins and Marquez fight for victory right through to final lap
Alex Rins places second and Alex Marquez fifth after close last lap. Both cross the line less than 1 second behind winner Luis Salom.
The Repsol Moto3 duo had an excellent race at the Italian Grand Prix –a fast race with countless overtakes and a fight for the win that included six riders. Alex Rins and Alex Marquez were two of those competitors, placing second and fifth, respectively.
The race began with Viñales and Folger imposing a strong pace, as the frontrunners broke free from the rest of the field. Rins, Márquez, Salom and Oliveira joined the escape. The 20-lap contest saw a succession of breathtaking passes, with Folger dropping out of the fight with five laps remaining.
Salom and Rins broke away in tandem midway through the final lap, and it was clear that it would be they who decided the victor. Viñales, Oliveira and Márquez battled for the final podium spot, right until the end, whilst Salom clinched the win from Rins by 0.099s. Marquez, on his first visit to Mugello, placed a creditable fifth place, 0.062s behind fourth-placed Oliveira.
With this result, Rins maintains third place in the overall standings and cuts the gap to leader Viñales to 25 points. Márquez continues to lead the Rookie of the Year standings and is fifth overall.
2nd at 0.099 sec.
“We are very satisfied, as throughout the weekend we found things a little tougher than other GPs. As the practice sessions went by we improved, and in the race I felt very good. I tried not to lead too many times, in order to not slow down the group and to avoid tyre wear. The only thing that we could have improved was the last corner; I ran wide and was unable to latch onto Salom. I'm not saying I would have won, but at least I would have tried. We are very happy with second place and I want to thank my team for my support –especially when things aren't going well.”
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5th at 0.819 sec.
“It was a nice race –very fun. I wasn't expecting to be so close to the lead group, but I got a good start and that was the key. I dropped off a little later on, but with Oliveira I got back into the fight, thanks to our slipstreaming. On the final laps I was lacking a little aggression, as everybody was pushing hard and I had a tough time following them. We are still learning, and this is important -I have to be happy with my first race at this track. We rode amongst the fastest group and were able to pick up a lot of things. Now we need to use this experience –above all of the final laps– and apply it to the coming races –like Montmelo, which is a track that I like.”
FOLGER SIXTH AND GRANADO NINTH AT ITALIAN GRAND PRIX
Folger keeps cool amidst front end chatter issues, whilst Granado takes first World Championship points for MAPFRE Aspar Team
Amidst temperatures of 20ºC and with clear skies overhead, the Moto3 race at Mugello saw the best conditions of the entire weekend. The action was split into two groups: The leading pack and the trailing group. Jonas Folger, Maverick Viñales, Luis Salom and Alex Rins set the early pace, soon joined by Miguel Oliveira and Alex Marquez before a quarter of the race had been completed. That group of six would decide who would be on the top step of the podium, as expected after yesterday's close qualifying session. There were battles all the way down the order, with only Antonelli out on his own. Victory eventually went to Salom in a tight finish. He pushed hardest on the final metres of the race, winning out ahead of Rins and Viñales at round five of the series.
Perseverance and grit combined once again at Mugello for MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger, who dug deep in order to earn the best possible result at the Italian Grand Prix. From pole position and with the idea of breaking away, Folger led the field in the early going. He was in front for the opening two laps, before Viñales passed him for the lead. He stuck with the frontrunners until the midway point in the contest, at which time his tyres went off prematurely and he battled with chatter issues. Despite this, he held on for sixth place at Mugello.
Like Folger, teammate Eric Granado got off to a great start -one that left him in a position to compete with the chasing pack. He enjoyed the race immensely, pushed hard and showed excellent control of his pace, and received a just reward for his efforts as he crossed the line in ninth place, taking his first seven points in the World Championship.
6th Jonas Folger: "After a good start I tried to push hard, but the race times were slow compared with the laps we'd been doing in practice. When I was caught by Viñales I tried to stay in the leading group, but soon after I noticed that the bike was behaving in a completely different way to yesterday and this morning. We had not changed anything, the setting was the same, and the weather conditions had not changed too much, so I don't know what could have happened. I suffered a lot of chattering from the middle of the race onwards, and that prevented me from maintaining good lines on my laps. I had to be very careful in order to avoid crashing, but I still tried to push hard for the best possible final position and I managed to cross the line sixth."
9th Eric Granado:"I hada great race today. A good start allowed me to gain several positions at the beginning of the race. Jorge and Gino advised me to always look ahead and not waste time with the riders behind me. I followed their advice and thanks to that I found a good pace immediately. I had a lot of fun riding in a group, as I knew that there were many riders trying to stay in front for as long as possible in order to avoid any surprises. I gave my all on every lap, feeling out my chances for the end of the race. I managed to overtake someone on the home straight and finally finished ninth. It was very exciting to take my first points in the World Championship, I'm very happy. Now we have to keep working hard, both at the test on Tuesday and at the next race in Barcelona. I want to thank both the team and the sponsors, who have not given up on me at any time."
Three-way podium for KTM riders at Moto3 GP of Italy
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider Luis Salom claimed his second Moto3™ win of 2013 at the Mugello circuit in the GP of Italy on Sunday emerging in the final stages from a hard fought pack of riders who had shadow-boxed their was throughout the 20 lap race. Salom took the top step of an all KTM podium with Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales in second and third place.
Salom who started fifth on the grid on Sunday is known for biding his time until the last phase of the race. He managed to make the break three laps before the end when Alex Marquez allowed him to pull a gap that proved decisive. Rins and Viñales gave chase but the advantage was enough for Salom to carry it to the checkered flag. The Spanish rider also won the opening GP of the season Qatar and has narrowed the gap to championship leader Vinales down to four points.
Salom’s victory was also important because it broke the winning rhythm of Vinales, who is probably his hottest rival. Vinales looked very strong throughout the race and was tipped to pick up his third race in a row after winning in Spain and France. Salom has proved to be one of the most consistent riders and like Vinales has finished on the podium in every race so far.
German rider Jonas Folger looked very strong in the open phases on the Kalex-KTM. He started on pole, his career first and pulled an early lead but quickly found Vinales boring down on him by lap four. He managed to hang on for sixth place at the end of the front group where completion was fast and furious throughout the race. Miguel Oliviera of Spain the only non-KTM rider in the group brought his his Mahindra home in fourth place.
The following pack was also tightly contested with Niklas Ajo and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin playing major roles in action, finally finishing in eighth and eleventh. Fahmi’s factory teammate Arthur Sissis was eighteenth.
Riders now have a week’s break before the Moto3™ continues with the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya in a fortnight’s time.
JOHANN ZARCO THIRD IN ITALIAN GP, IODARACING CAME ON THE PODIUM OF MUGELLO
SCARPERIA, June 2 - A beautiful day, for the CAME Iodaracing Team at Mugello, with a third place finish in the Moto2 race by Johann Zarco. The French rider who started from the second row in the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, with the fourth qualifying time, was well served by the acceleration of his Suter keeping the position of the first corner.
Remained in the group of fugitives, composed by Scott Redding, Nico Terol and Takaaki Nakagami, Zarco is successful, after the crash of the Japanese, to join in the fight for victory with Redding and Terol. With the passing of laps Zarco waited, remaining in close with Terol, waiting the best moment to make an overtake made him closed to the victory. With Redding solidly in the lead and Terol ahead of him by a small margin, Johann Zarco has decided to consolidate his third place for the championship.
On the podium, with Johann Zarco third, even Nico Terol, second and Scott Redding, who won his second race of the season have celebrated the day. Now in the Riders Championship, Johann Zarco occupies the seventh position with 44 championship points. The third place of Johann Zarco is a great result for the CAME Iodaracing Team, which closes a positive home race at Mugello, after the great performances of the past few days.
JOHANN ZARCO - Moto2 rider - 3RD PLACE - ITALIAN GP "I am very happy with this podium. It's a great result for the CAME team and in the home Grand Prix. Then I'm happy to have won here my first podium of the category for me is very important. This weekend I felt more and more comfortable on the bike and I was able to do some good practices and set ups. Leaving front was a good help, then in the group I saw that I could keep Terol and attack, but when I saw Redding go away and Nico take a little gap of the end of the race, I thought the third place I would have been fine.'m very satisfied with the last two races, beginning of year. My performances have gone to progression and for this I can not wait to arrive in Barcelona, to do even better. "
Ups and downs for RW Racing GP in Tuscany
RW Racing GP leaves Tuscany with just one championship point after a bizarre race in Moto3. Both Jasper Iwema and Jakub Kornfeil deserved more in the thrilling Italian GP at Mugello. Kornfeil crashed out of 14th position in the last corner, handing his team mate Iwema a single point. Iwema had been fighting for 8th for a long time and even set the second fastest lap time overall but had to drop back because he lost focus.
Kornfeil was really pissed after his last corner crash, but also happy to escape without injuries. Riding in 14th position he had no other way to go but the gravel trap when Matteo Ferrari crashed just in front of him.
The Czech had started the Moto3 race from 8th position on the grid, but dropped back to 12 in the first lap. He had difficulties staying concentrated because dizziness, caused by an ear infection, troubled him a lot. Kornfeil dropped back to 19th. In the final stages he managed to recover a bit and move up to 14th.
Iwema was one of the riders who benefitted from the crash, although a photo finish was needed to determine he crossed the line 0,001 ahead of John McPhee. Also Iwema was troubled by loss of focus as a remainder of the concussion from his crash in Austin.
The Dutchman rode a terrific race. He entered the first corner in 14th after starting from 19th on the grid and managed to move up to 8th in the following laps. Iwema used his strength in the final and first part of the track: he got in position in the last part, slipstreamed to the first corner and passed two to three riders at a time in the first sector.
In lap 4 he even set the second fastest lap time overall, proving how fast he can be. He was able to ride the same pace as the leading group for several laps, defending his position in front of a group of 11 riders.
Iwema could hold on until halfway through the race, when all of a sudden he completely lost focus and had to drop back from 8 to 17. Keeping up the high speed was impossible and Iwema even had difficulties to stay concentrated on riding the right lines. It was clear his brain is not recovered yet from the crash he suffered in Austin. After the race he complained of dizziness and headache.
Because both his riders obviously are not 100 percent fit team manager Jarno Janssen decided the team will not take part in the test scheduled for Tuesday at Mugello. "It’s better to go home and make sure both Jasper and Jakub recover for Barcelona. Jasper has clearly proved what he is capable of and I’m really proud of him. He deserved more than finishing 15th, although we are happy with this single point. From Jakub we also know what he can do when he is fit. Therefore recovery is better now than testing.’’
Jasper Iwema (15): "What a great race that was, for the first 11 laps. I knew exactly where my strong points are, where I could overtake and where I had to ride a defensive line. Being in front of that group and fighting with Ajo, Khairuddin and Granada for 8th wasn’t even that difficult. But obviously the concentration and tension I needed for that battle was still a bit too much for my head. A battle like that, with attacking and defending at the right moment, racing with such a high pace, costs a lot. I simply could not stay focused. My vision got blurred, I had to be careful not to make mistakes. I just couldn’t keep up. I have proven what I can do and it is a real shame I couldn’t hold on. The finish was a bit strange as well. I came out of the slipstream of John McPhee in the final corner and I knew I beat him on the finish line. After all I have to be happy with this one point. Looking at the first half of the race I think I deserved it.’’
Jakub Kornfeil (DNF): "What a shame! Ferrari crashed just in front of me and I had nowhere to go. I am really disappointed, but I realize I’m lucky to escape without further injury. Like Jasper I had trouble concentrating. I have been dizzy and felt a bit sick during the race. I just could not fight, it was too dangerous.’’
Stellar comeback for Niklas Ajo
Avant Tecno KTM rider overtakes 15 riders at Italian Grand Prix and finishes eighth, claiming eight more championship points.
02/06/2013 - Mugello Circuit
The challenge was difficult, but Niklas Ajo managed to continue his run of points-scoring finishes at the fifth round of the Moto3 World Championship, contested this morning at the Mugello circuit. The young Avant Tecno KTM rider scaled 15 places in 20 laps, crossing the finish line in eighth place.
Twenty-third place on the grid at one of the most technical circuits on the calendar, Niklas Ajo faced the most difficult race of the season so far. However, his day ended in excellent fashion. On the opening lap he moved up seven places, but continued pushing and kept up his pace to reach a large second group. Battling up to eighth, he held onto the position for an outstanding result, in a race won by Spanish rider Luis Salom.
With the eight points scored today, Niklas Ajo now lies in eleventh place overall —with a total of 26 points.
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 39:53.827
2. Alex Rins (KTM) +0.099
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.303
4. Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra) +0.757
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.819
8. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +18.627
Moto3 World Championship
1. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 106 points
2. Luis Salom (KTM) 102 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 81 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 63 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 35 points
11. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 26 points
"It was a very good race today. After starting from twenty-third I think that this was the maximum that we could do. The front group got away early and I tried just to take the highest position possible. Today I felt much better on the bike, after making some changes to the setup and changing some aspects of my riding style to adapt better to this circuit. I'm very happy with how the race went, we have obtained important points for the World Championship and moved up places."
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS HAVE SPECTACULAR SHOWING AT MUGELLO
Nico Terol finishes runner-up in Italian GP and moves into second in overall standings. Jordi Torres places sixth and equals best result with MAPFRE Aspar Team
The Moto2 race lived up to expectations in Mugello, following the close practice sessions that had preceded it. Takaaki Nakagami tried to lead the way early from second on the grid, whilst poleman Scott Redding stuck with him as expected. The two opened up a small gap, closed first by Nico Terol and then by Johann Zarco, as the podium battle began. Nakagami crashed out and Terol and Redding exchanged the lead, leaving Zarco behind later on when the latter upped the pace. Terol completed the race second, behind Redding, as the rostrum places were decided in a great contest.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol took his second podium of the season today, with a superb second place. He was steady during every practice session, albeit unspectacular, but showed his racing spirit with a great performance from fifth on the grid. He responded to the early push from Nakagami and Redding with a fastest lap to catch them up. He battled with Redding and led for four laps of the Italian Grand Prix, eventually finishing runner-up and gaining another World Championship podium.
Jordi Torres also gave a great showing at Mugello. He held onto his starting position and moved up into fourth at one stage in the race. The Spaniard diced with various big names in the Moto2 class, and continued to learn how to best defend places. He rode with a battling chasing pack and crossed the line sixth, equaling his best ever result for the MAPFRE Aspar Team from Valencia 2012.
2nd Nico Terol: "I am very happy with this great result. From the start I showed a lot of determination and was explosive. The last corner of the third sector had been holding me back throughout the weekend, so today I tried to address it in a thousand ways so as not to lose touch with Scott. But with an empty tank the bike did not load much weight on the front, and I noticed that a gap was slowly opening up. I tried to stick with him, but he found four tenths on the final laps. In any case I am very satisfied with both the podium and with the work done the entire weekend. This result confirms that our mentality has changed, that despite Moto2 being a very difficult category this year we are doing a great job, and progressively we are gaining consistency. Tomorrow we have a very important test that will help us finish off adjusting to the chattering that we experienced this weekend. We have climbed back up to second in the championship, which gives us great morale for the next round at Montmelo."
6th Jordi Torres: "I had great fun in the race today. We had sensed it would be an ordeal, because the long straight hinders us a bit, so I had to get stuck in from the beginning. The mentality throughout the race was to nip at the riders ahead of me and try and work my way up the order by making things uncomfortable for them. Every time that I got onto the straight I could feel people slipstreaming me, so I had to defend in any way I could, bringing out my aggressive side. I am delighted with the way this weekend developed; on Friday we were lost and yesterday we turned the situation around completely. I have to say that the team have done a great job and gave me a bike with which I gained a lot of confidence. Today we learnt many things that will be useful in the coming races. My teammate also achieved a great result, and to see him on the podium motivates me to think that maybe one day I too can be there. Congratulations to Nico, because he ride brilliantly."
Difficult race for Kent and Rossi in Mugello
Today's Moto2 race at the magnificent Mugello circuit in Italy had a disappointing outcome for the French-based Tech 3 Racing Team, with determined rides from Danny Kent and Louis Rossi not reflected in the final results.
A fast and aggressive start saw Kent gain three places on the opening lap, but the British rider was unable to sustain his impressive early charge and he ended the fifth round of the 2013 World Championship campaign in 22nd position.
Rossi's eagerness to make a flying start to launch an immediate attack on the top 20 resulted in a penalty for jumping the start. The ride through pit lane at the end of the fifth lap dropped the Frenchman to the back of the field.
With his chance of racing into the top 20 gone, Rossi rode a lonely race to 26th but he was able to gain more experience and collect precious data for the Tech 3 Racing Team to help with future developments on the Mistral 610 machine.
The Tech 3 Racing Team will remain at the Mugello track tomorrow for a one-day test session, where Kent and Rossi hope to make positive progress with the set-up of the Mistral 610 without the time constraints and pressure of a race weekend.
One of the items on an extensive testing schedule to assess is a new aerodynamics package, with the long Mugello start/finish straight the perfect place to evaluate it.
Danny Kent - 22nd :
"We knew it was going to be a hard race because all weekend I have been struggling to find a set-up that suits me. It was a tough job and I can't be satisfied at all. Now we need to start making some big changes to try and make some progress because we are not demonstrating the full potential of the Tech 3 Racing package at the moment. Tomorrow we have a test and hopefully we can find some improvements to help me take a step forward in the next races."
Louis Rossi - 26nd :
"I am very sad about this race. I jumped the start and I am very sorry to the Tech 3 Racing Team because it destroyed any chance I had of getting into a battle. It was my mistake and after the ride through it was very difficult to make virtually the whole race alone. I didn't give up and at least I had the opportunity to modify my riding style to try and learn some new things. I have lots of information, so now I will speak to my crew to see if we can make some improvements based on the data we collected today."
Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :
"We can't deny today was very disappointing for the Tech 3 Racing Team on a track where we know the Mistral 610 is capable of battling for the podium. In 2011 Bradley (Smith) was on the podium and last year fourth, and while I wasn't expecting Danny and Louis to replicate those results, I certainly anticipated them being more competitive. Both of them are doing their best and it was unfortunate that Louis jumped the start because that compromised his race immediately. We can't be happy to see both of them outside of the top 20 and tomorrow's test is going to be vital to see if we can make any progress. We are not showing the full potential of the Mistral 610 and hopefully tomorrow we can find a direction that is going to improve our situation for the next few races."
ANTONELLI OPENS POINTS ACCOUNT AS BALDASSARRI ENJOYS POSITIVE HOME RACE
After missing out on the points in the first four rounds of the season Niccolò Antonelli finally opened his account for the season today with a seventh place finish in the Italian Grand Pri x. The youngster got a good start in front of his home fans to run with the lead group in the early stages but he paid for a lack of horsepower down the long straight here and could not stay in touch. It was a shame but it was a satisfactory result for the Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 rider, who met his target of finishing as the top Italian and the top Honda. Lorenzo Baldassarri was unable to break into the points positions but it was a positive performance nonetheless from the rookie, who continues to show his potential in this category.
Niccolò Antonelli (7th) “First of all I was happy just to finish the race because this was the first target. I tried to stay with the lead group but I was losing too much to them down the straight and it was impossible so I just did my best to make sure of seventh place, which is still a good result for us. Unfortunately we have seen just how much we are conceding to our rivals here in terms of engine performance but we know we have a good chassis so we have to look to the future and hope that Honda can give us some help soon. ”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (23rd) “I had a lot of fun out there today even though all the time and positions I was able to make up in the corners were lost down the straights. Even so I am happy and confident about the future. I feel that we have turned a corner today and that this is the start of something good for us. We need to keep working and I am sure we will have something to celebrate soon.”
Fausto Gresini “Niccolò had a great race today, running with the front group at the start and then hanging on to his position with great determination. He gave his best throughout the race and did a brilliant job because we have seen today just how much this bike is struggling down the straights, especially such a long one as Mugello, and it's difficult to do any better than he did. Baldassarri also had a good race despite the fact that he struggles with his height and weight compared to the others but overall I am happy and convinced that we have lots more good results to come.”
WILAIROT NARROWLY MISSES POINTS AT MUGELLO
Ratthapark Wilairot met his main objective of finishing the race today at Mugello although it was a bittersweet feeling for the Thai rider at the end as he narrowly missed out on a points-scoring finish. It was a shame b ut still a positive performance and nice for the team to see 'Feem' finally carry his potential through an entire race weekend.
Ratthapark Wilairot (16th) “I am satisfied to have finished the race but a little disappointed not to have picked up a point. I made a cautious start and tried not to make any mistakes but maybe too cautious and lost time as a result. It's a shame because I had a good feeling with the bike and was capable of a good result here. Anyway, this race showed what we are capable of and now I want to improve from here. ”
Fausto Gresini “With a better start today Feem could have come away with some points. It's a shame but this race gives us something to build on and hopefully we can make up the points in the next race.”
PRADITA'S RACE OVER IN TURN ONE
Doni Tata Pradita was doubly unlucky at Mugello today as he initially lost time when a rider jumped the start in front of him and then he was wiped out in the first turn by his Indonesian compatriot Rafid Topan Sucipto.
Doni Tata Pradita (N.C.) “There is not much to say after a race like that. Unfortunately there was no way for me to avoid the contact with Sucipto and that was the end of it. It was a shame because I really thought we were capable of a good result here but we have to stay patient and try to make up for it at Barcelona in a couple of weeks' time.”
Fausto Gresini “Luck certainly wasn't on Pradita's side today. It's disappointing because I am sure he would have been able to pick up a good result here and gain confidence for the future.”
MotoGP Moto3 - Generous yet unlucky effort for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Mugello
Romano Fenati is penalized by a collision with Binder after climbing back to 8th position, Francesco Bagnaia is 24th but just two seconds off the Top 15.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) put up a thrilling comeback during the Moto3 race in Mugello, won by Salom ahead of Rins and Viñales. The Italian climbed back from 20th to 8th place. A normal race collision with Binder, who clipped his rear tire, stopped his progression, but the confidence of being able to compete at the top remains.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) faced an uphill race from 32nd position despite finding some improvements during WUP. The rookie cut the gap on the pace by over a second, but the narrow rankings did not allow him to do better than 24th place, missing the Top 15 by only two seconds.
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Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5), NC, 34'09.865
"It was an unlucky race, spoiled by a normal contact. I could have ended in the Top 10 as I was lapping with the same pace as the leaders. Now we head to Barcelona, another track that I really enjoy and where I want to give my best. The team worked well to find the right setup. I want to dedicate my high-side to Irene Paumgardhen, who made me understand there's always a reason not to give up."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), 32nd, 2'01.322
"Unfortunately I chose the wrong tire spec, mounting a medium instead of a hard one. I still improved since practice and I'm getting used, race after race, to the competitiveness of a world championship. I'm more mature and can surely take this experience to Barcelona, which is my home race."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"It's always difficult to come back when you start from the back. Fenati was doing well, it's a shame he crashed out. But the race gave good signs to both our riders, who improved their pace by over a second. We need to make those steps ahead since Friday. We will test here in Mugello on Tuesday to be ready for the next race in Spain."
Despite a tough Mugello Round for Brad Binder, excellent World Championship standing secured
It was a tough Sunday for South African youngster Brad Binder at the Gran Premio di’Italia TIM as he fought all race long for a top ten position.
Warm-up saw Brad in 9th with a decent race pace that showed he could fight to be up with the top Hondas. He was calm and confident going into the race, trying to focus on making it to the first corner as quickly as possible.
Brad made the quick start he needed and, along with Ambrogio Racing teammate Danny Webb, was up battling for a top ten result. As the laps went on the power of the KTMs started to show as the likes of Granando and Iwema joined the fight. Brad sat back and waited for his chance. Sadly a small coming together with Romano Fenati put Brad off the track and Fenati in the gravel. Brad battled hard to finish in 14th and remains as the best placed Honda rider in the Championship in 6th place overall.
“It was a really tough race, it seemed like my days in the Red Bull Rookies with about ten riders all fighting around me! I was pretty comfortable with my pace during the race and was waiting to make some moves in the last lap, but then Fenati and I touched and I had to run off track. Even without that it was going to be a tough race, Mugello is a lot about top end speed and the KTMs have just that little bit extra. I’m really happy with how my Suter-Honda felt though, so thanks to the team!” Brad Binder