Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's race at Indianapolis:
Second consecutive victory for Rins, first World Championship podium for Marquez
The Repsol rider duo clinched the top two positions in a race they dominated along with third place finisher Maverick Viñales at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
Repsol Media Service - United States, Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Sunday 18/08/2013
It was a race to remember for the two Repsol Moto3 riders, in which Alex Rins claimed his third victory of the season and Alex Marquez climbed onto the World Championship podium for the first time. The second place podium for Marquez came after just losing out on victory at the finish line. Nevertheless, it was a deserved reward for the narrowly missed podiums in recent races.
Both riders started from the top two positions on the grid though fell behind in the first few corners after less than ideal starts. Rins ran off the track in the second corner, though returned to the tarmac in seventh place, three spots behind his teammate who by then had been overtaken by Arthur Sissis, Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom. In just six laps, Rins recovered the lost positions to take over at the front while setting the fastest lap of the race. He then stretched his lead at the head of the pack, taking Viñales and Marquez with him.
In a race long battle, despite Rins attempting to escape, Marquez sought his chances of victory on the penultimate lap. Marquez overtook his teammate down the straight, but one lap later Rins passed him back and stepped up the pace, to cross the finish line first. It is Rin’s third win of the season and his second in the U.S., leaving him with 167 points in the World Championship, 16 behind category leader Salom and 7 behind Viñales.
Thrilled, Alex Marquez claimed his first World Championship podium, which places him fifth overall with 90 points, confidence and momentum for the next race, when the World Championship returns to Europe this week for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.
1st - 41:37.200
“It was a very difficult race. At first, right after the start, I ran off the track and I had to push hard to recuperate the lost positions. In the end, the race was decided in the last laps. With three laps to go, [Alex] Marquez passed me, but with one lap to go I passed him back. In that moment, I gave it full gas because I knew that he could pass me on the finish line, as his bike was a little faster than mine. In the end everything worked out and I finished in first position. Above all, I would like to dedicate this race to the victims of the train accident in Galicia."
2nd at 0.177 sec.
“I'm very happy. At the beginning of the race, I knew that the three of us, Rins, Viñales and me, could break away, and that's what I tried to do. At first I wasn't completely comfortable on the bike, and I struggled a bit. But when I passed Rins, I saw that I could run with them and I felt better on the bike. At the end, I tried to pass Rins on the final lap, but the truth is that today he was very strong and I have to congratulate him. We have to continue in this way, it’s important to have the three races in a row with a podium because it’s really motivating, mentality and for the team as well. We had been on the verge of podium for a while now, so we should be happy. Next we go to Brno, a track that I like."
Solid race for Jakub Kornfeil
Jakub Kornfeil leaves the United States with renewed confidence for his home race next weekend. The Czech rider of RW Racing GP finished the Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 10th place after a solid race. His Dutch team mate Jasper Iwema was less fortunate. He was knocked off his bike in the exit of the first corner.
Jakub Kornfeil (10): "I’m happy with this result. I had a good start, coming from 16th. My pace was good. With this pace I could have raced with the top 6. It’s a pity we botched up qualifying. But it certainly feels good to be back in the top 10. I’m looking forward to my home race next week. I’ve always had good results in Brno.’’
Jasper Iwema (DNF): " I’m lucky I am unhurt. I couldn’t do anything about it. I don’t really know who T-boned me. It’s a pity because there were many DNF’s. Unfortunately I was the first… The only thing I might blame myself is having to start from 27th on the grid. That is a risk. We have to improve in practices.’’
First time this Season Brad fails to score points
With gritted teeth Brad Binder lined up on the grid for the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, his hand and shoulder still aching from a vicious high side in Qualifying. A small delay to the race start due to technical issues with the timing system did not help the young South African. When the race did get underway, Brad struggled off the start and dropped several positions.
Brad began to battle with the likes of McPhee and Oettel, avoiding several crashes and staying upright when Juanfran Guevara clipped his rear wheel. With 15 laps to go Brad’s engine problems forced him to retire. This is the first time this season that the South African has failed to score points.
Today and the whole weekend was a bit of a disaster. I tried to ride around the pain, and it was going okay apart from my bad start. Then the engine started playing up and I was forced to retire. I don’t think I could have scored any points but it’s still a bummer to not finish. It’ll be a lot of rest till the next round to try and be as fit as I can and get back to scoring some points. Thanks to the Team for their support all weekend. I would also just like to take this opportunity to welcome Luca Amato to Team Ambrogio.”
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Top seven for the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders
Luis Salom finished in an admirable fifth place at Indianapolis despite racing injured, while Arthur Sissis and Zulfahmi Khairuddin followed their teammate with a sixth and seventh, respectively.
18/08/2013 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
The Red Bull KTM Ajo team completed this Sunday’s race at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway with all riders placing in the top seven. Luis Salom finished fifth while riding with an injured left ankle sustain from a crash yesterday. The Spanish rider managed a great result despite riding in pain, with the fifth place allowing him to hang on to the Moto3 Championship lead. Arthur Sissis achieved his best performance of the year with a sixth, while Zulfahmi Khairuddin returned to the top 10 with a seventh place.
Arthur Sissis and Luis Salom both had superb race starts, completing the first lap in first and third position, respectively. The Australian then led the race for the first two laps, but was unable to maintain the pace and fell back alongside his teammates in the second group of riders behind the leading group.
Salom —who was nineteenth fastest in the morning warm up— had a tough race after injuring his left foot in a crash yesterday during qualifying. The Spanish rider stuck with the battle for fourth place for much of the race, until finally finishing the race in fifth and Sissis in sixth.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin was able to keep pace alongside his teammates, end entered an exciting duel with Efren Vazquez. The Malaysian rider won the battle with Vazquez to cross the finish line in seventh position.
After nine races thus far this season, Luis Salom maintains his lead in the overall Moto3 standings with 183 points, 9 more than his nearest rival, Maverick Viñales. Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis both have collected 49 points and occupy seventh and eighth in the standings.
The World Championship charges ahead, returning to Europe next week for the Czech Republic GP.
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 41:37.200
2. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.177
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +1.076
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +8.638
5. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +9.261
6. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +14.439
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +18.602
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 183 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 174 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 167 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 94 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 90 points
7. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 49 points
8. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 49 points
"It was a difficult weekend. After the crash yesterday, finishing a race and taking fifth place is a good result. I think that I could maybe have clinched fourth, but I overtook Arthur [Sissis] under a yellow flag and had to give back the position –which lost us some time. Fifth place, with how my fitness was, is very good."
"The race went rather well. We began with a good start and I was able to lead a race for the first time on the opening laps. On the first five times around the tyre was sliding around a lot, but later on the grip improved. I was not able to stick with the lead group, so I rode with Luis [Salom] and Jonas [Folger] just behind. They got away on the final laps and I finished sixth. I think that the GP was a good one and I am happy, so I hope to continue in this way at Brno."
"The race was a good one for us. I got a good start, but past the midway point it was difficult to overtake Vazquez in a fast group. In the end, we placed seventh.
This was a very good weekend for me and for the team. We did a good job and we found the best setup for a strong race. I hope to be able to continue working like this over the coming races."
"We should be very happy with how this raceday went. Regarding Luis [Salom], on Friday and Saturday we didn’t have the easiest of days. On Saturday we found a good setup, but after the big crash we didn’t know if he could contest the race. I have to thank the doctors for their hard work. They gave him a painkilling injection and he was able to finish the race, keeping the series lead with a gutsy display.
Arthur [Sissis] and Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin] made me very happy. Maybe the first half of the season didn’t go as they would have liked, but after the summer break they have come back with a changed mentality. I am very confident that they will both get good results in the rest of the year.
The end result for the team has been really good."
Difficult race for Tech 3 Racing in Indianapolis
The Tech 3 Racing Team experienced a challenging Moto2 race at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, with Danny Kent and Louis Rossi finishing 23rd and 24th respectively in hot conditions.
Hopes were high that British rider Kent could mount a challenge for his second top 15 finish of 2013 after a promising weekend saw him lap at a competitive pace throughout practice and qualifying.
This afternoon’s 25-lap race though proved to be a tough one as Kent experienced a tyre chatter issue from the early stages that prevented him from maintaining an early challenge for the points.
He then encountered a mystery pain in his left arm and given the physically demanding nature of the 16-turn Brickyard track, Kent had no option but to slow his pace and he finished one place higher than teammate Rossi.
Rossi never found a comfortable feeling with his Mistral 610 machine, despite the best efforts of his Tech 3 Racing crew to improve his confidence. The Frenchman still rode a determined race and he gained more priceless experience heading into the second half of his rookie Moto2 season.
Danny Kent 23rd – 3 points
“It was a very tough race and obviously not what we expected. I had high hopes of a good result after a strong warm-up but after a few laps I started to have a chatter issue and that made it difficult. And out of the blue I got a sharp pain in my left arm and I got slower and slower. I am really disappointed but we don’t have to wait long to put things right and I am confident I can bounce back in Brno next weekend.”
Louis Rossi 24th – 4 points
“I am not happy with this result. I lost some confidence in qualifying after a reasonable start to the weekend and in the race it was really difficult. I just couldn’t get into a decent rhythm and 24th is not anything like the result we had hoped for. We go to Brno now where I expect to be much more competitive.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager
“We had high expectations for the race because Danny has been looking very strong all weekend. He is ideal time this morning would have put him ninth and as fast as Pol Espargaro, and even though his grid position wasn’t so high, we anticipated him battling for the points. He was doing well but he developed a lot of pain in his left arm and that meant he was unable to maintain his pace and stay in the group around 17th. Louis struggled all weekend although he did the best job he could despite never finding a good feeling with the Mistral 610. So once again on race day when it really counts we are disappointed and the only positive is we can try and put things right immediately in Brno next weekend.”
MotoGP Moto3 - Strong comeback for San Carlo Team Italia in Indianapolis
Fenati's charge during the second half of the race puts him in ninth place, Bagnaia is stopped by technical issues while close to the Top 15
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) stormed back through the field in Moto3's race in Indianapolis, starting from 15th place and climbing back to 9th. His rhythm in the second half of the race could match that of those at the front, where Rins won ahead of Marquez and Viñales.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4), after blasting through the traffic at the start, immediately recovered ten positions and was ready to take advantage of the confidence gained during WUP to score his maiden points, but technical issues forced him back in the pits.
Both riders wore black bands to honor Ivo Tosi, the brother of Fenati's mechanic Alfio, who passed away last night.
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5)
"I bounced back during the race and had fun. My pace was good though early on I struggled with people crashing in front of me, still I leave Indy with confidence. I want to dedicate this race to my mechanic Alfio who lost his brother. We head to Brno with high hopes."
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4)
"I got off a great start, gaining several positions. My rhythm was strong, but with nine laps to go the engine broke. Given how the riders in my group arrived, I could have scored some points, and considering the improvement we made I'm hopeful about the next races."
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"It's been a positive Sunday after a tough Saturday. Romano gave a solid race and could have been in the Top 5 without a difficult QP. Pecco also showed great competitiveness before his technical problems. Both worked extremely well as a team, and we are ready to reap the benefits from next week-end on. I want to compliment Matteo Ferrari, who scored his maiden points, on behalf of FMI."
Niklas Ajo returns to the points
The Avant Tecno KTM rider crossed the finish line in eleventh position at the Indianapolis Grand Prix position after starting from twenty-fourth on the grid.
18/08/2013 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Niklas Ajo gave an excellent performance on Sunday, overtaking thirteen positions to finish in eleventh place at the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The Avant Tecno KTM rider made up for his two previous performances by returning to the points at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After nine races, Niklas stands fourteenth overall in the Moto3 Championship.
Starting twenty-fourth on the grid turned out to be no obstacle for Niklas Ajo, who was clearly prepared to increase his championship points with a great start, after which an amazing first lap saw him overtake thirteen rivals to put him in eleventh place on the very first lap.
The Avant Tecno KTM rider remained in a group of riders all battling for tenth. The fighting was intense and after 23 laps, the young Finn finished eleventh in a race that was won by Spaniard Alex Rins.
With this result, Niklas Ajo is now fourteenth overall in the Moto3 Championship with a total of 37 points after nine races. The Avant Tecno KTM rider will have no time to rest as the team travels directly to the Czech Republic for the next race on the Moto3 calendar.
1. Alex Rins (KTM) 41:37.200
2. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.177
3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +1.076
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) +8.638
5. Luis Salom (KTM) +9.261
11. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +27.018
Moto3 World Championship
1. Luis Salom (KTM) 183 points
2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 174 points
3. Alex Rins (KTM) 167 points
4. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 94 points
5. Alex Marquez (KTM) 90 points
14. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 37 points
"In the end it was not a bad race, after a difficult weekend. I made a good start and on the opening lap was up to eleventh. During the first corners there was a lot of overtaking and I tried to do my best amongst that. The race went well until the midway point, when I felt a cramp in my left leg and I had to drop my pace to keep going through to the finish line."
NO POINTS TO SHOW FOR INDIANAPOLIS EFFORT
Team GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 return back to Europe with no points to show for the efforts in the USA this weekend, with Niccolo Antonelli struggling to sixteenth place after injuring his shoulder in a collision with f ellow Italian youngster Romano Fenati. Niccolo gritted his teeth to make it to the end of the race, only dropping out of the points on the final lap. Lorenzo Baldassarri's race lasted just three laps after a crash but there will be an opportunity for both riders to make up for their disappointment as the series continues in just a few days time at Brno.
Niccolò Antonelli (16th) “I really struggled to make it to the end of the race today. Unfortunately when I was fighting with Fenati we made contact and I hurt my left shoulder. Maybe I should have come in but I wanted to keep going because I was in the points. Unfortunately I couldn't hang in there on the final lap and we lost out but we will try to make up for it as best we can at Brno. ”
Lorenzo Baldassarri (DNF) “We had to run the hard front tyre because we were told the soft wouldn't make it to the end but it was no good for me. I didn't have a feeling for the bike and struggled to get on the pace. I lost a bit of ground in the battle with the guys in front of me and tried to push hard to stay with them but ended up losing the front and crashing. I am sorry for the team because this wasn't what we needed.”
Fausto Gresini “I would be lying if I said I was happy today but there is no need to go over the top. We need to stay together, analyse things carefully and work hard to be in better shape at Brno. I am still confident that if everybody works their hardest over the coming races we will be rewarded with results.”
Redding third in tough Brickyard battle
Indianapolis, USA - 18 August 2013: A sixth podium in nine races extended Marc VDS Racing rider Scott Redding's lead in the Moto2 World Championship to 26-points after a tough Brickyard battle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this afternoon.
In a 25-lap race where excessive rear tyre wear once again hampered Redding's victory challenge, the 20-year-old managed to crucially overhaul main title rival Pol Espargaro for the final podium position after a fascinating battle between the two main Moto2 protagonists.
Having finished behind Espargaro in the previous three races, Redding was determined not to beaten again, despite grip issues costing him valuable time exiting the final corner and entering the fast approach to the first turn.
Demonstrating controlled aggression to preserve his tyres for the crucial final phase of the race in gruelling heat that hit almost 30 degrees, Redding's ruthless and brave move on Espargaro to secure third at the start of lap 23 typified his desire and commitment to capture the Moto2 title.
Tyre preservation was a key strength of Mika Kallio, the Finnish rider brilliantly maintaining his pace on worn rubber in the final laps. He ended lap 15 down in 13th position but a stunning late charge saw him climb up from 10th to seventh in the last two laps to keep himself firmly in the hunt for third position in the Championship.
Livio Loi's excellent debut at the famous Brickyard track ended in fine style, the Belgian rider securing a career best 14th place finish in the 23-lap Moto3 race.
Loi took full advantage of a career best qualifying performance yesterday and after starting 11th he was locked a big battle for the top 10 in the early laps.
A mistake while downshifting at Turn 10 on lap six cost him three seconds and dropped him out of the top 15. But he was able to launch a terrific recovery and by lap 16 he'd moved back inside the points-scoring places.
His consistently fast lap times in the 1.49 bracket impressively matched the pace of several of his rivals in the top 10, and at the chequered flag Loi collected two World Championship points, which moves him within touching distance of the top 20 in the overall rankings.
The Marc VDS Racing Team now heads back to Europe for next weekend's Brno race in the Czech Republic, which is immediately followed by Redding's vital home round at Silverstone on 1 September.
Scott Redding #45: 3rd
"I felt good at the start but I didn't want to lead because I knew I needed to save the tyres. I could see Nakagami was using a lot of his rear tyre but after about seven laps I suddenly starting having a vibration from the rear and I was losing time in the first and last corner. After that it was all about surviving to the finish and not trying to stress the tyres too much. But when Rabat came by he was gone in a few corners, so it was obvious I had some more tyre issues and that's a bit disappointing. The battle at the end with Pol was exciting. It was pretty tight in those first couple of corners on lap 23 but I never touched him and sometimes you have to be aggressive like that. I'm just happy to have beaten him because it is vitally important for the Championship."
Mika Kallio #36: 7th
"I am happy to have recovered so many places in the final laps but it was a very tough race. I knew that I could keep a good pace right until the end but unfortunately I am not as fast as the rest on new tyres. I just had to hang in there as best I could because I knew I'd be faster when the rest started to have grip problems. I just kept pushing even though I started to lose front and rear grip and I am reasonably satisfied to have fought back to seventh. It is not a fantastic position but not too bad considering I started 15th. I lost some points on Rabat and Aegerter in the Championship but there are many races to go and I am sure I will be more competitive in Brno."
Livio Loi #11: 14th
"It has been a very positive first visit to Indianapolis for me and I'm really happy to have followed up my best ever qualifying result yesterday with my career best finish in the race. I am sure I could have been higher than 14th but on lap six I made a mistake downshifting. I went from third into first gear at Turn 10 and the rear came round on me. It was a big moment and it cost me a lot of time and positions. I just kept pushing as hard as I could to get back into the points and I am pleased I managed to do that and I am very happy with the consistency of my lap times. It is a good way to start the second half of the season but part of me obviously thinks it a top 10 was possible without the mistake, but that can happen when you are pushing at this level."
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"That was an incredible race and I am really happy that Scott has increased his lead in the Championship. It was very important to finish in front of Espargaro for the first time in four races and I think he showed just how much he wants to win this title with some really hard moves. Unfortunately, once again, he was handicapped by the tyres and this is not the first time, so I am hoping to see some improvements coming quickly. It is a shame Scott just couldn't quite get by Nakagami at the end because those extra points could be crucial. But to lead by 26 points means we are more than one race clear again and this is very positive. Mika did an amazing job in the last 10 laps. He was one of the fastest on track at the end and to pass so many riders late on was very important for his position in the Championship. Livio did a very good job on his first visit here and to get his best ever qualifying and race result gives him and his team a good platform to build on for the second half of the season. It is a shame about the downshifting mistake because I think he showed he had the speed to fight for the top 10. He still showed his potential this weekend and I am sure it is only a matter of time before he is getting a first top 10 result under his belt."
DIFFICULT WEEKEND FOR PRADITA AT INDIANAPOLIS
Doni Tata Pradita returns to Europe to continue his Moto2 adventure at Brno next weekend after a disappointing trip to Indianapolis. The Indonesian rider struggled to get to grips with the notoriously difficult circuit h ere and crossed the line a long way from the points back in 29th position.
Doni Tata Pradita (29th) “I am not happy with this weekend. I was expecting a bit more after the summer break but I was never quite able to get a feel for the circuit and I didn't have the confidence to push with more decision in the race.”
Fausto Gresini “Doni has had a very difficult weekend here in America. I was expecting a lot more from him but he wasn't able to be decisive at any point over the weekend and now he will have to try and make up for it at Brno next week.”
WAROKORN SHOWS WELL ON INDY DEBUT
Thitipong Warokorn made his race debut with Team Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2 at Indianapolis today and the Thai rider can be proud of his efforts after a creditable finish. Warokorn's only objective was to gather experience here an d he certainly did that, which will serve him well as the championship returns to Europe this week for the next round of the season at Brno.
Thitipong Warokorn (30th) “I am quite happy with my debut here because it was something completely new for me. I tried to keep my pace up throughout the race and thankfully made it to the finish despite making contact with another rider right to the end that cost me a couple of positions.”
Fausto Gresini “Warokorn has held his own here this weekend. It wasn't easy for him but he showed courage and determination and the potential to improve in an environment that is completely new to him.”
JONAS FOLGER HAS MOST CONSISTENT RACE OF 2013 TO DATE
MAPFRE Aspar rider takes fourth place in comeback from tenth. Eric Granado crashes out on Lap 4 after solid start
At 11:05 am local time five minutes later than planned- the Moto3 riders took to the grid for the Indianapolis round of the series. Another great race saw up to ten riders in the lead group at the start of the contest, although natural selection reduced this number as the laps went by. Maverick Viñales led the way early on, taking Álex Rins and Álex Márquez with him. Only in the first half of the race were the 1’47 lap times repeated by the top riders, as times dipped into the 1’48s. The leading trio studied one another as they battled for the win, and a scare for Viñales eliminated him from the fight. Rins broke free to take the victory, just ahead of Márquez and Viñales.
The best time of the warmup session belinged to MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger. He started well but was passed by rivals on the opening corners. He dropped down a further spot by the end of lap two, slotting into tenth place. Then the German performed a comeback, riding his most consistent race of the season to date. Over the 23 laps he diced with his rivals and eventually crossed the line in fourth place, on his first visit to Indianapolis as part of the MAPFRE Aspar Team.
Teammate Eric Granado left the IMS empty handed, having had a positive weekend overall. He started well and was looking for a second points finish of the season, but a crash on the fourth corner of the fourth lap left him out of the running. He hopes to bounce back next weekend, when the series heads to Brno.
4th Jonas Folger: "Today we can be proud that we had a very consistent race -probably the most consistent Grand Prix that we have had this year. This morning we found a solution that allowed us to get an awesome setup. Yesterday during qualifying we had established the right direction to take things and this boosted our moral. I started the race feeling very confident, because the bike felt very stable. I'm happy because I was able to maintain a steady pace throughout the race. I pushed very hard from beginning to end and the bike responded to that. It was a tough race, in which I started well but was overtaken on the opening corners. It was a crazy start to the GP. I had to recover places, but I was able to attack at opportune moments and find my spot. Fourth place feels like a win, as I had a lot of fun riding. I hope to continue this trajectory next week at Brno and battle for the podium.”
Eric Granado (DNF): "This weekend had gone well all round. We were fighting for good positions and our feeling had improved considerably from the last few races. This morning I again improved my feeling, and after qualifying in 18th position yesterday, I saw myself finishing in the points. I started well in the race and I was able to pass some riders, I felt good so I started to dice with them, in search of a good result. On the fourth lap I closed in on a group of riders and had the opportunity to move up further positions, so I pushed hard. But coming out of the fourth corner, when I went to open the throttle the bike threw me off and I crashed. It was a shame to finish a weekend that had been so good with a crash. Anyway I want to take away the positives and look ahead to the race next weekend."
MAPFRE ASPAR RIDERS SALVAGE POINTS FROM TOUGH RACE
Jordi Torres places tenth after tyres go off early, whilst Nico Terol finishes twelfth despite stomach trouble
The Moto2 Indianapolis GP was decided by tyre wear, creating late excitement at the Brickyard. Whilst practice results had hinted at a race ridden in groups, Takaaki Nakagami defied that prediction to set an early fast lap. The Japanese rider broke away, eventually establishing a lead of some two seconds. Tito Rabat, Pol Espargaró and Scott Redding were behind him, and it was Rabat who was first to challenge Nakagami. The Spaniard eventually got past his rival, taking the win ahead of Nakagami with Redding in third.
The MAPFRE Aspar riders were clear that at Indianapolis pace would be important. With races usually decided by tyres, owing to the various types of asphalt used at the Brickyard, irregular performance is par for the course. The excellent pace shown in practice allowed the duo to be strong in the opening stages of the race. Nico Terol was up to fourth and Jordi Torres had slotted into seventh, putting them in a good spot for when the rubber on their machines degraded. Torres battled with tyre wear from the midway point and his pace dropped as a result, in the end giving him a tenth place finish.
Terol experienced a stomach problem from lap five onwards, impeding him from riding at his best. In the end, the Spaniard crossed the line in twelfth.
10th Jordi Torres: "Overall I'm happy because we were competitive, and we were able to fight head-to-head with our rivals. At the beginning of the race we kept up with the group, but we knew that this circuit is not favourable for us even with our doing a great job. In practice we managed to get the bike turning in a lot better and more stable, but we lacked that extra step forward that maybe cost us at the end of the race. In addition, halfway through the race the tyres went off, and my riding style did not help in terms of saving the rubber for the final laps. I tried to hold out until the last moment, pushing hard, but inevitably my performance dropped in the end because of the tyres. I think it was a widespread problem today. However, I am happy because I endured the conditions for the entire race and overcame tiredness and scares to finish in a good position.”
12th Nico Terol: "We have experienced a great weekend in Indianapolis, always amongst the top positions and finding an incredible pace for the race. I was very motivated for the race and I came out strong. During the first few laps I kept my position, fighting all the time with my rivals, but as the race wore on I started to feel a sting in my stomach. At times I even felt dizzy -I could not give any more. It wasn’t to do with fitness, as I train a lot and eat well, but something was wrong today. This week I will go to the doctor to find out the source of the discomfort. Today I know that technically I could have fought for the podium -even for the victory- because we had a great setup and also a great pace. I want to thank the team for having given me that this weekend and for doing a great job once again."