2013 Phillip Island Moto2 And Moto3 Sunday Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the races at Phillip Island:

Victory by slim margin for Rins and fourth for Marquez

Alex Rins wins Australian GP by just 0.003s and moves to 5 points off the overall lead. Alex Marquez makes great comeback to finish 3 tenths off the rostrum.

Repsol Media Service - Australia, Phillip Island Circuit - Sunday 20/10/2013

Alex Rins today took a big step forward in the battle for the Moto3 title in Australia, winning a close race by just 0.003s. He did so ahead of Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom, with whom he is competing for the World Championship crown. Rins has now cut the gap between him and leader Luis Salom to just 5 points.

It was another group race featuring the usual suspects, but also some special guests: Salom, Rins, Marquez and Viñales were joined by Folger, Miller and Antonelli. Continual overtakes saw the lead change hands, and both Rins and Alex Marquez had spells in front. In a thrilling finale, Rins took the victory by the smallest of margins, winning out against Viñales and Salom.

Alex Marquez, who made a great comeback through the field from thirteenth on the grid, overtook numerous rivals despite taking a bump from Miguel Oliveira at the start of the race. He was taken off track by the incident, but would still catch the lead group with 18 laps to go. He fought right until the final corner of the race for a podium spot, missing out by just 3 tenths of a second.

Alex Rins

1st - 37:40.375

“It was a fun race and very hard fought, with a group of seven riders at the front. The important thing is that we are working very well with the team, because at this Grand Prix it was hard for us to find the best setup and in qualifying we didn’t use the right one. Thanks to them I was able to be up in the fight for the win. Before the start I had a meeting with Emilio [Alzamora], Jose [Carrion] and Carlos [Perez]-my technician, to decide the best race strategy and we planned to prepare well the last right hander, in order to be very fast for the last two corners. It worked out for us and we won by 0.003.

We are five points behind Luis, but that does not change anything, because we will continue going race-by-race at both Japan and Valencia, giving our all."

Alex Marquez

4th at 0.502 sec.

“We knew the race would be very difficult today because we were starting far back. I made a good start and at the end of the main straight I took an outside line which had many bumps. Some riders passed me then. I also lost positions in the incident with Oliveira. At that time I reset myself, calmed down and started to push. On those first laps I wore down my tyres reaching the lead group and at the end of the race I had problems because of this. But we should be happy, because I think we are back to riding as we did in Misano, where I felt good on the bike. I will try to follow this path to see if we can take another step forward and be up there with the leaders on the closing laps of the race. Here at Phillip Island the problem was the qualifying session, so we will try to improve this in Japan."

Stellar ninth place for Niklas Ajo

Avant Tecno KTM rider makes up twelve places, finishing Australian GP in top ten.

20/10/2013 - Phillip Island Circuit, Australia

Niklas Ajo was able to leave Phillip Island happy on Sunday, in contrast to his previous two visits to the Australian circuit. Setting off from row seven on the starting grid, the Avant Tecno KTM rider worked hard to make one of his spectacular comebacks, winning the battle of the second group to cross the line ninth. With this result, Niklas gains a further seven points in the overall standings.

It was an excellent start for the Finnish rider at Phillip Island, as on the second lap he was up to eighth. After sticking in the leading group in the early stages, the Avant Tecno KTM rider dropped into a large second group, where up to ten riders fought for ninth place. Niklas was the one to best read the race and crossed the finish line at the head of that pack, 15 seconds behind the winner of the event, Alex Rins.

With two races remaining until the end of the season, the Avant Tecno KTM rider occupies fifteenth position in the overall standings with 54 points. The next race takes place next week at the Motegi circuit in Japan.

Results (Race)

1. Alex Rins (KTM) 37:40.375

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.003

3. Luis Salom (KTM) +0.178

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.502

5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) +0.601

9. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) +15.074

Moto3 World Championship

1. Luis Salom (KTM) 300 points

2. Alex Rins (KTM) 295 points

3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 278 points

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 175 points

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 147 points

15. Niklas Ajo (Avant Tecno KTM) 54 points

Niklas Ajo

"The start was very good. I was very far back, but I was aggressive on the first lap and fortunately I was able to climb up to the top 10. I was in the leading group in the first stages, but some riders have begun to overtake each other without using much common sense and I lost the front group. I just tried to push hard and get back to that pack, but it was impossible.

I kept in the second group, where the overtaking was constant. I prepared well for the last lap to place first of the group. I'm not entirely happy, because yesterday we missed many chances to do better in the qualifying session. We have to improve ahead of the next race to have a chance at the front."

Kent back in points, Rossi denied season best in Australia

The Tech 3 Racing Team experienced a day of contrasting fortunes for Danny Kent and Louis Rossi in a shortened Tissot Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at the picturesque Phillip Island track.

This afternoon’s race was run over a reduced distance of just 13-laps after official tyre supplier Dunlop requested a revised format on safety grounds because of tyre endurance concerns on new asphalt at the spectacular 4.4km coastal circuit.

The sprint race started superbly for Rossi, who got a fast start and was quickly able to move into contention for his first points scoring finish since the Dutch TT in Assen.

Rossi has been fast and consistent all weekend on board the Mistral 610 machine, which is designed and developed exclusively by the French-based Tech 3 squad for World Championship competition.

With air temperatures reaching an unusually high 27 degrees, Rossi’s impressive charge through the field took him to 12th position, which put him firmly on course to score a season best finish.

He was confident he could continue moving forward when he tumbled unhurt out at the Siberia right-hand corner on lap six in an incident that was the consequence of a engine issue.

Rossi’s exit out of contention promoted Kent into the top 15 and the British rider enjoyed an exciting fight with compatriot Gino Rea for 13th position, which went right down to the chequered flag.

The 19-year-old was able to hold off the determined challenge of Rea and his reward was a third successive points scoring finish for the first time in the 2013 World Championship campaign.

The Tech 3 Racing Team now heads to Japan for the conclusion of a gruelling three-week world tour before the season ends in Valencia next month.

Danny Kent 13th – 15 points:

“I can’t deny I was quite fortunate to score points today. There were a lot of crashes, people jumping the start and early in the race I was struggling with the pain in my neck and shoulder after the crash on Friday. I got more comfortable once the adrenaline kicked in and I was having a good battle with Gino at the end of the race. It was pretty easy to follow him and with two laps to go I passed him, but when you’re in front the wind blows you around a lot. I just made sure I stayed consistent and I was fast enough to keep him behind me and after a difficult weekend I am happy to be back in the points.”

Louis Rossi DNF 4 points:

“I am very disappointed because the entire weekend was very positive. We made a good step for the race with the bike and I got a fast start and was catching the group in front. I had just braked for the Siberia turn when I felt the rear wheel lock and I went into the gravel. I couldn’t keep control of the bike and crashed, but fortunately I was unhurt. In the meantime we understood that it was an issue with the engine so it's even more frustrating and a big shame because this has been a very tough season and this weekend I was competitive and improving a lot, so I am sure I could have scored my best result of 2013."

Herve Poncharal – Team Manager:

“I am really sorry for Louis because he was having his best weekend of the season. He has been capable of doing fast lap times in every session and in the race I think he could have been close to the top 10. Unfortunately he couldn’t finish and we have the confirmation that it has been a mechanical issue to take him out and that only adds to our frustration. Danny was in the points but the weekend was not easy and the lap time not very fast. But he never gave up and he has now scored points in three races in a row for the first time this season, which is a good effort because he was not at his physical best here after two crashes. I am sure he will be better in Japan and I think this weekend showed the Mistral 610 package is moving closer to the front and we can hope for a better outcome next weekend.”

Salom works hard for Phillip Island podium

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider takes third at Australian GP and maintains World Championship lead. Zulfahmi Khairuddin places eleventh and Arthur Sissis sixteenth.

20/10/2013 - Phillip Island Circuit

There was another podium finish for Luis Salom in the Moto3 World Championship —his twelfth of the season. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider took third in a close Australian Grand Prix, retaining his lead in the overall standings with a five-point advantage over his nearest rival. Zulfahmi Khairuddin, who turns 22 today, returned to the points after missing the Sepang race, and Arthur Sissis finished his home GP in sixteenth position.

Salom made an excellent start from pole position and decided to attempt to pull away. After leading the first six laps, the Spanish rider then chose to hang back in the leading group. On the closing laps, Salom began to pick off his rivals, but a scare on the final lap took away his chances of the win and he crossed the finish line in third.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin moved up two places at the start, but conceded them again as he swerved to avoid another rider. Despite this, the Red Bull KTM Ajo man was part of the group in the struggle for the ninth, in the end taking five points for his season tally with eleventh place. Arthur Sissis, who recovered six places on the opening sector of Lap 1, reached the group containing his teammate and finished just outside the points, in sixteenth place.

The Moto3 World Championship heads to Japan next week, with Luis Salom leading the overall standings by 5 points over Alex Rins. Zulfahmi Khairuddin is tenth —65 points— and Arthur Sissis twelfth —59 points.

Results (Race)

1. Alex Rins (KTM) 37:40.375

2. Maverick Viñales (KTM) +0.003

3. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +0.178

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) +0.502

5. Jack Miller (FTR Honda) +0.601

11. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +15.974

16. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) +16.665

Moto3 World Championship

1. Luis Salom (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 300 points

2. Alex Rins (KTM) 295 points

3. Maverick Viñales (KTM) 278 points

4. Alex Marquez (KTM) 175 points

5. Jonas Folger (Kalex KTM) 147 points

10. Zulfahmi Khairuddin (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 65 points

12. Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 59 points

Luis Salom

"It was a very good race, very fun. However, on the final lap I had a problem and almost fell. Despite that, we were able to get on the podium and that is the important thing. These points are going to be very important for the championship and that is why we are working so hard. We have two races remaining and it will be a hard end to the season, but we will be fighting on every lap left."

Arthur Sissis

"The truth is that it was a very difficult race. I made a very good start and was amongst the top ten on the first few corners, but at Turn 4 Oliveira fell and another rider touched me. That set me back and I struggled to regain lost ground in the second group, because at this circuit it is very difficult. Eventually I got there, but if I had more laps remaining I could have improved my position."

Zulfahmi Khairuddin

"I think I had a reasonably good start, but on the fourth corner of the first lap there was a crash in front of me and a large group of riders almost stopped. I got back to the leading group, but then the others began overtaking and lap after lap I lost ground.

The positive thing is that I'm well recovered physically, so I want to thank the doctors and physiotherapists. Also I need to thank the team, because the bike worked very well and the times were what we wanted. Looking ahead to the next races, I have to improve my first lap to keep with the front group and be more prepared for the race. I hope to be just as strong in Japan."

Aki Ajo

"This was a good race for Luis [Salom], who was fighting all the way. As at every race this year, it was a tough battle, because there were many riders in the leading group and several had possibilities of winning the title. Unfortunately, this time Luis did not win, but you cannot always be at the top of the podium. We have to be content with the third position and the fact that we did our best. It seems that on the last slow corner he had a problem with the front and lost the chance of the win.

I'm happy for Fahmi [Zulfahmi Khairuddin], because he’s had a hard time since the crash at Aragon and was very strong again. This has been one of the best weekends of the year for Fahmi. We hope to continue in this way at the two remaining races.

Arthur [Sissis] made very good start and, like Fahmi, was slowed down when avoiding another rider. He made a great effort to recover the distance and managed to catch the second group."

Enjoyable race for Kornfeil

Jakub Kornfeil finished in 12th after he enjoyed a great battle in the Moto3 race of the Australian Grand Prix. The Czech was caught in the crush at the start of the race, but managed to fight in the second group. A perfect start didn’t help Jasper Iwema. After coming through the first lap in 10th he dropped back to 20th.

It was a hard but fair battle for 9th to 17th in the group Jakub Kornfeil was in, with riders swapping places all the time. The Czech got the maximum out of it in the last lap, which he entered in 14th but came out in 12th.

Jasper Iwema had a terrific start from 25th on the grid to 10th crossing the line after the first lap. He managed to stay out of the pushing and move forward. But the pace in the front was too high and Iwema lacked a little bit of confidence after a crash in the warm-up.

Jakub Kornfeil (12): "I got stuck in the hassle in the beginning and therefore I missed the connection with the first group. In the bunch I was in, it was a hard but fair fight for 9th. I really enjoyed the race and I am happy with the points. I’m looking forward to Japan, next weekend. I like the Motegi track a lot.’’

Jasper Iwema (20): "I had a superb start and I felt ok, but the pace was too high to keep up with. I was hoping I was able to stay in the group Jakub was in and thus fight for a few points, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible. I’m not happy with the final result, but it wasn’t a bad race.’’


MAPFRE Aspar rider leads race at start of final lap, but drops to sixth after incident with other rider. Eric Granado places 21st

Phillip Island once again provided, like every year, an exciting race from start to finish. For the second time in the space of a week, a large group of riders fought for the podium places right to the end. Salom tried an early breakaway, but the packed field and high winds meant that it would not be possible and the riders remained close. The threat of rain meant that everyone looked to take the lead to insure against a red flag. A slow pace in the mid-1’37 range was run, but the heat was still on at the end as the battle raged. Rins took the win on a chaotic final lap at Phillip Island, whilst Viñales and Salom joined him on the podium.

MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger did everything well today at Phillip Island, but bad luck kept him off the podium that he had deserved. Second on the grid, he started calm as part of the leading group until he attempted to pull away on lap seven. After not getting away, he dropped back in the group and awaited his moment. The moment came at the start of the final lap, when he passed two riders and took the lead, but four corners later he was taken off-line by another rider and lost his chance of the podium. Folger eventually finished sixth.

Eric Granado also had some bad luck, involved in a collision with another rider. After recovering, he tried to make back as many positions and finally ended up in 21st place.

6th Jonas Folger: "Today I felt very solid throughout the race thanks to a great setup. When I moved to the head of the group I pushed hard but when I saw I couldn’t escape I decided to ride calmly, saving my tyres at the back of the pack. Towards the end of the race I again ascended positions, felt good and was convinced I could fight for the podium today. I knew it was very important to be in a good spot on the last lap, so at the end of the straight I overtook Salom and Viñales to take the lead. Just then, on a fast corner, Marquez overtook me by taking advantage of my slipstream. I tried to hold position and wait for my chance again, but suddenly I saw that Salom went in too hot for a corner, touching me and forcing me to go to the outside. I had to lift the bike up instinctively because I almost crashed, and was passed by several riders. I didn’t have time to catch the group back up and try to get to the podium spots. It's a shame to end the weekend like this, because we had done a great job. These things happen when you compete, and I hope for better luck in Japan."

21st Eric Granado: "This morning in the warmup session we took an important step forward. We tried a smaller fairing that allowed me to ride more comfortably during the race. It worked out pretty well, but after two laps a rider who went wide collided with me trying to get back on track. This made me lose a lot of time, and then I lost the group who had been my reference. These things happen when you're far down the order, so we will have to work hard at the next Grand Prix to place well in qualifying. At the end I was with a slow group full of drama, so I waited for my moment before attacking for 21st.”

Seventh for Kallio in shortened Moto2 race at Phillip Island

Phillip Island, Australia - 20 October 2013: Mika Kallio took a hard fought seventh place finish in today's shortened Australian Moto2 Grand Prix at Phillip Island.

The 30-year-old Finn dropped a position from the start, but had fought his way up to fifth by the end of the sixth lap. Kallio then got involved in a battle with Alex de Angelis and Dominique Aegerter, but was forced to concede fifth and then sixth place as his rear tyre started shedding rubber after just nine laps.

Today's Australian Moto2 Grand Prix was contested over just 13 laps, just over half the original race distance, following concerns about rider safety due to excessive tyre degradation on the recently resurfaced Phillip Island circuit. The shortened race was won by Pol Espargaro, who now goes 16 points clear of Scott Redding at the top of the Moto2 World Championship standings.

Redding was absent today, having sustained a fractured radius in a crash during qualifying. The 20-year-old Briton underwent surgery at the Epworth Hospital last night, with a plate and six screws being inserted in his wrist by renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Andrew Oppy. Redding's rehabilitation programme will start in three to four days, with the final round of the season at Valencia the current target for his return to racing.

Livio Loi finished today's Australian Moto3 Grand Prix in 18th position, once again missing out on a points scoring finish by less than a second.

The 16-year-old Belgian, starting from 23rd position on the grid, initially lost ground as riders crashed in front of him on the opening lap, but he'd fought his way back into 18th position at the midpoint of the race. Loi looked to be closing quickly on the group battling for ninth position, but a delay passing Ana Carrasco meant he ran out of laps and eventually finished 18th, after being passed by Arthur Sissis five laps from the end.

Mika Kallio #36 // 7th

"I got a reasonable start, running with the leading group, but I couldn't find a way past the riders in front of me. There are three good passing places here at Phillip Island, but I just didn't have the speed into turns one and four to get close enough on the brakes to pass. I was also fast over Lukey Heights and tried to stay on the outside to put me on the inside at MG corner, but the door was shut on every lap. Where I was faster than the guys in front I was able to close right onto their rear wheel but, again, it was impossible to pass. Nine laps in I started to feel vibration from the rear, which got worse with every lap. I knew I was losing rubber from the tyre, as we had the same problem yesterday morning, but there was nothing I could do. My lap time increased by almost a second and first de Angelis and then Aegerter went past me and I was forced to settle for seventh. I'm sorry for Scott that I wasn't able to limit his losses this weekend."

Livio Loi #11 // 18th // @LivioLoi

"I got a reasonable start, but then I lost contact with the group ahead of me as a result of the chaos and the crashes on the opening lap. I got my head down and managed to bridge the gap, dropping into the 1'37s bracket a couple of times as I chased. I managed to make contact, but then I waited too long before passing Carrasco and that allowed the group ahead to pull away and Sissis to close from behind, eventually passing me with five laps to go. I'm happy with my lap times, which were really consistent on a clear track, but I need to be more aggressive with the overtakes in future."

Michael Bartholemy // Team Principal

"A disappointing weekend all round, really. We knew such a short race wasn't going to particularly suit Mika, but he got a good start and looked like he was going to be able to challenge for the podium in the opening few laps. But then the rear tyre, the cause of so many problems this weekend, went off and it was all he could do to hold onto seventh position at the flag. Livio also got a good start, but he was too hesitant working his way through the field. If he'd been more aggressive then he'd have made contact with the group ahead and could have been battling for a top ten finish today. He needs to learn from this, as he only has two more opportunities to get into the top ten this season. Scott's surgery went well yesterday and he'll start the rehabilitation programme in a few days. I know losing the lead in the championship will have hurt him a lot today, but his focus must now be on his own recovery, ahead of a return to racing at Valencia."

More information and high resolution images are available on the Marc VDS Racing Team website at www.marcvds.com


Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 rider Niccolò Antonelli produced a fantastic performance in the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island to run in the front group and finish just over two seconds behind the race winner. Despite a crash in warm-up this morning that affected his preparations, the Italian teenager once again showed his potential with an exciting performance in the race, fighting throughout for a podium position before dropping back slightly at the end. Lorenzo Baldassarri made a good start but paid the price for another rider's mistake and was unable to make up enough ground to challenge for points at the end.

Niccolò Antonelli (8th) “Despite the crash this morning, which didn't help, I managed to have a good race this afternoon. I am happy because I ran with the front group throughout the race, went on the attack and had a lot of fun. I really feel like I am making progress at the moment and I know this will be useful to us not only in the two remaining races of the season but even more so next year. ”

Lorenzo Baldassarri (24th) “I quickly made up some positions at the start but then I got messed up by a rider coming back onto the track after running off. It was a shame because I had a good feeling with the bike and this track suits my riding style. I got in a tough group after that and it was a difficult race but another good experience that I hope to be able to put to good use in the future.”

Fausto Gresini “Niccolò had another excellent race, running with the front group and giving as good as he got without ever giving up. He did a great job and this is the Niccolò I want to see on track every week – for the last two races of this season and throughout next season. I am really pleased with the way he is coming on and I think we have seen not only the potential that he has today but also the results of all the hard work being put in by the team and everybody who works with us. I feel sorry for Baldassarri because he deserved more today but the real problem is that he is simply too big for Moto3. He can't do justice to his potential but I still believe in him and I think he will be much better suited to Moto2. ”


Doni Tata Pradita scored his first Moto2 World Championship point today in a memorable race at Phillip Island. After a difficult start to a race that was reduced to 13 laps because of tyre problems during practice Doni fought hard to make up positions and pick up fifteenth place: 'mission accomplished' for the Indonesian rider and for Federal Oil, who have sponsored him during his rookie season.

Doni Tata Pradita (15th) “I am so happy! Obviously this is a very important day for me. To finally achieve our objective of scoring points in such a competitive category as the Moto2 World Championship is wonderful for us. I want to thank Federal Oil and Fausto Gresini for their support during my rookie season. ”

Fausto Gresini “I am very happy for Pradita and for Federal Oil. Doni has put a lot of effort into this season, he has listened to the advice of the team and tried his best to put it into practice and today he has been rewarded with his first championship point, which is well deserved. ”


Spanish rider ends exceptional weekend with third place. Teammate Nico Terol finishes ninth

Race Direction yesterday cut the Moto2 race distance from 23 to 13 laps, due to the safety requirements of the riders. Tyre degradation concerns at the resurfaced Phillip Island track led to the move being made. Thus, a sprint race took place in the intermediate class, with a fast pace run and a new lap record set by Alex De Angelis (1’32.814). Pol Espargarò started strong from pole position, and was able to pull away and take the win –despite Thomas Luthi and Jordi Torres almost closing him down at the end. The absence of hitherto overall leader Scott Redding, after breaking his wrist yesterday, gave Espargarò command of the standings.

Jordi Torres capped off a great weekend in Australia with a podium. Last year he had to come back through the field from far back, but in 2013 the MAPFRE Aspar Team rider had been up at the front right from Friday. He had clinched a front row start for today’s contest in a tough qualifying session, and was ready for a good race at one of his favourite tracks on the calendar. Showing some of his best riding this season, Torres was part of the lead group for the entirety of the race, rounding off the shortened contest with third place. Along the way, he was just 6 tenths of a second off the fastest lap of the race, with a 1’32.820 lap.

Teammate Nico Terol also had an enjoyable trip to Australia, with a positive race today. The Spaniard was just behind the leaders, until a crash for two riders behind him caused a distraction and allowed those ahead to break free. Terol eventually placed ninth.

3rd Jordi Torres: "I am very happy, because it ended up being a complete weekend here at Phillip Island. We managed to close out with a magnificent podium. The race was short and we knew that we had to push hard from the beginning to keep with the leading pack, but also we had to be smooth with our riding to preserve the tyres. Still, we got to the end with the rubber severely degraded, but we were able to hold on. The plan worked out pretty well. I am very happy with third place; maybe I missed a little more of a push to catch Luthi on the final laps, but still I'm satisfied. It's my first full season in Moto2, I am very proud to be getting podiums. We are doing a fabulous job and hopefully we will be rewarded for this. It shows that we are finding our place in class."

9th Nico Terol: "On Friday I had some problems but yesterday I was very happy with my pace. Today was rather windier than the other days here, and it was warm. The wind made it difficult to ride. I started well and early on I kept in the leading group. Afterwards I dropped off a bit and tried to recover but suddenly Pasini and Simón crashed behind me. Upon hearing the noise I eased off the gas slightly. That made me lose a few more metres and eventually I ended up losing contact completely with the leading group. It was a tough weekend, at a track where I suffered last year, I'm happy, because both yesterday and today our feeling was great."

MotoGP Moto3 - Tough race for San Carlo Team Italia FMI in Australia

Romano Fenati is slowed down by a technical problem and fourteenth under the flag. Francesco Bagnaia forced to retire

Alex Rins won the Moto3 race in Australia beating Maverick Viñales and Luis Salom on the finish line. Despite the constant progress shown throughout the week-end, San Carlo Team Italia FMI riders suffered technical problems while fighting in the second group. Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) tried his best to finish in 14th position. Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) was forced to retire.

Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) 14th, 37'56.907

"In the first few laps I managed to regain some positions, but I had an issue with the gearbox and wheelied, getting sucked back into the traffic. From then on I kept fighting, trying to score the best possible result, otherwise I think I could have stayed with the frontrunners. Thankfully we have a rematch scheduled right away."

Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) NC

"Bad luck keeps striking me. I was faster each day, but some issues prevented me from scoring the best possible result. In the race I was doing well, climbing my way back and sticking with Romano, but then my bike turned off. I hope this bad streak will end in Japan."

Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)

"It's been a tough day, during which we didn't really reap what we sowed. Romano had some front grip issues but could have made his way back if it wasn't for bad luck. Same thing with Pecco, who had found a good pace. We're eager to get back on track in Japan, but in the meantime I want to congratulate our Stk600 cousins for winning the title with Franco Morbidelli".

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